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Author: Michele Patak-Pietrafesa

SSW Research Brief: Child-Centered Play Therapy in Schools

Ray, D., Armstrong, S., Balkin, R., & Jayne, K. (2015). Child-centered play therapy in the schools: Review and meta-analysis. Psychology in the Schools, 52(2), 107-123. Article summarized by Minji Kim, MSW Student studying School Social Work at Loyola Chicago What is the study about? Researchers conducted a meta-analysis to examine the effectiveness of child-centered play therapy (CCPT) in elementary school settings. Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT): Child-centered play therapy is an intervention that uses developmentally appropriate means of interacting (play) to help children express feelings and thoughts in healthy ways and build a foundation for behavioral self-control. In CCPT, the...

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SSW Research Brief: What can student perception surveys tell us about teaching?

Wallace, T.L., Kelcey, B., & Ruzek, E. (2016). What can student perception surveys tell us about teaching? Empirically testing the underlying structure of the Tripod Student Perception Survey. American Educational Research Journal, 53(6), 1834-1868. doi: 10.3102/0002831216671864   What is the study about? Student-teacher interactions can determine the amount of effort students put in to learning. Students’ perceptions therefore, may be a promising way to evaluate teaching compared to classroom observations by other professionals. The Tripod Student Perception Survey collects data from students about their perceptions of classroom instruction.   FACT: Research has shown only moderate agreement between student ratings...

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What Schools Need to Know About Fostering School Belonging

Article Citation: Allen, K., Kern, M. L., Vella-Brodrick, D., Hattie, J., & Waters, L. (2016). What schools need to know about fostering school belonging: A meta-analysis. Educational Psychology Review, 1-34. doi: 10.1007/s10648-016-9389-8 What is the study about? The researchers hope to clarify inconsistencies in previous research about the individual and social factors that influence feelings of school belonging for students. "School Belonging" The extend to which students feel personally accepted, respected, included, and supported by others in the school social environment (Goodenow & Grady, 1993, p. 80). Previous research has identified several factors related to school belonging, and these...

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Building Family Engagement with “Cultural Brokering”

 Ishimaru, A.M., Torres, K.E., Salvador, J.E., Lott, J, II., & Tran, C. (2016). Reinforcing deficit, journeying toward equity: Cultural brokering in family engagement initiatives. American Educational Research Journal, 53(4), 850-882. doi: 10.3102/0002831216657178 What is the study about? Parent-engagement efforts in schools often discount the cultural resources of minority families. This study explored the roles and actions of individuals hired by schools to increase parent engagement through “cultural brokering”. Cultural brokering: may take the form of helping families translate and rehearse the behaviors & communication styles of the dominant culture, providing access to institutionally based networks, & integrating the cultural...

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