INCLASS

Project INCLASS

Inclusion of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in School

INCLASS develops an application-oriented set of tools for the inclusion of children with autism spectrum disorder: a blended learning platform for teachers, a module for (self-)assessment of competencies in teaching children with autism spectrum disorder and a smartphone app for identifying individual barriers to learning.

As prevalence of autism to current estimates of at least one percent and demands for inclusive education increase, German schools have ever more autistic students while often lacking, both, knowledge of and resources for autism-adaptive education. Socio-emotional wellbeing and educational success for students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) depends in large part on autism-sensitive schooling. Thus, educators need professional competence in teaching students with ASD.

As a core product, the project INCLASS will develop a resource-oriented training tool for school personnel working with students who have ASD to be provided in a (free and low barrier accessible) digital blended learning format. The training platform will provide the opportunity to acquire the relevant and tailored-to-needs competences in accommodating students with autism in inclusive classrooms in a flexible, time-efficient, and practical manner. It will be combined with two additional components:

  • An assessment instrument that taps teachers’ knowledge, beliefs, and motivation will be developed, which will serve as a self-assessment to provide teachers with individual feedback regarding their competence about teaching students with ASD. It will enable a needs-based selection from the training content and be used to evaluate the outcomes of the training.
  • INCLASS will explore the heterogeneous, context-specific, varying, and highly individual triggering factors of ASD-related problems and behaviors and their recognition by teachers by using experience sampling methods. A smartphone app will be developed to be used by teachers and their new students to gain knowledge about individual ASD-related barriers to child wellbeing and learning.

The products – assessment tool and the digital training program with a prototype of the app – will be made available to all schools free of charge (open educational resource).

 

Selected Publications

  • Berdelmann, K. (im Druck). Neurodiversität und Wissen über Autismus im pädagogischen Fachdiskurs – eine historisch vergleichende Perspektive. In M. Grummt & M. Richter (Hrsg.), Autismus und Neurodiversität. Stuttgart: Kohlhammer.
  • Berdelmann, K., Schmiedek, F., & Hasselhorn, M. (2021). Inklusion von Kindern mit Autismus-Spektrum-Störung. In C. Mähler & M. Hasselhorn (Hrsg.), Inklusion: Chancen und Herausforderungen (Tests und Trends der pädagogisch-psychologischen Diagnostik, Bd. 18, S. 185–202). Göttingen: Hogrefe. doi:10.1026/03147-000