The Direct and Spillover Effects of a Nationwide Socio-Emotional Learning Program for Disruptive Students
46 Pages Posted: 27 Jan 2019 Last revised: 14 Dec 2019
Date Written: January 15, 2019
Social and emotional learning (SEL) programs teach disruptive students to manage their emotions and improve their classroom behavior. Small-scale demonstration programs implemented by researchers have been shown to improve treated students’ behavior and academic outcomes. Using a randomized experiment, we estimate the direct and spillover effects of an SEL program implemented as a nationwide policy in Chile. The program has no direct effect on eligible students, and no spillover effect on ineligible students. The program's weaker effects than that of demonstration programs may be due to the weak monitoring of the delivery personnel.
Keywords: disruptive students, spillover effects, peer effects, social and emotional learning
JEL Classification: I21, I24, I28, D62
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