Neurodiversity Research Project, 2017

Cal Prep’s Class of 2020 engaged in a research project about neurodiversity.  Neurodiversity combines two concepts: neuroscience (the study of the brain) and diversity (the range of experiences and conditions that we find in life).

Students began by reading and analyzing the chapter “From the Margins to the Mainstream” from the book The Autistic Brain: Thinking Across the Spectrum by Temple Grandin and Richard Panek (2013).  Temple Grandin is a spokesperson for the autistic community, as well as a professor of animal science at Colorado State University.  In her chapter, she writes about the need to recognize and take advantage of individuals’ strengths in order to make sure that all members of society can be successful, no matter how they think or interact with the world.

Our student researchers used Grandin’s chapter as a seed text, and developed their own inquiry questions from there.  The research-based perspectives on this blog are the result of many weeks of careful research and writing.