Readiness of lecturers in a technical course in teaching autism spectrum disorder (ASD) student


Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) who have graduated from school may choose for higher education. The teaching staff at institute of higher education plays a significant role in helping the students in term of academic. The purpose of this researched is to study lecturer’s readiness in teaching students with ASD. Interviews is conducted with six lecturers who had an experience in teaching ASD student. Findings revealed that the lecturers felt that autism awareness and the knowledge to handle ASD students in classroom is important for them. Lecturer with high readiness will be able to help the ASD student to overcome the difficulties in their studies, and hence they have higher chance of graduating from higher education.


Autism; Higher Education; Lecturer


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