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Olsson, Lena M.; Elgmark Andersson, Elisabeth; Granlund, Mats; Huus, Karina – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
Background: Children with a mild intellectual disability (ID) and their families often require social services; however, because of the characteristics of the formal service system, these families may be at risk of not receiving necessary services. The aim of this study was to obtain knowledge regarding the types and number of services that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Social Services, Mild Mental Retardation, Inclusion
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Day, Thérèse; Prunty, Anita – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
While much progress has been made in relation to including students in mainstream education in Ireland, significant challenges remain. Despite positive attitudes, the implementation of effective inclusive practice at school level persists as one of the most pervasive challenges. This study investigated how six Irish schools, three primary and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Elementary Schools, Special Needs Students
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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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Anastasiou, Dimitris; Kauffman, James M.; Di Nuovo, Santo – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
Inclusion of students with disabilities when appropriate is an important goal of special education for students with special needs. Full inclusion, meaning no education for any child in a separate setting, is held to be desirable by some, and Italy is likely the nation with an education system most closely approximating full inclusion on the…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Disabilities, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Student Needs
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Vlachou, Anastasia; Didaskalou, Eleni; Kontofryou, Maria – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
Recent inclusive policy directives and advice offered to schools strongly recommend special/support teachers to expand their role and extend their duties. In light of this, we investigated how Greek secondary special/support teachers perceive and experience their role, work profile and the challenges they encounter. Qualitative analysis revealed…
Descriptors: Qualitative Research, Secondary Education, Special Education, Paraprofessional School Personnel
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Bruin, Marieke; Ohna, Stein Erik – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
This study presents an analysis of parental experiences on follow-up after cochlear implantation. Data were constructed in semi-structured, individual interviews with the parents of 14 children who use cochlear implants. Drawing on narrative analysis, the study explores parental responses to insecurity concerning children's learning and…
Descriptors: Deafness, Assistive Technology, Semi Structured Interviews, Children
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Perry, Sheila; Clarke, Marie – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
This article outlines parents' struggle to secure adequate educational resources for their child(ren) with special educational needs within the Irish State system. The authors challenge the view that legislation facilitates practical advances that are meaningful to individual families. This small-scale exploratory study reports the findings from…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Legal Problems, Lawyers
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Nemec, Zbynek; Šimácková-Laurencíková, Klára; Hájková, Vanda; Strnadová, Iva – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
The article presents the results of a research study focused on the role of teaching assistants involved with socially disadvantaged students. Forty-six interviews were conducted with school principals, teachers, teaching assistants and socially disadvantaged students from 10 schools in the Czech Republic. The authors used thematic analysis of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Teacher Aides, Role, Disadvantaged
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Sandberg, Gunilla; Hellblom-Thibblin, Tina; Garpelin, Anders – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
The aim of the study is to deepen the understanding of teacher's perspective on how to promote all children's learning in reading and writing in grade 1 of primary school. Semi-structured interviews were conducted in a Swedish context with 18 primary school teachers, representing a large collective experience from working as teachers in grade 1.…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Reading Improvement, Writing Improvement, Semi Structured Interviews
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Ten Brug, Annet; Munde, Vera S.; van der Putten, Annette A.J.; Vlaskamp, Carla – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
Introduction: Multi-sensory storytelling (MSST) is a storytelling method designed for individuals with profound intellectual and multiple disabilities (PIMD). It is essential that listeners be alert during MSST, so that they become familiar with their personalised stories. Repetition and the presentation of stimuli are likely to affect the…
Descriptors: Severe Intellectual Disability, Multiple Disabilities, Attention, Teaching Methods
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Rosenstreich, Eyal; Feldman, David B.; Davidson, Oranit B.; Maza, Etai; Margalit, Malka – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
The goals of the study were to examine personal resources and social distress during the first month in college among students with learning disabilities (LD) and to compare their experiences with non-LD peer. The sample consisted of 335 first-year undergraduate students falling into two groups: 85 students with LD and 250 non-LD students.…
Descriptors: Psychological Patterns, College Freshmen, Learning Disabilities, Longitudinal Studies
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Wilder, Jenny; Magnusson, Lennart; Hanson, Elizabeth – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
People with severe disabilities (SD) communicate in complex ways, and their teachers, parents and other involved professionals find it difficult to gain knowledge and share their experiences regarding the person with SD's communication methods. The purpose of this study is to contribute to our understanding of how parents and professionals share…
Descriptors: Severe Disabilities, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Parents, Professional Personnel
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Suhonen, Eira; Nislin, Mari A.; Alijoki, Alisa; Sajaniemi, Nina K. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
The aim of this study was to investigate children's social communication abilities and play to reveal possible changes during a one year period in the context of Finnish early childhood special education. The data we collected during 2012-2013 consisted of assessments of play behaviour (Preschool Play Behavior Scale) and social communication…
Descriptors: Play, Interpersonal Communication, Social Behavior, Special Education
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Margraf, Hannah; Pinquart, Martin – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
In Germany, adolescents with emotional and behavioural disturbances (EBD) are either schooled in special schools for students with EBD or in regular schools. The present study is the first to compare the perceived attainment of a broad range of developmental tasks of adolescents with and without EBD attending regular vs. special schools. While…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Behavior Disorders, Emotional Disturbances
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Jones, Phyllis; Lawson, Hazel – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
This article examines teacher professional learning about pedagogy for teachers of students with severe intellectual disabilities within broader teacher education and pedagogical frameworks for this group of learners. The article presents and discusses findings from a USA-England research project, involving classroom observations and interviews…
Descriptors: Severe Mental Retardation, Special Education Teachers, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
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