A red cross covers a faded picture of books, a tin of pencils and an apple in front of a blackboard.
Unschooling: Do neurodiverse students have an inbuilt education system?
I follow several people with lived experience of disability on social media as it provides valuable insights into their thoughts about education. While I often agree with their concerns about education, there are times when my understanding of the science of learning collides with their viewpoint. For instance, the statement
Green road sign with the word 'Vulnerability' in white is set against a cloudy sky.
Does the Concept of Vulnerability Help or Hinder Inclusive Education?
The term ‘vulnerable’ is complex and multilayered and describes people at risk of experiencing exploitation, discrimination, abuse, neglect or violence. Traditionally, the term is applied to specific demographics such as people with disability, particularly those with intellectual disability or mental illness, who are perceived as not having capacity or having
Cover of the book 'Ugly. The word 'Ugly' is in coloured letters at the top and below is a black and white sketch of a face.
Book Review: Ugly by Robert Hoge for Younger Readers
‘Ugly’ is a memoir by Robert Hoge about his childhood in Australia from his birth up to the age of 14 years of age. Robert’s story is a genuine, but at times harrowing, account of his experience of living with facial difference and physical disabilities. This review focusses on the
Five children are sitting side-by-side on a bench reading a book each.
Exploring Children’s Literature to Promote Inclusion
It is helpful to utilise texts that portray an authentic view of disability, but also not to completely exclude texts which do not meet this standard. Promoting discussion about the portrayal of disabled people can both reflect and shape societal attitudes, but it must be done with sensitivity. Focussing on
A teacher is standing in front of a board and is surrounded by four small students. The words 'Qualitative Research = written, spoken, observed information'.
Identifying Research to Inform the Teaching of Students with Disability: Qualitative Research
A regular discussion topic for educators, researchers, and the general public is how to make our schools more effective. However, there is little consensus on what effectiveness means, particularly regarding the education of students with disability. The term ‘evidence-base’ is inextricably intertwined within discussions on educational effectiveness, and this term
The words 'Identifying Evidence-Based Research' are written above a picture of a note-pad, a light bulb and a camera. These are all set against a green background.
Identifying the Evidence-Base for Students with Disability: Quantitative Research
This blog outlines how to identify evidence-based practices from those that lack an evidence-base, or those that have a poor evidence-base. It will focus on quantitative research, also referred to as positivist, empirical and scientific research, which is based on numbers. Quantitative research is the best approach if the research