Think Equal in Early Childhood: An Australian Randomised Control Trial to Assess the Impact of a Targeted Personal, Social and Emotional Program

Year: 2019

Author: Emmett, Sue, Reeder, Lynne, Schneider, Karen

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Think Equal is an international early year’s program that has been implemented and evaluated in a number of countries including Singapore, Canada, Argentina and Botswana. Developed by Yale Centre for Emotional Intelligence, the program is underpinned by a commitment to social equality, gender equality, racial and human rights and global citizenship.

Researchers at Federation University have partnered with Yale University to conduct an Australian randomized control trial with 350 children in 40 early childhood centres across Victoria and Brisbane. This research, which is occurring from April to December this year, will afford information about Think Equal's effectiveness within an Australian context in one of the first randomized control trials within the education domain within Australia. The findings and implications of the study, will be made available as a basis for future research nationally and worldwide.

This presentation will report on the, design and on-going implementation of the trial and will outline the international research that has transpired to date. It will also introduce the Think Equalprogram and will explain how it teaches children core values of empathy, compassion and respect, and key skills such as critical thinking, self-regulation and peaceful conflict resolution.