The participation experience of children with disabilities in Portuguese mainstream schools
2010 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 73, no 12, 598-606 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Introduction: This explorative study aimed to chart the participation experiences of children with disabilities enrolled in mainstream schools.<p>Method: The participants were 14 students with disabilities, with good communication skills, aged between 8 and 11 years and attending school in Portugal. The data were collected through open-ended interviews and analysed employing a psychological phenomenological method.</p><p>Findings: The findings suggest that participation at school took three forms: equal participation, special task participation and onlooker participation. Those three forms contrasted with situations of non-participation, in which the children felt completely excluded. Each form of participation and non-participation presented different performance characteristics and was influenced by the social environment.</p><p>Conclusion: The findings of this study provide insights that enhance the understanding of childrens inclusion in mainstream schools, as well as the individuals experience of participation.</p>
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Cot , 2010. Vol. 73, no 12, 598-606 p.
children with disabilities, school, participation forms
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-63096DOI: 10.4276/030802210X12918167234244ISI: 000289456500005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-63096DiVA: diva2:378989