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Elizabeth Walton

Associate Professor in Special and Inclusive Education, Faculty of Social Sciences



Elizabeth Walton is an Associate Professor in special and inclusive education in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham. She teaches on the face-to-face and online MA courses in Special and Inclusive Education as well as supervising postgraduate research in aspects of inclusive education.

She is a member of the forum of the Unesco chair for Teacher Education for Diversity and Development and is also a visiting Associate Professor at the Wits School of Education in Johannesburg South Africa.

Her research interests include teacher education for inclusive teaching, the knowledge of inclusive education, exposing exclusion and enabling inclusion in education.

She started her professional career in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she qualified and was employed as a secondary school English and History teacher. She moved into school leadership and focused on developing inclusive practices in a Johannesburg school. She moved to higher education in 2010 and until 2018, taught and supervised students in inclusive education in South Africa. There she worked with the national departments of basic and higher education on a number of initiatives to promote inclusive education.

Expertise Summary

Teaching Summary

Elizabeth teaches on two of the modules of the MA Special and Inclusive Education - Researching Special and Inclusive Education and Debating Special and Inclusive Education.

Research Summary

My research is directed towards the achievement of more inclusive, equitable and just education systems. In pursuit of this, the following are areas of focus and interest:

Teacher education for inclusive education

Identifying and addressing exclusionary practices and pressures in education institutions and systems

Knowledge in the field of inclusive education

The language of inclusive education

Selected Publications

I would welcome enquiries from prospective students interested in qualitative research on the following topics:

- Educational inclusion and exclusion

- Teacher education for inclusive education

- Language and representation in inclusive education and disability studies

- Decolonial education

I work with a range of critical theories, critical discourse and multimodal analysis, legitimation code theory, and complexity theories.

I have successfully supervised four students to completion as first or sole supervisor.

School of Education

University of Nottingham
Jubilee Campus
Wollaton Road
Nottingham, NG8 1BB

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