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Dr Penny Round has been working in the area of students with special needs for 25 years. Penny has qualifications in both special education and gifted education. Her primary research has revolved around students with special needs in regular secondary schools completing the VCE.

Until recently, Penny was the Director of Support Services in an independent secondary school and prior to that she was the Head of the Integration Department at a large state secondary school. Penny has taught Year 12 English for the past 20 years and she is a statewide assessor of the English exam.

Research interests

  • Teacher Education
  • Students with special needs
  • Gifted Education

My research and supervision interests revolve around students with special needs, with a particular focus on the senior secondary school. This includes students who are twice exceptional.

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Research Output

  • 6 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Conference Paper

Qualitative case study on challenges recoupled parents encounter raising step children with ASD

Cann-Milland, S. & Round, P., 2019, In : The Qualitative Report. 24, 8, p. 1834-1851 18 p., 2.

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Open Access

Building stronger teacher education programmes to prepare inclusive teachers

Hopkins, S. & Round, P., 2018, Re-imagining Professional Experience in Initial Teacher Education: Narratives of Learning. Fitzgerald, A., Parr, G. & Williams, J. (eds.). Singapore: Springer, p. 55-66 12 p.

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12 Citations (Scopus)

Preparing beginning teachers for inclusion: designing and assessing supplementary fieldwork experiences

Hopkins, S. L., Round, P. N. & Barley, K. D., 17 Nov 2018, In : Teachers and teaching: theory and practice. 24, 8, p. 915-930 16 p.

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5 Citations (Scopus)