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ERIC Number: EJ1003548
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
The Interactional Construction of Identity: An Adolescent with Autism in Interaction with Peers
Bottema-Beutel, Kristen; Smith, Nevin
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v24 n2 p197-214 Jun 2013
Using discourse analytic methodology, this study examines video data collected during a social group intervention designed to promote engagement between teens with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their peers. The analysis focuses on the interactive means by which the participants construct the identity of the group member with an ASD, referred to as Randal. The concepts of "emergence" and "contextual configurations" are used as frameworks for understanding the interactional processes that contribute to the formation of Randal's identity. In this analysis, we describe Randal's interactional style, with a particular focus on his orientation to aspects of the social space. Second, we show how the group members use this interactional style as an interactional resource, and illustrate a positive identity that emerges through social encounters. This analysis suggests that positive identification of an adolescent with an ASD is a possible trajectory in inclusive settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R324B080005