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Title: Successful inclusion of children with Asperger Syndrome in primary school: Parental voices
Contributor(s): Harrington, Ingrid  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2011
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Abstract: The quality of the overall primary school experience for students diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and other learning disabilities may be typically challenging and stressful on a number of fronts, particularly the successful negotiation of the social curriculum. The term 'inclusion' is defined as a process taking into consideration features such as welcoming diversity, promotion of teacher consistency and collaboration, and the provision of learning opportunities and experiences to match the needs of the child. This paper provides parents of children diagnosed with AS a voice to speak about their own experiences and perspectives of how inclusive the primary school system was in meeting their child's needs. Based on parental experiences working with their child and primary School staff, a number of strategies and recommendations are put forward to empower new parents of children diagnosed with AS and teachers on how to improve the quality of the child's primary school experiences. Through the use of a questionnaire and semi-structured interviews, 12 parents participated in the 'Looking back to work forward' research and their data analysed initially using the Leximancer Version 2.25 (2001) qualitative software. A thematic analysis was undertaken using Bruner's (1990) concept of generative themes that revealed key topics shared by the participants, including bullying, the importance of community and social supports, and parental involvement with schools. The paper puts forward strategies and recommendations to teachers, education staff and parents on how to improve the process of inclusion for students with AS, and for those students who exhibit similar difficulties at school.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: The Journal of Educational Enquiry, 11(1), p. 1-12
Publisher: University of South Australia, Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1444-5530
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified
130312 Special Education and Disability
130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390411 Special education and disability
390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
930102 Learner and Learning Processes
930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160101 Early childhood education
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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