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Ewing, Donna L.; Monsen, Jeremy J.; Kwoka, Maria – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
This action research project considered whether significant improvements in child and young person behavioural and emotional mental health could be achieved using school-based play workers as opposed to qualified therapists. This was seen as being an important practice question as access to qualified play therapists was severely restricted with…
Descriptors: Action Research, Behavior Problems, Emotional Problems, Mental Disorders
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Higgins, Helen; Gulliford, Anthea – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
There has been a noted growth in the number of teaching assistants (TAs) in mainstream schools. Research is inconclusive about their efficacy at changing outcomes for children and has proposed more training for TAs. Generic training models have suggested that enhancing self-efficacy in turn improves performance. This exploratory study investigated…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Teaching Assistants, Mainstreaming, Performance Factors
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Hogg, Jane; Hart, Anne; Collins, Zoe V. – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Being in a Service family can be a difficult position for children and parents alike due to high levels of mobility, parental separation, and the remaining parent's stress and emotional well-being. A Service family is defined as a family with one or both parents employed by the Ministry of Defence (MOD). The current project looked at the…
Descriptors: Family Programs, Educational Psychology, Military Service, Intervention
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Osborne, Cara; Burton, Sheila – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
The Educational Psychology Service in this study has responsibility for providing group supervision to Emotional Literacy Support Assistants (ELSAs) working in schools. To date, little research has examined this type of inter-professional supervision arrangement. The current study used a questionnaire to examine ELSAs' views on the supervision…
Descriptors: School Psychologists, School Psychology, Supervisory Methods, Teamwork
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Butcher, Rebecca L.; Gersch, Irvine S. – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
This paper reports the results of research into parental experiences of the Somerset (UK) "Time Together" home visiting intervention, with regards to its impact on the parent-child relationship. The research was carried out using an Attachment Theory lens in order to understand the qualitative experiences of seven parents of children in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intervention, Parent Child Relationship, Home Visits
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Nolan, Anna; Moreland, Neil – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Consultation is a key means of service delivery in many psychological services. However, the "process" of consultation is little explored in Educational Psychology literature, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK). This paper focuses on a small-scale qualitative research study of psychological consultation provided by educational…
Descriptors: Delivery Systems, Consultation Programs, Psychological Services, Qualitative Research
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Canto, Angela I.; Chesire, David J.; Buckley, Valerie A.; Andrews, Terrie W.; Roehrig, Alysia D. – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Many students with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are identified by the medical community each year and many more experience head injuries that are not examined by medical personnel. School psychologists and allied consultants have important liaison roles to identify and assist these students post-injury. In this study, 75 school psychologists (the…
Descriptors: Barriers, Neurological Impairments, Head Injuries, Brain
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Honess, Andrea; Hunter, Deborah – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
The research was designed to add to the UK-based literature around the Promoting Alternative Thinking Strategies (PATHS) curriculum, a whole school emotional literacy and social competence intervention. Seven semi-structured interviews were carried out with class teachers and pastoral leads. Questionnaires were designed to explore a number of…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Curriculum Implementation, Educational Change, Emotional Development
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Gregory, Isabel Rose; Purcell, Anita – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Despite the abundance of legislation and research initiatives concerning children's participation in decision-making, there is less research in this area with regard to extended school non-attenders. Using semi-structured interviews, this research explores how the views of children and their families who have experienced school non-attendance can…
Descriptors: Best Practices, Semi Structured Interviews, Extended School Day, Educational Psychology
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Sharrocks, Louise – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
An intervention was carried out with primary school staff to promote well-being with weekly sessions of a project which became known as Chill and Chat. Data were gathered via questionnaires completed before and after the project and from three focus groups (before, during and after the intervention), and were analysed using thematic analysis.…
Descriptors: Well Being, Intervention, Questionnaires, Focus Groups
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Side, Jeremy; Johnson, Kelley – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
In spite of decades of research and more recent guidance by Government, bullying in schools remains a serious concern to young people and to educational practitioners. This two year qualitative study explored the meanings eight teenagers gave to bullying they had experienced, and related this to an analysis of previous research and school policies…
Descriptors: Bullying, Qualitative Research, Adolescents, School Policy
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Webster, Rob – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
In this article, the author reflects on findings from research on the role and impact of teaching assistants and experience of working as a special educational needs (SEN) officer. Research evidence suggests the reliance on teaching assistants to include pupils with Statements of SEN in mainstream settings masks a collective, though unintentional,…
Descriptors: Role Perception, Evidence, Educational Practices, Inclusion
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Lawrence, Zena – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
The evidence base that explores Black African parents' experiences of an Educational Psychology Service (EPS) is limited. This article describes an exploratory mixed methods research study undertaken during 2009-2011, that explored Black African parents' engagement with a UK EPS. Quantitative data were gathered from the EPS preschool database and…
Descriptors: Interviews, Educational Psychology, Blacks, Mixed Methods Research
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Nugent, Mary; Jones, Valerie; McElroy, Deirdre; Peelo, Mary; Thornton, Teresa; Tierney, Theresa – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
This article reports on a two year project in which educational psychologists offered consultation to groups of teachers, to help them find solutions to school-based problems. Teachers were drawn from within individual schools and from across a number of schools. Typically, teachers were trained by educational psychologists in group consultation…
Descriptors: Pilot Projects, Consultation Programs, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Ubha, Neerose; Cahill, Sharon – Educational Psychology in Practice, 2014
Despite the wide implications of attachment theory there remains a lack of research exploring interventions which encapsulate the principles of an attachment-based framework in the school context. The aim of this research was to address this gap by implementing an intervention for a group of five primary-aged pupils with identified insecure…
Descriptors: Attachment Behavior, Security (Psychology), Intervention, Elementary School Students
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