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ERIC Number: ED552195
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 127
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-2679-4944-8
An Investigation of the Effects of a Facility Dog on Student Learning and the Learning Environment
Bradley, Jordana
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Walden University
According to No Child Left Behind, teachers must consider alternative teaching strategies to improve student achievement. The use of a facility dog as an instructional enhancement is an innovative teaching approach that deserves further research. The theoretical framework for the study was human-animal bond theory, which postulates that human-animal relationships have the potential to positively impact the well-being of humans. A case study design was used to investigate how the presence of a facility dog might affect student learning and the learning environment. Three teachers, 1 school counselor, and 1 principal from the research site were interviewed for their experiences working with a facility dog. Interviews were transcribed verbatim and data were analyzed using coding to identify themes. Findings indicated that the facility dog improves student learning; enhances the learning environment; helps to address students' academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs; improves the working environment for staff; and serves as an alternative teaching tool. These findings may promote a deeper understanding of the facility dog program that will lead to its implementation in schools elsewhere. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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