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A member group of the Flinders Educational Futures Research Institute (FEFRI)

Members of the Research in Special Education (RISE) group are academics, post graduate students and professional educators with interests in a diverse range of areas associated with special and inclusive education. Established in 2008, our aim is to produce and disseminate high-quality research that informs and enhances effective, inclusive education for children and young people with diverse learning needs across settings.

Members of the group have a range of qualitative and quantitative research skills and have been actively involved in designing and conducting research projects with partner organisations. RISE benefits from the participation of professional educators across sectors and has strong partnerships with diverse stakeholders.

RISE members have research experience and expertise in the areas of:

  • inclusive education
  • preparing and supporting teachers to educate students with diverse learning needs
  • designing and differentiating curriculum for students with diverse learning needs
  • children and young people with learning difficulties and disabilities, including reading difficulties, autism spectrum disorders, intellectual disability, complex communication needs, and behavioural difficulties
  • social and emotional development and mental health, including mental health and wellbeing for students with disabilities
  • gifted education
  • positive behaviour support
  • augmentative and alternative communication (AAC)

We are interested in local, state, national and international collaboration for research opportunities related to special and inclusive education.

For further information about RISE, contact the Co-Chairs:

Dr David Armstrong: david.armstrong@flinders.edu.au
Editor, Journal of Research in Special Education Needs

Dr Jane Jarvis: jane.jarvis@flinders.edu.au
Associate Editor, Australasian Journal of Gifted Education