Elements associated with social and emotional education include a wide range of personal attributes, including value systems, attitudes, interests, feelings and emotions, interpersonal relationships, and character and leadership. With so many factors linked to social and emotional education, the affective domain should be given a priority in school curricula. However, prior to crises or overt threats, schools have traditionally paid little attention to the social and emotional needs of the student body. The author explains the necessity of social and emotional education in nurturing the development of gifted students and offers strategies for the classroom that work for both groups and individuals.
Frances A. Karnes, Ph.D., is professor of curriculum, instruction, and special education at The University of Southern Mississippi. She is widely known for her teaching, research, publications, innovative program developments, and service activities in gifted education and leadership training.