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Factors affecting children's motivation with emotional and behavioral difficulties

Neža Pavli (2014) Factors affecting children's motivation with emotional and behavioral difficulties. Diploma thesis.

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    Causes for emotional and behavioural difficulties are multiple. To treat them properly, knowing them is essential, because problems that have different causes need different professional approach. The main prerequisite for correct approach is a good relationship between teacher and child which was diagnosed of having emotional and behavioural difficulties. On the professionalism of the teacher's approach and the amount of attention he invests in the relationship depends the childt's motivation. Lack of motivation is the main problem that children suffering from emotional and behavioural encounter and has no general solution. In my thesis I have analysed teacher's approach to a child suffering from emotional and behavioural difficulties as well as the needs of the child themselves. Empirical part of the thesis consists of qualitative analyses of two interviews. In first, which was done with a teacher of later primary school classes I focused on her's conception of emotional and behavioural difficulties and the way she approaches such children. As social educator I've mostly been curious about teachers initiation of relationship and their way of motivating the children. The subject of my second interview was a child, a student of primary school who was in sixth grade. I mainly focused on his point of view and tried to additionally substantiate theoretical suggestions and guidelines in how to treat these kind of children. Both the teacher and child are evaluating their relationship as important factor for motivation as well as success rate of teacher's approach. Based on the interviews I learned that good teacher-child relationship is not as self-evident as it should be, because the majority of teachers see no importance in it. Besides they've put motivating children on side track. As the interviewed teacher said, rather than making curriculum more fun they invest their effort in getting rid of problematic children. From both interviews I learned that students are motivated the most by different activities such as active cooperation and co-creation of curriculum. Student's statements are mentioned in conclusion as suggestions to teachers that have difficulties motivating these students. Aside from already mentioned ways of motivation, they get motivated by sense of security and trust, feeling that the grownups are listening them, teaching them well, active and dynamic activities, diverse teaching methods, opportunity to express their opinion and suggestions, etc.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: emotional and behavioural difficulties, child with emotional and behavioural difficulties, correct approach, teacher-child relationship, motivation
    Number of Pages: 52
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Nataša Zrim MartinjakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10208073)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2426
    Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2014 13:47
    Last Modified: 29 Sep 2014 13:47
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2426

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