ERIC Number: EJ718171
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 17
Promoting Inner Stillness: The Value of a Self-Discovery Programme for Children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
Cullen-Powell, Lesley; Barlow, Julie
British Journal of Special Education, v32 n3 p138-144 Sep 2005
Dr Lesley Cullen-Powell and Professor Julie Barlow are both chartered health psychologists and both work at the Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Health at Coventry University where Lesley Cullen-Powell is a research fellow and Julie Barlow is a director. In this article, they assess the benefits of a "self-discovery programme" for children aged six to seven years attending one mainstream primary school. Staff at the school selected 18 pupils, many of them considered to be at risk of exclusion, to participate in the study. The children were allocated either to an "intervention" or "non-intervention" group. The children in the intervention group experienced the self-discovery programme over two terms. Results suggest that the programme was well received by the children. They became more confident, respectful and calm and they displayed less aggressive behaviours during the self-discovery programme. Lesley Cullen-Powell and Julie Barlow are cautious in the interpretation of their findings, but suggest that the self-discovery programme has the potential to help children to feel more positive about themselves and their peers and to re-engage with learning. The authors argue that a wider implementation of the programme, with a controlled study, is now required to evaluate the self-discovery programme in more depth and detail.
Descriptors: Intervention, Emotional Response, Stress Management, Aggression, Emotional Problems, Behavior Problems, Social Development, Self Actualization
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Coventry)