Creative and participatory methods for pupil voice

Using Digital Stories to facilitate autistic young people to have a voice in their transition to adulthood (Student Project)

Stephanie Lewis. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. The importance of eliciting the voices of young people and their participation within decision making on matters that affect their lives, is robustly supported within government guidelines and legislation. However, previous research suggests that due to perceived communication barriers, children and young people on the autism spectrum are frequently …

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Using creative methods to research and support autistic children in their transition to secondary school (Student Project)

Chloe East. PhD Psychology. Transitioning from primary to secondary school can be challenging for autistic children and their families. Issues with home/school communication, organisational challenges and concerns about bullying and friendships have all been found to be particularly stressful for the child and his or her family at this time.  Although research has identified some …

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Evaluating whether digital stories can support children in their transition from nursery to primary school (Funded Project)

Henry Wood. CRI Research Fellow. My name is Henry Wood, and I am a Research Fellow at the Centre for Research in Inclusion (CRI), Southampton Education School, University of Southampton. I also work as an Educational Psychologist, and have long-standing interests in autism, inclusive education, and person-centred approaches. As part of my Research Fellow role, …

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How do schools and stakeholders take in the viewpoints and opinions of pupils with autism, and how do the schools respond to them? (Student Project)

Ankita Gurung. Masters in Education. I am Ankita Gurung currently studying a Masters in Education at the University of Southampton. For my final project I am exploring how schools understand the views of pupils on the autism spectrum about their educational experiences, with the supervision of Sarah Parsons. In 2015, the Department for Education / …

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The Participation of Children with Autism in Decision-Making: A Case Study of One School (Student Project)

Chantelle Zilli. Doctorate in Educational Psychology. Research has highlighted the importance of increasing the participation of children with autism in decision-making about school experiences, however there is little research on the practices that might help school staff to do this. This is a timely and relevant gap to address because there is more emphasis in …

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The voices and experiences of children with autism, and their families, in their transitions from nursery to primary school (Funded Project)

Sarah Parsons, Hanna Kovshoff, Kathryn Ivil, Gareth Shaw, Efstathia Karakosta. Young children with autism are amongst the most scrutinised and assessed in their everyday lives, often leading to characterisations and descriptions that focus on their difficulties (commonly termed ‘deficits’) and challenges rather than on their abilities, strengths and positive experiences. Consequently, much discussion about children …

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