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Moving towards collaborative school-based autism research

22 March 2022, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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In this online talk, Laura Crane will discuss the research to practice gap in autism education, with particular focus on the tendency to exclude pupils in special schools from autism research.

This event is free.

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Roberto Filippi

Laura will highlight the importance of collaborative research in autism education and will introduce the work of the Pan London Autism Schools Network Research (PLASN-R) group - a partnership between autism special schools and academic researchers who work together to bridge the research to practice gap in autism education.

In particular, Laura will discuss an innovative action research project at one of the PLASN-R schools, outlining the efforts made to make the research maximally accessible and useful to schools within and outside the network.

This event will be particularly useful for those interested in autism and education.

Bridging Educational Sciences with Practice in Education seminar series

The event is part of this knowledge exchange seminar series which aims to bridge educational sciences with practice in education. IOE, in collaboration with Cambridge Primary Education Trust (CPET) and Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Teaching School Hub, brings you ten leading experts in the field of Education and Psychological Sciences who will engage with you, presenting their work, and outlining policies and new strategies in education.

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About the Speaker

Dr Laura Crane

Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education at IOE

Laura’s research focuses on understanding the educational experiences of autistic children and young people (in mainstream and special schools), and identifying evidence-based ways to support pupils, their parents and their educators. Laura is passionate about engaging education professionals in research - supporting them to identify priorities for research and co-designing research studies that positively impact on pupil outcomes and wellbeing.

More about Dr Laura Crane