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Doing Research on Education for Children With Disabilities in Ethiopia Using Grounded Theory

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By: Published: 2017 | Product: SAGE Research Methods Cases Part 2
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Abstract

Education for children with disabilities is an important and current topic on an international level. However, it becomes especially interesting when looking at countries of the majority world (or so-called developing countries) and matters of social inclusion and exclusion. Disability and poverty are often interconnected and lead to a vicious circle of exclusion, poverty, and low living standards. This case gives insight into a recent research study that was conducted on barriers and facilitators that children with disabilities are experiencing in their educational environments in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. By using a constructivist approach to grounded theory, it was possible to capture different perspectives on the situation of the children and get a deep insight into existing problems and supportive aspects regarding education. During this research project, I learned a lot about the positive sides as well as the challenging aspects of grounded theory. Having to deal with a different language and culture and different traditions, it was especially hard to find my way in the beginning of the field research. However, applying grounded theory gave me the possibility to clarify issues I did not initially understand. It enabled me to go deeper into the narratives where I found it necessary. This helped me to create a coherent account of the complex phenomenon I studied.

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