The Psychosocial environment

Considering how much time most children spend at school, psychosocial dimensions of schools have parked the interest of a growing number of researchers concerned with school effectiveness and the emotional well-being of young people. The psychosocial learning environment covers psychological and social factors that have consequences for satisfaction, health and ability to perform at learning places.

The term psychosocial refers to the close connection between psychosocial aspects of our experiences (e.g. our thoughts, emotions, and behavior) and our wider social experience (e.g. our relationships, tradition and culture). Learners and teachers are psychologically affected by the surrounding social conditions that may disrupt or enhance the quality and effectiveness of learning. The question is how to endure every learner an environment that is physically safe, emotionally secure and psychologically enabling. A focus on well-being of the learner, including attention to different groups according to such factors as their gender, physical ability and socio-economic status, will help address disparities that steam from home and community background, creating a more level playing field

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