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Title: ‘Fire Fighting’ or ‘Fire Lighting’? A Critical Evaluation of the Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders attending Mainstream International Primary Schools in Dubai
Authors: Kite, Romola
Keywords: inclusion
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
United Arab Emirates (UAE)
Issue Date: Jul-2008
Publisher: The British University in Dubai (BUiD)
Abstract: This study aims to investigate and critically evaluate the current status of inclusion for pupils with ASDs within the mainstream international primary sector in Dubai, UAE, and determine whether this might be more appropriately termed ‘fire fighting’ or ‘fire lighting’ (MacLeod 2006). A number of data collection methods were employed, over three stages, to carry out the project: e-questionnaires (stage 1), interviews and observations (stage 2) and documental analysis and social network questionnaires (stage 3). The findings of the study isolate a number of promising incidences of ‘fire lighting’ which given the right circumstances could ignite and develop over time. However, the study concludes that at present the inclusion of pupils with ASDs within the mainstream international primary sector is still in the early stages of development and that overall the situation would be most appropriately termed ‘fire fighting’.
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