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Methodological issues in exploring the ideas of children with autism concerning self and spirituality

Lewis, Ann (Prof) (2009) Methodological issues in exploring the ideas of children with autism concerning self and spirituality. Journal of Religion, Disability and Health, 13. pp. 64-76. ISSN 1522-8967

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URL of Published Version: http://www.informaworld.com/smpp/content~db=all~content=a908387200

Identification Number/DOI: 10.1080/15228960802581446

This article considers the methodological challenges in attempting to hear directly from children with autism spectrum conditions about their views concerning spirituality and religion. We may seek these views on the grounds of children's rights, health/well-being and spirituality links, or of the neglect of faith groups in hearing directly from such children, or because these children's views may be fundamentally challenging in religious terms (such as difficulties in understanding the 'other' /'Other'). Five pointers about methods are discussed, drawing on cognitive and developmental research. Additionally, children's right to silence is considered as well as the crucial importance of researcher reflexivity.

Type of Work:Article
Date:2009 (Publication)
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Keywords:autism; faith; spirituality; research methods; methodologies; reflexivity; silence; ethics
Subjects:LC Special aspects of education
Institution:University of Birmingham
Copyright Holders:University of Birmingham
ID Code:233
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