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Glazzard, Jonathan – Support for Learning, 2014
This article illustrates, through the story of one mainstream primary school, the tensions between the inclusion agenda and the standards agenda. The school is situated in an area of social deprivation and nearly half of the school population have been identified as having special educational needs. The story presented in this article illustrates…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Mainstreaming, Elementary Schools, Inclusion
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Glazzard, Jonathan – Support for Learning, 2014
This study is a life history account of Bev, a special educational needs co-ordinator who works in a primary school in England. The research examines how, within Bev's experiences, the discourses of integration and inclusion have affected learners with special educational needs. Additionally, the study examines the impact of the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Coordinators, Elementary Schools
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Bajwa-Patel, Meanu; Devecchi, Cristina – Support for Learning, 2014
Giving parents a choice with regard to their children's education has been central to the political discourse of school reform at least since the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). With regard to children with a Statement of special educational needs (SSEN), a plethora of policies and laws have given parents the right not only to choose a school,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Parents, School Choice, Special Education
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Brown, Julian; Bell, Sheena – Support for Learning, 2014
This small-scale qualitative study examines professional and parental perspectives of dyslexia within international schools located in Bangkok. The views of participants indicated that there is a need for a greater awareness of "dyslexia-friendly" approaches in these settings and a lack of resources to support the identification and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dyslexia, International Schools, Qualitative Research
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Shepherd, Lisa – Support for Learning, 2014
This article explores an eight-month community theatre project with young people for whom English is a second language. Working as a creative practitioner facilitating young people to explore their personal stories of transition to the UK, the drama therapist discovered comedy to be an important and poignant vehicle for expression of the emotional…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Theater Arts, Community Programs, English Language Learners
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Deris, Aaron R.; Di Carlo, Cynthia F. – Support for Learning, 2013
Young children with autism benefit from various adaptations made to an early childhood classroom. This article includes modifications for both teacher-directed and child-initiated activities. Adaptations are given for the classroom environment, daily schedule, sensory needs, transitions and general teaching strategies. The techniques described are…
Descriptors: Autism, Inclusion, Young Children, Academic Accommodations (Disabilities)
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McAllister, Keith; Hadjri, Karim – Support for Learning, 2013
As a society, we have a responsibility to provide an inclusive built environment. As part of the need to promote inclusion, there is now a growing trend to place pupils with special educational needs (SEN) into a mainstream school setting. This is often facilitated by providing a specialist SEN resource base located within the mainstream school.…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Special Needs Students, Mainstreaming, Disabilities
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Liasidou, Anastasia – Support for Learning, 2013
In the light of educational reforms aimed at promoting greater inclusive policies and practices, it is important to put a more pronounced emphasis on the needs of English language learners (ELLs) with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Simultaneously, a focus should also be placed on understanding and dealing with the disproportional…
Descriptors: Disabilities, Special Education, Second Language Learning, Bilingualism
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Broomhead, Karen E. – Support for Learning, 2013
This study explored the perceptions of parents and teachers regarding the differential treatment or stigma experienced by pupils with challenging behaviour--more specifically, those with behavioural, emotional and social difficulties (BESD), as well as children with visible special educational needs (Down's syndrome and/or profound and multiple…
Descriptors: Learning Problems, Parents, Students, Semi Structured Interviews
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Wery, Jessica; Thomson, Margareta Maria – Support for Learning, 2013
The challenges presented by students who struggle to connect with curriculum learning in school constitute an issue that confronts education systems worldwide. This article reviews ways in which such students can be encouraged to engage more positively in their own learning, a process that benefits both the child and the whole school community. In…
Descriptors: Motivation Techniques, Learner Engagement, Learning Problems, At Risk Students
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Hux, Karen; Bush, Erin; Evans, Kelli; Simanek, Gina – Support for Learning, 2013
The researchers performed a survey study to determine the effectiveness of collegiate programmes in dispelling common misconceptions about traumatic brain injury (TBI) while preparing undergraduate and graduate students for special education (SpEd) careers. Respondents included 136 undergraduate and 147 graduate SpEd students in their final…
Descriptors: Misconceptions, Head Injuries, Special Education Teachers, Undergraduate Students
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Reilly, Colin; Stedman, Lindsey – Support for Learning, 2013
An increasing number of children are likely to have a known genetic cause for their special educational needs. One such genetic condition is 22q11.2 deletion syndrome (22qDS), a genetic syndrome associated with early speech and language difficulties, global and specific cognitive impairments, difficulties with attention and difficulties with…
Descriptors: Genetic Disorders, Speech Impairments, Language Impairments, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
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Peter, Melanie – Support for Learning, 2013
With the rapidly changing demographic due to survival rates from medical advances, the need to strengthen training on SEND is now recognised, and special school placements valued, having been previously marginalised within initial teacher training. Practices developed since 2008 at one university to support progression of trainees to gain advanced…
Descriptors: Special Education Teachers, Professional Development, Trainees, Program Effectiveness
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Samsel, Maria; Perepa, Prithvi – Support for Learning, 2013
The study investigates a link between media portrayal of disabilities and its influence on teachers' perceptions of their students. By using semi-structured interviews and questionnaires, participants (N?= 8) gave an insight into their perceptions of the impact TV programmes and films have on their understanding of disability and teaching…
Descriptors: Mass Media Effects, Teacher Attitudes, Television, Films
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O'Neill, Susan; Thomson, Margareta Maria – Support for Learning, 2013
The current literature review explores the factors that contribute to academic persistence for adult learners. The aim of the study is to identify current research-based strategies aimed at supporting learner persistence, particularly for low-skilled adults. Elements of three theoretical frameworks, namely, expectancy-value theory (EVT), goal…
Descriptors: Academic Persistence, Adult Learning, Adult Students, Adult Basic Education
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