They all deserve this: increasing capacity of teachers to identify students with well-being issues

WCU Author/Contributor (non-WCU co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Brandy Steelman Reeder (Creator)
Institution
Western Carolina University (WCU )
Web Site: http://library.wcu.edu/
Advisor
Brandi Hinnant-Crawford

Abstract: The Oxford online dictionary defines adolescence as the period of development between childhood and adulthood (Oxford Online Dictionary, n.d.). Adolescents, while maturing in physical ways, still have the minds of children. The emotions they experience and the needs they have become more complex as they develop, but oftentimes, they lack the mental awareness that sets in when one has reached adulthood. Because adolescence is a complex time, students in the high school arena need support systems in place to assist them as they mature. This disquisition examines the concept of well-being in the context of adolescence and explores ways in which schools can serve as environments that nurture positive well-being. Furthermore, this disquisition presents a strategy that was introduced to support positive well-being for students attending a high school located in North Carolina. The strategy consisted of providing teachers with the opportunity to learn about the basic needs of adolescents, to understand how to better identify students with well-being issues, and to develop strategies that could be used to increase positive well-being in the classrooms of the school. Teacher participants met weekly for a period of 4 weeks. The meetings focused on the following areas: Poverty and the Impact on Student Well-being; Understanding the Signs that a Student is in Need of Assistance; Research Studies and Resources for Teachers; Matching Students with Appropriate Resources. Each of the four meetings included members from a carefully selected design team, teacher participants, and other support staff. This improvement initiative was expected to yield positive results. Throughout the improvement initiative data was collected and analyzed at regular intervals in order to determine the relationship between the intervention strategy and the ability of teachers to identify students with issues related to well-being.

Additional Information

Publication
Dissertation
Language: English
Date: 2018
Keywords
adolescent, disquisition, teacher training, well-being

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