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Autistic Girls Experiences of Mainstream Education Settings

Please read below information regarding research that you may wish to participate in:

You are invited to take part in a research study which is being conducted by Aoife Munroe, who is completing a PhD by research in the Department of Educational Psychology, Inclusive and Special Education at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick under the supervision of Dr Laura Ambrose and Dr Michele Dunleavy.

The aim of this study is to better understand autistic girls’ experiences of mainstream education settings at post-primary level. This research is dual focus with one aspect of the study focusing on a small group of autistic girls and their parents/guardians while the other element consists of a national survey with post-primary teachers. This is the first component of the larger project and it endeavours to explore the experiences of autistic girls attending mainstream education settings with supplementary insights being sought from their parents/guardians. The core objective of the study is to amplify missing voices in educational research, those of autistic girls, to provide them with the opportunity to share their unique school experiences.

It is hoped that the data gathered from this study will:

  1. enhance our understanding of how autistic girls experience mainstream educational settings
  2. identify good practice in terms of what facilitates positive school experiences while also highlighting potential areas of concerns in terms of the barriers to inclusion and learning faced by the girls
  3. reveal how autistic girls interact with their autistic identity in mainstream educational contexts

If you are interested in finding out more about this research please scan the QR code on the poster below.