Lecturer has publication success in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Her findings suggest that the nurture group offered an effective way of supporting the social, emotional and behavioural skills of a group of ‘at-risk’ pupils.

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Dr Kerry Vincent
“In the current educational climate where randomised controlled trials are seen as the gold standard, research such as this offers an important reminder of the value of small, local projects."

Dr Kerry Vincent, Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Nottingham Institute of Education

Dr Kerry Vincent, Senior Lecturer in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion at Nottingham Institute of Education has had recent publication success in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties.

Her article entitled ‘It’s small steps, but that leads to bigger changes’: evaluation of a nurture group intervention’ presents the findings of a small-scale research project that aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a part-time nurture group recently established in one primary school.

Her findings suggest that the nurture group offered an effective way of supporting the social, emotional and behavioural skills of a group of ‘at-risk’ pupils. A range of factors thought to be important in achieving these outcomes were highlighted. These align broadly with the theoretical underpinnings of nurture groups.

She said: “In the current educational climate where randomised controlled trials are seen as the gold standard, research such as this offers an important reminder of the value of small, local projects.”

Qualitative interviews were used to gather staff, pupil and parental perceptions about the nurture group. These focused on what difference the nurture group was making to the pupils concerned but also on views about what factors contributed to noted changes.

All stakeholder groups identified areas of development for nurture group pupils. These included improved social skills, growth in personal confidence, greater engagement with academic tasks, and fewer incidences of undesirable behaviour.

The research was supported by a small-scale action research project grant offered by the former School of Education (now The Nottingham Institute of Education) which aimed to support collaborative research relationships with schools.

Lecturer has publication success in Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties

Published on 20 July 2017
  • Category: Nottingham Institute of Education

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