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Title: The difference that makes the difference : a pupil perspective about schooling designed for students with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties (SEBD)
Author: Creagh, Gerda
ISNI:       0000 0004 6056 8159
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2016
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This dissertation aims to focus attention on Lakeside (not its real name) an AEP school in Northern Ireland for students between the ages of 11 and 16 presenting with SEBD It explores the extent and type of adverse conditions pertaining to this group and to elicit if change has occurred in the psychosocial make-up of a sample group of young people throughout one year in Lakeside AEP. It also explores what constituted these changes from a pupil perspective in a Northern Ireland context. The dissertation outlines the context of the school and the complex needs of the students who attended the school from 2014 to 2015. It considers the literature pertaining to SEBD within the confines of this study. A mixed methods approach was employed to gather data from a sample of thirty students, using an Adverse Conditions Evaluation, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (Goodman, 1997), and Semi-Structured Interviews with six participants. Themes which emerged from the data included the importance of student-teacher relationships, curriculum content and delivery, peer group influences and school environment. Also highlighted in the research was the difference between teacher perception of the students and the students’ perception of themselves. Findings confirm the need for further research into the views of students with SEBD in schools providing alternative education in Northern Ireland and the implications for future practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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