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Doody, Owen; Connor, Morgan O. – Support for Learning, 2012
Education for people with a disability has changed over the years, moving from a philosophy of integration to inclusion. This philosophy requires a whole school approach spanning issues such as access, opportunities for learning, social experiences and developing a culture of acceptance. While this poses many challenges for individuals, schools…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Mental Retardation, Student Teacher Attitudes, Inclusion
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Mays, Dennis – Support for Learning, 2012
Reading standards are regarded by many as the true yardstick by which to measure school effectiveness, and the relative standards achieved by different generations are often debated by adults. Some young people do not perceive reading to be of anything like such importance, however, using digital communication habitually and easily. Each year a…
Descriptors: Change Strategies, Educational Change, Illiteracy, Reading Achievement
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Thomson, Margareta Maria – Support for Learning, 2012
The purpose of this investigation was to explore the existing relationships between main concepts associated with labelling exceptional students and impact on their self-esteem. The aim was to examine how these concepts are presented in the existing research literature, and what the implications are for educational practice of labelling…
Descriptors: Special Education, Labeling (of Persons), Educational Practices, Special Needs Students
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Imray, Peter; Hinchcliffe, Viv – Support for Learning, 2012
The introduction of the National Curriculum in 1988 caused much discussion (some of it angst-ridden) among both academics and practitioners working with pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties, and much of the meat (and the angst) of these discussions is still going on today. We argue that 24 years is a long experiment; that despite…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, National Curriculum, Students, Educational Needs
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Boyle, Christopher; Jindal-Snape, Divya – Support for Learning, 2012
This article attempts to bring to the fore of educational practice the importance of considering the visual-perceptual condition of Meares-Irlen syndrome (MIS) when identifying students who have prolonged reading difficulties. Dyslexia is a frequently used term which can be used to label children who have specific difficulties with reading and/or…
Descriptors: Dyslexia, Reading Difficulties, School Psychologists, Educational Practices
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Hen, Meirav; Walter, Ofra – Support for Learning, 2012
Previously, the Sherborne Developmental Movement (SDM) has been found to contribute to the development of emotional competencies in higher education. This study presents and evaluates a teaching model based on SDM for the development of emotional competencies in teacher education. The study examined the contributions of this model to the increase…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Emotional Intelligence, Teaching Models, Diaries
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Scanlan, Mary – Support for Learning, 2012
This article outlines how home and school working together supported the writing of lower-achieving boys. It describes an activity in which parents and children selected artefacts at home to inspire writing in school. This model of home-school partnership permitted different levels of parental involvement and also allowed the child to take a key…
Descriptors: Writing Improvement, Parent Participation, Writing Processes, Parent School Relationship
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Todd, Nicole Ann – Support for Learning, 2012
The original concept of a subculture of learning support in secondary schools developed from a study of "Support Teachers, Learning Difficulties" in New South Wales, Australia. The study examined the influence of school culture on the service delivery model used by these support teachers in three case studies, one of which is reported in…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Learning Disabilities, Subcultures, Foreign Countries
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Rontou, Maria – Support for Learning, 2012
This article deals with differentiation of teaching methods and extra time in class for pupils with dyslexia by English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers in two Greek state secondary schools. Activity theory is applied to analyse the contradictions that emerge around the issue of differentiation for pupils with dyslexia from data compiled from…
Descriptors: Individualized Instruction, Teaching Methods, Dyslexia, English (Second Language)
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Bland, Ken; Sleightholme, Sandra – Support for Learning, 2012
This article reports on a small-scale research project concerning the views of pupils on what comprises a good teaching assistant (TA). The study indicates that pupils clearly valued the support given to them by TAs. The pupils outlined the main personal and professional characteristics they wanted to see in, as well as the kinds of support they…
Descriptors: Teacher Characteristics, Teacher Effectiveness, Individual Characteristics, Student Attitudes
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Long, Louise; McPhillips, Therese; Shevlin, Michael; Smith, Ron – Support for Learning, 2012
The research described in this article aimed to explore and examine the dominant "assessment" and "participation" stories of upper-primary pupils with long-standing and marked literacy learning needs, their views on how their level of participation in the assessment and remediation of their additional needs might be increased…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Literacy, Focus Groups
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Prunty, Anita; Dupont, Maeve; McDaid, Rory – Support for Learning, 2012
As important decisions are being made with regard to educational legislation, policy and provision for children with special educational needs (SEN), it is critical that the views of these key stakeholders are heard and considered. This article reports the perspectives of 38 children and young people with special educational needs on their…
Descriptors: Special Schools, Educational Needs, Educational Legislation, Focus Groups
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Glazzard, Jonathan; Overall, Katy – Support for Learning, 2012
The focus of the study was to explore parental experiences of raising a child with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD). A mixed-method approach consisting of questionnaires and semi-structured interviews was used in order to elicit parental perspectives of raising a child with ASD. Two semi-structured interviews were conducted with parents of…
Descriptors: Autism, Family Programs, Coping, Interviews
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Edmonds, Casey – Support for Learning, 2012
This article draws on critical disability studies, challenging the exclusion of right-brained thinkers from an education system designed to privilege left-brained thinkers. It focuses on individuals who are labelled dyspraxic, providing data from qualitative interviews with adults about childhood experiences in school and the impact on their…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Brain Hemisphere Functions, Neurological Impairments, Developmental Disabilities
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McAllister, Keith; Maguire, Barry – Support for Learning, 2012
There is a growing consensus that an appropriate classroom environment will aid the performance of the pupil with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). There are, however, very few design guidelines available when considering ASD and the school environment. Such guidelines that do exist tend only to be in general terms. Therefore, this article seeks to…
Descriptors: Design Requirements, Autism, Classroom Environment, Foreign Countries
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