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ERIC Number: EJ908184
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1175-9232
What We Did: Journeys in Autism Spectrum Disorder Participatory Action Research
Kelly, Anna
Kairaranga, v9 spec iss p46-53 2008
Supporting children and young people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is an endeavour associated with both reward and challenge. There are teams of people across New Zealand who provide this support daily, without fanfare or display--it is simply what they do. In 2003 and 2004 nine such teams stepped up and out by taking part in the national autism spectrum disorder participatory action research (ASD PAR) project funded by the Ministry of Education. As participants in the ASD PAR project, teams reflected on, scrutinised, adapted, enhanced and documented their practice, while ultimately working towards improved outcomes for the children and young people with ASD at the centre of their teams. This article is an analysis of the work submitted to the Ministry of Education by teams and mentors who took part in the ASD PAR project. The key findings are grouped under four themes and highlight the value of: (1) team work; (2) positive attitudes; (3) using participatory action research in real-life settings; and (4) learning together as a team. (Contains 2 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand