I’m a very fortunate recipient of a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship. These are three-year funding awards for early career researchers to be a principle investigator and develop their research and teaching profiles. The funding is generous (mine is worth about £310,000 plus additional grants) and not surprisingly the competition is fierce. About 800 people apply each year for 45 fellowships, making the success rate about 5%.
The official title and abstract is below. Follow this blog for future publications!
Examining situated and emerging sociability in children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) across educational contexts
This study will address the dearth in research about how different learning environments (special and mainstream, from nursery to post-16) afford alternative opportunities for children with PMLD to engage in social interaction. The study will explore how such interactions support emerging sociability, understood in terms of agency (intentional action), intersubjectivity (awareness of the subjectivity of others), and symbolic communication (deliberate exchange of information). A richly interpretivist participatory methodology will be employed to explore how social engagement impacts on development. The research will broaden understandings of the mechanisms through which learning and development occur for children with PMLD, demonstrate how non-traditional methodology leads to new insights into the lived experiences of children with PMLD, and challenge notions in the PMLD literature that some children are too cognitively impaired to engage with mainstream settings.