What has worked for Bringing Out-of-school Children with Disabilities into Regular Schools? A Literature Review

Umesh Sharma, Olivia Ng

Abstract


Purpose:  A literature review was undertaken to determine (a) what is currently being done to bring out-of-school children into schools and retain them there; (b) what has succeeded in bringing out-of-school children into schools and retaining them; and (c) what is being done to bring out-of-school children with disabilities into schools?

Methods: Various databases were searched to identify relevant articles for the review. Only articles published after the year 2000 were included in the analysis.

Results: A total of 23 articles were reviewed. The review identified economical, socio-cultural and school-related variables that contribute to children being excluded from schooling.  Various strategies that have worked to bring out-of-school children into schools include alternative education, rebates and incentives, and community awareness programmes.

Conclusions and Implications: The review found that there is insufficient research on out-of-school children with disabilities. However, research on the population of children without disabilities has implications that can be relevant to children with disabilities.


Keywords


Out-of-school children; developing countries; disabilities

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