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ERIC Number: EJ746802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0143-0343
Collaborative Philosophical Enquiry for School Children: Socio-Emotional Effects at 11 to 12 Years
Trickey, S.; Topping, K. J.
School Psychology International, v27 n5 p599-614 2006
Two measures were used to investigate the socioemotional effects of collaborative philosophical enquiry on children aged 11 at pre-test in five experimental and three control primary (elementary) school mainstream classes. Experimental teachers received initial and follow-up professional development. In a pre-post controlled design, experimental pupils used collaborative enquiry for one hour each week over a seven-month inter-test period. Control pupils followed a normal curriculum. On a test of self-esteem as a learner, experimental pupils (n = 119) gained significantly while controls (n = 52) did not. There was evidence of significant reduction in dependency and anxiety and of greater self-confidence. Girls tended to gain more than boys. These results were fairly consistent across schools/classes. On a scale for teacher observation of pupil social skills in problematic situations, a random sample of experimental pupils (n = 25) gained no more than controls (n = 22) overall. However, these results showed considerable variation across schools/classes. Implications for future research, practice and policy are addressed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)