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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 
 

 

last updated 09-Nov-2012