International Perspectives Resources

The following is a curated list of resources selected by CASEL staff and other experts in the field that focus on international perspectives to social and emotional learning (SEL).

Articles and Book Chapters

Aber, J.L, Tubbs, C., Torrente, C., Halpin, P.F., Johnston, B., Starkey, L., Shivshanker, A., Annan, J., Seidman, E., & Wolf, S. (2016). Promoting children’s learning and development in conflict-affected countries: Testing change process in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Development and Psychopathology, 29, 53-67. DOI: 10.1017/S0954579416001139
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Dowling, K., Simpkin, A. J., & Barry, M. M. (2019). A cluster randomized-controlled trial of the MindOut Social and Emotional Learning Program for disadvantaged post-primary school students. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 1-19.
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Miyamoto, K., Huerta, M. C., & Kubacka, K. (2015). Fostering social and emotional skills for well-being and social progress. European Journal of Education, 50, 147-159. doi: 10.1111/ejed.12118
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Moy, G., Polanin, J. R., McPherson, C., & Phan, T. V. (2018). International adoption of the Second Step program: Moderating variables in treatment effects. School Psychology International, 39(4), 333-359.
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Torrente, C., Alimchandani, A., & Aber, J. L. (2015). International perspectives on social and emotional learning. In J. A. Durlak, C. E. Domitrovich, R. P. Weissberg, & T. P. Gullotta (Eds.), Handbook on social and emotional learning: Research and practice (pp. 566-587). New York, NY: Guilford Publications.
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UNESCO MGIEP (2019). Social and emotional learning. The Blue Dot, 10.
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Cefai, C. Regester, D. & Akoury-Dirani  L. (2020) Social and Emotional Learning in the Mediterranean. Cross Cultural Perspective and Approaches. Brill/Sense. 
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Humphrey, N. (2013). Social and emotional learning: A critical appraisal. London: Sage.
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Frydenberg, E., Martin, A. J., & Collie, R. J. (Eds.), Social and emotional learning in Australia and the Asia-Pacific: Perspectives, programs and approaches. Melbourne, Australia: Springer Social Sciences.
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Briefs and Reports

Cefai, C., Bartolo P. A., Cavioni V., & Downes, P. Strengthening Social and Emotional Education as a core curricular area across the EU. A review of the international evidence, NESET II report, Luxembourg: Publications Office of the European Union, 2018. DOI: 10.2766/664439
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Elias, M. J. (2003). Academic and Social-Emotional Learning. Educational Practices Series – 11. Geneva, Switzerland: International Academy of Education and International Bureau of Education.
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Kim, H., Brown, L., & Weiss-Yagoda, J. (2017). 3EA | Education In Emergencies: Evidence for Action Impact Report 2.1: IRC Healing Classrooms Remedial Tutoring Programming Improves Nigerien And Nigerian Children’s Learning.
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Smart, A., Sinclair, M., Benavot, A., Bernard, J., Chabbott, C., Russell, S.G., & Williams J.H. (2019). NISSEM Global Briefs: Educating for the social, the emotional and the sustainable. Retrieved from:
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Tubbs Dolan, C., Weiss-Yagoda, J., Brown, L., Frisoli, P., Aber, L. J., Annan, J., & Kim, H. (2017). 3EA | Education In Emergencies: Evidence for Action Impact Report 1.1: IRC Healing Classrooms Retention Support Programming Improves Syrian Refugee Children’s Learning In Lebanon.
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Varela, A. D., Kelcey, J., Reyes, J., Gould, M., & Sklar, J. (2013). Learning and resilience: The crucial role of social and emotional well-being in contexts of adversity. Education Notes. Washington, DC: The World Bank in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee.
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Tools and Websites

The Teacher Foundation (2019). The Indian Social and Emotional Learning Framework (ISELF) Nevelos Graffiti Scanning (India) Private Limited.
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The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) (2019). Retrieved from:

The World Bank (2020). Teach: Helping countries track and improve teaching quality. Retrieved from:
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World Health Organization (WHO) (2019). Retrieved from: World Health Organization (WHO)

UNESCO – MGEIP (The Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development) (2019). Retrieved from:


Schonert-Reichl (2019). UNESCO MGIEP’s Ninth Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl. Retrieved from:
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