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      Applying a SWOT analysis to inform educational provision of learners on the autism spectrum

      Advances in Autism

      Emerald Publishing

      SWOT analysis, Autism, Malta, Mainstream educational settings

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          Abstract

          Purpose

          Requests for increased support within mainstream school settings within the field of autism tend to take place across most international educational scenarios. In light of such recommendation, the purpose of this paper is to outline how the implementation of a strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats (SWOT) analysis within educational settings might be beneficial in order to improve the support provided for learners on the autism spectrum (AS).

          Design/methodology/approach

          Although a SWOT analysis framework is generally carried out in corporate domains for companies and firms to investigate their competitive impact within the marketplace so as to develop future concepts, this analysis structure may also be usefully applied within educational settings so as to inform practice.

          Findings

          If implemented in an effective manner, a SWOT analysis will potentially provide a comprehensive synopsis of the issues and concerns which are relevant for considering and evolving the provision of support for students. Indeed, it will enable educational environments to enhance their strengths so as to increase appropriate opportunities and address the weaknesses within their services in order to potentially overcome their barriers and enhance the quality of life of learners on the spectrum.

          Originality/value

          This paper includes the viewpoint of the author in relation to a SWOT analysis so as to inform practice for learners on the AS.

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                Author and article information

                Contributors
                Journal
                AIA
                10.1108/AIA
                Advances in Autism
                AIA
                Emerald Publishing
                2056-3868
                26 September 2019
                : 5
                : 4
                : 226-230
                Affiliations
                University of the West of Scotland – Ayr Campus , Ayr, UK
                Author notes
                Claire Sciberras can be contacted at: b00260891@studentmail.uws.ac.uk
                Article
                618589 AIA-03-2018-0011.pdf AIA-03-2018-0011
                10.1108/AIA-03-2018-0011
                © Emerald Publishing Limited
                Page count
                Figures: 0, Tables: 1, Equations: 0, References: 17, Pages: 5, Words: 2787
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                cat-HSC, Health & social care
                cat-LID, Learning & intellectual disabilities
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                SWOT analysis, Malta, Mainstream educational settings, Autism

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