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The effect of Impuls’ summer class on well-being and social-emotional skills of disadvantaged children in primary schools

Huurne, P.C.M. ter (2021) The effect of Impuls’ summer class on well-being and social-emotional skills of disadvantaged children in primary schools.

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Abstract:Not all children are raised under the right circumstances in which they can develop their full potential. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this became even more clear and the safety of all children could not be guaranteed. With still a lot of uncertainties about the re-opening of schools and disadvantaged children who usually fall behind during summer, Impuls Oldenzaal decided to help these children by organising a 4-day during summer class. Their goal was to positively affect the psychological well-being, the parent-child relationship as part of social well-being, physical well-being and social-emotional skills of participating disadvantaged children aged 8 to 12. The current study was aimed at identifying whether these goals were reached. This was done by collecting data from participating children, their parents, their teachers and social workers, using questionnaires and holding interviews. Based on a sample of 41 children, the collected data showed that participating children scored low on the different aspects of well-being and had a worrying level of social-emotional skills. It seemed that the participating children were indeed disadvantaged and fit the target group of Impuls. The quantitative data did not show any significant differences in psychological well-being, parent-child relationship, physical well-being and social-emotional skills. While most parents mentioned to feel relieved about having some time off, children did not report any differences in their relationship with parents. On physical well-being, parents mentioned a more active lifestyle during the summer class and most children reported less physical complaints. Compared to other studies, the lack of significant results might be caused by the absence of clear goals, the short duration of this summer class, the small sample, and the high amount of missing data. Previous studies showed that disadvantaged children usually decline during summer, which did not happen for the participating children on well-being and social-emotional skills. Therefore, this summer class seemed to have had a positive impact.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Impuls, Oldenzaal, The Netherlands
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 81 education, teaching
Programme:Educational Science and Technology MSc (60023)
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