Study on Social and Emotional Skills

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Data gathered from this global research effort will help identify factors that support the development of social and emotional skills in students ages 10 and 15, and will provide an international context for how students exhibit these skills in their home countries.

Houston is serving as the only U.S. site of an international research study focused on the social and emotional well-being of 10- and 15-year-old students conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

Data gathered from this unique, global research effort will help identify factors that support the development of social and emotional skills in students ages 10 and 15, and will provide an international context for how students exhibit these skills in their home countries around the world. 

The Houston study site, which sampled 7,500 students from 119 Houston ISD campuses, was managed by the Kinder Institute for Urban Research's Houston Education Research Consortium. 


What does the study assess?
  • Factors that influence social and emotional skills across different cultures; and educational systems, and across the two age groups of students
  • Education, civic participation, social connectedness, health and general well-being
  • Family contexts, such as parenting styles and at-home learning resources
  • School environment, such as teaching methods, school curricula and instruction practices
  • Peer and community dynamics, such as friend relationships and participation in extracurricular activities

Support

The Study of Social and Emotional Skills (SSES) at the U.S. study site was made possible through support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Houston Endowment, and The Wallace Foundation. The research reported was also made possible (in part) by a grant from the Spencer Foundation (#201800104). The findings, conclusions and views contained within are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect positions or policies of the funders.

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