Towards a Socio-Cultural, Non-Deficit Perspective on Learning by Autistic University Students

Summary: 
This study aims to investigate how the social interactions between autistic students and their instructors contribute to the students’ reports of their experiences at university.

Researchers: 
Jacquie Ballantine, PhD Candidate and Dr. Natasha Artemeva, Professor, both from the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University

Who can participate: 

  • Self-identified autistic students who are 18 years or older who are comfortable being interviewed in English on online platforms (e.g., Skype, Zoom).
  • University instructors and professors (autistic or not) who have taught autistic students and are comfortable being interviewed in English on online platforms (e.g., Skype, Zoom).

What’s involved: 
This is a two-hour study. You will be asked to participate in 2 interviews (up to 1 hour each) conducted online (e.g., Skype, Zoom, Big Blue Button). The interviews will be audio-taped directly onto an encrypted, password-protected computer and transcribed with your consent.

Compensation:
Although there is no financial compensation, your participation may allow you to reflect on your learning and/or teaching experiences at college/university and additionally help researchers to better understand your experiences as well as your input regarding how to improve supports for autistic undergraduate students .

Interested in participating:  
Please email Jacquie Ballantine jacquie.ballantine@carleton.ca to participate

Deadline:
June 22, 2021

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