Proceedings of The 4th International Conference on Modern Research in Education, Teaching and Learning
An Innovative Approach for delivering Recreation/Stress-release as well as Traits of Leadership/Supervision to teachers of an Engineering Institute in Pakistan, by using Equine Assisted Activity
Faizan Dastgeer and Hasan Erteza Gelani
The attempt to demonstrate the delivery of qualities of leadership to an engineering institute teachers, via equine assisted activities may be deemed as a novel contribution of this paper. Equine Assisted Activities (EAA) have been used for various scenarios such as psychological issues, physical health related issues, rehabilitation etc: the current paper presents the use of EAA for the case of faculty members of an engineering institute in Pakistan. The first target of this EAA program was to provide purposefulness, personal growth and an inter-species relationship to the participants – these aspects are linked to Psychological Wellbeing (PWB). The second target evolved into making the participants visualize three qualities of leadership, as the participants are teachers who will lead other teachers/students. The chosen leadership qualities were Communication, Influence and Awareness. The project involved introducing the participants to EAA with a two days activity and then taking consent for a 4-6 weeks EAA program. Different results and excerpts of participant log files, along with a feasibility of EAA for Pakistani public sector universities is presented in this paper.
keywords: equine assisted activities, psychological wellbeing, teachers, leadership.