Various strategies were applied to locate school case study sites. They included a comprehensive, statewide, cross-sectoral self-reporting exercise, inviting schools that believe they have exemplary programs to indicate the body of information that they have assembled on students with learning difficulties, the practices that they put in place to support the students, and a brief statement on how they gauge the effectiveness of the practices. This approach provide
sd schools with the opportunity to indicate the range of practices including full time resource room, pullout interventions, and inclusive in-class assistance such as peer tutoring to maximise the effectiveness of the whole classroom approach.
The project sought from the sectors nominations of schools that provided excellent support for students. High impact schools were also identified from statewide literacy and numeracy test data.
Using the above information, the project selected 14 schools (eg. 2 AISQ, 2 Cath Ed, 10 Ed Qld, representing proportionate enrolment from student state population data).
The case study data comprised: interviews with the Principal (or other administrative staff), together with a sample of class teachers across Years 1 to 7, other specialists (STLD, Guidance Officers etc), parents and students in Years 3 to 7. The interviews were transcribed and analysed. In addition, school documents and classroom artefacts were collected, reproduced and analysed, the former including documentation relating to the school's literacy program. Finally, video and audio records of relevant instructional practices were made, including whole class and pullout practices as appropriate. Case study reports were reviewed with schools before inclusion in the Project Report. Ethical clearances and approvals were sought in the required way from Griffith University, Education Queensland, the Association of Independent Schools, the Catholic Education Office, and from participating schools, teachers and parents.
The Australian Government is funding the research under the States Grants (Primary and Secondary Education Assistance) Act 2000.