Professor Hazel Lawson
Associate Professor in Special and Inclusive Education


Research interests

My research interests are in the general field of special and inclusive education with specific interest in:

  • the education of children and young people with severe learning difficulties (intellectual disabilities) - curriculum, citizenship
  • teacher education and special educational needs
  • conceptualisations of diversity and pedagogical implications
  • pupil participation

I have a particular enthusiasm for sociological perspectives and narrative research approaches.

Research projects

I have been involved in funded research projects about:

  • special educational needs in initial teacher education
  • lesson planning for diversity
  • pedagogical decision making for teachers working with pupils with significant intellectual disabilities
  • teachers' and teaching assistants' understandings of inclusion
  • the curriculum for young people aged 14-16 with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties
  • curriculum frameworks for young people aged 14-24 with learning difficulties
  • conceptualisations of diversity and the development of person-centred methodology
  • developing an inclusive literacy curriculum
  • individual target setting processes in inclusive settings

Research grants

  • 2014 Society for Educational Studies
    Lesson planning for diversity
  • 2010 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    Preparing teachers for more personalised teaching in PGCE programmes: partnership, school based activities and special educational needs
  • 2008 Plymouth Local Authority
    Concepts of diversity: Exploring a person-centred methodology
  • 2007 Qualifications and Curriculum Authority
    Curriculum for young people aged 14-24, attaining below level 1 of the national qualifications framework
  • 2004 Esmée Fairbairn Foundation
    Developing an inclusive literacy curriculum
  • 0 ESRC Seminar Series Competition
    Refining cross-disciplinary concepts of �identity� and �participation� for children and young people with profound intellectual disabilities
  • 0 ESRC Seminar Series Competition
    Identity and participation for children with profound intellectual disabilities: constructing risk-friendly practices
  • 0 The British Academy
    Inclusion in secondary schooling for children and young people with significant intellectual disabilities
  • 0 International Council for Canadian Studies Faculty Research
    Inclusion in secondary schooling for children and young people with significant intellectual disabilities

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