How can focus group based approaches to design help improve how technology meets the needs of children with autism?

Joseph Mintz

University College London

My current role is as Senior Lecturer in Education and Academic Head of Learning and Teaching in the Department of Learning and Leadership, UCL Institute of Education. My research interests are special educational needs, inclusion, and educational technology, with a particular focus on autism education.I am interested in how teachers conceptualize their practice in relation to working with children with special educational needs (SEN), theoretical debates on inclusion and special education, and teacher education for SEN. I am particularly focused on how knowledge derived from psychology and related domains can be considered and is relevant for the work of teachers working with children with SEN and how such knowledge can (or cannot) be used to inform practice. One aspect of this area of enquiry is how teachers balance theoretical and experiential or tacit knowledge in their work with children with SEN and the linked concept of "productive uncertainty".


The proliferation in app technology has encouraged the autism community to look to this domain for possible ways of meeting the social and emotional needs of children with autism. Concomitantly, there is a growing recognition... [ view full abstract ]

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This work was funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England. There are no identified conflicts of interest. No member of the research team has any financial interest in the app technology developed as part of... [ view full abstract ]


  1. Joseph Mintz (University College London)
  2. Sara Price (University College London)
  3. Liz Pellicano (Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), UCL IoE)

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