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ERIC Number: EJ1036148
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1743-727X
"Charlie: Please Respond!" Using a Participatory Methodology with Individuals on the Autism Spectrum
MacLeod, Andrea Georgia; Lewis, Ann; Robertson, Christopher
International Journal of Research & Method in Education, v37 n4 p407-420 2014
This paper explores a participatory research approach used with 10 higher education students on the autism spectrum (mainly diagnosed with Asperger syndrome). The methodology sought to overcome barriers to participation. Participants' views were sought on the benefits and challenges related to their participation. Most participants opted for face-to-face participation and expressed the desire to improve understanding of autism and help others with the condition, somewhat at odds with some of the prevailing stereotypes of autism. Findings indicate that the research methodology was successful in engaging participants, enabling them to participate on both practical and theoretical levels. The adaptations required additional time for both researcher and participants but were deemed worthwhile by both parties. Participants demonstrated commitment to the project and through it viewed themselves as potential agents for change. The paper concludes that a flexible, multi-faceted research approach can be effective in supporting individuals with social/communication difficulties to be active participants, and moreover that the research field stands to benefit significantly from their involvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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