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Title: Teacher perceptions of pupil strengths and what they wish to know about character and learning strengths to inform their planning for individual education plans
Author: Stewart, Alison
ISNI:       0000 0004 2701 2220
Awarding Body: University of East London
Current Institution: University of East London
Date of Award: 2009
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Background: The field of positive psychology is still gathering momentum and consideration is being given to strengths and how these can be used to enhance learning. Emphasis is moving towards strengths-based assessments and Educational Psychologists are well-placed to encourage and promote a more strengths focused environment within schools. Alms: The research aimed to investigate what information about pupil strengths teachers would find helpful in their planning and teaching. The research looked at teachers views about strengths and also asked them how they could use knowledge of pupil strengths within the classroom. Sample: The study involved 12 teachers - 10 secondary school teachers and two primary school teachers and 12 pupils with special educational needs. Method: Focus groups and semi-structured interviews were used to elicit information from the teachers. These were analysed using thematic analysis. The 12 pupils completed three different strengths assessment tools-the BERS-2, the Children's Strengths Survey and the Affinities Questionnaire. A Pupil Profile of Strengths was created to help inform the teachers. Results: The teachers valued the Pupil Profile of Strengths. They felt additional information was of benefit and they wanted to use it to inform their planning. The teachers wished to know about learning strengths and character strengths but were not confident in using character strengths. Conclusion: Although this study was small and exploratory in nature, it has highlighted areas where teachers can use strengths to enhance learning and acknowledges the importance of good communication amongst staff and pupils regarding pupil strengths.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Ch.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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