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Emotional pedagogy and the gendering of social and emotional learning

Evans, Rhiannon Emily 2017. Emotional pedagogy and the gendering of social and emotional learning. British Journal of Sociology of Education 38 (2) , pp. 184-202. 10.1080/01425692.2015.1073102

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Social and emotional learning (SEL) has predominantly been conceptualised as a neurological process, which has precluded understanding of how social, cultural and material discourses inform the expression of emotional experiences. Gender remains a notable omission. This article explores the micro-practices through which gender structures the development of young people’s emotional subjectivities within the context of a school-based SEL intervention. Particular emphasis is placed on the gendering strategies utilised by educational professionals during the course of their emotional pedagogy. Three strategies are considered: the overt coercion of girls to demonstrate their learning; the permission of boys’ passivity, with their docile bodies being indicated as a signifier of participation; and the restricting of occasions for emotional expression in accordance with perceived gender norms. Efforts to inculcate students with a gendered emotional subjectivity mean that differential learning opportunities are on offer, raising concerns about the introduction of new forms of gendered educational inequalities.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: social and emotional learning, wellbeing, pedagogy, school, intervention, implementation
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0142-5692
Funders: MRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 18 May 2015
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2017 10:43

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