Personal profile

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


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

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Projects 2009 2018

Research Output 2003 2018

Examining Early Childhood Education System in Ghana: How Can Bourdieuian Theorisation Support a Transformational Approach to Pedagogy?

Agbenyega, J. S. 2018 International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 1, p. 673-705 18 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Rising from the “Ashes”: Quality Early Childhood Education as a Panacea for National Development in Sierra Leone

Agbenyega, J. S., Athinodorou, E. & Monk, H. 2018 International Handbook of Early Childhood Education. Fleer, M. & van Oers, B. (eds.). Springer, Vol. 1, p. 691-705 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewChapter (Book)

Decade of Inclusive Education in Ghana: Perspectives of educators

Opoku, M. P., Agbenyega, J. S., -F , J., Mprah, W. K., Mckenzie, J. & Badu, E. 2017 In : Journal of Social Inclusion. 8, 1, p. 4-20 17 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle

Folklore epistemology: How does traditional folklore contribute to children’s thinking and concept development?

Agbenyega, J. S., Tamakloe, D. & Klibthong, S. 3 Apr 2017 In : International Journal of Early Years Education. 25, 2, p. 112-126 15 p.

Research output: Research - peer-reviewArticle