The aim of this paper is to discuss some of the methodological challenges underpinning the \"Disability, Education and Poverty Project\" (DEPP) to be carried out by the Research Consortium on Educational Outcomes and Poverty (RECOUP). The DEPP aims to explore the role that education plays, if any, in the lives of individuals with disabilities living in poverty. It aims to understand the effect of education (of various kinds) on social, human and learning outcomes. In working with young persons with disabilities (in the age group of 14- 25 years) and their significant others, this research will explore the local meanings that persons with disabilities and others around them attach to disability, poverty and education. It will focus on the role that education and other enabling factors play in helping young people with disabilities make transitions into adulthood and in some instances move out of poverty. Although the Disability, Education and Poverty Project is based in four countries, (Kenya, Ghana, India and Pakistan) the arguments developed in this paper draw primarily upon literature from India and Kenya. This paper begins by exploring the relationships between disability and poverty and then discuses three central challenges facing the conceptualisation of this research project.
Centre for Commonwealth Education, University of Cambridge, UK. WP07/10, 36 pp.