The CARE Lab

Overview Nicole Sparapani

We are a collaborative, interdisciplinary team of researchers, educators, postdoctoral scholars, doctoral students, and undergraduate students from the University of California, Davis. Our overarching goal is to improve the educational experiences of learners with autism by understanding the dynamic and transactional relationship between students and their classroom environment. We started as a small research group in 2016, coding videos of elementary students with autism and their teachers within general and special education classrooms. Since then we have had over 25 team members join us who represent linguistically, culturally, and neurodivergent backgrounds. We are currently involved in multiple research projects, many of which use classroom video observations to identify classroom- and teacher-level supports that are related to student active engagement and learning.

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