Exploring perceptions and experiences of the education, health and care process

Cochrane, Hannah (2016). Exploring perceptions and experiences of the education, health and care process. University of Birmingham. Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.

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Following recent reform to special educational needs (SEN) guidance and legislation in England, the introduction of the education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment process has resulted in a considerable change in the statutory support system for children with significant SEN. To date, limited research has been conducted to explore perceptions of the EHC process. This research used a multiple nested case study design to explore the perceptions of key individuals – parents, school staff and educational psychologists – about the purposes and experiences of the EHC process. Participant views were collected using semi-structured interviews and analysed using thematic analysis. A range of purposes for the EHC process were identified including; creating a shared understanding of need, facilitating planning and support, protecting children with SEN and promoting progress. Participants reported varying experiences of collaboration during the assessment phase and outcomes following the issuing of the plan. Key factors related to perceptions of success for the EHC process included; values and existing practice, knowledge and access to support and resources. Possible implications for educational psychology practice are discussed through consideration of the practical wisdom, or phronesis, drawn from these findings.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ap.Ed.&ChildPsy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
School or Department: School of Education, Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs
Funders: Other
Other Funders: The University of Birmingham
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RJ Pediatrics > RJ101 Child Health. Child health services
URI: http://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7020


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