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SBE 2020: Submission Detail

ID Number: 215
Title: Transforming Education through Scientifically Rigorous Intervention Approaches: A Call for Innovations in the Science of Emotional Intelligence
Lead Author: Rivers, Susan E.
Abstract: John F. Kennedy said, Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. Scientific innovation and economic stability are dependent upon the success of the educational system. Therefore, the Directorate should consider education in developing its 2020 scientific agenda. Current educational practices do not address the developmental needs of the whole child and must be transformed to include opportunities for advancing cognitive, social, and emotion skills. Emotional intelligence (EI) theory proposes and research confirms that together, these skills are vital for success in school and in life. We ask the Directorate to support advancement in the science of EI and suggest three pathways for innovation: constructing assessment tools to examine the development and influence of EI; evaluating how to cultivate emotion skills through educational practices; and conducting research on how to enhance learning environments through comprehensive training of educators in the service of nurturing the whole child. Investment in these scientific endeavors will empower children to reach their fullest potential and through their contributions, benefit and strengthen our nation.
PDF: Rivers_Susan_215.pdf

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