Psychology Dissertation

Psychology Dissertation

Internal Code : MAS965

Psychology Dissertation

‘Positivity in Schools’ Research Project

In conjunction with schools, the LEA and Cynnal are always looking to improve practice and ensure the best possible conditions for our pupils’ success.In this respect, we would like to invite you to take part in a research project in collaboration us and with the School of Psychology at the University of Bangor. The aim of the research is to find out whether or not an intervention from the field of positive psychology has an impact on children’s happiness and academic performance. We intend to conduct the research with Year 7-13 pupils as a natural part of classroom activity for a week. For each pupil, it will mean:

· Completing a simple questionnaire before the research test.

· Recording ‘3 good things” in their day, in the form of a simple diary for 10 minutes at the end of every school day for a week. Partaking in a lesson on Growth Mindset .

· Completing the same questionnaires at the end of the week and in the summer term .

This questionnaire concerns the reasons why children do their school work. The scale was developed for students in late elementary and middle school. (The comparable SRQ for adults is referred to as the Learning Self-Regulation Questionnaire.) Consequently, its format is slightly different from the format of the Self- Regulation Questionnaires intended for adults. First, the repsonses to each item are on a 4-point scale rather than a 7-point scale because we have found that more than 4 possible responses is not optimal for the children who complete the questionnare who are as young as about 8 years of age. Second, we typically have the children respond right on the questionnaire by circling the correct response rather than using an asnwer sheet. Again, this is easier, especially when doing a group administration to a class of students. Of course it is more work for the researcher to get the information off the questionnaires, but it is worth the trade off. Third, there are more items on the SRQs for children than the SRQs for adults in order to ensure good reliability. Fourth, the “very true” response comes first for each item, whereas on the adult questionnaire it comes last. To score the scale: Very True is scored 4; Sort of True is scored 3; Not Very True is scored 2; and Not at All True is scored 1. This way, a higher score will indicate a higher level of endorsement of that regulatory style. The SRQ-A uses four subscales: external regulation, introjected regulation, identified regulation, and intrinsic motivation.

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