Young social beings: an investigation into the social interactions and relationships of a Year Five class

Sewell, Alexandra (2016). Young social beings: an investigation into the social interactions and relationships of a Year Five class. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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The research study employed a mixed methods research design to investigate the social interactions and relationships of a Year Five, mainstream Primary School class.

The first strand of the research empirically evaluated an adaptation of the Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) intervention 'The Good Behaviour Game' (TGBG), which aimed to increase the positive social behaviour of the Year Five class. TGBG is a dependent group contingency, behaviour management intervention which is implemented at the whole class level. The research employed a single case, ABAB reversal design to evaluate its efficacy for promoting behaviour change for the target social behaviours of working as a team, supporting peers and positive social interactions with a peer. Observation data was also collected for a focus participant to explore the effects of a universal intervention at the targeted level of an individual participant.

The second strand of the research utilised Personal Construct Psychology (PCP) to explore participants' construing of their social interactions and relationships with others. The repertory grid interview method was used to interview 8 participants. The PCP strand to the study was perceived to add an illuminative addition to the ABA strand, which incorporated a constructivist approach to understand the unique perceptions and views of the child.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education


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