The computer in the classroom: how useful is the computer as a medium for enhancing social interaction with young people with autistic spectrum disorders?

Jacklin, Angela and Farr, William (2005) The computer in the classroom: how useful is the computer as a medium for enhancing social interaction with young people with autistic spectrum disorders? British Journal of Special Education, 32 (4). pp. 209-217. ISSN 0952-3383

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Abstract

Angela Jacklin is a senior lecturer in education and director of student support at the University of Sussex. William Farr is a teacher at a primary school in Sussex, and a former MA student at Sussex University. In the project reported in this article, they worked together to consider how valuable the computer may be as a medium to enhance social interaction with pupils with autistic spectrum disorders. The research took place in a special school for pupils with severe learning difficulties in the South East of England and involved 12 children from the school's unit for pupils with autism. From this initial group, three pupils were selected for more focused study. Using a mix of qualitative data gathering and analysis stragegies, the research highlighted the importance of social interaction a round the computer and indicated that the computer could be a useful tool for enhancing social interaction. This was found to relate in part to the adult's ability to follow the child's lead, as well as the complex intermingling of events known as `tricky mixes. Where this happened, use of the computer appeared to result in more sustained and more positive interactions for young people with autistic spectrum disorders.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The research is of both practical and theoretical significance: building on earlier theoretical work on Rare Event Learning and applying the notion of 'tricky mixes' within classroom contexts. The article provides detailed analyses of interaction around a computer, and evidence of the potential value of the computer as a medium to enhance social interaction with young people with autistic spectrum disorders; it is significant because of the limited research in this area. Jacklin led the research project and was the main author of the article.
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: Angela Jacklin
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:17
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2012 09:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/19962
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