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Piloting autism intervention research with teachers in mainstream classrooms

Macdonald, Libby; Keen, Deb; Ashburner, Jill; Costley, Debra; Haas, Kaaren; Trembath, David

Authors

Libby Macdonald

Deb Keen

Jill Ashburner

Debra Costley debra.costley@nottingham.ac.uk

Kaaren Haas

David Trembath



Abstract

Although there is a recognised need for effective practices to support students on the autism spectrum in mainstream schools, there is a research to practice gap in the area of autism and education, whereby evidence-based intervention may take decades to translate into mainstream classroom practice. Thus, current recommendations are that, rather than presenting mainstream school teachers with interventions developed and tested in clinical or special education settings, a participatory research process should be used to facilitate implementation in real-world mainstream classrooms. This article reports on a case study that aimed to refine a structured teaching intervention package for use in mainstream classrooms, while at the same time tailoring research methods for evaluating the package in these settings. The outcomes of the project are presented with respect to (a) the development and refinement of the intervention package in consultation with a mainstream classroom teacher and (b) the lessons learned during the process that other clinical researchers, teachers, and clinicians could apply when implementing educational interventions in mainstream settings.

Journal Article Type Article
Journal International Journal of Inclusive Education
Print ISSN 1360-3116
Electronic ISSN 1464-5173
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
APA6 Citation Macdonald, L., Keen, D., Ashburner, J., Costley, D., Haas, K., & Trembath, D. (in press). Piloting autism intervention research with teachers in mainstream classrooms. International Journal of Inclusive Education, doi:10.1080/13603116.2017.1335355
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2017.1335355
Keywords Autism spectrum disorder, Structured teaching, Research to practice gap, Mainstream classrooms, Teachers, Educational interventions, Messy research
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1080/13603116.2017.1335355
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://eprints.nottingh.../end_user_agreement.pdf
Additional Information This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in International Journal of Inclusive Education on 05/06/2017, available online: http://www.tandfonline....0/13603116.2017.1335355

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