Dunlop Aline-Wendy Prof

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Prof Aline-Wendy Dunlop

emeritus professor

202 LORD HOPE

a.w.a.dunlop@strath.ac.uk

Tel : +44 (0)141 444 8141

Research Interests

Early childhood education and care

In early childhood Aline-Wendy’s strands of interest are children’s learning, family engagement and professional beliefs and practices. She has researched transitions for many years and in developing concepts of transitions capital and transitions ease, she now considers transitions as tools for change.  She is the University of Strathclyde Coordinator of a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (Marie Curie IRSES) that focuses on transitions. The European acronym for the project is POET – Pedagogies of Educational Transitions. The cooperation runs from January 2013 until December 2016 and provides a series of research work packages hosted between 5 Universities: Marladalen University in Vasteras, Sweden; University of Iceland; University of Waikato in New Zealand and Charles Sturt University in New South Wales, Australia and University of Strathclyde. Following a preliminary meeting in August 2012 in Oporto, Portugal, the first full work package has run from February – May 2013 in Australia.

An early childhood interest in creative practices brought about the opportunity to lead the Starcatchers  action research project (Live Arts – Arts Alive Report, 2012). Rhona Matheson has now set up Starcatchers Productions which plays a vital role in arts-related performance experiences for children under four years of age and their families.

Aline-Wendy is currently leading a short term project exploring the development of an Implementation Plan for the Best Possible Start Workforce Development Project which focuses on Infant Mental Health practices among peri-, ante- and post-natal nurses for NHS Lanarkshire.

 

Autism

Aline-Wendy’s interest in autism begin in the last year of her teacher training when she met a child with autism in her school placement class in 1970. At first a teaching interest, later Aline-Wendy ran an integrated unit as Head Teacher at Westfield Court. Learning of the isolation of families in their quest to know more about autism, in 1993 she agreed to chair a meeting of the Scottish charities working in the field of autism – that engagement continued until 1998 and had an impact on her work as a University Lecturer first at University of Edinburgh and then at Strathclyde where she co-led the development of the first multi-professional postgraduate programme in autism in Scotland which launched in 1998 with two cohorts of students: one at Jordanhill and the other on outreach in Aberdeen City. Many of the graduates of the programme now lead autism developments across Scotland.

Key policy, research and practice based projects led or co-led by Aline-Wendy include the Scottish Autism Toolbox, the investigation into Accreditation of Autism Training, the Social Interaction and Understanding Project and the Adult Autism Health and Wellbeing Study.

She currently fills a continuity role as Steering Group Chair of the new Autism Network Scotland, is a member of the Scottish Government Autism Reference Group working on the Scottish Autism Strategy and contributes to the work of the Network’s Asperger Forum. 

Current Projects

Aline-Wendy is a member of the Action on Autism Research Seminar Series leadership group. These seminars will run from June 2013 until autumn 2014, The programme is funded by Scottish Government.

She is the University of Strathclyde Coordinator of a Marie Curie International Research Staff Exchange Scheme (Marie Curie IRSES) that focuses on transitions. The European acronym for the project is POET – Pedagogies of Educational Transitions. The cooperation runs from January 2013 until December 2016.

An early childhood interest in creative practices brought about the opportunity to lead the Starcatchers  action research project (Live Arts – Arts Alive Report, 2012). Rhona Matheson has now set up Starcatchers Productions which plays a vital role in arts-related performance experiences for children under four years of age and their families.

Aline-Wendy is currently leading a short term project exploring the development of an Implementation Plan for the Best Possible Start Workforce Development Project which focuses on Infant Mental Health practices among peri-, ante- and post-natal nurses for NHS Lanarkshire.

Teaching

Aline-Wendy teaches on the International Masters in Early Childhood and Care (Erasmus Mundus) when students are on their rotation at University of Malta and is External for the BA (Hons) in Early Education at Dublin Institute of Technology. She supervises a small number of completing  Autism MSc students.

Knowledge Exchange

Aline-Wendy chairs the Autism Network Scotland Steering Group. Autism Network Scotland is based in the School of Education and aims to take reliable autism knowledge out to the autism community in Scotland through face-to-face events, a website and Virtual Networks.

Research Supervision

She supervises a small number of completing PhD students.
She has been PhD Examiner for:
Elizabeth Murray (2006), CSU Bathhurst Campus, NSW Australia
Angelika Bitou (2010), University of Wolverhampton
Catherine Kaplun (2013), CSU Albury Campus, NSW Australia

Biographical Summary

Aline-Wendy Dunlop is an Emeritus Professor in Education in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde following her retiral as Chair of Childhood and Primary Studies in October 2010. This change has allowed Aline-Wendy to develop her commitment to two main fields of research, enquiry and publication. These fields are early childhood policy and practice and autism studies.
Aline-Wendy is a Vice-President of Early Education (the British Association for Early Childhood Education), an executive member of the Scottish Educational Research Association (SERA) and a SERA Honorary Life Member (Awarded 2011) and is on the Board of Starcatchers Productions.

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