Cristina Devecchi

Cristina Devecchi
The University of Northampton | UN · Education

BA Honours, MEd, MPhil, PhD

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Additional affiliations
January 2010 - December 2012
The University of Northampton
Education
September 2001 - October 2007
University of Cambridge
Field of study
  • Education

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Publications (50)
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This chapter focuses upon the concept of Active Distance Learning (ADL) as a pedagogical approach to designing and teaching in a remote learning setting. This concept has been developed at the University of Northampton to complement their pedagogical approach of Active Blended Learning. ADL combines sense-making activities with focused and engaging...
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This paper reports on a small-scale practitioner enquiry undertaken with 17 work-based learners studying on a two-year Early Years Foundation Degree programme in a higher education institution in England. The first aim of the enquiry was to identify the perspectives of a cohort of work-based Early Years Foundation Degree students on teaching strate...
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Where a high proportion of teachers who practice in primary and secondary schools are trained in a pre-service university setting, further education (FE) colleges train the majority of their teaching staff on an in-service, part-time basis. This paper discusses the experiences of eleven new teachers, based in two FE colleges, during their first yea...
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Providing doctoral students with the employability skills they needs is a developing area rich with a variety of training opportunities. This contribution argues that including students as co‐researchers through a process of “learning by doing” enables them to learn and implement new skills in a safe but risk‐taking environment.
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Internationally there are increasing numbers of young people on the ASD spectrum attending higher education. Early transition planning is essential and students with ASD often require support to articulate their post-school educational goals and actively participate in transition planning meetings. Services within higher education are primarily des...
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In this chapter, we will examine how national initiatives have developed over recent decades and how they impacted on the participation of people with disabilities within HE. We contend that Initial access initiatives tended to focus on people from poorer socio-economic backgrounds and/or those from ethnic minorities. It was only at a later stage t...
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Description: The application of the blockchain technology to track, register, certify, and enhance the utilisation of acquired learning assets Abstract: Following a series focused on measurement and transaction of intangible and non-financial value, Whitepaper 5.0 extends the use of the Ethereum based platform with integrated S/E Ratio SaaS to offe...
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Increasing societal participation for people from marginalised groups has become an established feature of policy making internationally. Ensuring that people from marginalised groups can access all levels of the education system constitutes a core component of these policy making initiatives. Despite apparent differences in emphasis across nationa...
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Internationally there are increasing numbers of young people on the ASD spectrum attending higher education. Early transition planning is essential and students with ASD often require support to articulate their post-school educational goals and actively participate in transition planning meetings. Services within higher education are primarily des...
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Street Play projects have become increasingly popular in Western contexts where children’s outdoor free play has been in decline. Street Play projects are generally organised by adults: children play on urban streets closed to traffic. This paper reports results from an evaluation focused on the Hantown Street Play Project (pseudonym) that took pla...
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The Success at School (SAS) project has been a collaborative effort of 7 partners in 6 European countries,190 young people, aged 14-24, and 143 mentors took part in the experimentation of the alternative pedagogical strategy. This edited book is the result of the cooperation of over 20 researchers. Its aim is of providing others with the knowledge...
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If knowledge is at the heart of economic growth and social impact, then the question is whether universities are equipped to face the challenges of a new economic system based on the capacity of the institution to assess the knowledge within and exploit it to its own and to society’s advantage (Canibano, et al, 2008). Broadly defined as Intellectua...
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This project contributes to the debate of how universities can manage the transition by drawing from a variety of models for the measurement, assessment and reporting of intangible assets, that is Intellectual Capital (IC), to provide an innovative and transformative set of indicators specifically geared towards assessing human capital. More in det...
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As universities have to adapt to some major changes, the collaboration between academics and professional services is more important than ever. Yet, this is not always easy. The presentation draws from effective collaboration to provide ideas and suggestions about how to make it work. This document reports a number of activities to start a discussi...
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As universities have to adapt to some major changes, the collaboration between academics and professional services is more important than ever. Yet, this is not always easy. This presentation draws from effective collaboration to provide ideas and suggestions about how to make it work.
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Taking the voice of children and young people with disabilities and special educational needs into consideration when organising provision is enshrined as the children's rights in much English legislation. Yet, this chapter argues that the system at large pays just lip service to the children's voice. Children might be heard, but this might become...
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‘All students studying for a Masters’ Degree in Education at the University of Northampton are required to carry out an independent piece of research and to present this in the form of a dissertation. Before they are able to do this, they have to undertake training in the use of research methods in education…we felt that there was room for developm...
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‘All students studying for a Masters’ Degree in Education at the University of Northampton are required to carry out an independent piece of research and to present this in the form of a dissertation. Before they are able to do this, they have to undertake training in the use of research methods in education…we felt that there was room for developm...
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If research wants to thrive in the new knowledge economy, then academics need to collaborate with their project managers in order to enhance not only the outputs of research, but also the process by which the outputs are created. With the growing complexity of research funded projects, research management and administration (RMA) has become essenti...
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Movement as a tool for teaching foreign languages inclusively – International Research in Educating European Citizens Barbara Rácz PhD Student in Culture, Disabilities and Inclusion: education and training Italian University of Sport and Movement Prof. de Anna, Prof. Moliterni Prof. Devecchi Key words: Inclusive education, foreign language kn...
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Research though human resources: The unbounded professional In building and maintaining effecGve internal and external stakeholder relaGonships, a relaGonship management funcGon is criGcal. Whitchurch (2008) describes four categories of professional relaGve to the space they occupy and the knowledge, relaGonships and legiGmacies that they construct...
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We are living in interesting times. Across Europe and the world the collapse of the economy, and a particular financial model, has brought new challenges, which are impacting on all ways of life. Higher Education has not been immune to radical changes, which call for innovative answers. One of such changes is the redefinition of what education is,...
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A University since 2005, Northampton comprises six Schools and 14,000 students and has embarked on a programme of major changes, asserting itself a leader in social enterprise and innovation and planning a new campus. Our School of Education has a good reputation for teaching but despite its current tally of 40 PhD students it is less renowned for...
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Giving parents a choice with regard to their children's education has been central to the political discourse of school reform at least since the 1988 Education Reform Act (ERA). With regard to children with a Statement of special educational needs (SSEN), a plethora of policies and laws have given parents the right not only to choose a school, but...
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Symposium: Inklusion von Kindern mit Behinderungen in der Kindertagesbetreuung: ein Blick in europäische Nachbarländer Dr. Tina Gadow (München), Dr. Mike Seckinger (München) Inklusion von Kindern mit Behinderungen in Kindertageseinrichtungen in Deutschland: Ergebnisse der DJI-Kita-Studie 2012 Dr. Tina Gadow (München) The „Italian mode‟ of full inc...
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Agency and Participation in Childhood and Youth presents new critical engagement in conceptualising the roles of youth agency and participation in education, development and the pursuit of social justice. Theoretically, the book is framed within the paradigm of the capability approach, initially developed by Nobel Laureate, Amartya Sen, and further...
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The most recent UNICEF (2013) publication on the state of the world’s children is dedicated to the rights of children with disabilities to an education and a meaningful and productive life. The report stresses the importance of building an educational system based on the fundamental principles of inclusion, which are the respect for the rights, asp...
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This paper draws from a study into the impact of training for teaching assistants (TAs), additional adults deployed to support children and teachers, in one urban local educational authority in England. The objectives of the study, commissioned by the local educational authority, were to identify training and professional development for TAs and to...
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This paper explores the application of critical ethnography as a means to capture the nature of children’s voices as researchers in their own right, and as a way to give those voices an authoritative space in which to speak. The study aimed to conceptualise ways in which young children aged 4-8 years are researchers, could develop as researchers an...
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Considerations about the importance of early childhood education and care (ECEC) have grown considerably in the last three decades in England, in Europe and at the wider international level. Located within the fast pace of European enlargement, new social, political and economic factors created the conditions for an increased focus on the benefits...
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Various models of providing for the inclusion of children with disabilities and special needs exist in different European countries. Central to all these models is the notion that support for children and teachers is pivotal in ensuring effective inclusion. This article draws from three qualitative studies on the role, employment and deployment of...
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The need for policy makers to understand science and for scientists to understand policy processes is widely recognised. However, the science-policy relationship is sometimes difficult and occasionally dysfunctional; it is also increasingly visible, because it must deal with contentious issues, or itself becomes a matter of public controversy, or b...
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The need for policy makers to understand science and for scientists to understand policy processes is widely recognised. However, the science-policy relationship is sometimes difficult and occasionally dysfunctional; it is also increasingly visible, because it must deal with contentious issues, or itself becomes a matter of public controversy, or b...
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The purpose of this chapter is multi-fold: a) to define inclusive education and leadership; b) to describe prevailing theoretical frameworks for leadership in inclusive education and build on emerging theories of inclusive psychology and inclusive pedagogy; c) to identify promising practices for leadership in inclusive education; d) to identify eme...
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This article explores notions of support and collaboration between teachers and teaching assistants (TAs) in two secondary schools in England. In particular it reviews how team members created opportunities and established collaborative practices aimed at including each other in the task of providing support for children who are described as having...

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I am looking for ways to measure the value of the economic and particularly the social impact of universities. There are many way in which universities are measured (quality of teaching, research, student satisfaction surveys), but ultimately, one always resort to working out the economic impact that university have. Even in this case the measurement is fraught with problems. I am looking specifically at ways in which the value of universities intangible assets and specifically intellectual capital can be measured and reported.
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I have been looking at Intellectual capital literature for a while now, but somehow there seems to be a clash between how the literature defines it and what academics think it is. I am to write a paper for a conference on the issue, specifically in relation to the use of intellectual capital in Higher Education and i would like to see what my colleagues think. Could you help me by defining it for me? I hope you do not mind if i use the data for my paper. I would of course anonymized it.
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I have been invited to take part in a conference on the role of evidence in creating science education policy. I am thinking of broadening the debate about the role of evidence in developing policy and to what extent such evidence should be 'scientific'. I have a number of questions I am working with such as, what is evidence? What evidence counts? And to what extent should it be scientific?

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Below 10 is addressing the challenge of early school leaving (ESL) by focusing on an approach aimed at prevention, through new pedagogical strategies for co - operation and strategic planning between actors of formal and informal education, between school and local community. Read more about the Below 10 Project on the European Commission website at: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/projects/eplus-project-details-page/?nodeRef=workspace://SpacesStore/e14cdd6a-c5fd-4067-9ba3-f960a0596403
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To use Blockchain to certify and make visible the value of the learning we acquire and of the way in which we apply it to our work and life