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An Exploration into the Effectiveness of the Parental Tool ‘Let’s Talk’ Book, in Supporting Parents to Develop Emotional Language

Moore, Michelle and Wheatley, Emma (2019) An Exploration into the Effectiveness of the Parental Tool ‘Let’s Talk’ Book, in Supporting Parents to Develop Emotional Language. In: CARN Bulletin 22 - Voicing and Valuing: Daring and Doing. Collaborative Action Research Network, Manchester, UK, pp. 63-74. ISBN 978-1-910029-54-1

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Abstract

Emotional literacy and its implications on children’s lives has become a mainstream topic of discussion – not only for early years’ educators, but parents too. This participatory action research study explores the effectiveness of a new parental tool called the Let’s Talk book, in supporting parents in the development of emotional language in the home learning environment. Underpinned by theorists such as Salovey, Mayer, Tomkins, and others, this parental tool recognises the importance of emotional literacy and emotional intelligence as the motivating force in human experiences, and in particular during the formative years of a child’s life.

For the purposes of this action research project, a qualitative approach is being taken in the form of semi-structured questionnaires to assess the impact of the tool, with the method of data analysis being thematic. The main findings of the study suggest that while using the Let’s Talk book, parents and their children interact in more meaningful conversations using emotional language. Findings also show that families are using a wider range of emotional vocabulary, while all parents using the Let’s Talk book understand the concepts behind it.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > Children
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Early childhood education
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Emotions
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
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Depositing User: Clara Chan
Date Deposited: 14 Mar 2022 12:43
Last Modified: 25 Mar 2022 10:20
URI: https://norma.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/5550

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