First Advisor

Andrew Mashburn

Date of Award

Winter 3-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Psychology and University Honors






Social and Emotional Learning, SEL, Criticisms of SEL, Educational Psychology, Education Philosophy


This study explores different viewpoints on the implementation of social and emotional learning (SEL) programs in schools. Using a literature review approach, information was collected through peer-reviewed and online articles to examine the benefits and potential challenges of SEL programs in promoting students' social and emotional development. The findings reveal that while there is widespread support for SEL programs, there are also concerns about its implementation, effectiveness, and potential unintended consequences. This study contributes to the field by highlighting the need for a more nuanced and critical understanding of SEL programs, and their impact on students as well as insight into objections to program implementation. The primary implication of this research provides insight into objections and cautions against the widescale implementation of SEL programs. Suggested future research could include qualitative data through classroom observations, interviews, and other more systematic ways to understand perspectives about SEL.


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