I BELONG TO THIS WORLD! A TEACHER PRACTICE FOR DEVELOPING RELATEDNESS IN THE SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT

Şükran Calp

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The need for relatedness is seen as the need for human connection. Relatedness refers to the social nature of human beings and the connectedness with others. It can be stated that the person meets the needs of being related with sensitivity, warmth, emotional sensitivity and social acceptance. People need to interact with other people socially. In the self-determination theory, this need is considered necessary for people to feel mentally healthier. The aim of this study is to support development of basic relatedness skills in students, who think that they have difficulties in building relationships. The second aim of the study is to determine students’ thoughts about relatedness and sense of belonging after the developed practices. In this study, qualitative research method, one of the scientific research methods, was used. It is an action research based on practice and mutual cooperation. The study group of the research consisted of 21 students from Department of Primary Education at a state university in Turkey. In this study, criterion sampling method was used. The criterion used in the study is that students emphasize that they have communication problems. The research data were obtained from (1) the semi-structured interview questions developed by the researcher, (2) the evaluation questions to answer at the end of each practice, and (3) the diaries written by students at the end of each practice. In order to collect the data of this study, a total of 7 weeks of practice was performed, six of which were the relatedness practices and one was the preparatory practice. Practices were made at the same time every week. Results showed that the students have positive thoughts about relatedness and sense of belonging after practices. According to the students, when "getting to know yourself, caring and respect, getting to know others, having a sense of belonging and developing social skills" come together, relatedness improves positively.

 

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relatedness, belonging, social skills, workshop, activity-based learning

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