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Richard has been involved in research projects mostly in the area of the education of children with special educational needs and disabilities, or children's rights issues. Details of some of these can be found here.
The Total Quality and Special Educational Needs Project (QUEST) into Pupil Involvement in Assessment and Learning: a response to the Code of Practice
Funded by a Nuffield Foundation Research Grant. 1994 – 1996.
The Transfer of Pupils from Special to Mainstream Schools
Funded by Staffordshire Education Authority. 2000 – 2001.
Pupil Involvement in Target Setting
Funded by Department for Education and Employment (UK Government). 2000 – 2001.
Teacher attitudes and beliefs about the education of pupils with special educational needs
with colleagues from Jyväskylä University of Applied Science Finland and Tartu University Estonia.
Funded by the Estonian Ministry of Education. 2002 - 2006.
Use of comparative data from P Scales across schools for pupils with severe learning difficulties
Funded by Department for Education and Skills (UK Government). 2003 – 2006.
With Prof. Michael Shevlin, Trinity College Dublin.
Funded by the National Disability Authority, Dublin, Republic of Ireland. 2003 – 2005.
An investigation into the effectiveness of volunteer mentors in supporting students deemed to be at risk
Funded by The Children’s Fund. 2006.
Evaluation of learning mentors and education support units in the Chesterfield Excellence Cluster
Funded by Derbyshire Education Authority. 2004 – 2006.
The Mental Health of young people with low incidence special educational needs in residential special schools
Funded by National Association of Independent and Non-Maintained Special Schools (NASS). 2006 – 2007.
Extended Schools: An Investigation into the Development and Enhancement of Initial Teacher Education Capacity.
Funded by the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA). 2008 – 2009.
Project IRIS: A longitudinal study over three years examining how special education is provided within Irish schools, the experiences of pupils/students with special education needs receiving this education and their associated outcomes
Conducted in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and The Institute of Child Education and Psychology Europe.
Funded by the National Council for Special Educational Needs. (Irish Government). 2009 – 2015.
A Value for Money and Policy Review Initiative, Special Needs Assistant Scheme
Funded by the Department of Education and Science, Ireland. 2008 - 2009.
School Leadership for Effective Behaviour Management
With Professor Philip Garner
Funded by the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services. 2010.
The Mental Health of Children with Complex Needs
with Ann Fergusson and Dr. Marie Howley
Funded by Knowledge Transfer Partnerships. 2011 – 2012.
Evaluation of Special Education Provision in Malta
Funded by Maltese Ministry of Education with EADSNE 2014.
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices Study: Children with Disabilities in Bhutan
Funded by UNICEF 2015 – 2016.
Evaluation of the Norwegian Ministry supported development of inclusive vocational education in Georgia
Funded by Norwegian Ministry of International Development 2016.
An investigation of provision for children with disabilities in Sierra Leone, and development of inclusion policy
Funded by Ministry of Education Freetown, Sierra Leone and Sight Savers. 2016 – 2017.
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