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Dr. David Preece

  • Job title: Senior Lecturer in Education (SEN & Inclusion - Autism)
  • Department: Special Education Needs & Inclusion

General information

David Preece works as an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Humanities. He has worked at the University since 2012; before this he had a 30 year career as a practitioner and manager in the field of social care across all areas of disability, but with a main focus on autism. He also worked as a regional tutor on web-based and distance learning autism courses at the University of Birmingham.

David was awarded the degree of MEd in Special Education (Autism) from the University of Birmingham in 2001 and a PhD from the same University in 2010. His doctoral research focused on the experience of family life and social support of families living with autism. In addition, he holds teaching, social work and management qualifications. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR), and sits on the editorial board of the Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation.

David Preece completed a first degree in Medieval and Modern History at the University of Birmingham before training as a teacher, nurse and social worker. He worked as a practitioner and manager in the field of social care for 30 years across all areas of disability, but with a main focus on autism. In 2001 he was awarded an MEd (Special Education – Autism) from the University. He was awarded his PhD from the University of Birmingham in 2010, where his doctoral research was focused on the experience of family life and social support of families living with autism.

David worked at the University of Birmingham as a regional tutor on web-based and distance learning autism courses between 2003 and 2010. He began working at the University of Northampton’s School of Education within the SEN & Inclusion Division in 2012. He now works in a research-focused role within the Centre for Education & Research.

Teaching

David teaches on Autism (MA) and BA (SEN and Inclusion) and Research Methods (MA) modules, as well as supervising students at MA and PhD levels.

Research

David’s main areas of research interest include the impact of autism and disability upon the family; consultation with children and young people with disabilities; and intervention approaches in autism and disability.

David is Principal Investigator on a three-year Erasmus+ project (2015-18) funded by the European Commission: Equity and Social Inclusion through Positive Parenting – ESIPP (www.esipp.eu). This €430K project is focused on developing and evaluating parent education in autism in the Balkans and south-east Europe, and includes partners from universities, NGOs and parent organisations in Croatia, Cyprus, the Republic of Macedonia, Belgium and the UK.

He is also working with his colleague Dr Prithvi Perepa developing and adapting training in autism for social workers in conjunction with the Autism Education Trust.

Previous funded research projects that David has led at the University include a 12-month project (2015-16) investigating the reintegration of students with autism and severe anxiety into educational settings, and an investigation into the use of multi-sensory storytelling with pupils with special educational needs (2013-14).

He has also worked as a joint researcher on a number of funded University Projects. These have included research into knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding childhood disability in Bhutan (2015-17), a situation analysis regarding inclusive education for children with autism in Oman (2015-16); and an investigation of the impact of participation in a university-led award scheme on pupil involvement in decision-making in schools (2015-17).

David has undertaken and published research using both qualitative and quantitative methods. He currently supervises a number of postgraduate students, researching into autism (in UK, Indian, African and European contexts), profound and multiple learning difficulties and the experience of minority and disadvantaged groups.

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