British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship - Examining the situated and emerging sociability of children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD) across educational contexts

  • Ben Simmons (Recipient)

Activity: Other activity typesFellowship awarded competitively


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.
Period1 Oct 201430 Sept 2017
Held atBritish Academy, United Kingdom