Students first: A trans-disciplinary team approach to the education of a student with Battens disease.
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
Degree NameMaster of Teaching and Learning
This New Zealand case study explored how ten members in one trans-disciplinary team perceive and meet the educational needs of a student with Batten’s disease in an inclusive school setting and uses qualitative methodology. This report details the results of ten semi-structured interviews that were conducted with the trans-disciplinary team members. There were three themes that emerged from this research. Firstly, all the team members were in agreement that the student’s happiness was of paramount importance and they wanted her to be included with her peers. Secondly, the family’s goals and aspirations for the student’s education had become a driving force and academic goals were conspicuous by their absence. Thirdly, the team had a holistic trans-disciplinary approach to the student’s education and valued the opportunity to share information and discuss issues. Also the IEP process was adapted to support the trans-disciplinary team members as well as the planning process for a student with deteriorating physical and cognitive skills.