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School of Inclusive & Special Education


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School of Inclusive & Special Education
Academic Staff
Elizabeth Matthews
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St Patrick's Campus
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Academic biography

Elizabeth is an Associate Professor with the School of Inclusive and Special Education at DCU St. Patrick's Campus, where she specialises in the area of deaf education. She completed her MA in Deaf Education at Gallaudet University, Washington DC (2005) and her PhD with Maynooth University (2011).  Previously, she was the coordinator of the Deaf Education Centre in Cabra, Dublin, sat on the Board of Management of Holy Family School for the Deaf in Cabra and is currently the co-chair of the Education Partnership Group.  She is the project lead for the Irish Sign Language STEM Glossary Project along with a number of other research projects.  She has also designed and delivered a pathway into primary teaching for Deaf ISL-users.  Her recent research publications include work on power in the deaf education system, literacy and deafness, socio-emotional development of deaf children, life skills development in vulnerable deaf adults, and teacher self-efficacy.

Research interests

Deaf education, in particular educational attainment, social inclusion.Teacher education, in particular for children who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, visually impaired, or deafblindLanguage acquisition, cognitive development and literacy in deaf children.Inclusion/exclusion and belonging in the education system, in particular, intersectionality and marginality in education.Geographies of education, in particular spatial inequalities in education, use of GIS as a research tool.Power and resistance in the education system.History of special and inclusive education, in particular Foucauldian analyses of same.