Teaching students with autism spectrum disorders: what are the needs of educational professionals

Steffie van der Steen, Carla Geveke, Anne T. Steenakkers, Henderien Steenbeek

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Abstract

The academic achievements of students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are usually lower than those of their peers. It is therefore important to know what educational professionals need to provide these students with optimal support. To identify these needs, we applied Q methodology, a qualitative method using quantitative techniques. We found four groups of professionals with different needs. The first group emphasized a need for collaboration within school; the second valued practical suggestions to guide their teaching, the third emphasized gaining more confidence to teach students with ASD, and the fourth group focused on enhancing students’ social and communication skills.
Original languageEnglish
JournalTeaching and teacher education : an international journal of research and studies
Volume90
Issue number103036
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • inclusive education
  • students
  • teacher’s perspectives
  • autism spectrum disorder

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