RESEARCH PROPOSAL
BY KEIRA MOODLEY
Title:
How do we identify children that experience social, emotional and behavioural barriers to learning and why is it important to do so?
Summary of topic:
Today teachers are faced with many challenges on a daily basis in the classroom. However, it does go unnoticed of the social, emotional and behavioural barriers to learning that a child may face. My research will be on social, emotional and behavioural barriers to learning. What are the social barriers to learning – ability to interact socially with their peers has a significant impact on how they progress in the classroom. The main role of social interaction in the classroom involves interacting with other students, talking through problems and finding solutions. Emotional barriers to learning – it is lack of self-esteem or confidence due to low skills levels; negative personal experience of learning; previously undetected or unaddressed learning disabilities; social problems such as abuse or bullying. Behavioural barriers to learning – it the negative behaviour that children tend to use.
Short literature review:
What is a barrier to learning?
It is a question that most teachers do tend to ask. A barrier to learning is all that stands in the way of a child being able to learn effectively. A child may experience one or more barriers to learning throughout his or her education. A child with a disability will experience that disability as an essential barrier to learning and will require varying levels of support to accommodate their disability in order to reach their full academic potential. They can also be societal/environmental barriers. For example, extreme poverty, abuse or neglect will all act as barriers to a child’s learning.

There are different types of barriers to learning:
Emotional and Health barriers
Financial Issues
Cultural and Social Issues
Barriers within the academic system
Language and Education
Lack of parental involvement
Learning difficulties – these may include difficulties within the child such as Dyslexia or ADHD that prevent them from performing according to their true potential.

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Expected contribution:
not sure what this means
Availability of data:
Interviews with 2 different schools
Surveys given to teachers and learners

List or references:
Articles on the internet
Textbooks
Handguides
Blogs
Reasons why I am interested in this topic:
The reason why I am interested, is because I am a teacher and I have experienced children in my class that have had barriers to learnings. I strongly believe that more and more children are on the rise of experiencing barriers to learning. I feel that this topic needs more attention in the world of education and I also feel that teachers need to be made aware of this. I have learnt that we as teachers are taught that the child must be taught as whole, although this is correct, we as teachers may look past these barriers of learning.

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