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Pathways of learning
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To develop new pathways of learning for children with SLD/PMLD/CLDD, we need to know their current strengths, capabilities, interests
and needs.


Think of a child whom you know, but not well. If the child was unable to communicate formally with you, list how you would find out about their strengths, capabilities, interests
and needs.


Click here to reveal some ideas.


Action research
A teacher and a boy sit on the grass with
                  a large drum

Keeping this child in mind, you might be particularly concerned about one area of their development, and decide to see how you could improve their situation.

Inquiry in schools is often based on 'action research'. This involves identifying an issue which needs intervention, proposing a solution, implementing the solution, reviewing it, making changes to the intervention to increase its effectiveness, and then repeating the cycle until you are satisfied with the outcome.

The action research spiral

This model is based on Kemmis and McTaggart, 1988.


How action research works
A teacher asks a question in
                  an English class and several pupils raise their hands

Think of a classroom situation that you think of as an issue in need of intervention.


What strategy would you try out to resolve it?


Imagine the strategy was successful. If somebody then questioned you about it, what evidence would you need to prove that the
strategy worked?

Click here for a sample response.

Note down the actions that George's team took to provide suitable evidence of his progress.

Find out more
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Kemmis, S. and McTaggart, R. (eds) (1988) The Action Research Planner. Victoria, Australia: Deakin University Press.