A RIGHT TO SPEAK AND A RIGHT TO BE HEARD

Shalini Felicity Wickremesooriya

Abstract


The study reported in this article is based on the premise that listening to the voices of students with Speech, Language and Communication Needs (SLCN) and reflecting and acting on student views is essential within inclusive education. Six primary grade students and six teachers participated in this action research project. Data was gathered through semi-structured interviews, informal interview techniques and classroom observations. Data was analyzed using a mixed methods approach. Findings suggest that teachers’ knowledge and understanding regarding students with SLCN increase when they listen to students. This makes the teachers amenable to invest time and energy to learn. Teachers also require to be supported through continuous professional development programs.

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