ERIC Number: EJ722929
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Reference Count: 17
Symbol Communication in Special Schools in England: The Current Position and Some Key Issues
Abbott, Chris; Lucey, Helen
British Journal of Special Education, v32 n4 p196-201 Dec 2005
In this article, originally submitted to BJSE's Research Section, Chris Abbott of King's College, London, and Helen Lucey of the Open University report on the outcomes of a survey of special schools in England. The aim of the research, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, was to understand the nature and extent of symbol use for communication and literacy. A questionnaire was used to collect data on topics including: the types of symbols in use; the methodologies operated; ownership of symbol choice; and agreed policies within and outside school. The researchers had an excellent response in this important survey, undertaken after a period of rapid growth in symbol use in special schools and elsewhere. Chris Abbott and Helen Lucey provide a discussion of the results of their survey and of the issues that arise from the findings and the many comments added by respondents. They close their article with a call for further detailed research, both in the UK and in co-operation with practitioners in other countries, into the ways in which symbol use can meet the needs of learners.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Schools, Special Education, Communication Skills, Literacy Education, Alternative and Augmentative Communication, Disabilities, Educational Policy
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (London)