Melanie Nind's research while affiliated with University of Southampton and other places

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The underdevelopment of a pedagogical culture for research methods education and the lack of a body of knowledge with the potential to influence practice have been highlighted by previous studies. This systematic review explores the pedagogic approaches and strategies evident in recent literature (2014-2020) on teaching social science research meth...
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Positive developments in inclusion in line with ‘Nothing about us without us’ have rarely extended to people with profound intellectual disabilities. Advances in inclusive research are in danger of leaving this group (and their families and allies) on the outside, with researchers relying on proxies at best, or more often omitting this group as ‘to...
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• British Journal of Learning Disabilities is celebrating its 50th year. There will be a special issue next time to look at 50 years of the journal and the wider history of learning disability. • The issue has a mix of papers about the lives of people with learning disabilities sharing new knowledge and ideas. • The editor met with the authors of t...
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This paper discusses the question: What is the explanatory power of bringing into dialogue theories of space and place with participatory research approaches that focus on joint perspectives of pupils, teachers and researchers in understanding the dynamics of children’s places of belonging in schools? It advances an argument that understanding chil...
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Accessible Summary • Some of the papers in this issue focus on supporting people with learning disabilities and challenging behaviour. • One paper is about support during Covid‐19 times and some papers are about therapy support following difficult times in people’s lives, including (alleged) abuse. • There are also papers about using mobile phones...
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Social care provision across high-income countries has been transformed over the last ten years by personalisation – a policy agenda to give people with eligible support needs more choice and control over their support. Yet the ideological underpinnings of this transformation remain highly mutable, particularly in the context of reduced welfare pro...
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The Rapid Evidence Review synthesises evidence available in academic publications from 2020 with the aim of charting how social research methods have been successfully adapted for, or designed for use within, the pandemic conditions of Covid-19. Searching six databases identified a potential 896 papers of interest, of which 95 met the inclusion cri...
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Aims Covid-19 is a global pandemic with devastating impacts on lives and economies worldwide. It has disrupted research practices such that the ESRC funded NCRM to: 1. engage the research community (within and beyond the academy) in learning and sharing positive methodological responses to, and possibilities within, the constraints of Covid-19 meas...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has necessitated considerable changes to research practices. Crises can stimulate and inhibit creativity. NCRM’s project Changing research practices: social research in the context of covid-19 highlighted that researchers are carrying on research under changeable circumstances and social restrictions by finding creative ways t...
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The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about significant changes to social research practices. Social distancing and restrictions to travel and access to sites have disrupted research projects and brought about adaptations to methods, introducing multiple and interrelated ethical challenges. The pandemic has raised moral and ethical issues about society...
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Accessible Summary • Many of the papers this time are all about the relationships of people with learning disabilities. This may be loving or sexual relationships, relationships with staff, research, sport or friends. • This issue has the first In Response article. Here people with learning disabilities share their response to one of the papers in...
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Accessible summary • The papers this time are all about the well‐being of people with learning disabilities. • Some papers are about emotional well‐being, such as feeling secure, dealing with stress and anger, coping when someone dies, having a good life and planning for death. • Some papers are about physical well‐being, particularly keeping heal...
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This chapter relates to the inclusive or democratic turn in social science research. Increasingly researchers are seeking to shift the dynamics of research production away from doing research on people, mining them for information, and towards researching with participants and recognizing that research needs to be purposeful and beneficial for part...
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UK policy for adults with intellectual disabilities no longer supports state-provided building-based day care but promotes personalised care and support under individuals’ control with choice of community-based opportunities. The research explored experiences of this new terrain and the informal learning involved. An initial scoping review was foll...
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Accessible summary • This is my first editorial as chief editor. It is an honour to be editor. The journal supports the rights of people with learning disabilities. It works to improve their lives. • Editors before me helped to make the journal special. They encouraged people with learning disabilities to get involved in writing papers. One specia...
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This article explores relationships between academics and people with intellectual disabilities collaborating in inclusive research. The authors present and reflect upon narrative accounts from Norway and England from both sides of the relationship. Each relationship is examined, including how it was initiated, established, developed and sustained,...
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This chapter is about teaching systematic review; it is not, however, the product of a systematic review. It combines and builds on insights from two sets of research experiences: being taught about how to conduct systematic reviews ahead of doing this myself, and more recently, conducting study of the Pedagogy of Methodological Learning for the Na...
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#SelfBuildingOurLives is a collaborative research project drawing upon the work of Andrew Power, Melanie Nind, Andy Coverdale, Hannah Macpherson and Abigail Croydon at University of Southampton, Ed Hall and Alex Kaley at University of Dundee, and a team of advisory group partners including people with learning disabilities and their respective orga...
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This paper takes the concept of pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), which is well known in teacher education, and applies it in research methods education where it has not been previously used. It asks how experienced social science research methods teachers, who know their subject (method) well, teach advanced social research methods to others. D...
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This paper addresses the perspectives of students of social science research methods from a UK study of their holistic experience of learning during two years of their postgraduate research training/ early careers as researchers. Unusually the ten participants span diverse institutions and disciplines and three became co-authors. The study used a d...
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The challenge of research methods teaching is gaining attention among policy-makers keen to build social science research capacity and, critically, among educationalists keen to enhance the pedagogy. This paper addresses pedagogy, presenting a new conceptual-empirical typology of pedagogy for social science research methods teaching. Taking a socio...
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The sharing and re-use of data is encouraged by major research funding bodies in the UK as a way of maximising its value and as vital to accountability and transparency. The creation of repositories, such as the UK Data Archive which houses over 1,000 qualitative and mixed methods datasets, offers qualitative researchers and students many opportuni...
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The sharing and re-use of data is priority for funding councils and this has recently led to initiatives in the world of qualitative data. NCRM researchers Lynn Jamieson, Ros Edwards, Susie Weller and Emma Davidson have been developing a new Breadth-and-Depth Method for big qual analysis1. Sarah Lewthwaite and Melanie Nind have been working with th...
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This paper addresses ways of researching the pedagogy involved in building research methods competencies in the social sciences. The lack of explicit and shared pedagogy in this area make it particularly important that research is conducted to stimulate pedagogic culture, dialogue and development. The authors discuss the range of methods used in on...
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p>This chapter examines the origins of the intensity of commitment to ageappropriateness and how intensive interaction highlights the problems of the concept as it is currently often applied. Practitioners with regimented ideas of age-appropriateness tend not to be those who have moved on in their thinking about normalization. As A. L. Chappell hig...
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Amidst major new initiatives in research that are beginning to address the pedagogic dimension of building capacity in social science research methods, this paper makes the first move to apply the lens of inclusive pedagogy to research methods pedagogy. The paper explores the ways in which learning social science research methods is hard and may be...
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This paper explores the potential of an online TimeBank for inclusive research to address some of the challenges related to the unequal distribution of power and money for researchers within and outside the academy working in collaboration. The problem, the concept of TimeBanking, and the relationship of TimeBanking to inclusive research principles...
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In this session we are going to look using digital technology to enhance the teaching of social research methods.
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The concept of inclusive research epitomizes the transformation away from research on people, to research with them. Applied particularly but not exclusively in the field of learning disabilities, the concept encapsulates the drive to involve people in the design and conduct of research about them, reach and represent their lived experience, respec...
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Participatory and inclusive approaches to research have become more common as researchers recognize the benefits of enabling the meaningful involvement of representative community users in the development of accessible technologies. One of the major challenges in this context is how the involvement of community members can be appropriately supporte...
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OPEN ACCESS PAPER: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2016.1197882 Capacity building in social science research methods is positioned by research councils as crucial to global competitiveness. The pedagogies involved, however, remain under-researched and the pedagogical culture under-developed. This paper builds upon recent thematic reviews of the...
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This paper reports developments in new research investigating the teaching and learning of advanced research methods in the social sciences. Based on expert panel interviews with international expert teachers of qualitative methods, we observe pedagogic approaches that characterize advanced qualitative teaching and discuss methods designed to both...
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Participatory and inclusive approaches to research have become more common as researchers recognize the benefits of enabling the meaningful involvement of representative community users in the development of accessible technologies. One of the major challenges in this context is the how the involvement of community members can be appropriately supp...
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Teaching advanced research methods requires an understanding of methods and methodology alongside knowledge about effective teaching and learning. This guide outlines ten principles for effective pedagogy derived from substantial educational research. James & Pollard1 developed the principles from synthesis of 100 projects and investments during th...
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The focus of this article is participatory research with and by people with learning disabilities. Drawing on discussions that took place across a series of seminars, we use the concepts of space and boundaries to examine the development of a shared new spatial practice through creative responses to a number of challenges. We examine the boundaries...
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This study explores the training involved when people with learning disabilities take their place in the community as researchers. This was a theme in a recent UK seminar series where a network of researchers explored pushing the boundaries of participatory research. Academics, researchers with learning disabilities, supporters and other inclusive...
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PowerPoint presentation: The Pedagogy of Methodological Learning Project: How are advanced social science research methods taught and learned?
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Developments in pedagogical knowledge in the teaching of social research methods have largely been generated through teachers reflecting on their practice. This paper presents an alternative approach to generating data through reflective dialogue between researchers, teachers and learners. The approach incorporates elements of video stimulated reca...
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This paper discusses the construction of a Social Machine, a socio-technical system in which people achieve new, creative goals enabled by automated processes that are handled by technology. Specifically, the Social Machine is an online TimeBank, a time-based way for people to give and receive services; it is designed for use in the context of incl...
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This paper explores the learning that goes on when adults with learning disabilities are involved in inclusive (participatory or emancipatory) research. Applying thematic and narrative re-analysis of data from a series of focus groups involving inclusive researchers talking about their research work indicates inclusive research is a rich site for l...
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Against a backdrop of metamorphosis in the UK educational landscape and the increased focus on ‘innovation’ in research funding and postgraduate programmes, a conference entitled ‘Inequality in Education – Innovation in Methods’ (IEIM) was held at the University of Warwick in November 2014 to offer space to reflect on ‘inequality in education’ as a...
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Teaching advanced research methods presents a number of distinct pedagogic challenges - from diverse learner groups and the practicalities of handling data, to the challenge of structuring and sequencing course content within an intensive period. This guide is the result of NCRM research involving interviewing and observing teachers, learners and s...
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The NCRM Pedagogy of Methodological Learning project investigates the distinctive pedagogic demands of teaching advanced and innovative research methods. This involves pursuit and development of the emergent pedagogic cultures identified by recent scholarship.
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This article presents some of the emergent methods developed to fit a study of quality in inclusive research with people with learning disabilities. It addresses (i) the ways in which the methodology was a response to the need for constructive, transformative dialogue through use of repeated focus groups in a design interspersing dialogic and refle...
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This chapter focuses on: -Play as the cornerstone of early childhood development and an entitlement of every child. -How practitioners can enable children’s involvement in play whatever their challenges. -The various roles of practitioners as supporters of play, mediators of play and play partners. -The role of play in helping practitioners to know...
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Following pushes from the disability movement(s) and increased interest in children and young people becoming involved in research concerning them, inclusive research is growing within and beyond education establishments. Yet this arena is alive with interesting and largely unanswered questions. This paper discusses some of them: What do inclusive...
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Education is not necessarily associated with inclusive research and the label of inclusive research is little used in our discipline. It is an umbrella term encompassing participatory, emancipatory and community/peer-led research. This is research in which those (such as learners and teachers) who tend to be the objects of other people’s research b...
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In light of calls to improve the capacity for social science research within UK higher education, this article explores the possibilities for an emerging pedagogy for research methods. A lack of pedagogical culture in this field has been identified by previous studies. In response, we examine pedagogical literature surrounding approaches for teachi...
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Accessible summaryThis article is about the ways people do research together.We talked with people doing inclusive research about their views and experiences.We found out about different ways people work together and how power is important.People talked about how inclusive research can change people's lives.We discuss why we think research can be p...
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This chapter outlines the findings of a systematic review of 52 reviews of interventions to promote wellbeing in schools, using a very wide range of search terms. The interventions identified by the reviews had clear and positive impacts on a broad range of outcomes connected with wellbeing, including positive mental health, mental health difficult...
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The changing nature of the way in which academics locate and use journal papers and associated shift from paper to electronic presentation of the journal places a question mark over the continued role of editorials. For International Journal of Research and Method in Education we have, therefore, decided to include editorials only for special issue...
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The recent move towards inclusive education has radically influenced the way educational research is conducted. Students need to become aware of the critical legal and ethical responsibilities that arise from investigation in this new and expanding area. Written from the standpoint of inclusive education, rather than 'special education', this caref...
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p>The recent move towards inclusive education has radically influenced the way educational research is conducted. Students need to become aware of the critical legal and ethical responsibilities that arise from investigation in this new and expanding area. Written from the standpoint of inclusive education, rather than 'special education', this ca...
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This paper offers a critique of sociometrics as a ubiquitous method of measuring social relationships among children in social groups such as school classes. This is important in relation to disability politics and research as the apparently scientific measures are frequently used in the process of labelling children or predisposing the children in...
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This conference paper draws on research conducted within NCRM on the nature of methodological innovation in qualitative social science research methods, and in particular on three cases of innovation studied to explore the phenomenon in detail. The diverse cases are: netnography, child-led research and creative research. We examine the claim to a c...
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Summarises the approach and findings of a research project designed to build cacpacity for inclusive research among individuals and systems. The research involved a series of focus groups of participant researchers with learning disabilities; participant researchers with and without learning disabilities; and one group of academic participant-resea...
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Focusing on three case studies of novel approaches about which claims of innovation have been made, this paper explores the process of methodological innovation and the response of the social science community to innovations. The study focuses on three specific innovations: ‘netnography’, ‘child- led research’ and ‘creative methods’ and draws on in...
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The first issue of volume 36 of the International Journal of Research and Method in Education (IJRME) heralds some excellent papers and special issues and news of our influence in the academic world. It is not easy to please publisher, editors and authors all at once – but online first has managed this! Online first means swift turnaround times for...
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p>Bringing together an exemplary collection of key articles, this Reader provides ways of thinking about inclusive curricula and pedagogy as starting points for possible action, as wel as: • illustrating how teachers can get education right or wrong for diverse learners depending on the pedagogical decisions they make; • discussing the role of the...
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This report is a story of our research for anyone interested. The idea was to bring together people doing inclusive research to share and develop their learning. We wanted to work together on a better understanding of what it means to work together on research and to do it well. Our method was talking together in focus groups. We made audio recordi...
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While interest in the voice of children and young people has grown alongside concern for their rights and participation, for those excluded from mainstream education or with a label of behavioural, emotional and social difficulties, the issue of student voice takes on particular relevance. Yet the voices of these young people, and particularly girl...
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Little has been published in relation to girls and SEBD. This chapter examines outcomes from a project between university academic staff and a specialist provision for girls excluded because of behaviour difficulties. Particular focus is upon the development of identity via engagement with creative projects involving prose, poetry and the visual ar...
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In this paper we examine how positive risk taking for or by people with learning disabilities is talked about, conceptualised and enacted. We identify tensions and contradictions in positive risk taking discourses which we suggest is unhelpful in terms of clarifying for educational practitioners how positive risk taking might be implemented. We sug...
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p>The award-winning creators of Intensive Interaction bring this groundbreaking book up to date with new material covering inclusion and emotional literacy. The book also includes: • a brand new section looking at the program’s implementation in preschool settings • the particular benefits of Intensive Interaction for children who have Autistic Spe...
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The European Union Dataprev project reviewed work on mental health in four areas, parenting, schools, the workplace and older people. The schools workpackage carried out a systematic review of reviews of work on mental health in schools from which it identified evidence-based interventions and programmes and extracted the general principles from ev...
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Young people, particularly girls, constructed in the education system as having behavioural, emotional and social difficulties are amongst the least represented voices in research. Frequently denied a place to speak from, we direct attention to the importance of hearing girls, who are troubled and troubling—deviating from the rules of school and th...
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The paper tells of the social constructs surrounding young children with learning difficulties in their home, ‘special’ early education setting and ‘inclusive’ or mainstream early education setting in England. The exploratory study focused on how three‐ to four‐year‐old children made sense of their environments and how their identities were constru...
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This article is an exploration of the tensions inherent in the interaction between ethics and methodological innovation. The authors focus on three cases of innovation in qualitative research methods in the social sciences: netnography, child-led research and creative research methods. Using thematic analysis of data collected through semi-structur...
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Interest in participatory research methods has grown considerably in the spheres of research with children and young people and research with people with learning disabilities. This growth is rooted in different but related paradigm shifts in childhood and disability. I argue that despite developments in participatory approaches, participatory data...

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... Older adults with disabilities, people with disabilities living in poverty and in remote areas, and people whose impairments affect the use of standard mobile technology (e.g. people with hearing or intellectual impairments) are particularly at risk of exclusion; other studies have noted the poor availability of needed technology among migrants and homeless populations (Nind, Meckin and Coverdale 2021). For example, many settings reported that participants could access a basic phone. ...
... These concerns and ideas speak to thinking beyond dominancedominance of a single method, a single story, a single approach, a single interpretationbe it in conceptual frameworks, methods, data representation, or interpretations of findings, to alternative ways of knowing. (Kara and Khoo, 2020;Ghosh, 2020;Nind et al., 2021). These commentaries have often stressed the 'imperative' of digitally-based research in the contemporary world (Ghosh, 2020). ...
... advocated for change in public policy by stressing the need to test online and digital methods of CBPR particularly to overcome digital (access) discrepancies and utilizing full potential of photovoice techniques. Similarly,Meckin et al. (2021) also reflected that the current crises could be an opportunity to create and innovate social research methods such as arts-based methods, embodied methods, research using technology, multi-modal research and transformative research frameworks using feminist and community methodologies. To ensure participation from children and youth,Meckin et al. (2021) recommended using expressive elicitations in the form of diaries and digital storytelling. ...
... Additionally, as ethical concern for participant wellbeing is currently expanded and additionally challenged (Coverdale, Meckin and Nind 2021;Hensen, et al, 2021), researchers using creative approaches such as photo-elicitation, have found it to have a therapeutic effect for participants. Specifically, the approach appears to promote emotional wellbeing, and provide participants with a 'sense of purpose' by documenting the pandemic (Jones et al, 2020). ...