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EQ927 - Special Educational Needs and Evidence-based Practices

  • Module code: EQ927
  • Module name: Special Educational Needs and Evidence-based Practices
  • Department: Centre for Education Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The aims of this module are: To develop students' awareness of disability and special educational needs; to increase students’ knowledge of the characteristic profiles, including strengths and needs, of children with particular special educational needs such as learning disabilities (intellectual disabilities), autism spectrum disorders and specific learning difficulties. To describe new policy developments regarding SEND Code of Practice: 0-25 years (DfE, DoH, 2014- Education, Health and Social Care); to provide an overview of the policy and practice of inclusion, its underpinnings, and the research that examined its effectiveness. To provide students with an increase awareness of evidence based approaches in educational practice; to critically examine the effectiveness of available methods and interventions in addressing the needs of students with special educational needs. To consider the interplay between context and children’s developmental outcomes (ie community-level factors such as deprivation and family-level factors such as the home environment); to examine evidence based approaches as applied in several contexts (classroom, school, home, community) to improve children’s outcomes. To gain increased knowledge of evidence-based practices derived from the science of applied behaviour analysis; to gain experience of using these to address learning and behavioural needs of children with special educational needs as stand-alone methods or as part of complex interventions

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the modules, students are expected to: Understand and critique current areas of theory and policy development in SEN and Disability. Understand and critique current areas of policy and practice of inclusion. Understand and describe the identification, assessment and profile of children with some of the most high frequency SEN types such as learning disabilities, autism, and specific learning difficulties. Be knowledgeable about the UK and international developments on evidence-based practice in the field of SEN education. Identify some of the most well-known and evidence-based approaches for addressing academic difficulties and behaviour problems in children. Be knowledgeable of the key components of behaviour analytic approaches and how they can be used to improve children’s outcomes. Demonstrate effectively the ability to integrate intervention knowledge, critical evaluation of methodology, and knowledge of the unique needs of children with SEN when selecting evidence-based interventions to implement them and assess them.

Timetabled teaching activities

10 weeks long, 2 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar each week

Departmental link

The course will be linked to the current homepage for all taught masters programmes in the department: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/ces/postgrads

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EQ927-20)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word assignment (or equivalent) 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EQ927-30)
A (Assessed work only) 5000 word assignment (or equivalent) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X3) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X3) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Psychology and Education (C8X4) - Year 1
Optional
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (X31L) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Research Doctorate in Education (X3X8) - Year 1
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (XL10) - Year 3
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (XL10) - Year 5
  • Postgraduate Taught Educational Innovation (XL20) - Year 2