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Title: Exploring the perceptions of educational psychologists, additional learning needs co-ordinators and pupils involved in person centred reviews in one Welsh local authority
Author: Emanuel, Emma
ISNI:       0000 0004 5363 9203
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2015
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The aim of the research was to explore the perceptions of educational psychologists (EPs), additional needs learning co-ordinators (ALNCo’s) and pupils of their involvement in person centred reviews (PCRs). The aim was to explore their role and preparation for the PCRs, advantages and disadvantages of the PCRs and the extent to which the PCRs were person-centred. Semi-structured interviews, a group interview and focus group were used to gather the perceptions of five EPs, eight ALNCo’s and four pupils in Authority A. Findings highlight that EPs and ALNCo’s both undertake co-ordinator and contributor roles within the PCRs, occasionally undertaking dual roles within the same review. ALNCo’s predominately undertake the preparation for PCRs with the majority of the EPs’ preparation falling within their regular practice. Advantages of PCRs included their equal, transparent and co-operative nature, their productivity and positivity. Disadvantages included logistical factors, e.g. length of reviews, difficulties bringing professionals together, and parental negativity. The PCRs were predominantly person-centred, with pupils enjoying making a contribution. However, the EPs, ALNCo’s and pupils highlighted that pupil participation could be further increased. Overall findings are potentially informative for fellow EPs and ALNCo’s and indicate the potential impact of engaging in PCRs on professionals’ workloads. The extent to which the PCRs were person-centred is encouraging. Despite the informative findings, they are not generalizable due to the constructivist nature. Previous research has not explicitly explored EPs perceptions of PCRs. Therefore the research addresses this gap in the literature.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology ; L Education (General)