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Action research in outdoor learning: promoting social and emotional learning in young people with social emotional and behavioural difficulties

Price, Alan Charles (2017)
Ed.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This research applies a non-typical action research approach to design, implementation and monitoring of an outdoor learning intervention situated within a UK special school for learners with social emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD). The rationale for the research is based upon practitioner assumptions that an earlier skills orientated outdoor learning curriculum was inappropriate and that change was required to incorporate opportunities for the learners to develop their social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.

The thesis describes the historical role of outdoor learning in relation to SEBD intervention and applies structuration theory (Giddens, 1984) to gain an understanding of previous outdoor learning interventions. The theory has also been used to create a narrative from which to describe the augmentation of SEL skills within the participant group. It was found that SEL augmentation in individuals contributed toward the production of improved social structures within the participant group.

Participant attendance on the outdoor learning intervention is also reviewed in the context of alternative curriculum discourse. It was found that participants had improved attendance, punctuality and motivation on intervention days.

Type of Work:Ed.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Allan, Julie and Hall, Neil
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
Subjects:LB Theory and practice of education
LC Special aspects of education
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:7428
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