Systemic design in deaf education
VDEI has just completed a project to look at good practice in deaf education.
The aim of the Systemic Design in Deaf Education project is to explore and document good practice in system design and to develop an understanding about effective systems in deaf education. VDEI have consulted with specialists in the field regarding current support structures and used the information gathered to explore the implications for services to students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Victoria.
The Systemic Design Project aims to explore a ‘centres of excellence model’ to strengthen provision and address issues of access and inclusion for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Victoria.
The project has focused on using research evidence and information gathered through interviews to develop an options paper detailing options for systemic improvement in the delivery of deaf education in Victoria. Improvement will be related to service provision, capacity building and achieving common practices. These options will be further discussed and developed at focus groups in the last week of term.
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD) through the Victorian Deaf Education Institute is working to explore best practice in deaf education systemic design.
The exciting new Systemic Design in Deaf Education project arises directly from the evidence presented to the deaf education review.
The review identified that there would be benefit in exploring a ‘centres of excellence model’ to strengthen provision and address issues of access and inclusion for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in Victoria.
The intention of this study – to be completed with Laulon Education Consultants - will explore best practice in deaf education systemic design, specifically the following themes:
- Model approaches based on current research. This may include services and support to be offered from the centre such as outreach services, assessment resources and use of technology in and between centres.
- The relationship between specialist schools for the deaf, deaf facilities, early intervention centres, visiting teachers and other staff working within the sector.
- Options for strengthening provision from schools, deaf facilities and Visiting Teachers including services and support offered, use of technology for distance teaching and the relationship between the VDEI and these services.
This project is being conducted parallel to an extensive literature review being undertaken by staff at The University of Melbourne. This literature will focus on the identification of model systems or elements of systemic design and current effective systemic approaches to deaf education globally.
VDEI, in collaboration with facility coordinators and specialist schools for the deaf, will begin a project to explore the concept and requirements to establish centres of excellence in deaf education.