Date of Award

Fall 12-7-2020

Degree Name

MSEd in Physical Education


Kinesiology, Sport Studies and Physical Education

First Advisor

Dr. Houston-Wilson


The purpose of this synthesis was to review the literature on best practices to promote social and emotional learning (SEL) in physical education (PE) with adolescent students. A comprehensive literature review took place in order to identify methods used in PE in order to support students’ SEL. Social emotional skills play a critical role in being equipped to handle challenges, both personal and career related, as adults. It has been shown that school experiences can help to facilitate social and emotional development. This synthesis explores how PE can be used to promote social and emotional development and whether SEL should be a focus and goal of PE pedagogy.