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What is the impact of better play training on trainees’ ability to; provide and facilitate better play experiences, understand and respond to the behaviour of the child and be aware of their own responses and reactions?

Woolf, Alison, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2010) What is the impact of better play training on trainees’ ability to; provide and facilitate better play experiences, understand and respond to the behaviour of the child and be aware of their own responses and reactions?

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Abstract

The study introduces the ‘Better Play Training’ programme and describes how an evaluation of the programme is carried out with a group of staff working in a variety of education settings. The evaluation of the programme is presented, demonstrating the impact on the personal and professional development of the trainees. The training considers the latest research and literature on the neuroscience of attachment and play, as well as considering the burgeoning interest in the dynamics of relationships in the classroom, and the impact of those dynamics on learning and emotional well-being. The study looked at three main areas, the impact of the training on the trainees’ ability to provide and facilitate better play experiences; understand and respond to the behaviour of the child; and be aware of their own responses and reactions. Trainees perceptions of the impact of the training are presented through quantitative responses to a ‘before and after’ questionnaire, while qualitative feedback from open-ended questioning adds considerably to the understanding of the training’s outcomes for participants. The training is set in context of current practice and implications for development and further study are considered. The results of the trainees’ responses to the evaluations are presented. The graphs representing the collated information illustrate increases in all three areas the study considered. Additional comments on the training experience are also included, providing further evidence of the benefits gained. The findings indicate that the programme is a valuable training tool for developing skills and understanding and, crucially, increasing self-awareness in staff.

Item Type: Document from Web
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
Additional Information: http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/assets/0001/0334/Microsoft_Word_-_PLR0910117Woolf_appendices_included.pdf
Depositing User: Editor (1)
Date Deposited: 27 May 2011 08:27
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2012 18:22
URI: http://dera.ioe.ac.uk/id/eprint/2759
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