Autism: Implications for Inclusive Education with respect to Software Engineering

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Within Computer science and Software engineering, the prevalenceof students with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder is relativelyhigh. Ideally, education should be inclusive, with which we meanthat education must be given in such a way that additional supportis needed as little as possible.In this paper, we present an overview on what is known aboutthe cognitive style of autistic individuals and compare that cognitivethinking style with computational thinking, thinking as an engineer,and with academic thinking. We illustrate the cognitive style ofautistic students with anecdotes from our students.From the comparison, we derive a set of guidelines for inclusiveeducation, and we present ideas for future work.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCSERC '19
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th Computer Science Education Research Conference
EditorsEbrahim Rahimi, Dave Stikkolorum
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4503-7717-1
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019
Event8th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC'19) - University of Cyprus, Larnaca, Cyprus
Duration: 18 Nov 201920 Nov 2019
Conference number: 8


Conference8th Computer Science Education Research Conference (CSERC'19)
Abbreviated titleCSERC


  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Cognitive thinking style
  • Inclusive Education
  • Thinking style


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