New Circus: the benefits of Circus Training for young people in a residential setting,

O. Muldoon, R. Kilpatrick, Ruth Leitch

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    Abstract

    Circus 1 to 3 is a circus school, based on the concept of New Circus, for boys resident in St. Patrick's Training School, Northern Ireland. The project is designed, not only to teach Circus skills, but also to foster social and personal skills. This report details an evaluation undertaken to assess die extent to which this programme meets these aims. A study of participants Circus records indicated that significant gains in co-operative behaviour, team-work, attitude and participation, as rated by Circus tutors, were evident over the course of boys involvement. A qualitative study was also conducted. These interviews with Circus 1 to 3 participants indicated that this project enhanced the quality of life for boys resident in St. Patrick's Training School. In addition the project, through the use of positive feedback, provides opportunities for boys to develop their social and personal skills. This evaluation concludes that Circus 1 to 3 is a worthwhile and successful endeavour.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)28-38
    Number of pages11
    JournalChild Care in Practice
    Volume2(3)
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 1996

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