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Students with Aspergers Syndrome in an inclusive secondary school environment: Teachers, parents and students perspectives

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Hay, I and Winn, S, Students with Aspergers Syndrome in an inclusive secondary school environment: Teachers, parents and students perspectives, Australasian Journal of Special Education, 29, (2) pp. 140-154. ISSN 1030-0112 (2005) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1080/1030011050290206

Abstract

This qualitative study used focus groups and interviews to investigate the inclusion of students with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) into secondary education from the perspectives of: general teachers; special education teachers; students with AS; and their parents (N = 122). Across the four cohorts, five main themes emerged, however, different cohorts concentrated more on one theme than another. Mainstream teachers concentrated more on the nature of the AS condition and its influence on behaviour and social interactions; special education teachers on collaboration and relationships; parents on burnout and a lack of services; and the students with AS on the notion special educators worked hard to assist others. The fifth theme across the four cohorts was the quality of school facilities. The study found that diversity was both an inter-cohort and an intra-cohort variable. The research provides insight into how inclusive practice can be enhanced and why it is a complex, dynamic and multidimensional concept.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Education
Research Group:Specialist Studies in Education
Research Field:Special Education and Disability
Objective Division:Education and Training
Objective Group:Other Education and Training
Objective Field:Special Needs Education
Author:Hay, I (Professor Ian Hay)
ID Code:60863
Year Published:2005
Deposited By:Education
Deposited On:2010-02-22
Last Modified:2011-03-24
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