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Across the divide: Facilitating the transition of students with intellectual disability to secondary school

Thomas, J., Graham, L.,

Academic Literature

2002

This article reports on an action research project that explored the concerns of the major stakeholders engaged in the transition from primary to secondary school of students with intellectual disability. Taped interviews in response to structured questionnaires were conducted with parents/carers of students with intellectual disability, special education teachers, mainstream teachers, and principals from both primary and secondary schools in a rural community. The results of this investigation highlight the need for more emphasis to be given to the communication needs of parents and carers groups and the development of a greater understanding of their concerns during their children's period of transition from primary to secondary school. Issues related to facilitating a smoother transition for students with intellectual disability and their families are discussed, and implications for practice are also suggested.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : Special Education Perspectives

Location : Australasia

Domain/s: Education, Health and wellbeing

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