Integration in further education: a case study

Corbett, Jennifer (1987). Integration in further education: a case study. PhD thesis The Open University.



In this case study I examine the integration of students with physical disabilities into a college of further education over a period of five years.

In Section One issues in integration are examined as they relate to developments within the case study. The conventional model of integration, as outlined in the Warnock Report (1978), is challenged and an alternative perspective proposed.

In Section Two the provision for students with special needs in further education is described and evaluated. Research initiatives are examined in relation to current practice, and curriculum developments are assessed. The development of integration within the Youth Training Scheme is discussed and critically evaluated.

In Section Three the background to the case study is presented through an examination of integration schemes which were already established in the borough (which I call Harefield). The college (which I call Fraser College) is described before the pilot scheme of 1981 to 1982 is examined and assessed. At this stage I provide a retrospective picture of developments before I began to record the integration scheme in January 1983. Recent initiatives in Harefield for people with disabilities are described as they relate to developments in the case study.

In Section Four developments from January 1983 to April 1986 are described through my role as a participant in the scheme. I evaluate early errors, the development of a Bridging Course, the expansion of a new college (which I call Spencer College), the status of a disabled lecturer at Fraser College, developments in Harefield's Youth Training Scheme, experiences of lecturers and progress of students.

In Section Five I offer a new model of integration, examine prospects for integration in further education and make recommendations from the results of the case study development.

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