Secondary school transition for children with special educational needs: a literature review

Hughes-Mccormack, L. A., Banks, P. and Terras, M. M. (2013) Secondary school transition for children with special educational needs: a literature review. Support for Learning, 28(1), pp. 24-34. (doi:10.1111/1467-9604.12012)

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Abstract

Successful transition from primary to secondary school is important for psychosocial well-being. Children with special educational needs (SEN) may face additional complexities at transition, although the impact of this process on children's psychosocial adjustment has been underexplored. The article aims to review systematically the literature exploring the impact of transition on the concerns and psychosocial adjustment of children with SEN in comparison to typically developing children. Published studies were identified through a systematic search of six electronic databases. Articles fulfilling inclusion criteria were reviewed and a quality criteria system was developed to rank studies. Children with specific learning difficulties perceive lower levels of social support and more peer victimisation after transition than typically developing children, but methodological limitations and the modest number of studies restricted the conclusions that could be drawn.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hughes-Mccormack, Mrs Laura
Authors: Hughes-Mccormack, L. A., Banks, P., and Terras, M. M.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Health and Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:Support for Learning
Publisher:Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN:0268-2141
ISSN (Online):1467-9604

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