Series RU 857/2 - Papers relating to the Tayside Special Education School-Leavers project carried out by May and carried out by May and Hughes.

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RU 857/2


Papers relating to the Tayside Special Education School-Leavers project carried out by May and carried out by May and Hughes.


  • c 1970 (Creation)

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This study was carried out in the early 1980s of the experience of school-leaving by pupils in Special Education from Tayside. The research adopted an ethnographic approach. Extensive participant observation by several field workers was carried out in schools, colleges, hospital wards, adult training centres and other institutions over a two year period yielding several volumes of field-notes. In addition almost 300 wide-ranging, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the young people themselves, their parents, and the many professionals (teachers, care workers, careers officers, social workers, nurses) involved in the leaving process, all of which are fully transcribed. c 33 were residents of Strathmartine


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Open for consultation subject to preservation requirements. Access must also conform to the restrictions of the Data Protection Act (2018), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR, 2018) and any other relevant legislation or restrictions. Clinical information is closed for 100 years.

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Reproduction is available subject to preservation requirements. Charges may be made for this service, and copyright and other restrictions may apply; please check with the Duty Archivist.

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The records are on paper.

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RU 857/2

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Description compiled in line with the following standards: International Council on Archives, ISAD(G) General International Standard Archival Description; International Council on Archives, ISAAR(CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons, and Families; National Council on Archives, Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997



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