Translating Evidence into Disability Practice
Explore how lived experience, theory and research come together to inform the disability policies we live by today. Gain the confidence to be able to unpack the theory and design of programs used today – including their strengths and weaknesses.
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Note: This subject is a part of La Trobe University's Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice, which will become available for application in Semester 2. Students who complete this subject in Semester 1 will be able to apply for credit towards these programs.
Upon successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
- Synthesise information, concepts and theories surrounding areas of selected disability practice;
- Interpret and transmit information about the different types of knowledge used in disability practice;
- Reflect critically on the values and ideologies that inform contemporary aspects of disability practice;
- Critically evaluate the effectiveness and impact of types of interventions or programs in disability practice;
- Justify the need for an alternative intervention or program in disability practice;
- Communicate research findings effectively and sensitively with colleagues, clients and the public.
- Synthesizing evidence
- Research evidence across practice areas
- Evidence to drive policy change
- Communicating evidence
In order to enrol in this subject, students are required to apply to OUA's Postgraduate Single Subjects program (OUA-PSU-GCE). https://www.open.edu.au/degrees/postgraduate-single-subjects-oua-oua-psu-gce?year=2019 Note: Students wishing to apply for either the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in Disability Practice based on the completion of postgraduate single subjects should familiarise themselves with La Trobe's advanced standing policy. A maximum of two (2) or four (4) subjects may be credited to the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma programs, respectively. https://www.latrobe.edu.au/students/getting-started/new-students/advanced-standing
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1 x 10 hours unscheduled online class per week from week 10 to week 22.
3 x 1 hour scheduled online class during semester, from week 10 to week 22
Disability policies and practice have often been more informed by values and ideology than evidence or theory. Contemporary disability practice is informed by multiple sources of knowledge derived from lived experience, theory and research evidence. In this subject students will explore the unique contributions that each of these makes to effective practice. Students will also learn to identify the empirical or theoretical underpinnings of practice with individuals and design of programs and to judge the strength and weaknesses of these: Areas covered will be tailored to student interest and existing work places but may include, approaches to communications supports, person-centred active support, practice leadership, positive behaviour support, support for decision making, accommodation support, and skills teaching. Students will learn how to connect theories and evidence used in disability practice to other fields of health and social care and by a range of disciplines.
Disability Research Landscape Review - Students to undertake a brief review of literature addressing a chosen topic and map underlying ideology/values/philosophies. Identify types and sources of knowledge and research approaches reflected in the literature gathered. Foundations Essay - Differentiate between ideology, theory and evidence as foundations to a program intervention or approach seen in disability practice (i.e., a chosen topic). Agency Intervention or Program Evaluation - Evaluate a particular program intervention or approach that has been adopted in disability practice (i.e., chosen topic), including: the theory underpinning it, critique of the research and evidence. Consider translation/transfer of knowledge to practice and policy. Discuss how it would be adopted in a current setting or identify and justify an alternate approach
- Disability Research Landscape Review (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)
- Foundations Essay (1,500-word equivalent) (30%)
- Agency Intervention or Program Evaluation (2,500 words) (40%)