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ERIC Number: EJ994804
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Feb
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 67
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1053-1890
Exploring Children's Perceptions of Two School-Based Social Inclusion Programs: A Pilot Study
Lindsay, Sally; McPherson, Amy C.; Aslam, Henna; McKeever, Patricia; Wright, Virginia
Child & Youth Care Forum, v42 n1 p1-18 Feb 2013
Background: Although social exclusion among typically developing school-aged children has been well explored, it is under-researched for children with disabilities even though they are at a higher risk for being excluded. While there are a number of different programs available to improve social inclusion at school, the appeal of these programs to children remains unknown. Objective: The objective of this pilot study was to elicit children's perceptions of the desirable components of two commonly used social inclusion programs in Ontario, Canada. Methods: An exploratory mixed methods design (group discussion, observation notes, and a brief questionnaire) was used to provide an in-depth understanding of children's perceptions of two social inclusion programs: A group-based game (n = 87) and a puppet show (n = 78). Results: Children in each program reported that several aspects of the content appealed to them including learning about (1) bullying; (2) disability; (3) building friendships and encouraging social inclusion; (4) preventing social exclusion. The desirable aspects related to the format of the game and puppet show included (1) the interactive components; (2) the relevant topics and characters; (3) the length of the programs. Conclusions: Children's insights about social inclusion programs should be considered in development and improvements of future programs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada