Title: Transition to adulthood. Final summary report for project ‘Longitudinal study of transitions experiences of blind and partially sighted young people (Phase 2)’
Authors: Rachel Hewett, Graeme Douglas: VICTAR, University of Birmingham; Sue Keil: RNIB, Publisher: University of Birmingham funded by the Nuffield Foundation, Year of publication: 2016
This longitudinal research project was designed in 2009 by a team from RNIB and VICTAR (Visual Impairment Centre for Teaching and Research at the University of Birmingham). The key objectives of the project are:
Phase 1 of the research took place between autumn 2009 – March 2012, and was funded by RNIB. A cohort of over 80 young people from England and Wales (aged 14-16 at time of recruitment) has taken part in the study. Three research reports that resulted from Phase 1 can also be found under the Transitions heading of our Education research page.
Phase 2 of the study from April 2012 to March 2015 was funded by the Nuffield Foundation* with continued practical support from RNIB, and followed over 60 participants as they moved from school to further and higher education, training and employment. This phase included regular telephone interviews with the participants and more focused case study work with a few individuals and those involved in supporting them.
This report provides an overview of key findings from this phase of the research. The findings and related discussion in the report are presented as themes, each linked to one of the four research questions.
Several technical reports were produced during Phase 2. Read and dowload the full technical reports and accompanying research briefings.
Phase 3 of the research is now underway and is being funded by Thomas Pocklington Trust. For more information visit our Research in progress page.
Key themes from phase 2 of the longitudinal transitions research
*The Nuffield Foundation
The Nuffield Foundation is an endowed charitable trust that aims to improve social well-being in the widest sense. It funds research and innovation in education and social policy and also works to build capacity in education, science and social science research. The Nuffield Foundation has funded this project, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the Foundation. More information is available at www.nuffieldfoundation.org