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Exploring provision for children identified with special educational needs: an international review of policy and practice

Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda (2013). Exploring provision for children identified with special educational needs: an international review of policy and practice. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 28(4) pp. 375–391.

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This project aimed to create a descriptive map of international research which explores the notion of the continuum of educational provision for children with special educational needs. It also aimed to determine and examine the nature of how the continuum of provision is conceptualised, operationalised and enacted in a sample of selected countries. Commissioned by the National Council for Special Education, it also identified implications for the development of provision within the Irish context. The research involved a systematic identification and thematic review of theory, identifying and examining literature associated with the conceptualisation of the continuum; it examined the policy and provision across 55 administrations as publically reported, primarily to international agencies; it carried out more detailed examination of policy and practice in 10 countries using a survey and vignette study; and it involved a series of interviews with a range of individuals in a range of settings in four countries with differing approaches to supporting children with special educational needs. This paper outlines the overall findings of the research. It focuses in particular upon the need to change how we think about provision associated with continua, recognising the lack of international coherence in approaches to support for pupils with special educational needs. It identifies in particular the opportunities presented by a reconceptualisation of the class and the management of class resources, and the role key personnel can play in creating links between diverse services.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2013 Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1469-591X
Project Funding Details:
Funded Project NameProject IDFunding Body
Not SetNot SetThe National Council for Special Education
Keywords: special educational needs; inclusion; international review
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: 42247
Depositing User: Jonathan Rix
Date Deposited: 06 Jan 2016 15:12
Last Modified: 19 Dec 2017 10:32
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