Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Julie Williams




Students entering the school setting have a need for explicit instruction to develop their social and emotional competencies. The aim of this research was to study the effects of the Mind+Heart Social Emotional Curriculum as an intervention for pre-primary and primary students. This study consisted of preschool children (age 4) in a daycare setting and kindergarten and second grade students in a public school setting. Over an eight week period various data was collected: pre- and post-conversational dialogues, student journals, student self-assessments, and teacher observation logs of student behavior. The data presented a correlation between implementation and a reduction of negative student behaviors. Students exhibited an increase of understanding in the areas of emotions, self-regulation, and conflict resolution. Due to the observed positive impact of the Mind+Heart Social Emotional Curriculum, further research is recommended for a long-term implementation of this intervention.

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