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ERIC Number: EJ942356
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-1471-3802
Controversial Practices in the Education of Students with High Support Needs
Stephenson, Jennifer
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, v4 n1 p58-64 Mar 2004
The use of controversial practices unsupported by research is a concern in special education, especially for students with high support needs. Internet sites of Australian schools enrolling students with moderate to severe intellectual disability (moderate to severe learning difficulties) were located and reviewed to determine the kinds of controversial practices employed and the number of schools reporting their use. Almost half the sample reported utilising at least one unsupported practice and in general there were few convincing rationales provided for the adoption of these practices. The use of unsupported practices in schools may be related to the inaccessibility of research, teacher mistrust of research, teacher reliance on more informal and personal sources of information, and teacher desire to achieve results and build positive relationships. More research is needed to understand why these practices are adopted and the ways in which they are used.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia