Special and Inclusive Education

A vibrant new title with our most colourful cover this year, Thérèse Day and Joseph Travers new edited collection on education in Ireland is out now. Special and Inclusive Education: A Research Perspective fills a gap in the dissemination of practitioner research on special and inclusive education in Ireland. The successful implementation of an inclusive education policy is a process which depends largely on the attitudes, knowledge and competencies of teachers. In this volume, teacher-researchers report on work undertaken within the Special Education Department of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. The studies are grouped around three key issues: responding to diversity, access to the curriculum and collaboration for inclusion. They offer valuable insights into the challenges and barriers to inclusive education and point to ways that schools can address these challenges from the perspective of small-scale research. The authors draw on a range of research methodologies, from singlecase experimental design to case studies, in order to illuminate the issues at the level of the individual student, teacher, class and school. The book is relevant to all who have an interest in practitioner research, the implementation of                                                                                     inclusive education and how policy translates in individual contexts.

Thérèse Day is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Masters in Special Educational Needs in the Special Education Department, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. She is a former primary school teacher in both mainstream and special schools. She has published in the areas of special and inclusive education in relation to literacy, learning support, the role of special schools and collaborative practice in mainstream schools.

Joseph Travers is a Senior Lecturer and Director of the Special Education Department, St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra, Dublin. He is a former primary school teacher in both mainstream and resource settings. He has published in the areas of policy and practice in special education, learning support for mathematics, inclusion, leadership and early intervention.

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