Journal article

The impact of fostering relationships through music within a special school classroom for students with autism spectrum disorder: an action research study

KS McFerran, G Thompson, L Bolger

Educational Action Research | Routledge - Taylor & Francis | Published : 2015


Educational Action Research Music therapists have been working in special education contexts for many decades, utilising research and case studies to inform practice. Growing interest in the link between the creative arts and well-being has led music therapists to consider what aspects of their knowledge others could feasibly appropriate in the school system. An action research approach was utilised to explore this question, grounded in partnerships between university-based music therapy researchers and staff at a school for learners on the autistic spectrum. Five cycles of planning, action, observation and reflection framed the collaborative partnership, with a music therapist acting as con..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by a Knowledge Transfer grant from The University of Melbourne, a School Focused Youth Services grant and equipment funding from The Andrews Foundation.