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E-learning in the Time of COVID-19
Scientific Editor Eugenia Smyrnova-Trybulska
“E-learning”, 13, Katowice–Cieszyn 2021, pp. 76–88
https://doi.org/10.34916/el.2021.13.07 

BUILDING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL SKILLS IN STUDENTS IN THE CONTEXT OF DISTANCE LEARNING

Liliia Hrynevych 1 & Nataliia Morze 2
Borys Grinchenko Kyiv University, 18/2 Bulvarno-Kudriavska Str., Kyiv, Ukraine
1 l.hrynevych@kubg.edu.ua, ORCID 0000-0002-5818-8259
2 n.morze@kubg.edu.ua, ORCID 0000-0003-3477-9254

Abstract: The paper discusses the essence of social and emotional learning, high- lighting the need to develop students’ soft skills in the ever-shifting world, as well as during the time of pandemic. Social and Emotional Learning is a vehicle for shap- ing soft skills as it focuses on the development of such capacities as self-awareness; social awareness; self-management; relationship skills; and responsible decision making. The paper presents some findings from the 2021 representative survey of teachers and school principals across Ukraine (involving 3,237 teaching staff and 420 school principals) that was aimed at determining the level of educators’ acceptance and readiness to implement Social and Emotional Learning as part of the New Ukrainian School Reform. It takes stock of teachers’ capacity in building the skills to proceed with the implementation of Social and Emotional Learning, in particular regarding in-service training, knowledge of methodologies for soft skills development, access to electronic resources, methodological and training materials, individual education programmes on Social and Emotional Learning, and allocation of school time for their implementation. The paper underlines the increasing role of building social and emotional skills in distance-learning settings and describes vari- ous ways in which teachers can employ digital tools to facilitate effective transition to electronic learning while taking into consideration students’ learning styles and the need to build social and emotional skills.

Keywords: social and emotional learning (SEL), soft skills, social and emotional skills (SES), digital tools, distance learning.

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