A psycho-dynamic analysis of nurture and restorative practice:positive language and communication through relational approaches in school

Hibbin, Rebecca (2019) A psycho-dynamic analysis of nurture and restorative practice:positive language and communication through relational approaches in school. The International Journal of Nurture in Education. pp. 54-65. ISSN 2059-0458

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Abstract

The importance of positive language and communication is often noted by researchers and theorists as being central to the success of approaches to behavioural management that have relationships at their core. However, what is practically meant by the taken-for-granted precept of positive language and communication is less well developed in the literature. This paper attempts to unpack the preconditions for positive language and communication in the context of nurture groups and restorative practice in school; to identify what it looks like in practice and how it has been evidenced in the research. Overall, a psycho-analytic stance is taken to link positive language and communication to well-developed theoretical principles, that help to unpack challenging behaviour and give practitioners a language with which to both understand and respond. In particular the notions of projection, reverie and the container-contained (Bion, 1963, 1965), and also the facilitating environment created by emotional ‘holding’ (Winnicott, 1945, 1956), have been examined in the context of practitioners’ responses to children’s often unconscious behaviours. The range of theoretical stances from both psychological and educational research have proved helpful in conceptualising the way positive language and communication can be understood in practice. It is concluded that more research is needed to further unpack this core and taken-for-granted element of helping children to manage their emotional lives in school.

Item Type: Journal Article
Journal or Publication Title: The International Journal of Nurture in Education
Subjects:
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 136111
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 28 Aug 2019 11:00
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2020 05:07
URI: https://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/136111

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