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Title: Reconstructing special educators' knowledge about families with members in the autistic spectrum through befriending experiences
Contributor(s): Mavropoulou, Sofia (author); Padeliadu, Susana (author)
Publication Date: 2007
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Abstract: The role of parents within special education teacher preparation programs has been widely recognized. Traditional approaches for preparing special educators to interact with parents of children with special needs have been mainly classroom based promoting a narrow view of the disability, as a construct isolated from its micro-level social context (i.e., the home). Befriending has been increasingly supported as an emerging approach for the social support of vulnerable families in the community. Drawing upon the limitations of the traditional approaches and the need for reforming special education teacher education towards greater community engagement, in this paper we will share the insights from the development of a three-year befriending project between a university department and two charities of parents with members in the autistic spectrum. Overall, the scheme involved 35 families with persons in the autistic spectrum and 75 befrienders, the majority of which (n=60) were student special teachers. Finally, we will discuss how befriending, viewed as a process for reconstructing special education teachers' knowledge about families with members in the autistic spectrum, can be embedded within curricula in special education teacher training programs.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: ERNAPE 2007: 6th International Conference of the European Research Network About Parents in Education, Nicosia, Cyprus, 29th - 31st August, 2007
Source of Publication: ERNAPE 2007 Abstracts
Publisher: European Research Network About Parents in Education (ERNAPE)
Place of Publication: online
Field of Research (FOR): 130312 Special Education and Disability
HERDC Category Description: E3 Extract of Scholarly Conference Publication
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