Can the WINGS for Kids afterschool program improve children’s social and emotional skills?
Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning
Social interactions, including coping with our own and others’ emotions, are some of the most complex things that humans do. I’m fascinated to see whether an afterschool program with curriculum that explicitly addresses these skills improves children’s social interactions during the regular school day.
If children can learn social and emotional skills by attending regular afterschool programming, then adopting this programming could help schools run more smoothly. School professionals will have a new set of tools for teaching children how to understand their emotions, control their impulses, and take personal responsibility. Children will be better able to handle the social demands of school and attend to their learning.
During the school day, we will observe children who were randomly assigned either to a group attending the afterschool program or to a control group not attending the program. We will use an iPad application to code their behaviors, to see if children participating in the afterschool program are more successful than the control children when interacting with their teachers and peers and with their assigned activities.