Training Needs and Attitudes of Greek Educationalists on Good Autism Education Practice for Children on the Autism Spectrum

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Unit:
Department of Theology
Title:
Training Needs and Attitudes of Greek Educationalists on Good Autism Education Practice for Children on the Autism Spectrum
Languages of Item:
English
Abstract:
The current scoping study conducted in Greece aimed to explore the training needs and attitudes held by
educationalists on inclusive education for pupils with autism. Whilst educational policies and practice advocate for inclusive education for children with autism, actual provision is segregated between mainstream, special schools and multi-disciplinary therapy centers. These centers operate under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and are certified by the Ministry of Education. They collaborate with schools to ensure the seamless inclusion of children with autism into school. Whilst Greek educationalists believe on principle that inclusion is essential in the quest to foster community presence and integration for children with autism, in practice there are barriers to inclusive education; primarily these include the current financial crisis and budget cuts in Education as well as an anxiety on the part of teachers on how best to practice inclusive education, whilst protecting and maintaining the safety of autistic children. This ambivalence stems from insufficient knowledge, skills and experience and has significant implications for children with special needs, their families and for society as a whole. The current study aimed to address this ambivalence by, as an initial step, ensuring that all teachers are granted appropriate training and professional support so that children with autism are given the opportunity to flourish within inclusive educational settings.
Publication year:
2021
Authors:
Katingo Giannoulis,
Marios Koukounaras Liagkis,
Katerina Laskaridou,
Karen Guldberg
Journal:
International Journal of Elementary Education
Publisher:
Science Publishing Group
Volume:
10
Number:
1
Pages:
1-15
Keywords:
Training Needs of Greek Teachers, Good Autism Education Practice, Attitudes of Greek Teachers, Inclusive Education
Main subject category:
Education - Sport science
DOI:
doi: 10.11648/j.ijeedu.20211001.11
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