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Dixon, Rose M. Dr.

Associate Professor in Special and Inclusive Education

  • Faculty of Social Sciences
  • School of Education
  • Rose Dixon - Academic Director of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Inclusive and Special Education 2016 -

Top Publications


    Year Title
     
     
     
     

Research Overview


  • Research informed pedagogy for a range of diverse students including Aboriginal students

    Community based Multi sensory environments 

    Social emotional learning in students with diverse needs particularly Autism.

    Whole school behaviour programs

     impact of legislation and policy ( NDIS)  on diverse learners . 

Available as Research Supervisor

Available for Collaborative Projects

Member Of


Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Design for Health
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
    2019

    Published In
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Inclusive Education
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Inclusive Education
    2019

    Published In
    Progress in Community Health Partnerships
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Book

    Year Title
     
     
  • Chapter

    Year Title
     
     
     
     
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
     
     
     

Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Available as Research Supervisor

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing How Collaborative Inquiry Changes School Leader's and Teacher's Use of Inclusive Practice Morton, Kia
    Doctor of Philosophy Higher Education Experiences of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Facilitators, Barriers and Support Needs Ward, Danielle
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Parent's Perspective of Teacher's Ability to Meet the Needs of their Children with Disabilities Johnston, Jennifer
    Doctor of Philosophy Women with Autism Vine Foggo, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How does the attitude of general education teachers and parents support inclusion of children with ASD differ in Australia and Pakistan. Adnan, Sadia
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring Parent and Teacher Perspectives on Using AAC Apps to Support Communication of Young learners with ASD in Saudi Arabia Albalawi, Fahad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Self-determination behaviours of adolescent students with ASD in Saudi Arabia: A multiple case study Aba Alkhayl, Saleh
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Teaching methods used to support the learning of individuals with autism in a mainstream secondary classroom. What can be improved in our schools? Bergan, Amanda
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring experiences and perceptions of participant agency in family-school collaborations aimed at planning “reasonable adjustments” for students with disability in high schools Brown, Louise

Outreach Overview


  • I am President of Australian Association of Special Education ( Illawarra Branch)
    National Counsellor for Australian Association of Special Education ( NSW Delegate)
    Member of PBIS National Research Network
    My services to the profession concentrate on the provision of research- informed pedagogy for Undergraduate and Postgraduate teachers.
    I have provided substantial and sustained Professional Learning for over 8 years in the Illawarra and Nationally.
    I am also lead CI on a Global Challenges Grant which has implemented the first Community- based Multisisensory Room in the Illawarra.

Education And Training


  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education in Special Education, University of Western Sydney, Faculty of Special Education, Hearing Impairment and Language Disorders 1987
  • M.Ed. in Educational Phsychology, Massey University, Faculty of Education 1985
  • B.E., Massey University, Faculty of Education, First Class Honours 1980
  • D.Phil. in Special Education, University of Western Sydney, Faculty of Education, The impact of deinstitutionalisation on salient affective variables, social competence and social skills of people with mild intellectual disbilities 2005

Full Name


  • Dr. Roselyn May Dixon, 252118

Top Publications


    Year Title
     
     
     
     

Research Overview


  • Research informed pedagogy for a range of diverse students including Aboriginal students

    Community based Multi sensory environments 

    Social emotional learning in students with diverse needs particularly Autism.

    Whole school behaviour programs

     impact of legislation and policy ( NDIS)  on diverse learners . 

Member Of


Selected Publications


  • Journal Article

    Year Title
    2020

    Published In
    Design for Health
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Disability, Development and Education
    2019

    Published In
    Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Inclusive Education
    2019

    Published In
    International Journal of Inclusive Education
    2019

    Published In
    Progress in Community Health Partnerships
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Book

    Year Title
     
     
  • Chapter

    Year Title
     
     
     
     
  • Conference Paper

    Year Title
     
     
     

Presentations


Impact Story


  • <p>Drawing on international research this project has designed and developed a community-based multi-sensory environment (MSE) at the Horsley Community Centre in the Illawarra. An MSE provides a safe, non-threatening environment for children and adults with cognitive, behavioural and physical impairments to engage in a range of sensory experiences. The experiences provided by an MSE can either calm or stimulate the primary senses using sensory-based materials such as fibre optics sprays, bubble tubes, music, colour, lighting and aroma. We know that multisensory environments provide the ability to control sensory experiences and stimulation of the primary senses to encourage relaxation and enjoyment which can be helpful for multiple groups such as senior citizens/aged care, people with physical disabilities and those with conditions such as dementia, autism spectrum disorders and also people with anxiety and challenging behaviours.<br /><br />The project forged a unique partnership between CareWays Illawarra and the University of Wollongong (UOW). Methodologically, this project used participatory action research to foster the involvement of people with disabilities, their carers, families and disability services to assist in the design and development of the space to best meet the needs of the whole community. <br /><br />Initially known as the SMILE team, the project is now called Sense (Sensory Environments for Supporting Experiences) Spaces. It has expanded to explore the impact of MSEs for cross-sector user groups.  The project has grown from establishing an MSE to examining the immediate and lasting impact of using an MSE, and whether personalisation of the MSE can increase use or provide a more meaningful experience. Utilising different design-thinking approaches with coordinated communication plans will be significant as we engage, define, ideate, prototype and test across sectors to provide effective ways of delivering MSEs.  </p>

Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) TBA Cameron, Allison
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing How Collaborative Inquiry Changes School Leader's and Teacher's Use of Inclusive Practice Morton, Kia
    Doctor of Philosophy Higher Education Experiences of Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Facilitators, Barriers and Support Needs Ward, Danielle
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) The Parent's Perspective of Teacher's Ability to Meet the Needs of their Children with Disabilities Johnston, Jennifer
    Doctor of Philosophy Women with Autism Vine Foggo, Rebecca
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) How does the attitude of general education teachers and parents support inclusion of children with ASD differ in Australia and Pakistan. Adnan, Sadia
    Doctor of Philosophy Exploring Parent and Teacher Perspectives on Using AAC Apps to Support Communication of Young learners with ASD in Saudi Arabia Albalawi, Fahad
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Self-determination behaviours of adolescent students with ASD in Saudi Arabia: A multiple case study Aba Alkhayl, Saleh
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Teaching methods used to support the learning of individuals with autism in a mainstream secondary classroom. What can be improved in our schools? Bergan, Amanda
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Exploring experiences and perceptions of participant agency in family-school collaborations aimed at planning “reasonable adjustments” for students with disability in high schools Brown, Louise

Outreach Overview


  • I am President of Australian Association of Special Education ( Illawarra Branch)
    National Counsellor for Australian Association of Special Education ( NSW Delegate)
    Member of PBIS National Research Network
    My services to the profession concentrate on the provision of research- informed pedagogy for Undergraduate and Postgraduate teachers.
    I have provided substantial and sustained Professional Learning for over 8 years in the Illawarra and Nationally.
    I am also lead CI on a Global Challenges Grant which has implemented the first Community- based Multisisensory Room in the Illawarra.

Education And Training


  • Dip.Ed. Diploma of Education in Special Education, University of Western Sydney, Faculty of Special Education, Hearing Impairment and Language Disorders 1987
  • M.Ed. in Educational Phsychology, Massey University, Faculty of Education 1985
  • B.E., Massey University, Faculty of Education, First Class Honours 1980
  • D.Phil. in Special Education, University of Western Sydney, Faculty of Education, The impact of deinstitutionalisation on salient affective variables, social competence and social skills of people with mild intellectual disbilities 2005

Full Name


  • Dr. Roselyn May Dixon, 252118