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Durham University

School of Education

Staff Profile

Ms Anna Pilson

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Research Student in the School of Education

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Anna is a PhD student at Durham University School of Education. Her PhD attempts to use participatory methodology in a way that positions visually impaired children as knowledge producers. This research constitutes a natural progression from her professional background as Qualified Teacher of Children with a Vision Impairment and MA research (also undertaken at Durham) on facilitating collaborative practitioner research to promote inclusive education. Her PhD project also benefits from the support of collaborative partners, UK charity Royal National Institute for the Blind (RNIB) and Thomas Pocklington Trust. 

Anna is also:

- ESRC-funded via NINE DTP

- An affiliate member of the iHuman research collective

- A member of the UK Participatory Network (UKPRN)

- A member of the British Educational Research Association (BERA)

- A member of the British Sociological Association (BSA) 

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Research Interests

  • Co-production
  • Collaborative practitioner-led educational research
  • Critical Disability Studies
  • Inclusive education
  • Initial Teacher Education
  • Participatory Action Research (PAR)
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability

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