Javiera Salazar

Department: Graduate School of Education
Discipline: Education
Research Centre/Unit: SEND Research Centre/PenCRU

Project Summary

My PhD is a mix methods project that has three major phases. The first phase is a survey study in which I will investigate how Occupational Therapists (OTs) practitioners from Chile are delivering their services in schools, and how close (or not) these services are to the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. This because this is the current inclusive approach used in the educational context of Chile. The survey then will be followed by some focus groups to understand the factors impacting how these OTs are working in schools.

The second phase is a trial of a particular OT model that has on its base the UDL framework: the Partnering for Change model (P4C). This model was created in Canada and I will see how it can be implemented in the Chilean context, and if contributes, or not, to provide a service more engaged with UDL principles.

The third phase actually runs in parallel with the other two and is a systematic review of the effectiveness of the interventions provided by OTs practitioners in schools. 

Supervisory Team

Dr Christpher Boyle from the College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Dr Christopher Morris from the College of Medicine and Health

Wider Research Interests

Allied health professionals working in schools

Related services provided in schools

Childhood disability research