Teacher and Parent Perceptions of the Most Effective Communication Method between Home and School Regarding Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders within Mainstream Primary Schools.
Jones, Elizabeth Rose
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This study had one primary aim and that was simply to establish which communication method was preferred by teachers and parents of children with autism. The purpose of this was to discover whether respondent's ideal methods were implemented within the provision and whether teachers and parents held a shared view. From this aim other significant concepts emerged including how important communication is considered by respondents and what constraints compromise its effectiveness. The review of literature outlines the long considered best practice and numerous possible advantages of an effective home school liaison strategy being established. lt continues by ouflining specific demands placed upon the child's education by the characteristics of autism. Research suggests that such characteristics increase the need for a further developed relationship between the child's teacher and parents. The literature review then processed to clarify the possible constraints upon achieving this ideal. Substantial consideration was given to the methodology employed during this study so that the findings would be as reliable and valid as possible, therefore adding credibility to the research and the possibly that others may reflect upon the results gained. The approach employed was that of mixed methods, collecting both qualitative from face to face interviews and quantitative data from grid questionnaires Numerous conclusions were drawn from a wealth of results gathered, six of which were further developed to successfully address the questions posed at the outset of the study. overall it was concluded that although both parents and teachers believe that communication is vital, a small amount of conduct within provision did not reflect this. For example 100% of parents were not consulted, when theír child began at the school, about which method of communication they would prefer. Further to this teachers and parents did not agree upon which method was the most effective neither which method was the least effective. lt was also concluded that the two most widely considered constraints upon effectíve communication were time and staffing issues. overall, it was recognísed that substantial issues stand in the way of creating a effective communicatÍon method, especially the differing roles and responsibilities of the respondents, however parents and teacher are both striving toward a more ideal system for all.
BA (Honours) Education Studies and Early Childhood Studies
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