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McCoy, Selina; Shevlin, Michael; Rose, Richard – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2020
The transition from primary to secondary school represents one of the key junctions in the educational career of young people. Research has shown that much of the challenge in this transition stems from changing social structures and encountering different learning environments. However, the transition experiences of students with special…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Adjustment, Students with Disabilities, Special Needs Students
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Mathews, Elizabeth S.; O'Donnell, Margaret – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2020
Forty deaf and hard-of-hearing (DHH) children aged between seven and 13 were tested using two reading assessments selected to separately measure the skills of phonological decoding and reading comprehension. The Nonword Reading Test and the Edinburgh Reading Test, respectively, were used. All of the children were enrolled in full mainstream…
Descriptors: Deafness, Hearing Impairments, Decoding (Reading), Reading Comprehension
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Banks, Joanne; McCoy, Selina; Frawley, Denise – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
Internationally and in Ireland, the adoption of inclusive education frameworks have been broadly welcomed, particularly by parents of children with special educational needs (SEN). Mainstreaming these children is generally viewed as positive primarily because of the social factors associated with attending mainstream schools for children with SEN.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Mainstreaming
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Kerins, Pauline; Casserly, Ann Marie; Deacy, Evelyn; Harvey, Deirdre; McDonagh, Dolores; Tiernan, Bairbre – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
According to government policy in Ireland, special needs assistants (SNAs) may be employed in post-primary schools to support students deemed to have chronic and serious care needs. There is currently no national policy regarding the continuing professional development (CPD) of SNAs, to meet the requirements of their role. This study investigated…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Needs Students, Teacher Aides, Educational Policy
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O'Byrne, Clara; Muldoon, Orla T. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
This study examines the changes that occur in multidimensional self-concept of adolescents with a diagnosis of intellectual disabilities, across gender and category of intellectual disability (borderline, mild, moderate) groups. A sample of 54 young people completed the Harter Self-Perception Profile. Using a three-wave longitudinal study…
Descriptors: Intellectual Disability, Self Concept, Gender Differences, Severity (of Disability)
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Casserly, Ann Marie; Padden, Aileen – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
This study focused on primary teachers' views of co-teaching approaches in addressing the learning needs of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) in multi-grade classrooms in Irish primary schools. A case study incorporating a mixed methods approach was chosen. Views of 22 multi-grade and special education teachers (SET) were ascertained…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Elementary School Teachers, Team Teaching, Special Needs Students
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Murphy, Esther – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
This article presents findings from a recent national study supported by Association for Higher Education Access & Disability and the National Learning Network (2016) to investigate the experiences of students with mental health difficulties in higher education in Ireland. The data investigation was a combination of both survey and qualitative…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Needs, Special Needs Students, Mental Health
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Bell, Sheena; Devecchi, Cristina; Mc Guckin, Conor; Shevlin, Michael – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
Internationally there are increasing numbers of young people on the ASD spectrum attending higher education. Early transition planning is essential and students with ASD often require support to articulate their post-school educational goals and actively participate in transition planning meetings. Services within higher education are primarily…
Descriptors: Transitional Programs, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Foreign Countries
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Fitzgerald, Johanna; Radford, Julie – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
This paper considers the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCOs) in mainstream post-primary schools (12-18 years) in Ireland. Little is known of the role in the Irish context and it is hoped that this research will inform policy. The Irish educational landscape has witnessed seismic change recently with further transformation…
Descriptors: Special Education, Special Needs Students, Administrator Role, Secondary School Students
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Mc Keon, David – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
Emotional and behavioural difficulties (EBD) in mainstream schools in Ireland attract much attention and significant resources, yet little research has been conducted in the Irish context about how this concept is understood by practitioners, what influences that understanding nor how that influences provision in schools. This paper is based on…
Descriptors: Emotional Disturbances, Behavior Disorders, Foreign Countries, Principals
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McConkey, Roy; Kelly, Caraoisa; Craig, Sarah; Shevlin, Michael – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
Inclusive rather than segregated schooling has been advocated in several significant international declarations during the past two decades. Even so children with significant intellectual disabilities are at greater risk of being excluded from mainstream education, unless particular efforts are made to support them in such settings. These children…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Intellectual Disability, Mainstreaming, Special Schools
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Scanlon, Geraldine; Barnes-Holmes, Yvonne; McEnteggart, Ciara; Desmond, Deirdre; Vahey, Nigel – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
The experiences of pupils with Special Educational Needs (SEN) and their parents at pre-transition from primary to post-primary school have received little attention in the literature. The current study investigated these experiences using a mixed methods approach within the Irish educational system. Thirty-two pupils with SEN and 42 parents of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mixed Methods Research, Focus Groups, Questionnaires
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McLinden, Mike; McCracken, Wendy – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
In line with recent developments in inclusive practice in Ireland, children with sensory needs are increasingly educated in mainstream rather than specialist provision. Educational supports are provided by a range of practitioners and include input from the visiting teachers service for children with hearing and visual impairment. This paper…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Hearing Impairments, Visual Impairments, Inclusion
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McCoy, Selina; Maître, Bertrand; Watson, Dorothy; Banks, Joanne – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
This paper draws on longitudinal data to examine the extent to which parents' educational expectations shape academic development and changes in self-concept among young people with different types of disability. The analysis is based on the "Growing Up in Ireland" longitudinal study, which tracked 7423 children between the primary to…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Foreign Countries, Elementary School Students, Secondary School Students
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Day, Thérèse; Prunty, Anita – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
While much progress has been made in relation to including students in mainstream education in Ireland, significant challenges remain. Despite positive attitudes, the implementation of effective inclusive practice at school level persists as one of the most pervasive challenges. This study investigated how six Irish schools, three primary and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Elementary Schools, Special Needs Students
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