Exploring the impact of animal involvement in the learning experiences of learners mainly with autism in the English West Midlands region: a qualitative study

Zenenga, A., Phillips, J., Nyashanu, M. ORCID: 0000-0002-9231-0393 and Ekpenyong, M.S., 2021. Exploring the impact of animal involvement in the learning experiences of learners mainly with autism in the English West Midlands region: a qualitative study. Journal of Education. ISSN 0022-0574

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Abstract

Learners with autism are affected by different challenges during learning. There is a growing focus on education to facilitate learners to become more self-resilient by involving animals in learning spaces. This qualitative study explored the impact of animal involvement on the learning experiences of learners with autism. Twenty diaries, 32 questionnaires, and 40 guided narratives and pictorial voices were used to collect data. The study found that learners demonstrated improved communication, imagination, empathy, motivation, calculation skills, responsibility, and well-being while interacting with animals. The study concluded that involving animals in the learning spaces has significant positive impact on learners.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Education
Creators: Zenenga, A., Phillips, J., Nyashanu, M. and Ekpenyong, M.S.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Date: 23 May 2021
ISSN: 0022-0574
Identifiers:
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10.1177/0022057420987497DOI
1441271Other
Rights: © 2021 Trustees of Boston University. This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/) which permits any use, reproduction and distribution of the work without further permission provided the original work is attributed as specified on the SAGE and Open Access pages (https://us.sagepub.com/en-us/nam/open-access-at-sage).
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Laura Ward
Date Added: 27 May 2021 13:44
Last Modified: 31 May 2021 15:02
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42937

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