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The teacher's understanding of learned helplessness in children with special needs in primary school

Katja Tement (2012) The teacher's understanding of learned helplessness in children with special needs in primary school. Diploma thesis.

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    Learned helplessness is very common among students with special needs or students who are less successful in school. Constantly experiencing failure convinces them that they cannot have any influence on being successful with their own activity, and they stop trying. Learned helplessness affects motivation, cognition and child’s emotions. A child, who has developed learned helplessness, cannot overcome it by himself or herself. He or she needs help from an adult. In the research I have focused on the knowledge about learned helplessness among teachers in primary school. I tried to discover whether they recognize sings of learned helplessness in a student and how they prevent or overcome them. I included teachers who teach children with special needs in their class. The results show that teachers are mostly familiar with the learned helplessness and recognize its sings. They point out that learned helplessness is mostly shown as poor self-esteem. We have offered the teachers a variety of strategies to overcome learned helplessness and they evaluate them as appropriate. We have noticed that the teachers use only very general strategies to help these students. Having knowledge of more specific strategies and planning activities that are aimed at eliminating learned helplessness the prevention and elimination could be more efficient.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: learned helplessness, explanatory style, motivation, school failure, strategies for preventing learned helplessness, children with special needs
    Number of Pages: 87
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Mojca Lipec StoparMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9211721)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 762
    Date Deposited: 09 May 2012 11:20
    Last Modified: 09 May 2012 11:20
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/762

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