195: Academic Journeys Dr. Anthony Maher


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This shorter podcast is a part of a series of podcasts we will do on academic journeys. Guests describe how they got to the field, and why they research what they research! Thanks to Dr. Ann MacPhail for the idea!

Dr. Anthony J. Maher is Professor of Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusion in the Carnegie School of Education. He is part of the school’s research leadership team and leads the research impact strategy.

Anthony’s research, consultancy, and teaching expertise relate to centering the experiences and amplifying the voices of pupils with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). This is part of his commitment to trying to empower pupils with SEND, placing them at the center of decisions that impact their lives, and recognising that they have expert knowledge because of their lived, embodied experiences.

Anthony is also committed to supporting key stakeholders in schools such as teachers, special educational needs coordinators, learning support assistants, educational psychologists, and senior leaders to provide valuable and meaningful experiences of education for pupils with SEND.

Anthony’s research is sociological, psychological, and pedagogical in nature, using participatory, life history, (auto)ethnographical and narrative approaches. He is the author of numerous internal peer-reviewed research papers, public, private and third-sector reports, invited book chapters, and books, including Teaching Physical Education to Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities by Routledge.

Link to faculty profile: https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/staff/professor-anthony-maher/

Twitter: @ajmaher5

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