Social, emotional and intercultural competencies: a literature review with a particular focus on the school staff

Framed by the EU-project Hand in Hand focusing on Social, Emotional and Intercultural (SEI) competencies among students and school staff the paper discusses implementation and professional competencies based on a literature review. Five themes were identified: 1) Intercultural/transcultural competency is not often referred to in the same research as social-emotional learning, though socio-emotional aspects appear to be `in the core´, 2) it is crucial to be aware of agency among school staff in a SEI-implementation, 3) successful implementation is about more than the activities in the specific program, it is rather about elements in synergy and professional learning over time, 4) the subtle balance between adaptation and fidelity might best be addressed in an adaptive curriculum emphasizing active ingredients, and 5) this is a field with many intervention studies, but it is urgent to consider if the psychometric measures are sufficiently sensitive to catch the subtle changes related to SEI-competencies.
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TidsskriftEuropean Journal of Teacher Education
Udgave nummer3
Sider (fra-til)410-428
Antal sider19
Peer reviewJa


  • Center for Evaluation Studies, Educational Research Institute
  • Department of Education, Mid Sweden University
  • Centre for Educational Research and Development, Institute for Social Research
  • TUM School of Education, Technical University of Munich
  • Department for Educational Quality and Evaluation, DIPF, Liebniz Institute for Research and Information in Education
  • Network Education Policy Centres
  • Education Development Office, Ministry of Education, Science and Sports of Slovenia
  • Foreningen Børns Livskundskab
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