Thursday 14 October 2021: Inclusive pedagogy in the University | Presented by: Inmaculada Concepción Orozco Almario, Doctoral Student at the Faculty of Science Education, University in Seville and Visiting Researcher at Plymouth Institute of Education
"My PhD thesis project is part of a project funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and led by Anabel Moriña Díez. This project is entitled “Inclusive Pedagogy in the University: faculty members' narratives”. The main aim is to explore, describe and understand the knowledge, beliefs, designs and actions of Early Childhood Education, Primary, Secondary and University faculty who develop an inclusive pedagogy. Specifically, we want to explore what teachers who develop a pedagogy do, how and why. Our purpose is that these narratives are useful and help other professionals to achieve learning and participation of all students. During the seminar, I focused on one educational stage and explained the reason for using life history in the next phase of our research."
Thursday 28 October 2021 - Gardening with children: exploring preschoolers’ attitudes and behaviour towards the environment and the use of a preschool garden | Presented by: Katherine Paal, PhD student and Research Assistant at Plymouth Institute of Education
"Involving children in environmentally friendly practices can encourage children to engage with and shape their environments (Davis, 2015). Studies found that early experiences with outdoor activities have a positive influence on children’s behaviour towards the environment (Pramling Samuelsson et al., 2019). My project aims to explore what preschool children think, experience and learn about what is good or healthy for the planet, and illustrate the benefit of a preschool garden as a tool to develop environmentally friendly behaviour of children aged 3 to 5. I observe children and their caregivers during gardening activities, ask the children to draw a picture and conduct interviews with the children. The findings will illustrate preschoolers’ awareness of what is good or healthy for the planet and how we can help the earth. The findings also suggest valuable information into the use of participatory methods to gain a holistic view on what children think, experience and learn when engaging with a preschool garden. I conducted a pilot study in July 2021 and in this seminar reflected on my experiences during the data collection process in my RDC.2 presentation."
Thursday 11 November 2021 - The role and potential of environmental education for enhancing the wellbeing of young people: a case study of the Field Studies Council, Slapton Ley | Presented by: Rachel Manning, Associate Research Fellow at Plymouth Institute of Education
"This research explored the role that curriculum-based environmental education plays in influencing young peoples’ wellbeing. It adopts a social constructivist approach to understand how wellbeing is understood, articulated, and experienced by young people in residential learning environments. The research challenges assumptions about the way nature is utilised in wellbeing interventions, highlighting the role that social and cultural backgrounds can play in the way nature is experienced by different groups and how this can be addressed within environmental education. This presentation discussed the relationship between environmental education and wellbeing, and how to best design environmental education programmes that meet the needs of young people."
Thursday 9 December 2021 - Plymouth Youth Peer Support Worker Project seminar | Presented by Tim Tod
About the project: Peer to Peer – one step closer
"We want to develop a project that will work systemically as well as at a family and individual level to Improve the outcomes for young people living with a disability or impairment as they move through adolescence into adulthood. Central to its success will be incorporating the "Triangle of Care" as a therapeutic alliance between the service user, professional and carer. We will be using Seligman’s PERMA Wellbeing theory – Positive emotion, Engagement, Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishments to underpin our outcome measures.
We will recruit and train young adult peer support workers with lived experience of different disabilities or impairments to deliver a mix of "interest-based" projects (hobbies) and "issue-based" projects (social action); as well as provide one-to-one support to individual young people.
We want to evaluate: 1) The impact of the service on improving the quality of transitions for those progressing towards adulthood and their subsequent outcomes, 2) Pathways into sustainable employment for young adults living with disabilities or impairments, and 3) The added value of employing and deploying individuals with lived experience that is of measurable benefit to our beneficiaries and our workforce."