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|Pereira N.S., Marques-Pinto A.
|Including dance instruction in an after-school socio-emotional learning program significantly improved students’ self-management and relationship skills: A quasi experimental study
Pereira N.S., Marques-Pinto A.; Including dance instruction in an after-school socio-emotional learning program significantly improved students’ self-management and relationship skills: A quasi experimental study ;Arts in Psychotherapy vol:53 issue: page:36.0
|Educational dance; School engagement; Socio-emotional learning
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|The present study sets out to assess the efficacy of a socio-emotional learning after-school program, Experiencing Emotions, on the socio-emotional skills of middle school pupils, as well as on their well-being and school engagement. The program provides educational dance within the curriculum. The sample included 83 middle school pupils from three portuguese state schools, aged between 9 and 13 years, 45 of the pupils participated in the program and 38 of the pupils participated in individual after-school control activities. Self-report questionnaires were filled in by the pupils and questionnaires were completed by the teachers at the beginning and the end of the program. Results revealed a significant increase in the socio-emotional skills of the pupils who participated in the program in the domains of self-management and relationship skills, comparing with the pupils who participated in the control condition. No significant differences were found between the intervention and the control groups in emotional, psychological and social well-being, or in the behavioral dimension of school engagement. Implications for research and practice are discussed. © 2017 Elsevier Ltd