Responsible Decision-Making Book Lists

Responsible Decision Making Book Lists

Social & Emotional Learning:
Responsible Decision-Making

Responsible Decision-Making is one of five components of social and emotional learning. The other components are self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and self-awareness.  

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.


CASEL’s core SEL competencies

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) describes responsible decision-making.

The ability to make constructive choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on ethical standards, safety concerns, and social norms. The realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and a consideration of the well-being of oneself and others.


What is Responsible Decision-Making?

We all make choices every day. Some decisions are easy, while others are complex. Children will at some point have to make their own decision without the support of an adult. We need to help them make challenging decisions while thinking about the consequences.

Here are some things for students to think about when making good choices.

  • Will the results have a big or small effect on your life or someone else?
  • Think about the ethical responsibility and consequences of your decision.
  • Discuss your idea with someone to help you make the right decision.

Responsible Decision-Making Characteristics

  • Make positive decisions about personal behaviour and social interactions
  • Consider the wellbeing of ourselves and others
  • Brainstorm different strategies or solutions to a task
  • Reflect and evaluate actions to meet set goals
  • Understand how emotions and thoughts influence behaviour
  • Identify rules and social norms of behaviour
  • Understand the consequences of a particular course of action

Responsible Decision-Making Book Lists

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