Royal Shakespeare Company’s Education Outreach Programme
Community enhancement project in schools
Collaborating institutions: EHU, Royal Shakespeare Company, The Blackpool Grand, Hope University
Co-researchers: Prof Helen Newall, Karen Jaundrill-Scott.
Best Days of Our Lives
Playscript, schools consortium production, Community reminiscence project, Chester Cathedral, October 2015
Book & lyrics by Prof Helen Newall, music: Matt Baker.
Arts Therapies in Schools with Children with Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties
In this study by PhD student Zoe Moula, drama, dance, music and arts psychotherapists offered support to 64 children with emotional or behavioural issues across a number of mainstream schools. The study focused on the outcomes of arts therapies as perceived by children.
See below for links of publications relating to this study
Moula. Z., Karkou, V., Powell, J. (2019) A pilot cross-over randomised controlled trial of child-focused process and outcome evaluation of arts therapies at primary mainstream schools: study protocol. Arts & Health p1-16 https://doi.org/10.1080/17533015.2019.1703198. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/17533015.2019.1703198
Moula, M., Aithal, S., Karkou, V., Powell, J. (2020) A systematic review of child-focused outcomes and assessments of arts therapies delivered in primary mainstream schools. Children and Both Services Review, Vol 112. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0190740919313040?via%3Dihub
Collaborating institutions: EHU and mainstream schools in Liverpool and Ellesmere Port
Research team: Zoe Moula, Prof Vicky Karkou, Dr Joanne Powell.
Zoe has also conducted A systematic review of the effectiveness of art therapy delivered in school-based settings to children aged 5–12 years
Dance Movement Psychotherapy for the Wellbeing of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Their Caregivers
The Learning Machines Lab
The Learning Machines Lab studies learning in humans and in machines from developmental, neurocognitive, computational and educational perspectives.
The Lab is based at the Department of Psychology at Edge Hill University and focuses on individual differences in learning related to neurodiversity and autism, with an interest in cross-linguistic and cross-cultural differences also. The ultimate aim is to apply knowledge from the study of individual differences in learning to education and everyday life.
The current research project for the Lab I predict therefore I am!: The predictive social mind, prior knowledge, and autism, involves neuroscience workshops for children aged 6-18 offering them the chance to take part in scientific research in a fun and engaging way, working on creative and educational activities.
For for information including links to publications from the ream relating to the Lab, please click on this link http://www.learningmachineslab.org
Co-researchers from EHU: Dr Themis Karamisis, Dr Louise Lawrence, Ms Rebecca Wallwork
Dance Movement Psychotherapy for Women with Post Natal Depression
A phenomenological study researching the subjective experiences of women receiving dance movement psychotherapy treatment for postnatal depression. The perinatal period is transitory and transformational for the mother, both emotionally and physically, and the study is interested in the use of body-based therapy to address perinatal mental health problems. The project aims to give a voice to women and to better understand how the intervention may be developed further for this patient group.
Research Team: Emma Perris, Prof Vicky Karkou