“I can be a role model for autistic pupils”: investigating the voice of the autistic teacher

Lawrence, Clare (2019) “I can be a role model for autistic pupils”: investigating the voice of the autistic teacher. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11 (2). pp. 50-58.

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Abstract

Despite extensive interest in the needs of autistic pupils in education, there seems to date to have been no focus on the needs or attitudes of teachers who are autistic. This paper reports on the case study of an autistic trainee teacher during his Initial Teacher Education (ITE) year undertaking a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at Secondary level. ‘Greg’ (a pseudonym) took part in an unstructured interview with the researcher, his contributions were recorded and his responses transcribed and coded. Coding was conducted co-operatively between Greg and the researcher, leading to co-created data. Greg’s attitudes towards his own autism and its role in his teaching are discussed here, together with his understanding of the needs of autistic pupils. Limitations of the study and the potential for future research are suggested, together with recommendations for the inclusion of the position of autistic teacher in ITE concerning autism.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal
Publisher: Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN)
ISSN: 2054-5266
Departments: Non-Initial Teacher Education (Non-ITE)
Additional Information: Clare Lawrence, Bishop Grosseteste University, UK.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 15:53
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 15:53
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4658

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