Capstone/Dissertation Title

Therapy animals in education: their positive affects on struggling learners

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project is, how does the use of therapy animals in an educational setting positively affect the struggling learner? It discusses the positive influences that Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) utilized in an educational setting can have on children and learning. It identifies the benefits of AAT, why it works, and the positive changes that occur as a result. The author documents research collected through interviews and observations and supports the validity through research literature. The influence for this capstone developed through a passion for teaching students with learning challenges and a true affection for animals. The final results of merging the two together to uncover the significance of the human/animal bond have been the motivation for this project.

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