School of Education
Doctor of Education (EdD)
early childhood, preschool, social-emotional
Early Childhood Education | Educational Leadership
Starnes, Lauren Pierce, "Effects of Social-Emotional Education on Pre-Kindergarten Student Academic Achievement" (2017). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 1620.
Social-emotional education is an ongoing area of interest to optimize student achievement and ameliorate problem behaviors. This study examines the systematic effects of social-emotional education on preschool students’ academic achievement testing. A sample of Pre-Kindergarten students from private, suburban preschools was examined for this study. The results of this study yielded strong positive academic achievement scores in the domains of Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Early Math for students exposed to a social-emotional education program compared to a matched sample not exposed to social-emotional education. The results add to the research on social-emotional education by studying a lesser-studied population of students not deemed as at-risk. Preschool programs are encouraged to instill social-emotional education programs.