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Addressing the Social and Emotional Aspects of Adult Learning

How do emotions dictate our actions, impact our ability to make informed logical decisions, and ultimately, determine how (much) and what we learn? Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) has become a best practice for education around the world because it recognises that life is often not left outside the classroom when the student comes in to learn. Past traumas, challenging and difficult circumstances, and even life itself come into the classroom with every student. How do learning environments affect students, even those not even aware of the influence that emotions exercise on their choices and behaviour?

Giselle Sim, a Vocational Education and Training research fellow at the International Specialised Skills Institute in Melbourne, Australia, will be addressing these questions in her talk.

In her work, Sim has sought to show how emotions make up our ‘inner uncharted worlds’. Important as emotions are, however, we live in such times and environments where feelings are often deemed inconvenient, even irrelevant, to navigating modern daily life. Yet, the more we suppress our emotions, the worse the effects will be. Sim argues that understanding and safely expressing emotion is critical to clearing our learning system of hindrances.

Date: 2 October 2023, Monday
Time: 8.00 pm – 9.30 pm
Venue: Penang Institute, 10 Brown Road, 10350 George Town

Registration link: pi-adultlearning.eventbrite.com

About Giselle Sim

Sim’s fellowship looks to blending wellbeing and learning in the classroom for adult learners, and to different ways to teaching and engaging adults as effectively as possible. She has spent the past several years supporting education and life outcomes for adults struggling in one of the lowest socioeconomic districts in Australia.