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Dissertation Ideas SEN

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by Smoulding99, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. Smoulding99

    Smoulding99 New commenter

    Hi everyone!
    I am currently in my final year of university and working on my dissertation.

    I currently work in a special school and want to do my dissertation around a topic relating to SEN or PMLD.

    I've had a few ideas

    Effectiveness of personalised learning plans
    Post 19+ provision - transition to adulthood

    I've previously done a project on the comparison of mainstream and special schools so I'm unable to do this again.

    I'm struggling as SEN is such a broad topic but any ideas welcome would be appreciated

  2. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    In the SEN-related educational research I've done over the years, my starting point has always been the feeling of irritation or indignation I experience when I read something in an article about SEND that doesn't sound quite right. That impetus led me to read other relevant articles until I built up a picture of the range of opinion around the subject. This process I liken to a bit of grit entering an oyster's shell and resulting in the fullness of time in the birth of a precious pearl, which is the dissertation / article / chapter / book where a piece of in-depth research into something the author really cares about is written up in a systematic way for an educated readership.

    The research subject I most cared about during my teaching career was the MFL (modern foreign language) learner with SEND because I care about my subject specialism (French and German) and about the students I taught (mainstreamed students with SEND from MLD through ASD to HI). Anybody sounding off about students with SEND being unfit to study MFL stimulated me to get researching and get writing. The harvest over the years was a significant number of conference presentations, journal articles and book chapters to my name. Just find something similar SEND-related to irritate you enough to get you started with a passion. And be sure what you end up studying comes with sufficient literature to build on and with sufficient access to students if your subject is classroom-based.
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