Roots of Empathy (ROE) is a universal, school-based social and emotional learning programme aimed at increasing prosocial behaviour and reducing difficult behaviour. This paper reports the findings of a cluster randomized controlled trial of the effects of ROE on 8-9 year old children. 74 schools and 1,181 children took part. The findings provide evidence that ROE is effective in increasing prosocial behaviour (g=+.20, p=.043) and some potential evidence that it may reduce difficult behaviour (g=-.15, p=.070). While ROE was found to lead to improvements in positive behaviour, these were not associated with improvements in empathy or other social and emotional learning outcomes.
|Publication status||Published (in print/issue) - 1 Apr 2016|
|Event||American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting : Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies - Washington, D.C., United States|
Duration: 2 Apr 2016 → 12 Apr 2016
|Conference||American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting : Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies|
|Abbreviated title||AERA 2016|
|Period||2/04/16 → 12/04/16|