Rachel Revsin Ravid
The placement process of children with ASD in early-age educational provisions in Israel from a phenomenological perspective.

Author: Rachel Revsin Ravid, Academic College of Education.

Title: “The placement process of children with ASD in early-age educational provisions in Israel from a phenomenological perspective”

rachel.ravid@gmail.com

Abstract
This study explores the process of the placement of children with ASD in early-age educational provisions in Israel from a phenomenological perspective, focusing on what can be learnt about this process as it is experienced by both parents and kindergarten teachers. The present research aims to explore, describe and interpret parents’ and kindergarten teachers’ experience of their sense of agency while going through various interactions within the placement process. Hence, defining the process of early- age school placement as a social exchange activity by which personally perceived meanings are negotiated and shared. The approach of this study is based on the worldview of existential phenomenology, which seeks to interpret the experiences of individuals as part of the environment in which they live and with which they interact. Therefore, the research describes the placement experience as it is given. The data collected included semi -structured interviews with five mothers and four kindergarten teachers, observations, visual tools, written documents, e-mail exchanges, telephone conversations and home- school communication notebooks. Data was analysed following the principles of the hermeneutic circle using in turn, both holistic and analytic approach. Findings were related to decision- making theoretical concepts and to major conceptions taken from Schutz’s social phenomenological theory.

 
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