ERIC Number: EJ718165
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 14
The Search for a Model of Effective Inclusive Practice through the Young Enterprise Scheme
British Journal of Special Education, v32 n1 p42-47 Mar 2005
Many practitioners are now grappling with the practical realities involved in collaborations between mainstream and special schools. Colin Gladstone is a teacher at Greenside, a special school in Hertfordshire. In this article he describes his experience of running a Young Enterprise Scheme project linking teenage students with severe learning difficulties with students from a mainstream secondary school. Colin Gladstone used a Best Practice Research Scholarship (BPRS) and his MEd studies to carry out sustained research into the processes and outcomes of this project named, by the students, "The Green Team". The project was clearly a success on many levels, promoting teamwork, collaboration and friendship between the students. It led to accreditation for some and enhanced personal autonomy for others. Colin Gladstone's conclusions will be relevant to practitioners wishing to expand the curriculum for students with and without learning difficulties; to policy makers who wish to promote more active links between mainstream and special schools; and to researchers who wish to engage students in enquiry processes.
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Learning Problems, Special Schools, Peer Relationship, Teamwork, Special Needs Students, High School Students, Regular and Special Education Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Practitioners; Researchers; Policymakers
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)