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Amy Edwards

Doctor of Clinical Psychology, (Clinical Psychology)
Study Completed: 2020
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Emotions in the classroom: Exploring relationships between students' perceptions of teachers' practices and students' strengths and difficulties

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Development of social-emotional skills during adolescence is important for mental health and may be influenced by interactions within social environments such as schools. Ms Edwards examined students’ perceptions of teachers’ social-emotional practices and how they were related to students’ strengths and difficulties. She created a conceptual map of social-emotional practices from students’ perspectives, which was used as a lens to analyse 335 survey data collected from students. Ms Edwards found students frequently perceived teachers’ use of social-emotional practices. There were positive correlations between perceptions of social-emotional practices and students’ connectedness, which in turn was associated with fewer social-emotional difficulties.

Dr Kirsty Ross
Dr David Bimler
Professor Margaret Walshaw