How could the education of behavioral science affect children in their individual growth?

I am interested in this topic because I have always had a passion for psychology as well as early childhood education, and personally I believe that the insight on behavioral science that they provide within counselling and therapy is important for all children to educated on. Due to the costs of therapy, as well as issues affecting youth that go unnoticed by social workers and or school staff, many children who require the knowledge and support to help deal with emotional issues go untreated, and this leads to internal turmoil that can fester and grow into toxic behavior in the future.

My established knowledge is that for many children, therapy and counselling is not accessible, and while it is unrealistic to offer each child these opportunities free of cost, I think that entwining behavioral education into the early education system can cause a significant difference in a child's development.

I have learned so far that the introduction of psychology into the classroom is beneficial to both the student and the teacher, as it can often strengthen an emotional bond which will encourage respect and participation in the student, as well as help the teacher further understand the motives and thought process of their student.

I have also learned that within the school system psychology is often considered only a social study and is not touched upon in science, as well as mainly only offered as an elective for higher grades. I am eager to discover more information on this subject as I continue in my inquiry.

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Hi Joelene, 

Your topic sounds super interesting! I'm excited for you to begin your research rounds on this topic. I agree with you; psychology and early child education are really interesting topics. I enjoyed how you talked about your established knowledge. By doing this, you made connections with concepts that you understand currently and tied that in with what you are interested to learn more about. You also highlighted the fact that therapy and counselling is not always accessible for people. In the past year, like you, me and @Bogdan Badea (Charles Best) were really interested about learning about the accessibility of therapy and counselling in our neighborhood. We visited to this amazing charity called Act 2, and we interviewed them about what they were doing and their impact on those who were going through a though difficult time and needed someone to be there with them. The beautiful concept of the work that they were doing is that they were providing counselling services for free of charge, so evidently, it is possible to present such opportunity for those that need it. However, because they were doing this for free and were relying on donations/funds to help continue this project, the wait list for new clients (who weren’t facing an extremely serious case ex. sexual assault abuse, etc.) was almost 3 months long. I, thus, agree with you that entwining behavioral aid and education into the system would be beneficial. I suggest that you may want to look into, first, the general overview of behavioral sciences. Here you can talk about the part of the brain, our behaviors and what some of our emotions mean. If you want, you can explain what the government is doing to provide accessible counselling services currently and compare to what other countries are doing. You can also look into counselling effectiveness. There are many aspects to look your question from, so good luck! 

 

Here are some websites you can use for your next round: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3908499/  

http://www.child-encyclopedia....d-its-impact-young-0  

http://www.healthsurvey.com/co...ingeffectiveness.htm  

 

-Alison

Sup Joelene.
You seem to have a lot of knowledge on and are passionate about your topic! You brought up a very interesting point in that psychology is only offered as an extra socials credit. I absolutely agree in saying that incorporating behavioural science into early childhood education would be beneficial on several levels, in fact I believe it should be incorporated into all levels of education.

https://med.nyu.edu/child-adol...herapy-children-adhd

I’m eager to read your further discoveries on the topic. Good luck!

Hello @Joelene Brewer (LFAS)

This is an interesting question that you are taking a look at. It is unfortunate to learn and read about that many issues goes unnoticed and this in the long run will be detrimental for the child and the future. A lot of situations could be fixed,  prevented or changed when young but if not known, that chance would be passed up. Hope to read your finding soon. Additionally, i have taken the psychology course so there is deep level of knowledge and information you're jumping into. 
I hope these could jump start in your research! 
https://www.sciencedaily.com/r.../08/080804155129.htm

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4128411/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5863917/

Keep it up! 
~Jim
CA 
CBSS

Hi Joelene!

I’m really glad you’re doing this topic because I’m interested in children too, especially the psychological factors! In schools I found that counselling is actually easily available, since we have people who are paid to do it, but sometimes the problem occurs in when children are ashamed of their issues or are too shy to open up. I think that is where the idea of “entwining behavioural education into the early education system” (quoted from you lol) would be extremely helpful as to allowing kids to open up about their issues. I actually found an article that tried to teach this to high school students: 

http://canwetalk.ca/wp-content...CWT-lesson-plans.pdf

and another one:

https://www.cmho.org/education...es/teacher-resources

Hope this helps and good luck!

 

 

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