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

Claire Sciberras (University of the West of Scotland – Ayr Campus, Ayr, UK)

Advances in Autism

ISSN: 2056-3868

Article publication date: 6 November 2018

Issue publication date: 30 August 2019




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).


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.


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.


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



The research work disclosed in this publication is fully funded by the ENDEAVOUR Scholarship Scheme (Malta) – Group B – National Funds. A note of appreciation goes to the University of the West of Scotland in particular to the author’s Director of Studies Dr Lisa McAuliffe and to her PhD research Supervisors Dr Carole Bignell and Professor Henry Maitles.


Sciberras, C. (2019), "Applying a SWOT analysis to inform educational provision of learners on the autism spectrum", Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 4, pp. 226-230.



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