The Value of Connecting STEM With SEL Curriculum in Elementary Education

Because so many tech firms put serious capital and effort for many years behind promoting STEM programs and initiatives, they have proliferated well beyond what SEL proponents have been able to accomplish. Another highly useful argument for all of us in advocating for mass expansion of SEL going forward is to link it to STEM.

For some research help in making the case that SEL and STEM can be allied, we refer you to an abstract by Aaron Peterson, Martonia Gaskill and JoAnna Cordova, University of Nebraska at Kearney.

The authors write:

“The purpose of this research study is to investigate how STEM based curriculum integrated with a Social Emotional Learning framework can enhance learning and overall student development. Results and future directions will be discussed.”


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