Topic:  Pathways towards hobbies: Resilience and extracurricular activities for disadvantaged primary school children – David Glynne-Percy

Date:  Tuesday 5 December 2017

Time:  1.00pm for 1.15-3.00pm

Venue:  B503 Checkland Building, Falmer Campus, University of Brighton, Brighton, BN1 9PH

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Summary:  Is there an activity you love to do? Does performing this activity make you feel better about yourself, your life, and the world around you? We know a great deal about the benefits of developing hobbies. Positive psychology is awash with notions of “well-being”, “self-esteem”, “self-actualisation”, “flow”, being in the “zone” or finding one’s “element”. These reports are written from a perspective of a developed hobby, when the activity is mastered. But we know less about how hobbies are initiated, and then crucially sustained, in the embryonic first weeks and months. We know even less about how to trigger and then sustain the engagement of children experiencing adversity in their young lives.

This Resilience Forum will investigate how 20 disadvantaged children discovered a hobby whilst at school. How do those children, battered by adversity and inequality, express a desire to participate? It will reveal stories of not only individual resilience, both child and school practitioner, but how whole school resilience shaped and guided children to follow pathways hitherto unexplored.

Biography:  After completing a Masters in Leisure Management I ran a small activity centre in the French Pyrenees for 20 years. Returning to the UK in 2010 I worked in a primary school with children deemed to have barriers to learning and to be “too disruptive” to keep in class. It was during this time I became disillusioned to behavioural programs and interventions offered as a panacea to these “naughty” children, and began to investigate other avenues to improve academic outcomes that could be achieved within a school context. I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Brighton.

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Who might be most interested:  People working in schools, practitioners, academics, students, parents, carers, community workers, volunteers, public sector workers, young people. I would love anyone with a passion to come along!

Travel Information: For details of where to find us please see this map (external link). The Falmer Campus is well-served by public transport (25 bus and Falmer train station).

*NOTE Parking restrictions will be in force, with clamping and fines being issued. Demand for parking at Falmer is far in excess of the spaces available and alternative transport is strongly recommended. Please ensure that if you do need to bring your car you either have a Falmer permit or you contact Becky to pre-book a parking space well in advance. See our travel information page.

The Resilience Forum is for ANYBODY (with a pulse!) involved with or interested in resilience research