Horsing around – Using equine facilitated learning to support the development of social-emotional competence of students at risk of school failure

Saggers, Beth & Strachan, Jill (2016) Horsing around – Using equine facilitated learning to support the development of social-emotional competence of students at risk of school failure. Child and Youth Services, 37(3), pp. 231-252.

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Abstract

The social-emotional issues some students experience can place them at risk of school failure. Traditional methods of support can be ineffective or not sustainable and new alternative approaches need to be attempted to support social-emotional competency, school engagement and success for students at risk. This paper discusses preliminary outcomes of an equine facilitated learning (EFL) programme specifically designed to focus on using horses to improve the resilience and social-emotional competency in students perceived as ‘at risk’ of school failure. This qualitative exploratory study used interviews and observations over a six month period to listen to the voices of the students themselves about their experiences of EFL. Initial findings from the pilot study suggest that EFL programmes can be a novel and motivating way to promote resilience training and social-emotional development of students at risk of failure and, in turn, improve their level of engagement and connection with school environments.

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ID Code: 91401
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: at-risk students, equine facilitated learning, resilience, school failure, social-emotional competence, social-emotional learning
DOI: 10.1080/0145935X.2015.1072045
ISSN: 1545-2298
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Child and Youth Services, 37(3), http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0145935X.2015.1072045
Deposited On: 20 Dec 2015 22:49
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 18:10

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