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Embedding learning in a paediatric hospital: changing practice and keeping connected

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posted on 2013-02-20, 00:00 authored by L Hopkins, Julianne MossJulianne Moss, J Green, G Strong
This paper, the final paper in the Keeping Connected special issue, presents the key findings of the overall study and focuses on the challenging process of re-imagining a hospital setting as a community of learning for young people in light of these findings. The paper focuses on young people as learners within the overarching themes emanating from the Keeping Connected research such as normalcy, diversity and communication. Taking up Slee's notion of ‘the irregular school’, we describe how one setting in a large urban paediatric hospital in Victoria, Australia, is transforming the way in which children and young people are supported to maintain their connectedness to learning. We reflect on the evidence of the Keeping Connected project to inform the ways in which a hospital can respond to young people's needs as learners and offer a model of inclusion as a form of cultural change in this important out-of-school setting. Directions for future research are also offered.

History

Journal

International journal of inclusive education

Volume

18

Pagination

312-321

Location

Abingdon, England

ISSN

1360-3116

eISSN

1464-5173

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2013, Taylor & Francis

Issue

3

Publisher

Routledge