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Pesonen, Henri; Kontu, Elina; Saarinen, Minna; Pirttimaa, Raija – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2016
The aim of this study was to examine conceptions associated with sense of belonging (SEBE) in Finnish general and special school placements for pupils with special education needs. Five pupils were selected for this study by means of purposive sampling. They had a history of several school placements prior to arriving at their current special…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Placement, Special Education, Group Membership
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Rämä, Irene; Kontu, Elina; Pirttimaa, Raija – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2014
The purpose of this article was to describe a Finnish research project concerning communicative spontaneity in pupils with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). ASD is a behavioural syndrome which is neurobiological in origin and which involves atypical developmental dysfunctions in the brain. The essential features are persistent impairment in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Autism, Behavior Problems
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Rama, Irene; Kontu, Elina – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2012
The purpose of this article is to introduce a research design, which aims to find useful pedagogical adaptations for teaching pupils with autism. Autism is a behavioural syndrome characterised by disabilities and dysfunctions in interaction and communication, which is why it is interesting to explore educational processes particularly from an…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Students, Autism, Learning Processes
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Kontu, Elina; Pirttimaa, Raija – European Journal of Special Needs Education, 2008
The aim of this study was to gather information on the tools used by special education teachers for the assessment of severely intellectually disabled students (SID), preparing an individual education plan, and about the methodology used for monitoring their learning progress. The survey included all Finnish special education teachers working with…
Descriptors: Multiple Disabilities, Autism, Special Education Teachers, Developmental Psychology