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Disability Service Evidence Based Research

Introduction

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The ethos of the Trinity College Dublin Disability Service is to move from a transactional model of provision - where students are passive recipients of supports, to a transformational model of resource usage, where students take an active part in planning their educational journey. Research informed by this ethos will utilize Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) and instructional techniques that meet prescribed criteria related to the research design, quality, quantity, and effect size of supporting research.

These have the potential to help bridge the research-to-practice gap and improve student outcomes. Methodological inferences based on the framework of a transformational ethos reveal the potential strength of combining qualitative and quantitative methods. A qualitative dimension is needed to gather community perspectives at each stage of the research process, while a quantitative dimension provides the opportunity to demonstrate outcomes that have credibility for community members and scholars. Transformative mixed methodologies provide a mechanism for addressing the complexities of research in culturally complex settings that can provide a basis for social change.

Research Protocols

Research Approval
Current research conducted by the Disability Service and Unilink follows this research ethos and is related to the Disability Service Strategic Plan approved by College. Ethical approval for all research has been applied for and granted through the School of Education and Health Science Faculty Ethics Committee.

  • Phase 1: Pre-entry, admission and the first year experience
  • Phase 2: Building and maintaining a college career
  • Phase 3: Progressing through College to employment

Phase 1 research

Phase 2 research

Phase 3 research


Last updated 15 December 2015 andrew.costello@tcd.ie (Email).