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Using Intensive Interaction to add to the palette of interactive possibilities in teacher–pupil communication

This paper assesses the impact of introducing intensive interaction to the teaching of students with severe/profound intellectual disabilities and autistic spectrum disorders.

Using self-monitoring to increase the on-task behaviour of three students with disabilities during independent work

The aim of this study was to determine the effectiveness of using a tactile cued self‐monitoring device (Watchminder) and a self‐recording booklet to improve the on‐task behaviour of three primary aged students with disabilities during independent work.

Validating the British Index for Inclusion for the Australian context: stage one

This is a longitudinal study which investigated the effectiveness and sustainability of a whole‐school approach to improving inclusive practice, strengthening transition networks outside the school and improving learning for students with disabilities.

Vocabulary selection for Australian children who use augmentative and alternative communication

This study identified the words most frequently and commonly used by typically developing Australian preschool‐aged children. Results highlight the importance of providing both core and fringe vocabulary to preschool‐aged children.

We Belong Too

This report is a large-scale survey of adolescents with autism and their parents regarding their experiences and needs.

We Belong Too: an Australian study of Adolescents with Autism

This report presents findings from the We Belong Too research which surveys 12-17 year old adolescents on the autism spectrum for their opinions on their support needs, experiences and future aspirations.

What’s in a mechanism? Development of a key concept in realist evaluation

The idea that underlying, generative mechanisms give rise to causal regularities has become a guiding principle across many social and natural science disciplines.

When all is said and done, more is said than done : research examining constructivist instruction for students with special needs

This study reviewed existing literature on the use of constructivist instructional approaches for students with special needs in K-12 settings.

Where are they now? A long-term follow-up study of students with autism graduating from Autism Spectrum Australia’s (Aspect) satellite classes

This summary outlines the findings of a research study undertaken to ascertain whether Autism Spectrum Australia’s satellite class program is achieving its core goal of successful long-term outcomes for students with ASD in more inclusive educational placements.

Widening Participation: Challenges Confronting a Research-Intensive University

This article explores the challenges confronting a research-intensive Australian university in responding to the "widening participation" agenda outlined in the recent "Review of Higher Education"

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Research to Action Guides

  • This Guide explores what the research evidence tells us makes a difference in group homes, and to the lives of people who live in them....
  • This Research to Action Guide promotes and supports best practice in inclusive research by providing a review of the evidence and strategies that ensure end-use...