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PARTICIPANT INFORMATION SHEET FOR PARENTS/CARERS OF CHILDREN ON THE AUTISM SPECTRUM

 
PROJECT TITLE: What factors have impacted on parents’ decisions about educational placement for their child with ASD?

 
PURPOSE OF THE RESEARCH: This is an invitation to participate in an online questionnaire conducted by Jennifer Johnston as
part of a PhD research at the University of Wollongong. The purpose of the research is to investigate what factors have impacted
parents’ decisions about educational placement for their child with ASD.

The research is a two-stage project. The first stage being the online questionnaire and the second stage being a focus group, for volunteers who wish to discuss their experiences further in a group setting. At the end of the online questionnaire, participants
will be asked to provide contact details, if they wish to participate in a focus group. Focus group volunteers will be selected based on demographics within locations around NSW (Albury, Dubbo, Narrabri, Newcastle, and Western Campbelltown).  If more than ten participants consent to a focus group in a location, the researcher will then employ a criterion where participants will be
accepted based on their child’s educational experiences, their child’s stage within the K-6 system, educational setting and any
other source of variability that might influence answers, to provide the most comprehensive representation of the responses.

The research has the potential to enrich the field, enabling teachers and parents to make informed choices about educational
placement and to change programs so that resources can be targeted more effectively for students with ASD.
 

RESEARCHERS

Ms Jennifer Johnston, PhD Student, School of Education, UOW, 0400 258 357, jlj980@uowmail.edu.au

Dr Rose Dixon, School of Education, UOW, 02 4221 5292, roselyn_dixon@uow.edu.au

Dr Jane Warren, School of Education UOW, 02 4221 3882, jwarren@uow.edu.au

 
WHAT WE WOULD LIKE YOU TO DO

If you agree to participate, you will be asked to fill out an on-line questionnaire about the factors that have impacted on your
decisions about school placement, as a parent/carer of a child with ASD. The questionnaire should take about 15 minutes to
complete. This information is collected anonymously, so once the questionnaire has been submitted, there is no method to
identify who submitted the questionnaire, so you are unable to retrieve your responses.



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