Supporting successful inclusive practices for learners with disabilities in high schools: a multisite, mixed method collective case study
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Maciver, D., Hunter, C., Adamson, A., Grayson, Z., Forsyth, K. & McLeod, I. (2017) Supporting successful inclusive practices for learners with disabilities in high schools: a multisite, mixed method collective case study, Disability and Rehabilitation, 40 (14), pp. 1708-1717.
Purpose: The increase in the number of individuals with disabilities in general education has led to an increased interest in how to best provide support. Despite an emphasis on inclusion and participation in policy and practice, defining and describing the support provided for these learners is still an important task. Method: This multisite, mixed method collective case study reports on 125 education and other staff from seven schools who took part in interviews and focus groups to reflect on a range of topics related to learners with disabilities in high schools. We focused on what the participants did, what they considered to be successful and what their best- practices were. Results: Descriptions of practices were rich, nuanced and complex. The analysis identified over 200 strategies- which were synthesized into two meta-themes and eight subthemes. We discuss the results in the context of an ecological perspective, and the importance of focusing on the full range of influences and outcomes for young people in designing supports. Conclusions: We have drawn on evidence from this study as a basis for professional development activities and identified that focusing on the environment and the role of practitioners has a potential to improve the inclusion outcomes for older learners with disabilities.