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Mr Jonathan Rix

Mr Jonathan Rix

Snr Lect (Inclusion, Curr'm & Learning)

The Open University Faculty of Education and Language Studies Department of Education

Profile

Jonty's research interests focus upon: policies, practices and language that facilitate inclusion within the mainstream; capturing diverse perspectives; and developing models to facilitate our thinking about the form and function of education. He has a strong and broad interest in issues relating to learning difficulties and issues of equality and participation. He has recent publications in the fields of Early Intervention, Intellectual Access to Heritage Sites, the use of Simplified Language, Special Educational Needs Funding and pedagogy, Alternative Education, and the ethics of language.
Jonty's is currently leading research for the NCSE in Ireland, examining the continuum of provision internationally for children identified with special educational needs.
 
Jonty currently teaches on courses dealing with inclusion, early years and special educational needs. He has worked in education in a great many different settings. He spent 13 years as a support teacher in a Hackney Secondary School, as well as working in Theatre in Education, as a writer in Residence in Prisons, and with community arts groups in different parts of the UK. He was also a ski guide once upon a time.
 
 
Advisory Roles

2010 – Present: Advisor to the Individual Budgets Pilot programme and Pathfinder project Department for Education

2010 - 2011: Advisor for the Museums For Us Project at the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Washington, DC

2008-2010: Member of Royal Society of Medicine Forum of Intellectual Disabilities Council.

2008: Member of the Organisation for Ecomic Cooperation (OECD) and Development and Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) Alternative Models of Learning Expert Meeting in Bruges.

2007-present: Member of The Down Syndrome Educational Trust’s Science, Research and Practice Advisory Board

2002 - 2009: Parent Representative – National Portage Association Executive

2003 – present: Trustee – The RTR Foundation – Learning Disability Funding Body
2004 – present: Trustee – The Rix Centre – Learning Disability Research Centre
2004- present: Advising The Heritage Project, Merseyside
2004 – 2009: Member of the National Portage Association steering group producing programme of research and development with the DfES into the expansion of Early Intervention Programmes.
2005 - 2007: Member of steering group overseeing Early Intervention training materials for Early Years Practitioners, run by RNIB and the DfES.
2001– 2006: Trustee – Libertas Charities Group – Learning disability access to Heritage sites
2006: Member of the TES/NASEN Academic Book of the Year Award Committee
2004 – 2006: Member of steering group creating an Early Intervention monitoring for children with Down syndrome, run by the Down Syndrome Educational Trust, funded by the DfES.
2004-2005: Consultant to COMET on in-house training

 
 
Member of Editorial Board
Down Syndrome Research and Practice

Referee
British Journal of Developmental Psychology
British Journal of Learning Disabilities
British Journal of Special Educational
Education in the North
National Council for Special Education, Ireland
Teaching and Teacher Education
The Curriculum Journal
The Journal of International Development
Westminster Studies in Education

Qualifications

MA - Application of Language in Educational Settings - Kings College London - 2001 B.Ed (Hons)  English & Physical Education - Warwick University - 1983

Teaching Interests

 
Jonty was chair of production of E214: - Equality, Participation and Inclusion: Learning From Each Other and is now presentation chair of both E214 and E804: Managing Behaviour in Schools. He has also been chair and author on E243: Inclusive Education: Learning from Each Other and was on the course team for E230: Ways of knowing: language, mathematics and science in the Early Years, and has been co-chair; and was chair of E831, Professional Development for Special Educational Needs Co-ordinators. Jonty also worked on E848 - Researching Inclusive Education: Values into practice, and E111 Supporting Learning in Primary Schools. He was produced units on Inclusion for Teach and Learn Net too, and has been Academic Advisor on two TV series produced by the Open University and the BBC – School Day and Nobody's Normal.

Research Interests

Jonty's research interests focus upon: policies, practices and language that facilitate inclusion within the mainstream; capturing diverse perspectives; and developing models to facilitate our thinking about the form and function of education. He has a strong and broad interest in issues relating to learning difficulties and issues of equality and participation. He has recent publications in the fields of Early Intervention, Intellectual Access to Heritage Sites, the use of Simplified Language, Special Educational Needs Funding and pedagogy, Alternative Education, and the ethics of language.

Current Research Projects

To the fore

2010 - Present: Continuum of provision internationally for people identified with special educational needs
2005 - Present: Global Educational Typology and alternative education systems
2004 - Present: Parental experiences of Early Intervention (with A. Paige-Smith)

In the background

1988 - Present: Simplified Language materials
1988 – Present: Intellectual access to heritage sites
2003-2008: Pedagogies which effectively include children with special educational needs
2006 - Present: Language of learning difficulties
2006 – Present: Policy and discourse of inclusion 
 

 

Publications

Authored Book
Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron ; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy (2003). Inclusive education: diverse perspectives. Learning from each other. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd.
Book Chapter
Soler, Janet ; Walsh, Christopher ; Craft, Anna ; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy (2012). Introduction. In: Soler, Janet; Walsh, Christopher; Craft, Anna; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy eds. Transforming Practice: Critical issues in equity, diversity and education. Stoke-on-Trent: Trentham Books, xi-xv.
Rix, Jonathan (2012). From equality to diversity? Ideas that keep us quiet. In: Soler, Janet; Walsh, Christopher S.; Craft, Anna; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy eds. Transforming Practice: Critical Issues in Equity, Diversity and Education. Trentham Books.
Rix, Jonathan and Sheehy, Kieron (2010). A collective model of difference. In: Rix, Jonathan; Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron; Simmons, Katy and Walsh, Christopher eds. Equality, Participation and Inclusion 1: Diverse Perspectives (2nd Edition). Abingdon, UK and New York, USA: Routledge, Taylor & Francis , pp. 306–319.
Rix, Jonathan ; Walsh, Christopher ; Parry, John and Kumrai, Rajni (2010). Introduction: another point of view. In: Rix, Jonathan; Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron; Simmons, Katy and Walsh, Christopher eds. Equality, Participation and Inclusion 1: Diverse Perspectives (2nd ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–8.
Parry, John ; Rix, Jonathan ; Kumrai, Rajni and Walsh, Christopher (2010). Introduction: another place. In: Rix, Jonathan; Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron; Simmons, Katy; Parry, John and Kumrai, Rajni eds. Equality, Participation and Inclusion 2: Diverse Contexts (2nd ed.). Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 1–8.
Rix, Jonathan (2010). People with learning difficulties and their inclusion within cultural and heritage sites. In: Singh, Rana P. B. ed. Heritagescapes and Cultural Landscapes. Planet Earth & Cultural Understanding , 6. New Delhi, India: Shubhi Publications, pp. 303–328.
Rix, Jonathan (2010). 21st century skills... all dressed up in the technology of the knowledge age. In: Sheehy, Kieron; Ferguson, Rebecca and Clough, Gill eds. Virtual Worlds: Controversies at the Frontier of Education. New York: Nova Science.
Rix, Jonathan (2009). It's my heritage too: Developing participatory methods for promoting access to heritage sites. In: Searle, Jane and Nind, Melanie eds. Understanding and promoting access for people with learning difficulties: Seeing the opportunities and challenges of risk. London: Routledge.
Rix, Jonathan (2008). Inclusion and early years settings - What's your attitude? In: Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. UK: Open University Press, pp. 79–92.
Paige-Smith, Alice ; Rix, Jonathan and Craft, Anna (2008). Reflective Family-Centred Practices: parents' perspectives and early intervention. In: Paige-Smith, Alice and Craft, Anna eds. Developing Reflective Practice in the Early Years. UK: Open University Press, pp. 145–159.
Paige-Smith, A ; Rix, J and Craft, A (2008). Reflective family-centered practices: parents' perspectives and early intervention. In: Paige-Smith, A and Craft, A eds. Developing Practice in the Early Years. Berkshire: McGraw Hill, Open University, pp. 145–159.
Hall, Kathy ; Rix, Jonathan and Eyres, Ian (2007). Assessing English within the Arts. In: Bresler, Liora ed. International Handbook of Research in Arts Education. Springer International Handbooks of Education (16). Springer.
Rix, Jonathan (2007). Knowing yourself and the family. In: Limbrick, P. ed. Working in partnership through Early support: Distance learning text. London: Department of Health, Department of Education and Skills and Surestart, Crown Copyright, pp. 191–220.
Rix, Jonathan (2006). From one professional to another. In: Rix, Brian ed. All about us! The story of people with a learning disability and Mencap. UK: MENCAP.
Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy (2005). Introduction: A world of change. In: Nind, Melanie; Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron and Simmons, Katy eds. Policy and Power in Inclusive Education: Values into practice. London, UK: Routledge, pp. 1–10.
Rix, J. ; Tan, A. and Moden, S. (2004). A balance of power: observing a teaching assistant. In: Hancock, William and Collins, Janet eds. Primary Teaching Assistants: learners and learning. Routledge in association with the Open University.
Rix, Jonathan (2004). Creating and using inclusive materials: collaboration and reflection. In: Nind, Melanie; Rix, Jonathan; Simmons, Katy and Sheehy, Kieron eds. Curriculum and pedagogy in inclusive education. UK: Routledge.
Nind, Melanie ; Simmons, Katy ; Sheehy, Kieron and Rix, Jonathan (2004). Introduction. In: Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron and Simmons, Katy eds. Inclusive Education: Learners and Learning Contexts. UK: Routledge.
Rix, Jonathan (2003). A parent’s wish-list. In: Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy eds. Inclusive education: diverse perspectives. Learning from each other. London, UK: David Fulton Publishers Ltd, pp. 74–86.
Rix, Jonathan ; Sheehy, Kieron ; Simmons, Katy and Nind, Melanie (2003). Introduction: from where you are. In: Nind, Melanie; Sheehy, Kieron; Rix, Jonathan and Simmons, Katy eds. Inclusive education: diverse perspectives. Learning from each other. London: David Fulton Publishers Ltd, pp. 1–8.
Conference Item
Parry, John ; Rix, Jonathan ; Sheehy, Kieron and Simmons, Katy (2012). The journey travelled – A view of two settings a decade apart. In: European Conference on Educational Research , 18th to 21st September, Cadiz.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2009). Researching early intervention and young children's perspectives: Developing and using a 'listening to children approach'. In: British Education Research Association Conference, 2-5 September 2009, University of Manchester.
Rix, Jonathan (2008). After inclusion – using language to maintain the drive for social justice in learning. In: European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), 9-12 September 2008, Gothenburg.
Rix, Jonathan and Lowe, Tim (2008). “It was good when …” Including people with learning difficulties in Liverpool Heritage sites. In: Heritage 2008, International Conference, 7-9 May 2008, Vila Nova de Foz Coa, Portugal.
Rix, J. and Lowe, T. (2008). "It was good when..."- The Heritage Forum and including people with learning difficulites in Liverpool Heritage Sites. In: Heriage 2008, International Conference, 7-9 May 2008, Villa Nova de Foz Coa, Portugal.
Rix, Jonathan and Paige-Smith, Alice (2007). Change and Compromise? Parental agency and early intervention. In: International Transitions Research Conference, 11-14 April 2007, University of Strathclyde.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2007). Learning together and early intervention – a time of transition for parents, children, professionals. In: International Transitions Research Conference, 11-14 April 2007, University of Strathclyde.
Rix, J and Paige-Smith, A (2006). Parental agency and early intervention. In: BERA Conference 2006, 6-9 September 2006, Warwick, UK.
Rix, Jonathan (2006). Statutory assessment of the class? Supporting the additional needs of the learning context. In: European Conference on Educational Research, 13-16 September 2006, Geneva.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2005). Parents perceptions and children’s experiences of early intervention – inclusive practice? In: 4th International Conference on Developmental Issues in Down Syndrome, The Down Syndrome Educational Trust, 15-18 September 2005, University of Portsmouth, UK.
Rix, Jonathan ; Paige-Smith, Alice and Jones, Helen (2005). Approaches to supporting children’s learning in early childhood – the role of parents and professionals. In: 4th International Conference On Developmental Issues In Down Syndrome, The Down Syndrome Educational Trust, 15-18 September 2005, University of Portsmouth.
Rix, Jonathan and Hall, Kathy (2005). How do teachers, support staff and pupils interact within pedagogical approaches that effectively include children with SEN in mainstream classrooms? In: European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), 7-10 September 2005, University College Dublin.
Hall, Kathy; Eyres, Ian and Rix, Jonathan (2005). Assessing aesthetic aspects of english barriers to access and achievement paper. In: European Conference of Educational Research (ECER), 7-10 September 2005, University College Dublin.
Rix, Jonathan and Hall, Kathy (2005). What pedagogical approaches can effectively include children with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms? The interactions of peers, teachers and support staff. In: ISEC (Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress), 1-4 August 2006, Strathclyde, Glasgow.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2005). Parents perceptions and children's experiences of early intervention – inclusive practice? In: Inclusive and Supportive Education Congress: International Special Education Conference - Inclusion: Celebrating Diversity?, 1-4 August 2005, Glasgow, Scotland.
Rix, Jonathan (2004). Access and comprehension - Teachers use of simplified language materials. In: BERA Conference, 15-18 September 2004, UMIST, University of Manchester.
Rix, Jonathan (2004). Checking the list: Can a medical model of Down syndrome help us explore the intellectual accessibility of heritage sites? In: 10th International Conference of the Centre for Educational Development Appraisal and Research (CEDAR), 15-16 March 2004, University of Warwick.
Rix, Jonathan (2003). A simple start - A potential use of simplified english materials in the inclusive classroom. In: BERA Annual Conference, 11-13 October 2003, Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.
Journal Article
Rix, Jonathan and Matthews, Alice (2014). Viewing the child as a participant within context. Disability & Society, 29(9), pp. 1428–1442.
Sheehy, Kieron ; Rix, Jonathan ; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity ; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda (2013). Conceptualising inclusive pedagogies: evidence from international research and the challenge of autistic spectrum disorder. Erdelyi Pszichologiai Szemle (Transylvanian Journal of Psychology), XIV(1 ),
Parry, John ; Rix, Jonathan ; Sheehy, Kieron and Simmons, Katy (2013). The journey travelled: a view of two settings a decade apart. British Journal of Educational Studies, 61(4), pp. 385–399.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2011). Researching early intervention and young children’s perspectives – developing and using a ‘listening to children approach'. British Journal of Special Education, 38(1), pp. 28–36.
Rix, Jonathan and Paige-Smith, Alice (2011). Exploring barriers to reflection and learning – developing a perspective lens. Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 11(1), pp. 30–41.
Rix, Jonathan (2011). Repositioning of special schools within a specialist, personalised educational marketplace - the need for a representative principle. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 15(2), pp. 263–279.
Rix, Jonathan and Lowe, Ticky (2010). Including people with learning difficulties in cultural and heritage sites. International Journal of Heritage Studies, 16(3), pp. 207–224.
Rix, Jonathan (2009). Statutory Assessment of the class? Supporting the additional needs of the learning context. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13(3), pp. 253–272.
Rix, Jonathan (2009). A model of simplification: the ways in which teachers simplify learning materials. Educational Studies, 35(3), pp. 95–106.
Rix, Jonathan ; Hall, Kathy ; Nind, Melanie ; Sheehy, Kieron and Wearmouth, Janice (2009). What pedagogical approaches can effectively include children with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms? A systematic literature review. Support for Learning, 24(2), pp. 86–94.
Rix, Jonathan (2009). Educating a syndrome? Seeking a balance between identifying a learning profile and delivering inclusive education. Perspectives on Language Learning and Education, 16(3), pp. 97–103.
Rix, Jonathan and Paige-Smith, Alice (2008). A different head? Parental agency and early intervention. Disability and Society, 23(3), pp. 211–221.
Rix, Jonathan ; Paige-Smith, Alice and Jones, Helen (2008). 'Until the cows came home': Issues for early intervention activities? Parental perspectives on the early years learning of their children with Down syndrome. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 9(1), pp. 66–79.
Rix, Jonathan and Twining, Peter (2007). Talking about schools: Towards a typology for future education. Educational Research, 48(4), pp. 329–341.
Rix, Jonathan (2007). Labels of opportunity - A response to Carson and Rowley. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 4(3), pp. 25–27.
Rix, Jonathan (2006). Simplified Language Materials – Their Usage and Value to Teachers and Support Staff in Mainstream Settings. Teaching and Teacher Education, 22(8), pp. 1145–1156.
Rix, Jonathan (2006). Egyszerû kezdet: Az SLM felhasználása az inkluzív osztályban. Iskolakultúra, 16(10), pp. 71–80.
Paige-Smith, Alice and Rix, Jonathan (2006). Parents' perceptions and children's experiences of early intervention – inclusive practice? Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 6(2), pp. 92–98.
Rix, Jonathan (2006). Does it matter what we call them? Labelling people on the basis of notions of intellect. Ethical Space: The International Journal of Communication Ethics, 3(4), pp. 22–28.
Rix, Jonathan (2005). Checking the list: Can a model of Down syndrome help us explore the intellectual accessibility of Heritage sites? International Journal of Heritage Studies, 11(4), pp. 341–356.
Sheehy, Kieron ; Rix, Jonathan ; Nind, Melanie and Simmons, Katy (2004). Perspectives on inclusive education: learning from each other. Support for Learning, 19(3), pp. 137–141.
Rix, Jonathan (2004). Building on similarity: a whole class use for simplified language materials. Westminster Studies in Education, 27(1), pp. 57–68.
Other
Rix, Jonathan ; Sheehy, Kieron ; Fletcher-Campbell, Felicity ; Crisp, Martin and Harper, Amanda (2013). Continuum of Education Provision for Children with Special Educational Needs: Review of International Policies and Practices. National Council for Special Education.
Sheehy, K. ; Rix, J. ; Collins, J. ; Hall, K.; Nind, M. and Wearmouth, J. (2009). A systematic review of whole class, subject based, pedagogies with reported outcomes for the academic and social inclusion of pupils with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms. EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, UK.
Rix, J. ; Hall, K. ; Nind, M. ; Sheehy, K. and Wearmouth, J. (2006). A systematic review of interactions in pedagogical approaches with reported outcomes for the academic and social inclusion of pupils with special educational needs. EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London, London, UK.
Nind, M.; Wearmouth, J.; Collins, J.; Hall, K.; Rix, J. and Sheehy, K. (2004). A systematic review of pedagogical approaches that can effectively include children with special educational needs in mainstream classrooms with a particular focus on peer group interactive approaches. EPPI-Centre, Social Science Research Unit, Institute of Education, UK.

last updated 09-Nov-2012