School of Education
Doctor of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (EdD)
Colapietro, Lisa A., "A Social-Emotional Framework Aligned to Common Core State Standards: Applied Social Research" (2020). Doctoral Dissertations and Projects. 2528.
The purpose of this applied social research study was to solve the problem of the omission of a social-emotional framework aligned to Common Core State Standards for a suburban middle school in southeastern Pennsylvania and to design training, if needed, to address the issue. An applied social research design using interviews, surveys, and documents was employed to inform the perceived problem. Interviews with teachers and administrators familiar with the school’s curriculum and its development, a survey of the middle school teachers, and review of documents from the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Common Core State Standards informed the applied social research. The central research question guiding the study was: How can the problem of having a lack of a social-emotional framework aligned to Common Core State Standards in a middle-level public school in southeastern Pennsylvania be solved? Data were analyzed for codes and themes to develop training for teachers that use Common Core State Standards to address the problem of having a lack of a social-emotional framework identified in their course. The solutions identified were, improving the universal understanding of student need for SEL, requiring training for teachers for authentic implementation of SEL skills, and going beyond SEL and Common Core alignment to require stand-alone lessons in character education and development.