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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.

Publications

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2017

  1. Preece, D., Stošić, J., Frey Škrinjar, J., Troshanska, J., Trajkovski, V., Symeou, L., Mavrou, K. and Theodorou, E. (2017) Education for families of children with ASD. Paper presented to: 9th International Conference of the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb (ERFCON 2017), Zagreb, Croatia, 17-19 May 2017.
  2. Preece, D., Symeou, L., Stošić, J., Theodorou, E., Mavrou, K., Troshanska, J., Frey Škrinjar, J. and Trajkovski, V. (2017) Listening to (empower) parents: family education for children on the autism spectrum in south-east Europe. Paper presented to: European Research Network About Parents in Education: 11th Biennial Conference, University of Roehampton, 05-07 July 2017.
  3. Odunsi, R., Garner, P. and Preece, D. (2017) Nigerian teachers’ understanding of autism spectrum disorder: a comparative study of teachers from urban and rural Lagos State. Disability, CBR and Inclusive Development. 2211-5242. (In Press)
  4. Preece, D. and Trajkovski, V. (2017) Parent education in autism spectrum disorder – a review of the literature. Croatian Review of Rehabilitation Research. 53(1), pp. 118-128. 1848-7734.
  5. Theodorou, E., Symeou, L., Preece, D., Stošić, J., Troshanska, J. and Mavrou, K. (2017) Parents reflecting on training of families with children on the autism spectrum: lessons from ESIPP. Paper presented to: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER 2017): Reforming Education and the Imperative of Constant Change: Ambivalent Roles of Policy and Educational Research, Copenhagen, Denmark, 22-25 August 2017.
  6. Trajkovski, V., Preece, D., Troshanska, J., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E., Stošić, J., Frey Škrinjar, J. and Bramble, P. (2017) Pomoć roditeljima u razumevanju i podršci njihovoj deci sa autizmom u jugoistočnoj Evropi. Invited Presentation presented to: Zbornik rezimea "Dani defektologa Srbije” , Novi Sad, Serbia, 09-12 February 2017.

2016

  1. Preece, D., Symeou, L., Stošić, J., Troshanska, J., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E. and Frey Škrinjar , J. (2016) Accessing parental perspectives to inform the development of parent training in autism in south-eastern Europe. European Journal of Special Needs Education. 0885-6257.
  2. Preece, D., Symeou, L., Mavrou, K., Stošić, J. and Troshanska, J. (2016) Being part of it: a partnership for developing evidence-based parent education in autism in south-eastern Europe. Paper presented to: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2016, Dublin, 23-26 August 2016.
  3. Preece, D., Bramble, P., Frey Škrinjar , J., Stošić, J., Symeou, L., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E., Trajkovski, V., Troshanska, J., Fortuna, R., Capper, A., Winstanley, A., Charalambous Darden, N., Blazevic, S., Ruzic, A., Hardcastle, J. and Baranger, A. (2016) Developing parent education in autism in south east Europe. Poster presented to: XI Autism-Europe International Congress, Edinburgh, 16-18 September 2016.
  4. Troshanska, J., Preece, D., Symeou, L., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E., Stošić, J., Frey Škrinjar , J., Fortuna, R., Charalambous Darden, N., Baranger, A., Blazevic, S., Hardcastle, J. and Trajkovski, V. (2016) ESIPP – едукација на родители на деца со аутизам. Paper presented to: First International Congress of Persons with Special Needs "Why not be Different?", Skopje, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 14-16 October 2016.
  5. Preece, D. and Theodorou, E. (2016) ESIPP- parent education in autism. Seminar Presentation presented to: School of Education Research Seminar, The University of Northampton, 16 March 2016. (Unpublished)
  6. Murray, J. and Preece, D. (2016) Evaluating the Changemaker Student Awards. Panel Presentation presented to: Ashoka U Exchange 2016, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA, 25-27 February 2016.
  7. Preece, D. and Howley, M. (2016) Evaluation of ‘The Bridge’ project: helping young people with autism and severe anxiety re-engage with learning. Northampton: The University of Northampton.
  8. Preece, D., Stošić, J., Symeou, L., Troshanska, J., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E., Frey Škrinjar , J., Fortuna, R., Capper, A., Bramble, P., Charalambous Darden, N., Gerolemeou, S., Winstanley, A., Hardcastle, J., Blazevic, S., Ruzic, A., Baranger, A. and Fernandez, C. (2016) Helping parents to understand and support their children with autism through parent training in south east Europe: the ‘ESIPP’ project. In: Goncalves-Mendes, E. (ed.) Proceedings of VII Brazilian Congress on Special Education. Sao Carlos, Brazil: Federal University of Sao Carlos.
  9. Preece, D. and Zhao, Y. (2016) Multi-sensory storytelling (MSST): a tool for teaching or an intervention technique? Paper presented to: European Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2016, Dublin, 23-26 August 2016.
  10. Perepa, P., Howley, M., Garner, P., Preece, D., Rose, R. and Farrow, B. (2016) Situation Analysis on Inclusive Education and Children with Autism in the Sultanate of Oman: Ten-Year Autism Strategy and Five-Year Autism Action Plan for children with ASD. (Unpublished)
  11. McCormick, W. D. and Preece, D. (2016) The importance of pets to FE/HE students in Northamptonshire. Invited Presentation presented to: Workshop, Cambridge Veterinary School, 25 January 2016. (Unpublished)
  12. Preece, D. and Theodorou, E. (2016) Training across cultures: learning from a project developing and delivering parent training in autism in south-east Europe. Workshop presented to: Social Care Research Group Workshop, Kings College London, 13 July 2016. (Unpublished)
  13. Symeou, L., Preece, D., Mavrou, K., Theodorou, E., Stošić, J. and Troshanska, J. (2016) Η διαμόρφωση ενός προγράμματος εκπαίδευσης οικογενειών με μέλη με αυτισμό: Ανάγκες και προτεραιότητες των γονέων στην Κύπρο. Paper presented to: 14th Pan-Cyprian Conference of the Pedagogical Association of Cyprus, Nicosia, Cyprus, 21-22 October 2016.

2015

  1. Preece, D. (2015) Developing effective partnerships with parents to improve outcomes for children with autism and their families. Invited Presentation presented to: Becoming Visible: Comparing Inclusive and Special Education Policies, Practices and Research in Brazil and the UK, Sao Carlos, Brazil, 12-14 March 2015. (Unpublished)
  2. Preece, D. and Zhao, Y. (2015) Multi-sensory storytelling: a tool for teaching or an intervention technique. British Journal Of Special Education. 42(4), pp. 429-443. 1467-8578.
  3. Howley, M., Perepa, P., Preece, D., Garner, P. and Rose, R. (2015) Situation Analysis on Inclusive Education and Action Plan for Children with Autism in Oman: Comprehensive Literature review. (Submitted)

2014

  1. Preece, D. (2014) A matter of perspective: the experience of daily life and support of mothers, fathers and siblings living with children on the autism spectrum with high support needs. Good Autism Practice. 15(1), pp. 81-90. 1466-2973.
  2. Preece, D. and Zhao, Y. (2014) An evaluation of Bag Books multi-sensory stories. Northampton: The University of Northampton. (Unpublished)
  3. Devecchi, C., Murray, J. and Preece, D. (2014) Building research capacity: stories from a new university’s School of Education. Research Intelligence (British Educational Research Association (BERA)). 124, pp. 22-23. 0307-9023.
  4. Preece, D. and Slade, M. (2014) Guest editorial. Support For Learning. 29(2), pp. 99-101. 1467-9604.
  5. Preece, D. (2014) Providing training in positive behavioural support and physical interventions for parents of children with autism and related behavioural difficulties. Support For Learning. 29(2), pp. 136-153. 1467-9604.
  6. Preece, D. (2014) Teaching teachers to understand and undertake research: trying to make ‘Research Methods’ work. Panel Presentation presented to: Northampton Learning and Teaching Conference 2014: Northampton 2018: Planning, Designing and Delivering Student Success, The University of Northampton, 22 May 2014. (Unpublished)
  7. Preece, D. (2014) Whose research is it anyway? Tensions and difficulties in research that tries to include the ‘hard to research’. Invited Keynote presented to: 2nd Annual Inter-University Symposium: Inclusive Research and Education – Opportunities and Challenges. The University of Northampton & Trinity College Dublin, The University of Northampton, 25 June 2014. (Unpublished)

2013

  1. Preece, D. (2013) A matter of perspective - whole families' experiences of living with autism. Invited Presentation presented to: 10th Autism-Europe International Congress, Budapest, Hungary, 26-28 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  2. Preece, D. (2013) A matter of perspective – whole families’ experiences of living with autism. Poster presented to: 10th Autism-Europe International Congress, Budapest, Hungary, 26-28 September 2013. (Unpublished)
  3. Howley, M. and Preece, D. (2013) Introduction. In: Howley, M. and Preece, D. (eds.) Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum: Whole-School Training Materials and Resources for Sencos. London: Optimus Education. pp. 1-3.
  4. Howley, M. (2013) Selecting and blending strategies to meet individual needs. In: Howley, M. and Preece, D. (eds.) Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum: Whole-School Training Materials and Resources for Sencos. London: Optimus Education. pp. 147-166.
  5. Howley, M. and Preece, D., (eds.) (2013) Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum: Whole-School Training Materials and Resources for Sencos. London: Optimus Education. 9781907927164.
  6. Preece, D. (2013) Teaching parents to understand and manage the behaviour of children on the autism spectrum. Keynote presented to: 4th International Conference: Modern Aspects of the Special Education and Rehabilitation of Persons with Disabilities, Ohrid, Macedonia, 17-19 October 2013. (Unpublished)
  7. Howley, M. (2013) Understanding the autism spectrum. In: Howley, M. and Preece, D. (eds.) Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum: Whole-School Training Materials and Resources for Sencos. London: Optimus Education. pp. 5-27.
  8. Whitaker, P. and Preece, D. (2013) Understanding the perspectives of children and parents: a foundation for developing partnerships. In: Howley, M. and Preece, D. (eds.) Supporting Pupils on the Autism Spectrum: Whole-School Training Materials and Resources for Sencos. London: Optimus Education. pp. 29-42.

2011

  1. Preece, D. (2011) Respite care for families with children with autism spectrum disorders. Annales Universitatis Paedagogicae Cracoviensis: Studia Psychologica. 4, pp. 174-188. 1689-9903.

2010

  1. Preece, D. (2010) Ascertaining the views of individuals with ASD using structure and visual supports. Invited Presentation presented to: British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD) Good Autism Practice Conference, Birmingham, UK, 05 November 2010. (Unpublished)
  2. Preece, D. and Jordan, R. (2010) Obtaining the views of children and young people with autism spectrum disorders about their experience of daily life and social care support. British Journal of Learning Disabilities. 38(1), pp. 10-20. 1354-4187.
  3. Preece, D. (2010) Respite care (‘short breaks’) for families that include young people on the autism spectrum. Invited Presentation presented to: Inclusion: Switch from Minus to Plus, Ljubljana, Slovenia, 13-15 May 2010. (Unpublished)
  4. Taylor, K. and Preece, D. (2010) Using aspects of the TEACCH structured teaching approach with students with multiple disabilities and visual impairment: reflections on practice. British Journal of Visual Impairment. 28(3), pp. 244-259. 0264-6196.
  5. Preece, D. (2010) When puberty strikes – developing training for parents and professionals. Invited Presentation presented to: Samrådet International Conference on Autism, Skive, Denmark, 12-13 November 2010. (Unpublished)

2009

  1. Preece, D. (2009) Effective short breaks services for families with children with autism spectrum disorders: how one local authority in the United Kingdom is working to meet the challenge. Practice. 21(3), pp. 159-174. 0950-3153.

2008

  1. Preece, D. (2008) Effective respite care for families with children with autism spectrum disorders. Invited Presentation presented to: 'Rain Man Is Among Us': Contemporary Forms of Support for Autistic Persons. A Systems Approach, Kraków, Poland, 27-29 November 2008. (Unpublished)
  2. Preece, D. (2008) Social care support services in England for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families. Journal of Special Education and Rehabilitation. 9(3-4), pp. 63-73. 1409-6099.
  3. Preece, D. and Almond, J. (2008) Supporting families with children on the autism spectrum: using structured teaching approaches in the home and community. Good Autism Practice. 9(2), pp. 44-53. 1466-2973.

2007

  1. Preece, D. and Jordan, R. (2007) Short breaks services for children with autistic spectrum disorders: factors associated with service use and non-use. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 37(2), pp. 374-385. 0162-3257.
  2. Preece, D. and Jordan, R. (2007) Social workers' understanding of autistic spectrum disorders: an exploratory investigation. The British Journal of Social Work. 37(5), pp. 925-936. 0045-3102.
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