Education is an important aspect of the environmental influences on autism, and effective education can have a significant effect on outcome for those on the autism spectrum. This Handbook explores the key concepts, debates and research areas in this dynamic field. Contributions from a wide range of countries and cultures are organised into six key sections: Part 1: Learning Needs and Educational Responses; Part 2: Early Intervention, Education in Core Domains and Family Support; Part 3: School-Based and Academic Education: Access and Support; Part 4: Collaborative Working in Education; Part 5: Education for Life and Barriers to Education; Part 6: Data Collection in Education and Measurement of Progress. The SAGE Handbook of Autism and Education is a definitive resource for researchers, postgraduate students, reflective practitioners and teachers who wish to know and understand current views of the nature of autism, and best practice in educational support.

Educator Involvement in Research and Evaluation

Educator Involvement in Research and Evaluation

Educator involvement in research and evaluation
Jessica Suhrheinrich Sasha Zeedyk Sarah Vejnoska Aubyn Stahmer


The gap between research and practice has long been acknowledged in the social science and educational literature (Carnine, 1997; Elmore, 1996; Greenwood & Abbott, 2001). This gap creates an access problem for educators seeking effective strategies to meet the needs of the children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in their classrooms (Odom et al., 2005). Further, with the increasing prevalence of ASD (Christensen et al., 2016), the need to bridge this gap to best serve this group of students in particular is greater than ever. This chapter will explore current ...

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