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ERIC Number: ED590603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
A Qualitative Study of the Impact of Peer Networks and Peer Support Arrangements in Project Pilot Schools. Research Brief. Winter 2018
Logsdon, Patti; Samudre, Mark; Kleinert, Harold
Human Development Institute
Research shows that making friends can be especially hard for students with significant disabilities. Peer support arrangements and peer networks are evidence-based interventions that involve identifying and equipping a group of peers to provide ongoing support to individual students with significant disabilities in or outside of the classroom. Within inclusive, general education classrooms, peer support arrangements train students (typically 2-3 students) to provide academic and social supports to a student with significant disabilities during ongoing classroom activities. Beyond the classroom, a group of peers (usually three to six) form a peer network together with a student with a significant disability, to help foster social connections and friendships between classes, at lunch, in extracurricular activities, and/or beyond the school day. School staff facilitate these groups to ensure their success. Based on evidence-based practices, the Kentucky (KY) Peer Support Network Project was funded by the Commonwealth Council on Developmental Disabilities (CCDD) in 2014 to work with schools throughout the state in implementing peer networks and peer support arrangements. To determine the overall impact of the project, and develop recommendations for sustaining this work in Kentucky schools, CCDD asked the project to conduct a project evaluation, including structured interviews with school pilot site coordinators. This brief describes the findings of those interviews, as well as the steps that the project is taking to ensure other schools have the tools organizations need to avail themselves of these practices.
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Kentucky, Human Development Institute
Identifiers - Location: Kentucky