Date of Award

11-2008

Embargo Period

12-19-2017

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Education (Primary) (Honours) BEd (Primary) (Hons)

Faculty

Education

School

Education

First Advisor

Elva Fitzgibbons

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130105 Primary Education (excl. Maori)

Abstract

This study identified and analysed the social and communication skills strategies used to promote the inclusion of a student with Asperger's Syndrome within an inclusive setting. The study used a qualitative approach, with a case study methodology gathering data through observations, interviews, socio-metric measures and secondary data. Results indicated that the student's teacher and peers used natural social and communication skills strategies to support the student's inclusion. However, the current strategies did not represent a conscious collaborative response to the student's needs and skill deficits. Recommendations are suggested for strengthening, first, the current strategies being used in the classroom, and, second, new programs and strategies that may further promote the student's inclusion and educational experience.

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© 2008 Alana Ragan Johnstone

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