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Researching Special and Inclusive Education



November 2022 | 208 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Researching in special and inclusive education can be challenging due to the frequent difficulties in eliciting the views of individuals identified with SEND. This book will give students the confidence to be creative, flexible, and innovative when it comes to planning research, particularly with children and young people within special and inclusive education.

Students will be guided through each step of the research process, from the development of a research question to ethical considerations, methodologies and data analysis, before being led through the many practical issues that need to be considered when planning, executing and writing up research in this field, including good research practices, solutions to possible dilemmas and adapting methods appropriately.

Kerry Vincent is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

Helen Benstead is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, and Programme Leader of the MA Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion at the University of Sunderland.

 
Chapter 1 Introduction
 
Chapter 2 Perspectives in research: Understanding the ‘ologies’
 
Chapter 3 Getting started: Developing a research study in special and inclusive education
 
Chapter 4 Ethical considerations when researching special and inclusive education
 
Chapter 5 Reviewing the literature in special and inclusive education
 
Chapter 6 Common methodological approaches in special and inclusive education
 
Chapter 7 Listening: Collecting data using interviews and questionnaires
 
Chapter 8 Looking: Collecting data using observation
 
Chapter 9 Adapting methodology to special and inclusive education
 
Chapter 10 Managing, analysing and presenting data
 
Chapter 11 Moving forward

This is a useful book for students to understand both the research process in an inclusive context, and also considerations to undertaking research with SEND participants.

Ms Kay Kempers
Education, Leeds Beckett University
April 5, 2024

Kerry Vincent

Dr Kerry Vincent is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the University of Canterbury (NZ) and has a particular interest in learner ‘differences’ and how these are conceptualized and responded to within schools. In the past, she has worked as a teacher, educational psychologist and researcher. Her interest in inclusive education was sparked in her second year of teaching when she unexpectedly found herself the teacher of a profoundly deaf child. She learned, often through trial and error, that the best outcomes occurred when she focused not on learner ‘differences’ but rather on how to modify the educational environment in ways... More About Author

Helen Benstead

Dr Helen Benstead is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Sunderland and is Programme Leader of the MA in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion. Helen has considerable experience in the teaching of research methods in education and supervision of research in this field, with a specific interest in innovative methodologies to support and enable the participation of a range of children and adults with additional needs. Helen has published widely on the role of Teaching Assistants and their impact on the social inclusion of pupils identified with SEND. Helen has worked in central and local... More About Author

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