Disability Equality in English Primary Schools (DEEPS)
September 2007 - September 2009
Exploring teaching about disability equality and non-disabled children's perceptions of disability.
Disability Equality in English Primary Schools is an Economic and Social Research Council funded research project that began on 1 September 2007.
The project will investigate primary age children's understanding about disability.
In addition, the research will examine the role that teaching in mainstream English primary schools currently plays in promoting 'disability equality' – formerly 'disability awareness' – amongst non-disabled children.
Please take a look around our webpages to discover more about our project or listen to Dr Angharad Beckett talking about the project findings on Insight Radio, the Radio Station of the RNIB
End-of-Project Conference for the Disability Equality in English Primary Schools (DEEPS) Project
The aim of this conference is to introduce and discuss the findings of the DEEPS Project. It will be held on 15 September 2009 from 10am to 4.30pm at Weetwood Hall.
- Working paper 1: Non-disabled children's understanding of disability [ppt: 1.6MB]
- Working paper 2: Promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people – the views of schools and teachers [ppt: 1.7MB]
Beckett, A.E. and Buckner, L. (2012) 'Promoting positive attitudes towards disabled people: definition of, rationale and prospects for anti-disablist education', British Journal of Sociology of Education, iFirst.
Beckett, A.E. (2009) 'Challenging disabling attitudes, building an inclusive society: considering the role of education in encouraging non-disabled children to develop positive attitudes towards disabled people', British Journal of Sociology of Education, 30(3).
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Beckett, A. et al (2009). Disability Equality in English Primary Schools: exploring teaching about disability equality and non-disabled childrens' perceptions of disability: Full Research Report ESRC End of Award Report, RES-062-23-0461. Swindon: ESRC
Beckett, A., Ellison, N., Barrett, S. and Shah, S. (2010) 'Away with the Fairies? Disability within primary-age children's literature', Disability and Society, 25 (3), pp. 373-386