Susan Teather

Susan Teather
School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Sciences
Field of Research:
Studies in Human Society
Dr Wendy Hillman; Dr Kylie Radel; Professor Patrick Danaher
Student Type:
Doctor of Philosophy

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Research Details

Thesis Name

The educational and social wellbeing issues Australian students with disabilities face in spatially segregated education

Thesis Abstract

Purpose: There has been very little empirical research in Australian Government mainstream schools for the need to identify the importance of an inclusive community for improved social-wellbeing and educational outcomes of students with disabilities. Methodology: The social science research methodology, will use cross sectional mixed methods, deductive, quantitative, functionalist perspective; and, an inductive, qualitative, interpretive perspective, of Australian Government and Finnish Schools. Social implications: The research aim is to investigate if community could be the key to inclusive education. Originality: The study will provide a unique critical evaluation using the sociological imagination to capture the data from the student’s perspective.

Why my research is important/Impacts

Australian secondary school communities, exist often within two distinct sectors, mainstream and Special Education Units (SEU’s). Many students with disabilities in SEU’s are spatially segregated from mainstream cohort, but also educationally by Education Adjustment Programs (EAPs). PISA in 2017 publish for the first time, data providing a strong link between social wellbeing and successful educational outcomes. The research aim is to investigate if community could be the key to inclusive education and an aggregate for social wellbeing for students with disabilities. The objective, to alleviate social issues that go far beyond school years: social isolation, unemployment and welfare dependency.