A systematic literature review of the situation of the international classification of functioning, disability, and health and the international classification of functioning, disability, and health – children and youth version in education: a useful tool or a flight of fancy?

Moretti, M., Alves, I. and Maxwell, G. (2012) A systematic literature review of the situation of the international classification of functioning, disability, and health and the international classification of functioning, disability, and health – children and youth version in education: a useful tool or a flight of fancy? American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 91, S103-S117. (doi:10.1097/PHM.0b013e31823d53b2) (PMID:22193317)

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Abstract

This article presents the outcome of a systematic literature review exploring the applicability of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) and its Children and Youth version (ICF-CY) at various levels and in processes within the education systems in different countries. A systematic database search using selected search terms has been used. The selection of studies was then refined further using four protocols: inclusion and exclusion protocols at abstract and full text and extraction levels along with a quality protocol. Studies exploring the direct relationship between education and the ICF/ICF-CY were sought. As expected, the results show a strong presence of studies from English-speaking countries, namely from Europe and North America. The articles were mainly published in noneducational journals. The most used ICF/ICF-CY components are activity and participation, participation, and environmental factors. From the analysis of the papers included, the results show that the ICF/ICF-CY is currently used as a research tool, theoretical framework, and tool for implementing educational processes. The ICF/ICF-CY can provide a useful language to the education field where there is currently a lot of disparity in theoretical, praxis, and research issues. Although the systematic literature review does not report a high incidence of the use of the ICF/ICF-CY in education, the results show that the ICF/ICF-CY model and classification have potential to be applied in education systems.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Supported by European Commission contract number MRTN-CT-2006- 035794 (Multidisciplinary Research Network on Health and Disability), MARIE CURIE ACTIONS, and Marie Curie Research Training Networks (RTN).
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alves, Dr Ines
Authors: Moretti, M., Alves, I., and Maxwell, G.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
Journal Name:American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Publisher:Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins
ISSN:0894-9115
ISSN (Online):1537-7385

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