Cooperation for Inclusion in Educational Transitions

The transition from SEC I (compulsory school) to SEC II (middle and higher schools of general education as well as technical and vocational schools and colleges) or employment entails a great challenge for adolescents with disabilities. Inclusive education and employment processes are especially difficult for adolescents with disabilities from socially and culturally disadvantaged families. The reason for this often lies specifically in a lack of cooperation at the early stage of compulsory school (SEC I) between the school, the pupil with a disability, his or her parents and professionals.

Within the discourse in the field of education, participant cooperation is viewed as key for inclusive education. A prerequisite for the success of cooperation between the different actors (school, educational counsellors, support providers) is that it is oriented on the individual needs and situations of the pupils with disabilities and their parents. To date, the Austrian research community has not taken into sufficient consideration the topic of participant cooperation in the transition from SEC I to SEC II and employment of persons with disabilities, especially not the diversity aspect.

The research project at hand employs a longitudinal approach in exploring participant cooperation in the transition planning process from SEC I to SEC II or employment in adolescents with disabilities and belongs in the category of explorative basic research.  

Financed by:             FWF - Austrian Science Fund
Project Number:       P-29291 Stand-Alone-Projects
Project Duration:      01.10.2016 – 30.09.2021