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The identity of SENCos: insights through images

Ralph, S. and Pearson, S. (2007) The identity of SENCos: insights through images. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs. 7(1), pp. 36-45. 1471-3802.

Item Type: Article
Abstract: Stimulated by special educational needs co-ordinators’ (SENCos) reactions to a published image, the researchers used photovoice methodology to explore SENCos’ images of themselves in relation to the perceptions of three groups of their colleagues: senior management team, teachers and teaching assistants. The analysis of the images involved the application of Activity Theory, which has the capacity to illuminate and explore the social context. The results demonstrate the complexity of the role of the SENCo and the need to negotiate different perceptions. The authors argue the case for policies and procedure to fully take into account these differences. The adoption of this methodology helped to provide a deeper understanding of these issues.
Uncontrolled Keywords: SENCo, photovoice: activity theory, identity
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of Education > LC3950 Exceptional children and youth. Special education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2832 Teaching personnel
Creators: Ralph, Sue and Pearson, S
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Faculties, Divisions and Institutes: University Faculties, Divisions and Research Centres - OLD > Faculty of Education & Humanities
Date: March 2007
Date Type: Publication
Page Range: pp. 36-45
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs
Volume: 7
Number: 1
Language: English
ISSN: 1471-3802
Status: Published / Disseminated
Refereed: Yes

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