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    Research Interests

    My academic background is in Philosophy of Education. I am interested in how injustice and inequality are reproduced and sustained by forms of ignorance, testimonial and hermeneutical injustices, lack of access to important capitals such as linguistic capital, and by the ways in which ordinary vices are often overlooked as important sources of injustice: cruelty, misogyny, hypocrisy, and so on.

    My key areas of interest include:

     

    • SEN/Inclusion
    • The Capability Approach (Nussbaum)
    • Education Policy
    • Philosophy of Emotions
    • Feminism and Gender (philosophical liberalism)
    • Literacy/Linguistic Capital

     

    I am primarily influenced by liberal feminist philosophers who have done much to raise awareness of how women as persons, as knowers, and as carers, have been overlooked in the philosophical (and virtually every other) tradition; and helped us think differently about how other classically marginalised groups, such as those with impairments and disabilities, fare under conditions of micro and macro inequalities and injustices.

    Among my favourite thinkers are: Aristotle, Martha Nussbaum, Miranda Fricker, Pierre Bourdieu, JS Mill, John Rawls, Marilyn Friedman, Rae Langton, Catherine MacKinnon, Eva Kittay, to name only a few.

    Concepts that I enjoy working with include: autonomy and personhood; testimonial and hermeneutical injustices; linguistic capital (following Bourdieu and Passeron); inequality and injustice; stereotyping and prejudice; and emotions, the latter because they are phenomenally complex but often reduced to simple, merely excited states of mind which lack thought or rationality (just ask any feminist or marginalised person why are angry about injustice: their anger won't lack thought - or reason!).

    In the Masters programme on SEN/Inclusion I ask students to think differently about commonplace assumptions about what it means to include people with disabilities or impairments, from the working class or marginalised sexualities. So: what does it mean to label somebody as something? What happens when we give greater or less credibility to a person simply because of her or his status, colour, class or sex? And where are we left ethically if we deliberately will ignorance of injustice? In pursuit of these kinds of questions, I like students to release their imaginations on old and stubborn problems in new ways.

    The release of imagination can sometimes be achieved by deliberately inverting your sense of proportion. If something seems very minute, imagine it to be simply enormous, and ask yourself: What difference might that make? And vice versa, for gigantic phenomena. What would pre-literate villages look like with populations of 30 millions? (C Wright Mills, The Sociological Imaginationp.217)

    Teaching

     

    Inclusion and SNE (MEd)

    Deconstructing Special Needs Education adn Inclusion

    Reimagining Special Needs Education: A Capability Approach

    Issues of Equity and Social Justice in Special Needs Education

     

    Children's Rights MSc

    Children's Right Pedagogy

    Childhood and Youth Research in Practice

     

    EdD 

    Special Needs Education and Inclusion: A Capability Approach

     

    PGCE: Educational and Professional Studies

     

    Secondary Education

    Before entering academia in 2013, I was Head of Social Subjects in a number of secondary schools in Scotland specialising in Geography and Modern Studies, a uniquely Scottish subject focused on Politics, Sociology, International Relations and Citizenship Studies.

    GTC (Scotland) registered: Geography and Modern Studies

    Achievements and Distinctions

    Winner and first recipient of the 'ICARE' award in memory of the late Vice-Chanellor, PG Johnstone, Staff Excellence Awards, 2018

    Nominated for Queen's University 'Delivering Excellence' Award, 2017

    Nominated for Queen's University 'Oustanding Leadership' Award, 2017

    Winner Student's Union 'Best Feedback' Award, 2017

    Nominated for Gradudate School 'Supervision Excellence Award', 2017

    Nominated and shortlisted for Students' Union 'Most Inspiring Teacher', 2017

    Nominated for Queen's University 'Delivering Excellence' Award, 2016

     

    Particulars

    PGCE Director

    Depute Director School Research Ethics Committee

    Member of the Children's Rights Centre

    Associate Member of the Center for Evidence and Social lnnovation (CESI)

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