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.