SEL through Play
Under the Data Visualization and Mapping course at design school, I worked on a project to identify the barriers to social emotional learning (SEL) in the Indian education system and think of solutions to increase access to it. Based on a comparative analysis of SEL education in the US and India, I identified various intervention points and created prototypes of possible strategies to provide students in low income schools with SEL skills.
Mapping and Visualization, SVA
New York City, NY
WHY DID I DO IT?
Mapping the Problem
Based on my experience as a teacher in India, I felt SEL education was restricted to only a few classrooms there compared to the US and I further researched possible reasons for this. This visual does a comparative analyses of the domains of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in schools between the US and India, based on my findings.
WHAT DID I DO?
Points of Intervention
Triangulating the data from this map with teacher anecdotes and my first-hand experience of teaching SEL in low-income communities in India, helped me identify points of intervention to increase the access to SEL in Indian schools, especially under-resourced ones. This pushed me to think about my problem statement: How might we create a low-cost classroom environment for children from marginalized backgrounds in India to engage with, to build their social emotional wellness without teacher instruction.
WHAT DID I CREATE?
Keeping in mind the challenges of time, resources and teacher mindsets, I designed prototypes of highly engaging, low-cost visual game boards that could be used on walls in schools, to provide social emotional education without significant teacher or time intervention. Shown here are a few examples of the game boards to introduce the value of ‘Honesty’ to students.
Based on the feedback provided by professors and peers, I have listed below possible questions to think about for the next version. I intend to create other such boards and test their usability and efficiency in Indian classrooms this coming Fall.