The research activities of the DIVERSA are shaped by a conceptual model that was elaborated by specialists and advisors of the project. This model aims to support the systematization of the contents produced and provided by our portal and was designed on the basis of five dimensions, as illustrated by the figure below:
- Public Policies: addresses all aspects of creation and management of public policies that are related to inclusive education in a particular country or territory. It comprehends the legislative, executive and judicial instances, that is, the set of laws, guidelines and court decisions that seek to achieve the right to inclusive education.
- School Management: addresses the several stages of the direction of an educational institution. It comprehends the building of the political-pedagogical projects, the preparation of plans of action, the management of the internal processes of the institution and of its relations with the community.
- Pedagogical Strategies: addresses the various stages of the teaching and learning process. It comprehends the activities of regular education, the actions aimed at specialized educational services and the evaluation process of all students.
- Families: addresses the relationship established by and between the school and the students' families. It comprehends the family's involvement with the planning and development of school activities and contemplates the relationships that favor inclusive education as well as the situations of conflict and resistance.
- Partnerships: refer to the relationships established by and between the school and the actors from outside the institution who give support to the processes of inclusive education. Such actors may be individuals or legal entities and comprehend the areas of special education, health, non-formal education, social care and others.
The areas of intersection between the dimensions indicate the interdependence between them and are permeated by cross-cutting issues such as curriculum content, teacher training, infrastructure, accessibility, assistive technology etc.
One of the research methods adopted by the DIVERSA project to investigate the challenges of inclusive education is the Case Study. It is a strategy widely used by universities around the world in activities of continuing education on complex subjects.
The Case Study is based on an actual experience, developed by a person or by an organization, to encourage the readers to reflect and put themselves in situations that involve decision-making. We believe that this approach favors the formation on inclusive education, to the extent that the transformation of the school presumes the leading role of the educators, managers and other publics that integrate the school community.
Case studies prepared by the project DIVERSA are available on the website in HTML and PDF formats, which can be complemented with videos and teaching notes, as shown in the chart below:
|Complementary Material||Objective||Type of acess|
|Videos||To offer complementary resources to professionals in training||Full to every user of the website|
|Teaching notes||To deepen the analysis of the cases and offer class plans to the educator responsible for the activity of continued education.||Exclusive to authorized users of the DIVERSA Project and to the organizations that acquire license to use the content of the website*|
*More information, send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org