Social justice and SEL: case examples of promising practices

James D. Ressler, Brian Culp, Dillon Landi, Jeff Bainbridge

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Physical education is well positioned to integrate Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) into its teaching and learning practices. In addition, there is a pressing need to integrate social justice education (SJE) principles into physical education. This chapter presents specific examples of physical education experiences that prioritize SEL approaches that are hybridized with components of SJE. We examine four different cases of SEL and how to integrate SEL into those examples. As such, we argue that the SJE and SEL combined approach gives students and teachers the opportunity to examine and challenge inequitable conditions to physical education. To do so, we use Hackman's (2005) components for SJE as an understanding of SJE as both a goal and process (Bell, 1997). Descriptions of these interactions in physical education are critiqued with realistic application of PE engagement and with suggestions for immediate improved instruction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTeaching Social and Emotional Learning in Physical Education
Subtitle of host publicationApplications in School and Community Settings
EditorsPaul M. Wright, K. Andrew R. Richards
Place of PublicationBurlington, MA
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jul 2021


  • social justice
  • social and emotional learning
  • case examples


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