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The lived experience of autistic teachers: a review of the literature


StEvens, C, The lived experience of autistic teachers: a review of the literature, International Journal of Inclusive Education pp. 1-15. ISSN 1360-3116 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/13603116.2022.2041738


To date, discussion regarding autism in education has been primarily concerned with autistic students, and research usually relates to pedagogical practices that can be implemented by neurotypical teachers to support them. Seldom does the conversation around autism in the classroom consider autistic teachers, which automatically negates lived experience which could provide critical insights into inclusive education. This review examines literature which is concerned with the lived experiences of autistic teachers in education settings from early childhood to high school, with the purpose of illuminating the understanding of autism in schools. This study finds that autistic teachers are more prevalent than traditional ideas about education have suggested, with many teachers deciding to hide their autism due to negative stereotypes and discriminatory behaviour. This study focuses on the range of strengths and challenges that autistic teachers experience and highlights a gap in the literature exploring lived experience of autistic teachers, conducted by autistic researchers. The study concludes that autistic voices are essential for addressing disconnects between inclusive education theory and practice; a disconnect which creates barriers to success for autistic people in society.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:autism, autistic, teacher, teaching, inclusive, education
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist studies in education
Research Field:Inclusive education
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Schools and learning environments
Objective Field:Inclusive education
UTAS Author:StEvens, C (Ms Cathy StEvens)
ID Code:149060
Year Published:2022
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Arts, Law and Education
Deposited On:2022-03-03
Last Modified:2023-01-06

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