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Research interests

The focus of my research is the psychological and sociological understandings of educational inclusion and inequality among children and youth.  At the micro level this foci encompasses classroom practice, individual, family and cultural practices of how these perpetuate exclusion or work for inclusion and equity. At the macro level, I explore how policy and government support for education orchestrate educational equity and quality. My research explores the worldwide problem of underachievement and exclusion of children and youth with disability and/or significant learning needs in inclusive school populations including parental involvement in children’s learning to gain insights into how cultural practices in poor majority countries can be transformed and used to harness educational equity and quality for all children and youth. Current research projects:

  • Understanding how structured teaching combined with visual strategies enhances the academic performance of children with autism: A collaborative project.
  • A pilot project to understand support systems that enhance equity and participation of students with disabilities in higher education.
  • Participatory Action Research for School-based Management and Teacher appraisal for inclusive education

Monash teaching commitment

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Disability
  • Inclusion
  • Cultural diversity in schools
  • Teacher Education
  • Learning and Teaching
  • child development


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