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  1. Turning the Page for Spot: Exploring the Potential of Therapy Dogs to Support Reading Motivation and Positive Reading Behaviours Among Young Children

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Camille Xinmei Rousseau

    Animal-assisted literacy programs are growing in popularity as research continues to reveal their benefits for promoting children’s reading skills and positive reading behaviours. Struggling readers may benefit the most from canine-assisted literacy programs as these programs may increase...

  2. Talking about animals : studies of young children visiting zoos, a museum and a farm.

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Susan Dale Tunnicliffe

    Conversations of children, between the ages of three and twelve years, and their accompanying adults were recorded at animal exhibits during visits, organised either by the school or family, to a variety of zoos in England and the USA, and to the Natural History Museum, London. The animal...

  3. Den gode herdens vallhund. Konfirmanders och medarbetares erfarenheter av hundens medverkan i konfirmationen

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Tova Mortensen

    In John 10:11, Jesus proclaims “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” The shepherd dog’s main mission is to assist the shepherd in driving the livestock in a desired direction. Can the church likewise, with help from dogs, lead human...

  4. Ecotourism and Human-Bear Relations in Ontario: Working for Multispecies Respect and Economic Sustainability

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Victoria Readings

    Relations between northern Ontario’s human communities and black bears have often been violent, and hunting is promoted for economic and “safety” reasons. The Ontario spring bear hunt was previously banned but was recently reinstated, compounding concerns about human-bear...

  5. Human wildlife conflicts and interaction : the impact of oil exploration and development in Buliisa, Uganda

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Isaac Sserwanga

    After discovery of an estimated 2.5 billion of commercially viable oil, worth $2 billion in annual revenue for 20 years in the Albertine graben, Uganda’s pursuit for a middle state income status seemed attainable. However, the oil reserves are situated in biodiversity sensitive area, with...

  6. Bonding practices between farmer and animals : a study in organic and conventional ovine farming systems from the south east of France

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Clara Hélène Gouy

    Today animal welfare is at the centre of many societal interrogations and the place that farm animals hold in our society is under scrutiny. The human-animal relationship is acknowledged to be a major contributor to animal welfare; however, given the difficulty to assess this subjective bond,...

  7. Human-carnivore conflict over livestock in the eastern Serengeti ecosystem with special emphasis on African wild dogs (Lycaon pictus)

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Richard Daniel Lyamuya

    Human-carnivore conflict is currently one of the main constraints to biodiversity conservation efforts outside many protected areas worldwide. A survey of livestock depredation caused by wild dogs (Lycaon pictus) and other wild carnivore species in the Maasai and Sonjo areas outside Serengeti...

  8. Animal-assisted activities for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: Teachers' and parents' perceptions

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Charis Hawkridge

    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder which currently affects an estimated one percent of the international population and that percentage appears to be growing. There is currently no single intervention that has been found to improve all the symptoms of ASD, and the most...

  9. Urban Animal Management: a naturalistic perspective

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    Theses | Contributor(s): David William Paxton

    The thesis uses a naturalistic perspective derived from Darwin’s theory of the origin of species by natural selection to propose that human beings and dogs co-evolved in an interdependent relationship which needs to be taken into account by makers of public policies about urban dogs. An...

  10. Die effek van 'n troeteldier-ondersteunde leesprogram op die leesvaardighede van graad 3-kinders in 'n Wes-Kaapse laerskool

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Marieanna C. Le Roux

    Leesprobleme is ʼn wêreldwye probleem, selfs in eerstewêreldlande soos Amerika. In Suid-Afrika is die geletterdheidsyfers selfs baie swakker. Die resultate van die PIRLS-studie dui daarop dat 80% van Suid-Afrikaanse kinders se leesvaardighede nie ten volle ontwikkel is wanneer hulle...

  11. The Dingo in the Colonial Imagination

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Amanda Graham Stuart

    This thesis is comprised of two parts: a Studio Research component with accompanying Exegesis (66%), and a Dissertation (33%). The Dissertation provides the historical theoretical component that informs the Studio Research and Exegesis, entitled The Dingo in the Colonial Imagination.This body...

  12. "When He's Up There He's Just Happy and Content": Parents' Perceptions of Therapeutic Horseback Riding

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Lauren Boyd

    The present research set out to explore parents‟ perceptions of therapeutic horseback riding as an activity for their children with multiple disabilities. It was designed to explore their vicarious experiences of the activity as well as their perceptions of their children‟s experiences of the...

  13. Lemmikkieläimet lapsen kehityksen tukena

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Minna Hautala

    Opinnäytetyöni tarkoituksena oli saada tietoa siitä, miten lemmikkieläimet voivat olla tukena lapsen kehityksessä. Tutkimuksen päätavoitteena oli saada tietoa leikki-ikäisten lasten vanhemmilta lemmikkieläinten vaikutuksesta lapsen kehitykseen...

  14. Carving out a place for "pets" within the age-friendly agenda: A case study exploring the public health implications of companion animal relationships for older adults who are aging-in-place

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Ann Madeline Toohey

    Growing numbers of people surpass the age of 65 each year, and a widely adopted response has been to work towards making communities more “age-friendly,” as per the World Health Organization’s age-friendly policy framework. Within this framework, there is no explicit reference...

  15. Metsä ei tarvitse ihmistä, mutta ihminen tarvitsee metsää : Luonto- ja eläinavusteiset menetelmät hyvinvoinnin ja kuntoutuksen tukena

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Anniina Aaramaa, Riikka Kivimäki

    Opinnäytetyömme tarkoituksena on tutkia luonto- ja eläinavusteisten menetelmien soveltuvuutta sosiaalialan yrityksissä ja vankilaympäristössä sekä lisätä luonto- ja eläinavusteisten menetelmien tunnettavuutta sosiaali- ja terveysalalla....

  16. Sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta seurakunnan koulutyön toimintamenetelmänä

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Mirva Heikkinen

    Sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta seurakunnan koulutyön toimintamenetelmänä opinnäytetyö kertoo teorian avulla ihmisille, miksi sosiaalipedagoginen koiratoiminta toimii hyvin tunne- ja vuorovaikutuskasvatuksen työmenetelmänä seurakunnan...

  17. Osana laumaa : Eläin lapsen sosiaalisten taitojen ja vuorovaikutuksen tukena

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Sirpa Souranto

    Tämän opinnäytetyön tarkoituksena oli kerätä kokemustietoa siitä, miten lapsen sosiaalisia taitoja ja vuorovaikutusta voidaan tukea eläinavusteisten ja toiminnallisten menetelmien avulla. Tavoitteena oli selvittää, miten lapset kokevat...

  18. Eläinavusteinen erityispedagogiikka : Koira-avusteisen työskentelyn merkitys kahdelle kehitysvammaiselle henkilölle kotona ja toimintakeskuksessa

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Norma Tiainen

    Opinnäytetyö on kvalitatiivinen, toiminnallinen tutkimus, jonka tavoite oli tuoda esille eläinavusteista työskentelyä, sen hyötyjä ja soveltamismahdollisuuksia erityispedagogisessa toiminnassa aikuisten kehitysvammaisten henkilöiden kanssa. Toiminnalliset...

  19. Virikkeitä aidosta hännänheilutuksesta : Ikäihmisten kokemuksia kaverikoiratoiminnasta

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Miia Vauhkonen, Oona Hirvi

    Tutkimuksen tilaajana oli Suomen Kennelliitto, joka on perustettu vuonna 1889. Suomen Kennelliitto on koirajärjestö, joka järjestää muun muassa kaverikoiratoimintaa. Kaverikoira-nimike patentoitiin vuonna 2005 ja sitä saavat käyttää vain Kennelliiton...

  20. Eläinavusteista toimintaa Klubitaloilla

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    Theses | Contributor(s): Minna Yrjölä

    Tässä tutkimuksellisessa kehittämistyössä kehitettiin Karhulan ja Haminan Klubitalon toimintaa, selvittämällä eläinavusteisen työskentelyn soveltuvuutta mielenterveyskuntoutujien hyvinvoinnin ylläpitoon sekä heidän...