Data on Educational Experiences and Outcomes for Children with Special Educational Needs
This study uses the Growing Up in Ireland database for the 9-year-old-cohort and is being carried out by the Centre in collaboration with the Special Education Department of St Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. The aims of the secondary analysis are to:
1. Provide new evidence to help us understand more clearly how children with special educational needs, and specific identifiable subgroups within this cohort if possible, are faring at school in terms of:
- Outcomes which relate to academic attainment/ achievement and expectations in relation to same
- Participation in and engagement with school and learning, and their learning progress and expectations in relation to same
- Independence skills, self-esteem, well-being at school and relationships with teachers and peers.
2. Identify and analyse the factors influencing these experiences and both formal and less formal educational outcomes.
3. Identify potential implications for educational policy and or practice arising from the analysis.
The analyses are being carried out in four phases which involve the following:
1. Establishing a classification scheme for special educational needs
2. Describing the outcomes of children in the different special educational needs categories; outcomes cover attainment, engagement, well-being and independence.
3. Describing the individual, home, class, school and community characteristics of children in the special educational needs categories
4. Synthesising the findings of the first three phases using multiple regression analyses.
A draft report was submitted to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) at the end of 2013, with a final report expected in 2014.