"I liked that you can pat the dog and interact with it and read to it" - engaging the imagination: the effect of the Classroom Canines™ program on reading and social/emotional skills of selected primary school students

Lloyd, J., and Sorin, R. (2014) "I liked that you can pat the dog and interact with it and read to it" - engaging the imagination: the effect of the Classroom Canines™ program on reading and social/emotional skills of selected primary school students. In: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education (2014) From: IERG 2014: 9th International Conference on Imagination and Education, 2-4 July 2014, Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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Abstract

A number of children struggle with literacy, social/emotional skills and motivation to attend school. While there are a number of initiatives to support these children, an imaginative method of support is through our canine companions. The Delta Society Classroom Canines™ program provides assistance to children identified as having difficulties with literacy learning and/or social/emotional skills. Through the program, a trained dog and handler visit a school on a weekly basis and work with children in a classroom setting.

This research investigated the impact of the Classroom Canines™ program on the reading and social/emotional skills of selected students at a primary school in Queensland, Australia. It utilized both quantitative and qualitative data, including reading scores, attendance records, classroom observations, artefacts (work samples), interviews with teachers and students, and researcher journals. Findings from the study support the benefits of dog-assisted programs to motivate children and improve their reading, confidence and self-esteem.

Item ID: 36786
Item Type: Conference Item (Research - E1)
Keywords: classroom canines; dogs in the learning environment
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Date Deposited: 23 Apr 2015 03:13
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified @ 50%
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