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Moving from a continuum to a community: reconceptualising the provision of support

Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda (2015). Moving from a continuum to a community: reconceptualising the provision of support. Review of Educational Research, 85(3) pp. 319–352.

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The notion of the continuum is applied to special education in diverse contexts across many nations. This paper explores its conceptual underpinnings, drawing upon a systematic search of the literature to review recurring ideas associated with the notion and to explicate both its uses and short-comings. Through a thematic analysis of the literature the research team derived twenty-nine continua, situated within six broad groupings (space, students, staffing, support, strategies and systems). This provides a clear structure for reconsidering the issues which the notion of the continuum is supposed to describe and enables a reconceptualisation of how the delivery of services is represented. We present the initial underpinnings for a community of provision, in which settings and services work together to provide learning and support for all children and young people in their locality.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2014 AERA
ISSN: 1935-1046
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Continuum of Education Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs: Review of International Policies and PracticesE-10-020-JRNational Council for Special Education (NCSE)
Keywords: continuum; additional provision; support services; special education; community of provision
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Childhood Youth and Sport Group (CYSG)
Item ID: 42242
Depositing User: Jonathan Rix
Date Deposited: 05 Mar 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 10:32
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