Student perceptions: Improving the educational experiences of high school students on the autism spectrum

Saggers, B. (2015) Student perceptions: Improving the educational experiences of high school students on the autism spectrum. Improving Schools, 18(1), pp. 35-45.

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Listening to and reflecting on the voices and personal stories of adolescent students with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is critically important to developing more inclusive approaches to their education. This article considers the experiences of nine adolescents with an ASD on their inclusive education in a large urban secondary school in Australia. These educational experiences were mapped onto four themes emanating from a similar study by Humphrey and Lewis from the United Kingdom. The results from both studies suggest that although students with ASD are having positive and enabling educational experiences, a number of common inhibitors continue to prevent them from taking full advantage of their schooling. By listening to the voices of students with ASD, specific enablers and inhibitors to promoting successful educational experiences are identified, and recommendations for practice are put forward to better support the education not only of students with ASD but all students.

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ID Code: 80176
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, enablers, inclusive education, inhibitors, secondary school, student perspectives
DOI: 10.1177/1365480214566213
ISSN: 1475-7583
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Special Education and Disability (130312)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright The Author 2015 Copyright 2015 by SAGE Publications
Deposited On: 16 Jan 2015 03:42
Last Modified: 09 May 2015 08:50

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