Structured flexibility: six case studies of how children with diagnosed autism develop independency in daily living activities

Mona Holmqvist

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    Abstract

    The aim of this study is to describe in what ways variation can be used in learning situations for pupils with autism to evoke deep understanding of activities in natural settings. The combination of variation and structure was designed to make each pupil discern new aspects of their learning objects. The analysis of the six participants' learning was based on the variation theory, and focused on how variation in the learning situation had affected the learning outcome. All six children who participated deepened their understanding of their learning objects, demonstrated by observable differences in performance of activities in which the targeted ability was included. The results are stable over time, showing the increased abilities in new situations during a six-month period. The study shows the importance of making the pupils focus on the connections between different aspects, rather than single aspects one at a time, to evoke deep understanding.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)175-193
    Number of pages18
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Disability Research
    Volume11
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2009

    Swedish Standard Keywords

    • Pedagogy (50301)

    Keywords

    • autism
    • experiences of the environment
    • learning
    • teaching
    • variation theory

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