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Deakin University partnered with the International School Based Education Research (ISBER) Project

The ISBER was a collaboration between the Department of Education and Early Childhood (DEECD), Autism Victoria, and Autism Teaching Institute.  Deakin University's Associate Professor Mark Stokes was the Principal Researcher for this unique collaborative research initiative.

The ISBER project concluded in December 2013. 

Project Director:

Mary Thomson

Project Creator:

Emma L. Donaldson

Research Team:

Sarah Dymond, Emma Donaldson, Mary Thomson, and Professor Mark Stokes.

Supporting Organisations:

The Autism Teaching Institute, the Department of Education and Early Childhood, Deakin University, Amaze, Autism Speaks, and the Practical Research Autism Centre.


Victorian primary and secondary school teachers and principals.

Project Timeline:

June 2011 to July 2013.

The PRAC contributed to the International School Based Education Research (ISBER) Project. The ISBER Project was a collaboration between Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Autism Victoria, Autism Speaks, the Autism Teaching Institute, Deakin University and PRAC.

The focus of the project was to examine best practice within Victorian school classrooms for children with autism spectrum disorder. A total of 29 schools participated, with teachers and principals providing invaluable information about their current practice, issues faced in the classroom for students and staff, and their wants and needs. 

We were very excited about presenting our findings at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR) Conference in Spain in May 2013.

PRAC has created a resource for teachers in response to the project. 

For details please contact:

Mary Thomson

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The mission of PRAC is to improve teaching practice and use of positive interventions that result in improved learning, autonomy and wellbeing for autistic students. The work of PRAC is oriented by a theory-to-practice model where research informs practice using measurable standards. PRAC aims to provide world-class practical research in autism education.