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Title: An illuminative process evaluation of a year 7 ‘Primary Ethos’ initiative for vulnerable pupils
Author: Lunham, Claire Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2680 9465
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2009
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Vol. 1 This volume presents research into educational approaches for supporting young people at secondary transfer. The volume consists of a critical literature review and an empirical study, supplemented with an introductory chapter and concluding commentary. The review explores a 'continuity vs discontinuity' debate and examines previous research into the 'Primary Ethos' approach for maintaining continuity at secondary transfer. The review reveals a clear need for further Primary Ethos evaluations which look beyond impact, and which seek to elicit the views of the pupils and other key stakeholders. The empirical study reports on an illuminative process evaluation of a West Midland secondary school's Year 7 ‘Foundation Group’ initiative for low attaining pupils. With the evaluation’s primary purpose being to inform initiative development and organisational learning, the RADIO model (Knight and Timmins, 1995) was used. Following the identification of 5 collaboratively negotiated process questions, semi-structured interviews were conducted with pupils, staff and the Head teacher. Data analysis resulted in the identification of 'supportive factor' themes, areas for development, and issues pertinent to the school. The researcher concludes by suggesting that the application of an attachment theory perspective may be useful in providing a framework for future exploration of Primary Ethos initiatives. Vol. 2 This volume presents five independent ‘Professional Practice Reports’ (PPRs) which reflect work undertaken by a Trainee Educational Psychologist for the purposes of an Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctoral training programme with the University of Birmingham (2006-2009). The first paper, 'An account of a Trainee Educational Psychologist’s involvement in a planned change process in an organisation' (Chapter 2), describes how a primary school Head teacher and Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) were supported with addressing the emotional and psychological implications of an impending change process. The second paper, 'Working with a complex emotion in children and young people: a critique of ‘Anger Management’' (Chapter 3), reflects upon the theoretical perspectives relating to anger and critiques the most common approach to dealing with anger in children and young people: Cognitive Behavioural Anger Management. The third paper, 'A critique of the issues relating to the implementation of a Multi-Agency Social Communication Difficulties (SCD) Assessment Protocol' (Chapter 4), critiques some of the issues surrounding the implementation of a new Multi-Agency Social-Communication Difficulties protocol for primary aged pupils within a West Midlands Local Authority. The fourth paper, 'Reflections on the work of an Educational Psychology Service’s Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT)’ (Chapter 5), reflects on the work of the CIRT in relation to the literature and research base on critical incident response, crisis intervention and trauma work with schools. Finally, the fifth paper, 'Fostering Inclusion through Circles and Strengths (FITOS): A critique of the process issues relating to the design, implementation and evaluation of a longitudinal pilot project in a primary school' (Chapter 6), critiques the process issues relating to the design, implementation and evaluation of an intervention (FITOS) specifically tailored to address a primary school’s concerns regarding a lack of empathy amongst pupils for pupils with special educational needs. In order to draw the volume together the five papers are supplemented with an introductory chapter (Chapter 1) which provides the reader with contextual information, reflects on how the work has contributed to the author's developing role as an Applied Educational Psychologist and comments on the actual or potential worth of the PPRs in contributing to the knowledge base and practice of the Educational Psychology profession.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: LB Theory and practice of education