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Interpersonal relationships and nature school

Katarina Masnec (2011) Interpersonal relationships and nature school. Diploma thesis.

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    The thesis is composed of two main parts. The first part deals with the theory of experiential pedagogy, with the basic categorisation of children with special needs and the methods of their placement into the education programmes adapted to them. The medical discourse as a guiding principle of the classification of children with special needs is discussed, also through exposing the problem of stigmatisation of these children and its effects on their positive self-concept. Further on, several specific characteristics of children and youth with moderate, severe and profound mental disability together with the concept of »nature school« and the methods of experiential pedagogy are presented. The thesis is focused on the population with moderate mental disability and on the interpersonal relationships of children and teachers in regard to their joint experience in nature school. Through the conducted interviews with teachers, as a qualitative research method, the answers to six key questions are presented in the empirical part of the thesis. The research established that teachers are aware of the potential effects and impacts the experience of nature school can have on the interpersonal relationships of its participants. In addition, the research confirms that all the pupils in classes with lower educational standards would benefit from »nature school« as a regular yearly project.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: interpersonal relationships, nature school, experiential pedagogy, children with developmental disabilities, self-concept
    Number of Pages: 88
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    izr. prof. dr. Mitja KrajnčanMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=8908105)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 213
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2011 15:18
    Last Modified: 03 Oct 2011 15:18
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/213

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