ERIC Number: EJ1059730
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
Solving Problems through Circles
Grahamslaw, Laura; Henson, Lisa H.
Educational Psychology in Practice, v31 n2 p111-126 2015
Several problem-solving interventions that utilise a "circle" approach have been applied within the field of educational psychology, for example, Circle Time, Circle of Friends, Sharing Circles, Circle of Adults and Solution Circles. This research explored two interventions, Solution Circles and Circle of Adults, and used thematic analysis of questionnaire data to investigate the views of school staff that had taken part in these interventions. 62 participants were involved in a Solution Circle and 31 participants were involved in a Circle of Adults. Findings highlighted key features of these circle interventions which corresponded to those identified from relevant literature. Participants who had taken part in a Solution Circle described the applicability of solutions to other aspects of their work and a greater amount of strategies and solutions generated as a result of the group process. Participants who had been involved in a Circle of Adults session described having a greater understanding of a problem situation and empathy towards the focus pupil and the role of the educational psychologists in facilitating the process. Recommendations were made for educational psychology practice and for further research in this area.
Descriptors: Problem Solving, Empathy, Adults, Educational Psychology, Intervention, Questionnaires, Counselor Role, Group Dynamics, Foreign Countries, Cooperation, Elementary School Teachers, Elementary Schools, Employee Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)