by alistair mcnaught
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Joining up practice
Learning support as
'Value' of role in institution - can be
enhanced by professionalisation /
Accessibility in the mainstream
Teaching and learning
Examinations and assessment
Looking 'over the fence': cross-fertilization
between FE, HE, Spec Colls, ACL, WBL,
Social Care sector, NHS
The 'messiness' of learning support
(Wearmouth, J. (2002)The Role of the
Learning Support Co-ordinator,
Dyslexia and literacy: Theory to
Practice, John Wiley & Sons, Chichister.
Metacognition and literacy: Wray, D. (2002) -
excellent article which explores how learners
can improve comprhension monitoring in
reading and writing - promotes independence
through the use of ICT.
Wray argues that better use of comprehension monitoring supported with ICT can promote independence among learners.
for learners with literacy/dyslexia?
Is it sustainable?
Make better use of built-in tools
Open source and freeware
Models of disability (can we say something that
encourages support staff to move away from obsessing
about language and models and towards providing
practical, joined-up and increasingly professionalised
Medical model of disability
Current model is based on outdated medical model and this is perpetuated by the Disability Equality Duty encouraging institutions to monitor and report 'progress data' on medical categories.
Problem located in the learner
Provision in terms of
Learner provided with a
'Cliff edge' of eligibility;
impairment as a trophy
Social model of disability
Problem located in institutional
Different learners (even with same
disabilities) will access different
Learners trained in recognising
technology options - mainstream and
Reduction of barriers benefit all -
irrespective of level of
Current model of needs
Is it effective?
Does it promote independence?
Is it an inclusive model?
Is a new model required?
Why is this model unchallenged and accepted by
the majority of of schools, colleges, universities?
Follow up – long term support
CPD / Staff Development
eg Univ. Derby had Cert HE in
supporting disabled students
eg OU H810 Supporting
disabled students online
attracts FE, HE and WBL
Community of Practice