Social and Emotional Education in Australia (Jennifer M. GIDLEY 2011)

This paper seeks to offer a broad, Australian perspective on innovative approaches to education
that may facilitate the social and emotional education of children. The paper begins with
a brief overview of the unique history of education in Australia, followed by a discussion of the youth mental health crisis during the 1990s. Several phases of development of social
and emotional education in Australia and an overview of many kinds of approaches,
including both explicit, curricular programmes and implicit, contextual and whole
system approaches. Three case studies are then discussed: a whole system approach (Steiner
education system), a whole population approach (all Australian five-year olds) and a targeted
programme (for those experiencing grief and loss).

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