Centre for
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND DISABILITY STUDIES

Research

Research Areas

  • sensory disabilities
  • behaviour and emotional difficulties
  • developmental disabilities
  • integration and inclusion
  • early childhood intervention
  • students with multiple and severe disabilities, and
  • adults with disabilities

Current Research Projects

A Management Framework for Community-based Early Childhood Education in Vision Impairment in Papua New Guinea

Student Researcher (Degree): Frances Gentle (PhD)
Supervisor/s: Drs Mike Steer and Rod Beattie
Funding Sources: Buckle Family Trust Scholarship.

Therapeutic and academic provisions for hearing impaired children who are in the early years of schooling and have a significant language delay (working title pending submission of full proposal)

Student Researcher (Degree): John Davison-Mowle (PhD)
Supervisor/s: Dr Jill Duncan; Prof. Greg Leigh
Funding Sources: Carrie Smith Memorial Scholarship (University of Newcastle).

Aspects of literacy acquisition in deaf children in bilingual educational environments (working title pending submission of full proposal)

Student Researcher (Degree): Michelle Baker (MPhil)
Supervisor/s: Prof. Greg Leigh; Dr Breda Carty
Funding Sources: Carrie Smith Memorial Scholarship (University of Newcastle).

Signed Languages of the Deaf: Competing Discourses

Student Researcher (Degree): Angela Dillon (PhD—University of South Australia)
Supervisor/s: Drs. Jenny Barnett (UniSA) & Breda Carty (RIDBC Renwick Centre)

Linguistic Imperialism in Egyptian Schools: Learning English as a Second Language in Egyptian Primary Schools

Student Researcher (Degree): Moamen A.A.A. Wahdan (PhD—University of Edinburgh)
Supervisor/s: Drs John Ravenscroft & Joan Cutting (University of Edinburgh)
Funding Sources: Ministry of Education, Egypt.