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Dr Austin Griffiths

Job: Programme Leader BA Education Studies

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2078283

E: agriffiths@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk/hls

 

Personal profile

Dr Austin Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Education Studies. Dr Griffiths leads for the Dissertation, the Special Educational Needs, and the Historical and Contemporary Issues modules. He is particularly interested in educational inequalities, school grouping practices, and students’ attitudes to school. His doctoral research was a quantitative study exposing inconsistencies between the policy rhetoric of equality and practitioners’ perceptions of different groups of student. He is currently researching into Music Education - particularly why certain children choose to play cerain instruments. 

Key research outputs

Griffiths, A. (2015) An examination of inequalities in a Comprehensive School in an area of high disadvantage: what do student and practitioner perceptions tell us about the relationship between current and historical inequalities in English schools? PhD Thesis, University of Warwick Library.

Research interests/expertise

  • The History of English Schools
  • Inequalities in education
  • Critical Theory
  • Quantitative Research Methods in Educational Research
  • Ability Grouping in Schools
  • SEN Policy and Practice

Areas of teaching

  • Module Leader: Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • Module Leader: Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools
  • Module Leader: Dissertation in Educational Studies 

Qualifications

  • BA (Dunelm)
  • PGCE (Bristol University)
  • MA (Birmingham City University) 
  • PhD (Warwick University) 

Courses taught

  • Module Leader: Historical and Contemporary Issues
  • Module Leader: Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools
  • Module Leader: Dissertation in Educational Studies

Honours and awards

2013 Giving to Warwick Prize for Innovative Research

Conference attendance

2014 Child’s World Conference, Aberystwyth University

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