Disability Service Evidence Based Research
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.
Current research conducted by the Disability Service and Occupational Therapy Service follows this research ethos and is related to the Disability Service Strategic Plan approved by Trinity. 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 university career
- Phase 3: Progressing through Trinity to employment
Phase 1 research
- Students with Disabilities Transition from Post-primary to Tertiary Education
- Assistive Technology Outreach model UCC evaluation
Phase 2 research
- Are we levelling the playing field?
- The experience of students with disabilities at 4th level education
- To investigate the effectiveness of the Professional Planning programme for students with disabilities on professional nursing and midwifery programmes.
- Occupational needs of students with Autism in the university environment
- Exploring the Occupational Needs of Students with ADHD
- The Design and Evaluation of an Occupation Focused Self-Management Programme for Trinity Students with Mental Health Difficulties availing of the Unilink Service