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How to raise 'hope' in young people from a moderate learning difficulties special school?

Cheong, Mei Yan; (2017) How to raise 'hope' in young people from a moderate learning difficulties special school? Doctoral thesis , UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

Using Snyder’s hope theory as the base, the present study aimed to conduct a qualitative-based exploratory case study to understand the relevance and operationalisation of a hope programme to young people from a moderate learning difficulties (MLD) special school. The person-centred approach was adopted in which the perspectives of four young people attending an MLD special school and their teachers and parents were obtained. This research has two phases. In Phase 1, the young people were invited to share their understandings of the terms used in Snyder’s hope theory, i.e. hope, goal, pathway thinking (replaced by the term ‘plan’ in this research), and agency thinking (replaced by the term ‘motivation’). They were also asked to share their views about the relevance and significance to them of an intervention programme, developed using Snyder’s hope theory, as well as its applications. The young people’s responses, along with Snyder’s hope theory, were then presented to the teachers and parents, to obtain their perspectives. The study findings demonstrated that most participants were positive about implementing a hope programme, based on Snyder’s theory, in the school. However, concerns were also raised with regard to its accessibility for students of all levels. Implications of the study findings for young people from an MLD special school and the practices of educational psychologists (EPs) were reflected. This research reflected the significant role of EPs in working systemically with schools, parents and students, and having an influence at the school level. It also demonstrated the role of EPs in strengthening the equal opportunities given to young people from an MLD school, and shed light on the appropriateness of a wellbeing programme that was informed by the local context as well as by group norms and values.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Title: How to raise 'hope' in young people from a moderate learning difficulties special school?
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Keywords: hope, moderate learning difficulties, exploratory case study
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1573601
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