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Palikara, Olympia; Castro, Susana; Gaona, Carolina; Eirinaki, Vasiliki – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
In 2014 a new policy for special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision was introduced in England. As it has been the case in countries where SEND reforms were introduced, these changes raised challenges and opportunities for the professionals supporting children with SEND. However, to date, little systematic and large-scale evidence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Special Education, Educational Needs
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Kerins, Pauline; Casserly, Ann Marie; Deacy, Evelyn; Harvey, Deirdre; McDonagh, Dolores; Tiernan, Bairbre – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
According to government policy in Ireland, special needs assistants (SNAs) may be employed in post-primary schools to support students deemed to have chronic and serious care needs. There is currently no national policy regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) of SNAs, to meet the requirements of their role. This study investigated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Teacher Aides, Educational Policy
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Ekins, Alison; Savolainen, Hannu; Engelbrecht, Petra – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
Policy and practice in relation to meeting the diverse needs of all children, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, is in a state of change in the UK. As a result, there is growing interest in and understanding of the need to focus on factors which impact on teachers' levels of self-efficacy in meeting the needs of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Self Efficacy, Special Education
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Norwich, Brahm; Ylonen, Annamari – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
This paper is about a design-based research project which evaluated the novel use of Lesson Study for assessment (LSfA) purposes. It starts by explaining the principles and design of LSfA procedures based on a Lesson Study model and dynamic assessment principles. It outlines the training and support provided to six Lesson Study teams in three…
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Alternative Assessment, Educational Principles, Program Descriptions
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Strogilos, Vasilis; Nikolaraizi, Magda; Tragoulia, Eleni – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
In this study 20 beginning special education teachers were asked to describe their experiences in general education settings. To provide data, each teacher completed approximately three electronic reflective journals during a school year and also participated in a phone interview, which was aimed to give in-depth information regarding the…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, General Education, School Culture, Disabilities
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Barlow, Alexandra; Humphrey, Neil – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
Parents' involvement in their children's education is known to be an important predictor of a range of adaptive outcomes. For learners with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), lack of parental engagement and confidence has been highlighted as a problematic issue. Given this, the objectives of the current study were to: (i) determine…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Ethnicity, Foreign Countries, Educational Needs
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Keating, Stephanie; O'Connor, Una – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
The education of pupils with special educational needs in Ireland has generally been influenced by national and international inclusion policy and legislation so that the majority of these children now take their place alongside peers in mainstream classrooms. In Ireland, a support network comprising the teacher and additional classroom assistance…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Occupational Information
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McCoy, Selina; Banks, Joanne – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
International studies have raised concerns about the academic and social implications of inclusive policies on school engagement and successful learning and, in particular, on the ways in which friendships are formed between students with SEN and other students. This article stems from research findings which show that Irish children with special…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Cross Cultural Studies, Disabilities, Self Concept Measures
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Bosma, Tirza; Resing, Wilma C. M. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
The aim of this study was to examine the contribution of dynamic testing in the measuring of children's need for instruction and to explore responses of special education teachers to dynamic testing results. Thirty-six 10-12-year-old children with a moderate to mild intellectual disability and their teachers participated. Children in the…
Descriptors: Control Groups, Educational Needs, Mental Retardation, Testing
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Vickerman, Philip; Blundell, Milly – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
According to Blatchford, learning support assistants (LSA) in schools within England comprise of a quarter of their workforce. In recent years, the inclusion of children with special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream school settings has seen significant rises. Furthermore, the English government has raised expectations on the amount of…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Physical Education, Educational Needs, Disabilities
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Banks, Joanne; Shevlin, Michael; McCoy, Selina – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
Within categories of special educational needs, emotional and behavioural difficulties have received much attention in recent years, particularly in relation to their definition and identification by parents and teachers. This paper stems from previous research which highlights how children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those attending…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Disadvantaged Schools, Economically Disadvantaged, Disproportionate Representation
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Douglas, Graeme; McLinden, Mike; McCall, Steve; Pavey, Sue; Ware, Jean; Farrell, Ann Marie – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011
This article presents a selection of findings from a literature review of best practice models and outcomes in the education of visually impaired children. The review suggested that a key focus of research in this area has been upon the concept of "access", particularly with regards to barriers children with visual impairment face in accessing…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Visual Impairments, Teaching Methods, Literature Reviews
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Bedoin, D. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011
This paper deals with English teachers who work with deaf and hard-of-hearing (D/HH) students. In France deaf students are required to attend foreign language classes--mostly English classes. The purpose is not to teach them British sign language (BSL) or American sign language (ASL), but written and/or spoken English. Indeed, sign languages are…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Deafness, Foreign Countries, English Teachers
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Lindqvist, G.; Nilholm, C.; Almqvist, L.; Wetso, G. -M. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011
The purpose of the present paper is to investigate how different occupational groups explain why children have problems in school, how they believe schools should help these children and the role they believe that special educational needs coordinators (SENCOs) should have in such work. A questionnaire was distributed to all teaching and support…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Special Education, Teacher Role, Questionnaires
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Abbott, Lesley; McConkey, Roy; Dobbins, Michael – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2011
Under the aegis of inclusion, greater numbers of learning support assistants (LSAs) in mainstream and special schools are increasingly required to assist teachers with pupils who have complex needs across the full age range. Because of the numerous and wide-ranging learning difficulties and learning disabilities in addition to sensory impairment,…
Descriptors: Special Education, Learning Problems, Educational Needs, Learning Disabilities
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