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My background is in primary teaching, teacher education and disability research, I have previously worked as a lecturer in Eduction at Otago University and as a Senior Researcher at the Donald Beasley Institute in Dunedin undertaking research in the area of teaching, learning and disability. Working primarily within the fields of childhood studies and disability studies, I have a particular interest in the development of socially just, inclusive school communities that welcome, value and respond to diversity. I consider the prioritising of children's and young people's rights and perspectives in research and teaching practice to be central to this development and as such have a further interst in ethical research that includes children and young people.
I am part of the team responsible for the Diploma in Specialist Teaching, coordinating the endorsement in Complex Needs with Liz Doell and Laurie McLay at Canterbury University; and I co-teach 249741: Assessment for Learners wth Diverse Needs, and 249742 : Teaching Methods for Learners with Diverse Needs with Mandia Mentis. My current supervision responsibilities include Masters and PhD level thesis work, topics include professional development for teachers to support inclusive education; a case study of an inclusive school; the development of a community of practice focused on inclusive practice at secondary school; the role of the itinerant outreach teacher; and integrated wellness and authentic practice in teaching. I am advisor for student research projects in 267.875 Specialist Teaching Professional Inquiry and in 267860 Professional Inquiry.
Current research projects include coordinating and co-editing a book (with Dr. Jeanett Berman) by Massey researchers and colleagues that focuses on children's and young people's rights and participation in education; a case study of successful inclusion at secondary school for a student with complex needs; the impact of a disability studies in education approach on understandings about teaching, diversity and inclusive education in postgraduate teacher education; and the enactment of children's and young people's rights at school.
I am a senior lecturer in the Institute of Education at Massey University, Manawatu Campus, based in Dunedin. I am involved in distance teaching and learning programmes that are primarily focused on the area of education and disability and inclusive education. My research interests are in childhood studies and disability studies as frameworks for understanding how early childhood services; primary and secondary schools can develop as socially just, inclusive communities.
Inclusive education; children and young people's perspectives on school; teaching. learning and disability; ethics in research with children and young people; teacher education, social justice and inclusion; disability studies in education and chlldhood studies.
21st Century Citizenship
Field of research codes
Curriculum and Pedagogy (130200): Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified (130299): Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202): Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102): Education (130000): Education Systems (130100): Primary Education (excl. Maori) (130105): Secondary Education (130106): Special Education and Disability (130312): Specialist Studies in Education (130300): Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Teacher education (preservice and postgraduate); equity and inclusive education; teaching and disability; ethics in research with children.