Title: Becoming a SENDCO: making sense of changing professional identities.
Date: Tuesday, 5th April 2016
Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm
Venue: Room 9006, Cantor Building, Sheffield Hallam University
Description: Sheila Sharpe will outline her current research study which investigates the changes that Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinators (SENDCos) may experience as they begin to inhabit the new role of specialist in ‘special education’ and how this new role (and new ‘specialist’ identity) influences or changes their pedagogical thinking and practice. The study seeks to investigate how the identity of a teacher develops into the identity of a specialist teacher. The desired outcome of the research is to provide insights into the interrelationship between external and internal factors in the formation of SENDCo identity. This will enable an understanding of the particular significance of SENDCo identity formation in the role of the ‘specialist practitioner’.
The research study’s broader aims are to:
- gain an understanding of the particular significance of SENDCo identity
- uncover some of the discourses SENDCos use to narrate and make sense of their role
- uncover the factors that influence the establishment of a SENDco identity
The aims will be achieved by using the qualitative methodology of narrative enquiry. This form of narrative enquiry will allow the researcher to hear how the SENDCos construct meaning from their perceived role and their personal belief systems and investigate what is it that marks the SENDCO out as different and enables them to take on a different and specialist identity.
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