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Dr Karen Dunn BA (Hons), PGCE, PhD

Principal Lecturer


Dr Dunn came to Sheffield Hallam from the University of Sheffield in 2001, where, after completing her doctorate in 1989, she worked as a Research Fellow on the 4 year ESRC Constructions of Special Educational Needs Project (COSEN). Since then she has held academic posts at Sheffield Hallam in Applied Social Studies, Psychology and Education.

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Development and Society

  • Research

    Dr Dunn's research focuses on children and young people’s experience of different educational settings (including early years settings). She has directed many research projects, which have evaluated services for disabled children and their carers in local, national and international contexts. In particular, she has undertaken a wide range of projects which locate the perspectives of disabled children and their families as central and which have developed methodologies for accessing the views of children and families who are hard to reach and often excluded from consultation processes. Recent examples include:

    2011 - Support for the Inclusion of Disabled Children in S.E Asia. (British Council PMI2 Partnership Development Grant)

    2010 - Children’s Experiences of the Early Years Foundation Stage (DfE)

  • Publications

    AYLOTT, Jill. and DUNN, Karen (2003). Developing a social understanding of autism through the 'social model'. Doctoral, Sheffield Hallam University (United Kingdom)..

    DUNN, K, MOORE, M (2009). 'Developing accessible play space: a social model approach', Children and Youth Environments, 15:1, pp. 23-38.

    DUNN, K (2009). 'Challenging Behaviour: Ours not theirs', In: ARMSTRONG, F, MOORE, M. (Eds.) Action Research For Inclusive Education: Changing Places, Changing Practices, Changing Minds. London: RoutledgeFalmer, pp160-169.

    DUNN, K, MOORE, M (2009). Ladders of Participation: Improving the Life Chances of Children in Firth Park and Shiregreen Sure Start, Sheffield: SOE Publications

    DUNN, K, MOORE, M, MURRAY, P (2009). A Good Practice Guide to Developing Accessible Play Space. London: www.odpm.gov.uk

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