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Bridging the research to practice gap in autism education

Tuesday 14 February 2023, 12.00PM to 1.00pm

Speaker(s): Dr Laura Crane, Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL

Laura 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. 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 (on eliciting the voices of pupils in a specialist residential school) and will also reflect on a project at one of our mainstream partner schools (on making classrooms more inclusive for all learners).

Bio: Laura Crane is an Associate Professor at IOE, UCL’s Faculty of Education and Society, where she is Deputy Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE). 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.

Location: SLB/003, Spring Lane Building