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Emmers, Elke; Baeyens, Dieter; Petry, Katja – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2020
A lot of legislative changes have taken place on inclusive education. This had consequences at all educational levels (primary, secondary and higher education (HE)). In the context of these changes, there was a need for more research focused on attitudes towards inclusion and the preparation of pre-service teachers for inclusive education. Recent…
Descriptors: Self Efficacy, Higher Education, Inclusion, Preservice Teachers
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Palikara, Olympia; Castro, Susana; Gaona, Carolina; Eirinaki, Vasiliki – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
In 2014 a new policy for special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision was introduced in England. As it has been the case in countries where SEND reforms were introduced, these changes raised challenges and opportunities for the professionals supporting children with SEND. However, to date, little systematic and large-scale evidence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Special Education, Educational Needs
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Liasidou, Anastasia; Hadjiyiannakou, Anastasia – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2019
The paper aims to explore ways in which mothers of children with cerebral palsy (CP) attempt to voice their concerns about current discourses and power imbalances enshrined in special education policy and provision. Mothers' narratives are important in making transparent the multiple forms of 'disablism' experienced by them in their attempts to…
Descriptors: Special Education, Educational Policy, Mothers, Cerebral Palsy
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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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Pavlovic Babic, Dragica; Simic, Nataša; Friedman, Eben – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
Relying on Bronfenbrenner's ecological model, this paper attempts to identify school-level factors that contribute to effective implementation of inclusive education. We also explored how government policy, with emphasis on individual education plans, school teams, Roma assistants and inter-sectorial committees, is implemented at the school level.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Inclusion, Program Implementation, Educational Policy
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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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Moriña, Anabel – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2017
Implementing the principles of inclusive education within higher education can be challenging. Inclusive education was originally developed for younger students, prior to its application within higher education. However, as more students with disabilities successfully complete their early schooling, the need to move towards inclusive practices…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Higher Education, Disabilities, Educational Practices
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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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Ekins, Alison; Savolainen, Hannu; Engelbrecht, Petra – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
Policy and practice in relation to meeting the diverse needs of all children, including those with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, is in a state of change in the UK. As a result, there is growing interest in and understanding of the need to focus on factors which impact on teachers' levels of self-efficacy in meeting the needs of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Teachers, Self Efficacy, Special Education
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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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Jahnukainen, Markku; Itkonen, Tiina – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
This study explores the similarities and differences of relatively newly established tiered intervention models for the support of students with special needs in the United States (response to intervention) and in Finland (learning and schooling support). The current models in both countries consist of several tiers with fairly similar…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Education, Educational Trends, Educational History
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Isaksson, Joakim; Lindqvist, Rafael – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2015
In Sweden, as in many other countries, inclusion has been on the political agenda for a long time and has served as a blueprint and guiding principle for practical work in school. However, inclusive education has, by and large, been associated with special education measures, which seriously limit the chances of achieving the vision of inclusion.…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Policy Analysis, Intervention, Special Education
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Smyth, Fiona; Shevlin, Michael; Buchner, Tobias; Biewer, Gottfried; Flynn, Paula; Latimier, Camille; Šiška, Jan; Toboso-Martín, Mario; Rodríguez Díaz, Susana; Ferreira, Miguel A. V. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2014
This paper seeks to compare the evolution of inclusive education policy in the four countries of an EU-funded research project (QualiTYDES) operating under the shared policy environment of the UN, EU and European Commission. A shared policy cannot of course be assumed to result in common legislative or provisional outcomes at national level. The…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Educational Policy, Educational Legislation
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Gunnþórsdóttir, Hermína; Bjarnason, Dóra S. – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2014
Inclusive education policy, now the norm in many parts of the world including Iceland, is highly dependent on teachers for its successful implementation. Research on inclusion often attempts to identify teachers' attitudes of inclusion (against/for). This article takes a different approach. It focuses on teachers' perspectives of their…
Descriptors: Inclusion, Mainstreaming, Educational Policy, Teacher Attitudes
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Sundqvist, Christel; von Ahlefeld Nisser, Désirée; Ström, Kristina – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2014
The article compares the conditions and implementation of special education professionals' consulting task in Sweden and Finland. The article first describes the background of the consulting teacher role and special education in Sweden and in Finland. Two different perspectives in the continuum on consultation are presented, followed by a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Special Education, Special Needs Students, Special Education Teachers
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