The importance of social emotional learning skills in assisting youth to successfully transition into the professional world

African Journal of Career Development

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Title The importance of social emotional learning skills in assisting youth to successfully transition into the professional world
Creator Marsay, Gloria Atitsogbe, Kokou A. Ouedraogo, Abdoulaye Nsubuga, Henry Pari, Paboussoum Kossi, Enyonam Y. Park, Chong M. Solberg, V. Scott H.
Subject — social emotional learning; career; future readiness; positive youth development; cross-cultural study
Description Background: This article shares the results of research on educator perceptions of the nature and value of social emotional learning (SEL) skills undertaken in four African countries: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Togo and Uganda. Social emotional learning skills make up a large component of the ‘deep human skills’, which are important academic and workforce development skills.Objectives: Using samples of 50 Burkinabe, 68 South African and 32 Togolese and 66 Ugandan educators, this study describes the (1) SEL skills educators should be using to effectively teach their students and the (2) SEL skills the educators believe students should be using to be effective learners and successfully transition into the world of work.Method: Data collection methods include online and offline surveys, with the exception of Uganda that complemented their survey data with interviews. Thematic content analysis, using modified grounded theory, was used to analyse the data, as well as the qualitative data analysis software NVivo.Results: The results indicated seven common SEL themes shared across the four African countries. The SEL themes identified were consistent with the existing framework of Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to some extent, especially around interpersonal relationships and decision-making skills.Conclusion: The findings indicate that the salience and importance of specific SEL skills varied based on the unique history and context of each country.
Publisher AOSIS
Date 2021-08-30
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajcd.v3i1.37
Source African Journal of Career Development; Vol 3, No 1 (2021); 11 pages 2617-7471 2709-7420
Language eng
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Coverage — — adult educators, varied ethnicity based on country
Rights Copyright (c) 2021 Gloria Marsay, Kokou A. Atitsogbe, Abdoulaye Ouedraogo, Henry Nsubuga, Paboussoum Pari, Enyonam Y. Kossi, Chong M. Park, V. Scott H. Solberg