Research Staff Interests

Dr Peter  Hick

Biography

Peter Hick is Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the Institute of Education. He joined MMU in September 2007 from the University of Birmingham, where he was a Lecturer in Inclusive Education. His previous post was Lecturer in Learning Disability Studies and Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. He has also taught inclusive education part-time as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and at the University of Bolton.

Peter's professional background is as an Educational Psychologist, when he was based in Oldham. He taught for twelve years at Bolton Community College, as a Lecturer in Disability and Learning Difficulties. Before teaching he worked with children and adults with learning difficulties in voluntary sector and social services settings.

Research Interests

Peter's research interests are in inclusion, diversity and social justice in education, particularly in relation to disability, race/ethnicity and social class. His funded projects have been on ICT and inclusive education. He is also interested in aspects of sociocultural theory as a tool for developing our understanding of more inclusive practices.

Currently Peter is completing his D.Ed.Psy. with Professor Mel Ainscow at the University of Manchester, on Inclusive Learning with ICT. He is also a member of a Research Team led by Professor Jean Underwood at Nottingham Trent University working on two projects funded by BECTA: Personalising Learning 2007; and IMPACT 2008. In addition Peter is developing research proposals in the area of race/ethnicity and disproportionality in special educational needs.

His research experience at the University of Manchester includes the following projects:
Inclusive Learning with ICT (BECTA 2004/5): Principal Investigator (£40,000)
Inclusive Learning with AAC (ACE Centre-North, 2003/4): Principal Investigator (£20,000)
Teaching Strategies for SEN (DfES, 2003): Research Team Member, with P. Davis and L. Florian.
Adult Support in the Classroom (DfES, 2004) Member of Inclusive Education Review Group, EPPI Review with A. Howes

Books

Hick, P. and Thomas, G. (eds) (2008) Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 1: Inclusive Education as Social Justice London: SAGE

Hick, P. and Thomas, G. (eds) (2008) Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 3: Inclusive Pedagogy in Curricula and Classrooms London: SAGE

Hick, P. and Thomas, G. (eds) (2008) Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 4: Learning from Diverse Voices in Inclusive Education London: SAGE

Hick, P., Kershner, R. and Farrell, P. (eds) (2008) Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice London: RoutledgeFalmer

Refereed Journal Articles

Hick, P. (2005) Supporting the development of more inclusive practices using the Index for Inclusion Educational Psychology in Practice 21(2) pp117-122

Book Chapters

Thomas, G. and Hick, P (2008) Introduction to Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Mapping the Field, in Hick, P. and Thomas, G. (eds) Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 1: Inclusive Education as Social Justice London: SAGE

Hick, P. (2008) Psychology for Inclusive Learning: Reframing the Agenda, in Hick, P., Kershner, R. and Farrell, P., Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice London: RoutledgeFalmer

Hick, P., Kershner, R. and Farrell, P. (2008) Introduction: Towards a Psychology for Inclusive Education, in Hick, P., Kershner, R. and Farrell, P., Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice London: RoutledgeFalmer

Hick, P., Visser, J. and MacNab, N. (2007) Education and Exclusion, in Abrams, D., Christian, J. and Gordon, D (eds) The Multiprofessional Handbook of Social Exclusion London: Wiley

Hick, P. (2007, 2nd edn) Still missing out: minority ethnic communities and special educational needs, in Richardson, B. (ed) Telling It Like It Is: How Our Schools Fail Black Children Stoke: Trentham Books / London: Bookmarks Publications

Dyson, A. and Hick, P. (2005) Low Attainment, in Lewis, A. and Norwich, B. (eds) Special Teaching for Special Children: Pedagogies for Inclusion? Buckingham: Open University Press

Research Reports

Hick, P., Arshad, R., Mitchell, L., Watt, D. & Roberts, L. (2011) Promoting Cohesion, Challenging Expectations - Educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools. Grant Project Final Report online here

Hick, P. with Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Kalambouka, A., Izzidien, S., Francis, A. and Cohen, M. (2005) Inclusive Learning with ICT: Research Project Report for BECTA Manchester: University of Manchester

Davis, P. and Florian, L. (2004) with Ainscow, M., Dyson, A., Farrell, P., Hick, P., Humphrey, N., Jenkins, P., Kaplan, I., Palmer, S., Parkinson, G., Polat, F., Reason, R. (Manchester) Byers, R., Dee, L., Kershner, R., and Rouse, M. (Cambridge) Teaching Strategies and Approaches for Pupils with Special Educational Needs: A Scoping Study London: DfES (Research Report No. 516)

Member of:
British Educational Research Association; American Educational Research Association.

Reviewer for:
Educational Research; Educational Review; Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs; American Educational Research Association; British Journal of Learning Disabilities.

eSpace

link to eSpace publications

Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences

Hick, P. and Martin, D. (2007) Disproportionality and ethnicity in special educational needs: critical perspectives Invited contribution to symposium at BERA, Institute of Education, London, September 2007

Hick, P. (2007) Ethnicity and Disproportionality in Special Educational Needs: Insights from Critical Race Theory Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2007

Hick, P. (2006) Inclusive Learning with ICT: Reviewing the State of the Art British Educational Research Association, University of Warwick, September 2006

Hick, P. (2005) Inclusive Practice in the Classroom: Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a Framework for Evaluation ISEC 2005, University of Strathclyde, August 2005

Hick, P. (2005) Inclusive Learning with ICT: the BECTA Project Research seminar for the Educational Support and Inclusion group, University of Manchester, May 2005

Kershner, R. and Hick, P. (2004) Towards a Psychology for Inclusive Education British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, University of Glasgow, November 2004

Hick, P. (2004) Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Underachievement British Educational Research Association, University of Manchester, September 2004

Hick, P. (2004) Psychology for Inclusive Education Invited contribution to symposium organized by Professor Peter Farrell at International School Psychology Association, University of Exeter, July 2004

Davis, P., Hick, P., Humphrey, N., Parkinson, G. and Polat, F. (2004) International Reflections on Issues of Teaching and Learning: Are Educational Needs Special? Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, January 2004

Hick, P. (2003) How do we know when we're including a learner more? Towards an inclusive learning review schedule British Educational Research Association, University of Herriott-Watt, September 2003

Hick, P. (2003) Learning and Teaching Together: Working in Partnership with People with Learning Difficulties on a new BA Poster presentation, Disability Studies Association, Lancaster

Hick, P. (2000) Educational Psychologists Supporting Inclusive Practice Proceedings of ISEC 2000 Conference, University of Manchester

Teaching Interests

At MMU Peter is initially teaching on postgraduate programmes in inclusive education and special educational needs.

Areas of Post-graduate Supervision

Peter is happy to supervise postgraduate students on issues related to: inclusive learning with ICT; inclusion and diversity in education; multiculturalism; social justice; urban education; special educational needs; disability studies.

Hick

Position/Post: Senior Lecturer
Tel: 0161-247-2417
Email: p.hick@mmu.ac.uk