MBESC Researcher Awarded British Academy Postdoctoral Fellowship

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).

To keep up to date with Ben’s work you can follow him on Twitter, on Academia.edu or visit his University of Bristol homepage.

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