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Dr Beth Saggers

Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education

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Name
Dr Beth Saggers
Position(s)
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Education,
School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education
Discipline *
Specialist Studies in Education, Education Systems
Phone
+61 7 3138 9615
Fax
+61 7 3138 3987
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Queensland), MEd (University of Queensland), BEd (Queensland University of Technology), Diploma of Teaching (Queensland University of Technology)

Keywords

Autism Spectrum Disorder, Inclusive practices, challenging behaviours, behaviour support, social emotional competence, mental health

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Dr Saggers was originally primary and special education trained however she has worked and taught all educational age group. Beth has almost thirty years of teaching experience working with students on the autism spectrum (ASD) and is an active research participant in the national Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) for autism. She has worked with students in all phases of schooling and across a very large diverse range of educational settings. For many years she has worked across a variety of settings as an Advisory Teacher for ASD. She ha s a strong research interest in the perspectives of key stakeholders including students with a diagnosis of ASD. While her main interest is best practices for supporting students with ASD in schools, she is also interested in:

  • accommodating for individual need,
  • working with students with challenging and complex behaviours and needs, and
  • providing supportive learning environments..

Much of her experience lies with working to support success for staff, parents and students with ASD of all ages within inclusive settings. The social emotional and mental health needs of students with ASD is a strong interest area. Beth’s Master of Education Research focused on functional communication training for challenging behaviours in students with a diagnosis of ASD who were non verbal. In contrast, her Ph D investigated social skills and theory of mind in students diagnosed with ASD. Previously, Beth has led projects on:

  • Perceptions of Secondary School Experiences by Students with a Pervasive Development Disorder (PDD): A Qualitative Study
  • Experiencing Bullying: Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their Families

Beth is an active participant in the Autism CRC as a  key researcher in Program 2. Program 2 of the Autism CRC focuses on the autism spectrum during the school years. She is currently leading 2 Autism CRC research projects:

  • The Autism CRC Australian Educational Needs Analysis (ASD-ENA)
  • The Autism CRC Early Years Behaviour Support Project (EYBSP)

She also co-leads the Autism CRC School Connectedness Project (SCP) and is a critical friend to the Autism CRC Robotics Social Clubs in Mainstream Schools Project.  In addition, since the beginning of 2014 Beth has taken on the role of Chair of the Research Advisory Group for  the AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism

This information has been contributed by Dr Beth Saggers.

Experience

Dr Saggers’s experience includes:

  • Working with students on the autism spectrum
  • Working with staff, parents, and professionals to support the needs of students on the autism spectrum across a range of age groups and contexts
  • Working with students with challenging behaviours
  • Developing and supporting the implementation of  inclusive practices the support the needs of the student and the context.
This information has been contributed by Dr Beth Saggers.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice-Chancellors Award for Excellence -Team award in the Learning and Teaching category for 2011 for Service Learning Program
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2015
Details
Vice Chancellor Award for Excellence - Professional Award
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Community
Reference year
2015
Details
Research Chair for AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism Research Advisory Group 2014 onwards