The educational context and services of children with additional needs in their first years of school in Australia

Sarah McDonagh, Loraine Fordham, Julie A Dillon-Wallace

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Abstract

In Australia, children with additional needs are now primarily educated in mainstream regular classes and schools. While discussion has focused on teacher attitudes, teacher preparation and professional development to support the academic progress of children with additional needs, there is limited research examining the educational contexts and services provided to such children in Australian schools. This descriptive paper examines the educational contexts of 563 Australian children with additional needs, in reference to 3600 of their typically developing peers. Data in relation to educational setting, retention, prevalence of additional needs, access to specialist services, learning support, and individual programming are reported.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-41
Number of pages13
JournalSpecial Education Perspectives
Volume23
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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