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Avramidis, Elias; Avgeri, Georgia; Strogilos, Vasilis – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2018
The study addresses the social participation of integrated students with special educational needs (SEN) in upper primary regular classes in Greece alongside their perceptions of best friend quality. Social participation was defined as consisting of four key dimensions: students' acceptance by classmates, friendships, social self-perceptions, and…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Friendship, Peer Relationship, Inclusion
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Mavropoulou, Sophia; Avramidis, Elias – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
The aim of this research was to examine the type of activities as well as the challenges faced by befrienders supporting persons with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Twenty-nine volunteers befriending an equal number of families with children with ASD participated in this study. Content analysis was applied on visit logs (n = 465) completed by…
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Family (Sociological Unit), Social Support Groups, Autism
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Avramidis, Elias – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2010
One of the major aims for the inclusion of pupils with special educational needs (SEN) within the mainstream classroom is to reduce prejudice and increase social interaction among children. Nevertheless, research has consistently shown that pupils with SEN remain less accepted by and may experience greater loneliness than their non-SEN peers. This…
Descriptors: Group Membership, Peer Relationship, Peer Groups, Interaction
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Avramidis, Elias; Kalyva, Efrosini – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2007
On the assumption that the successful implementation of any inclusive policy is largely dependent on educators being positive about it, a survey was undertaken into the attitudes of Greek teachers to inclusion. The 155 respondents were general education primary teachers drawn from one region of Northern Greece, with a proportion deliberately…
Descriptors: Teaching Experience, Professional Development, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries