The purpose of this research project was to investigate the professional development requirements of those second level (post primary) teachers who have a specific remit to work with students who have special educational needs (SEN) in mainstream school settings in both Northern and Southern Ireland. With the inclusion of many more students with additional needs and disabilities in mainstream classes, teachers at second level face ever increasing challenges as they work to meet the needs of the students on a daily basis. Second level teachers are now working in a variety of roles within schools as they strive to meet these various needs.
This research drew on the experiences of current, second level practitioners whose remit is to work with students with special and additional needs both North and South, to establish their professional development requirements across a variety of school-based roles.
The Research Team:
Elizabeth O’Gorman, UCD; Sheelagh Drudy, UCD; Eileen Winter, ICEP Europe; Ron Smith, QUB; Mairin Barry, UCD.
Funded by SCoTENS (Standing Conference on Teacher Education North and South)