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Title: What does it mean to support? : a study of how education auxiliaries interpret their experiences of supporting children with additional support needs in mainstream classes using interpretative phenomenological analysis
Author: Docherty, Rebecca Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 2706 8048
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2011
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The study of how education auxiliaries (EAs) make sense of their experiences of supporting children provides an opportunity to consider how support processes could be adjusted, thereby enabling more effective practice. Adult support in classrooms has been used extensively over recent years in the hope of removing the barriers to education faced by some children. This area was chosen for study as, with such a high level of both financial input and expectation, it seems appropriate that careful consideration is given to the support process. The subjective experience and perspective of adult support has had little previous investigation. Through detailed analysis of interviews, this study seeks to illuminate what it means to support children with additional support needs, what influences this work, what EAs believe they are doing through support and what the outcomes are that they hope to realise. Three schools were approached and two participants volunteered from each school to be part of the study. Semi-structured interviews were recorded and transcribed. Interpretative phenomenological analysis has been used as it allows an in depth, idiographic analysis of the participants' account, while acknowledging the researcher's own interpretations of the participants' words. The four analysed themes are; communication. interface and role perceptions between class teacher and education auxiliary. development of and outcomes from a genuine and reciprocal relationship with the supported child, judging the level of support, fulfilment and engagement with the role. I hope that this study affords greater insight into an experience that few other professionals in education are a part of. As such, implications are outlined here for the training of support staff and teachers as well as practice within schools.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ed.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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