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

Lawrence, C. (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. ISSN 2054-5266

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Despite extensive interest in the needs of autistic pupils in education, there has to date 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
Additional Information: © 2018 University of Cumbria. This is an author-produced version of a paper accepted for publication in Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: Teacher, education, autistic, autism, SEND.
Divisions: School of Teacher Development
Depositing User: Dr Clare Lawrence
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2019 11:33
Last Modified: 05 Jan 2021 09:20
URI: https://bgro.repository.guildhe.ac.uk/id/eprint/400

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