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ERIC Number: ED546868
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Nov-7
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
Effects of a Facility Dog on Student Learning and Learning Environment
Bradley, Jordana; Maldonado, Nancy
Online Submission, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Pensacola, FL, Nov 7, 2013)
Educators must consider alternative teaching strategies. Facility dogs as an instructional enhancement are an innovative teaching approach. This case study, guided by human-animal bond theory, investigated how the presence of a trained facility dog, Smooch, affected the school environment. Interviews, field notes and observations were used to gather data. Findings indicated that the facility dog improves student learning; enhances the learning environment; helps address students' social, emotional, and behavioral needs; improves the environment for staff; and serves as an alternative teaching tool. The findings relative to helping to address students' academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs will be discussed.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A