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Professor Val Williams

Professor Val Williams

Professor Val Williams
BA, M Ed, PhD

Emeritus Professor

Social Science Complex,
8 Priory Road, Bristol BS8 1TZ
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Tel. +44 (0) 117 331 0971

Research summary

Two central themes have dominated my research. These are:

a) inclusive research: including disabled people as active researchers;

b) analysing naturally-occurring communication.

Both these themes were developed during my earlier teaching careers, and were represented in my M Ed (1979), my activities in leading a teachers’ research group (1980-81), and during my time in FE (for example, CLASS, 1986 and Hortham Memories, 1992).

During my time at Norah Fry Research Centre, I have developed and pioneered methods for including people with learning disabilities as researchers, and have made central contributions towards theorising this new ‘paradigm’ of research. Essentially, inclusive research ...

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My first career was in education, where I was a classroom teacher in special schools during the 1970’s. This introduced me to a vast range of individuals with learning disabilities, as well as their families and supporters, all of whom helped me to learn. My second career, during the 1980’s and 90’s was in Further Education, where I worked with people with learning disabilities, as well as other disabled students of all ages. I was active in introducing and supporting inclusion for disabled students across college, and my final post there was as cross college disability co-ordinator.

I joined Norah ...

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