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Focus Area : Research

Seva-in-action has taken up a number of study project and action research to understand the initiatives and existing scenario of Inclusive Education (IE) Action research was also related to reflection in the context of IE its long history of implementing integrated and IE for children with disabilities through the scheme of IEDC and other Governmental projects as DPEP, Janshala, & UNDP and its impact in the education of children with disabilities(CwDs). This active process was aimed at gaining deeper understanding as well as ensuring improvement.

Nevertheless, the knowledge about IE at the ground level remains scattered and untapped there is a need for collective critical engagement among practitioners of IE. The resulting gap in knowledge and collaborative practice leaves open several questions about the achievements and the role of various stakeholders such as the teachers, schools, peers, parents, communities and other social institutions. The diversity and commonality in educational practices in IE and the ground level response of the educational system to the needs and concerns of children with impairments. Future development in Inclusive Education depends on how well we understand these issues and understand the real barriers that children face in accessing their fundamental right and also our review of whether the general education system is equipped to and how is it responding to the challenges of educating children with disabilities in general schools.

This research project used a participatory research methodology for understanding the problems in the practice of IE by interacting with stake holders like teachers, NGOs DIETs through focus group discussions. There were field visits to selected blocks, group discussions and interviews and triangulation of data collected. Therefore, the entire thrust of the project was to enable stakeholders to reflect on the issue of inclusion and their own role with respect to inclusion and also to help them reflect on the constraints and opportunities and contribute for future developments in this area.

Collaborate for Research

Action research is firmly located in the realm of the practitioner – it is tied to self-reflection. As a way of working, it is very close to the notion of reflective practice coined by Donald Schön (1983). Action research has predominately been taken up in education space to bring about a change by practioners through systemic data collection reflection and acting on the findings of the research.

SiA believes in collaborating with stake holders of education and inclusive education for taking up action research in area of inclusion for strengthening inclusive learning environment.


Action Research Programs

Understanding Inclusive Practice and Community Initiatives to Make Education Accessible to All.

Lead Researchers, Ruma Banerjee Dr. Archana Mehendale, 2006 funded by SSA Karnataka

Diversity and Inclusion in Classrooms: Reality and Perceptions in the Context of Karnataka.

Study conducted by – RV Educational Consortium & Seva-in-Action supported by UNICEF & DSERT 2012 -2014.

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