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Title: Access to education-industry links programmes by students with special needs : an in-depth policy analysis, with special reference to the sensorily impaired
Author: Mayhook, Stevie
ISNI:       0000 0001 3622 0871
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2002
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This original research was undertaken as a direct result of the researcher's organising education-industry links programmes for sixth formers on behalf of a charitable Trust established for the purpose, 'Understanding industry', and her background as a qualified Teacher of the Deaf. It sets out to describe and evaluate the process of adapting such programmes for application in the context of schools and colleges for students with impaired hearing or vision. Having considered various methodological approaches, the models of action-researcher and researcher-practitioner seemed the most appropriate. The research was conducted by assisting specialist centres to run courses and conferences that would foster relationships with locally-based companies and enable their students to have an experience of equal value and interest to that routinely enjoyed by their mainstream peers. Modification of materials and presentation methods were negotiated and evaluated with the intention of developing models which could be applied in other settings and with students presenting a wider range of special needs. The research took place during a time of major political change and in the context of a serious reappraisal of the philosophy and structure of provision for students with special educational needs and disabilities. This work is believed to be an important contribution to the development of both industrial awareness on the part of young adults with special needs and disability awareness of employers. Scarcely any literature exists on this subject, yet recent changes in demography, technology, medicine and social attitudes mean it will assume growing importance for both education and industry.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Sensory impairment