MBESC researcher Dr Ben Simmons was recently awarded a three-year Postdoctoral Fellowship by the British Academy to explore the nature of social engagement for children with profound and multiple learning disabilities (PMLD). During the fellowship Ben will investigate how different educational environments (special and mainstream, from nursery to post-16) afford alternative opportunities for children with PMLD to engage in social interaction. The research will also address how such social interactions support emerging “sociability”, understood in terms of agency (intentional action), intersubjectivity (awareness of the subjectivity of others), and symbolic communication (deliberate exchange of information). The research will significantly extend Ben’s ESRC-funded doctoral work (University of Exeter 2010).
A new book written by MBESC researcher Dr Ben Simmons and Dr Debbie Watson (School for Policy Studies) has just been published. The book, entitled “The PMLD Ambiguity”, explores novel theoretical, methodological and empirical terrain in order to develop new insights into the lived experiences and agency of children with PMLD. The book is based on Ben’s MSc and PhD work undertaken at the University of Exeter (2005-2010) and was published by Karnac (London).
To learn more about the book you can read the preface by clicking here.
To view Ben’s MBESC presentation slides please click here.