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

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Umesh Sharma ,

Monash University, AU
About Umesh

Umesh Sharma is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at Monash University. He is the co-ordinator of Special Education Programs in the Faculty. He is the co-ordinator of an international project that examines why teachers are apprehensive to work with students with disabilities and what could be done to improve their efficacy to teach in inclusive schools. Umesh is also co-ordinating a large international project across all 14 Pacific countries funded by the Commonwealth of Australia. The project is aimed at developing a set of contextually specific inclusive education indicators. The indicators will assist countries to evaluate their efforts and develop further plans and targets for providing quality education for children with disabilities. 

 

 

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Olivia Ng

Monash University, AU
About Olivia

Ms. Olivia Ng is a Masters in Psychology student at Monash University. She is working as Research Assistant in an Australian Development Research Award Scheme project titled: Developing and testing indicators for the education of children with disability in the Pacific. 

 
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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.

How to Cite: Sharma, U. and Ng, O., 2014. What has worked for Bringing Out-of-school Children with Disabilities into Regular Schools? A Literature Review. Disability, CBR & Inclusive Development, 25(2), pp.54–75. DOI: http://doi.org/10.5463/dcid.v25i2.355
Published on 13 Sep 2014.

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