Participation and environmental aspects in education and the ICF and the ICF-CY: Findings from a systematic literature review

Maxwell, G., Alves, I. and Granlund, M. (2012) Participation and environmental aspects in education and the ICF and the ICF-CY: Findings from a systematic literature review. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15(1), pp. 63-78. (doi:10.3109/17518423.2011.633108) (PMID:22256836)

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Abstract

Background: This paper presents findings from a systematic review of the literature related to participation and the ICF/ICF-CY in educational research. Objectives: To analyse how and investigate the application of participation in educational research. Specifically, how participation is related to the environmental dimensions availability, accessibility, affordability, accommodability and acceptability. Methods: A systematic literature review using database keyword searches and refinement protocols using inclusion and exclusion criteria at abstract, full-text and extraction. Results: Four hundred and twenty-one initial works were found. Twenty-three met the inclusion criteria. Availability and accommodations are the most investigated dimensions. Operationalization of participation is not always consistent with definitions used. Conclusion: Research is developing a holistic approach to investigating participation as, although all papers reference at least one environmental dimension, only four of the 11 empirical works reviewed present a fully balanced approach when theorizing and operationalizing participation; hopefully this balanced approach will continue and influence educational policy and school practice.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alves, Dr Ines
Authors: Maxwell, G., Alves, I., and Granlund, M.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Robert Owen Centre
Journal Name:Developmental Neurorehabilitation
Publisher:Informa Healthcare
ISSN:1751-8423
ISSN (Online):1751_8431
Published Online:18 January 2012

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