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The concept of death in a primary school

Urška Bedek (2014) The concept of death in a primary school. Diploma thesis.

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    Death is a phenomenon that we encounter every day but we still do not like to think about it. We become more aware of it when we lose someone from our loved ones. Then we have to go through the process of mourning but it is much easier to cope with it if we are at least a little bit prepared for the fact that such an event could happen. Sometimes we need help to get over the loss of a loved one and then it is very important to get this help. Even children in primary schools are faced with death. The loss of a close person is difficult for some children and because the family is often too occupied with dealing with the loss it is very important to offer assistance to a child at school. The diploma is about the help to a grieving child in a primary school. The theoretical part deals with the terms ‘death’ and ‘mourning’ in general, describes the stages of mourning which should be processed by every person. A detailed analysis of understanding and experiencing of death for different aged children follows. Different needs of grieving children and appropriate assistance are described. The last chapter describes assistance to a grieving child and preventive conversation. The empirical part is based on the responses of 288 surveyed teachers, school counsellors and school leaders (principals and assistant principals) from the Slovene primary schools. The result analysis has shown that the majority of the surveyed people are aware of the importance of helping the grieving children and discussing the topic with them. There is not a lot of planned assistance to the children in need. But where it is it is offered by the school counsellors and teachers. More than half of the respondents feel qualified to talk with pupils about the topic of death, the less they feel qualified to assist grieving pupils. Regarding additional training, more than half of the respondents replied that they want additional education on the topic.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: death, child, primary school, grieving pupil, assistance to a grieving pupil in primary schools, school counselling, teachers, school management
    Number of Pages: 37
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Špela RazpotnikMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10216521)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2465
    Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2014 07:32
    Last Modified: 06 Oct 2014 07:32
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2465

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