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Projects completed in 2002

TRANSITION OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIFIC SPEECH AND LANGUAGE DIFFICULTIES FROM PRIMARY TO SECONDARY SCHOOL

Directed by: Geoff Lindsay and Julie Dockrell (ULIE)
With: Clare Mackie and Becky Clarke (ULIE)
(Psychology and Special Needs Research Unit)

This project is directed by Professor Julie Dockrell, University of London, Institute of Education and Professor Geoff Lindsay, CEDAR, with research officers Clare Mackie (CEDAR) and Becky Clark (ULIE). An earlier study of children with SSLD in two local education authorities, and two regional special schools examined development at about 8 years of age (Year 3). The results of that study have been written up and presented at conferences. The present study (1999-2002) followed up this sample of children at Years 6 and 7, the transition from primary to secondary education. Again, individual interviews with assessments of the children were being supplemented by interviews and questionnaires completed by parents and teachers with additional information being gathered on two comparison groups. A key focus was the impact of the children’s language difficulties on their access to the curriculum. The study, with most children in mainstream schools, provides evidence to be considered in order to develop effective inclusive education for children with SSLD. Funding was provided by the Gatsby Charitable Trust.

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