An investigation into children’s identities in primary school and the affects on school engagement.

Groves-Excell, Rebecca (2016) An investigation into children’s identities in primary school and the affects on school engagement. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

This study investigated the identities and school engagement levels of six vulnerable children from year five and focused on empowering and giving the children voice throughout. The importance of the study emerged from the increasing demands within education, and the continued need for subjective research with children. This study offered the opportunity for children to be a central part of the research process and potentially inform the teachers with appropriate pedagogical and emotional understanding of each of the children’s needs. The small sample encouraged more in-depth data collection and provided a richer insight into the children’s perspectives. The research aimed to establish whether there was a significant link between the children’s self-perceptions and their engagement in school.
Arts based research was the main tool used within this study. The children were asked to make a plasticine model of how they saw themselves in school, which provided an opportunity for them to creatively represent their identity. In order to accurately interpret the models and contextualise the research, observations and interviews were also used.
The findings revealed that happiness and having friends were the two most influential factors upon the children’s identities. Although the research focused on identities and its affects on engagement levels, the results suggested that labelling by teachers and the generic negativity when identifying a child were far more influential.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Additional Information: BA (Hons) Physical Education and Sport Coaching
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GV Recreation Leisure > GV201 Physical education and training
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Departments > Physical Education and Sports Coaching
Undergraduate Dissertations
Depositing User: Ann Jones
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2017 15:27
Last Modified: 03 May 2018 13:58
URI: http://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/2671

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