Dr Mary Chambers
- Position: Associate Professor in Special Needs in Education
- Areas of expertise: Special Educational Needs/Additional Needs; Inclusive Education; motor development; early years intervention; developmental disorders ((ASD, DCD, ADHD and Dyslexia).
- Email: M.E.Chambers@education.leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 3576
- Location: 2.22 Hillary Place
- Website: Dr Mary Chambers | Twitter | LinkedIn
I am an Associate Professor in the School of Education whose specialist area of work is in Special Educational Needs/Inclusive Education. I am a qualified teacher and have taught in both mainstream and special schools. Since joining the School of Education I have worked on a number of research projects in a number of different areas within special education.
- Member of the Faculty AREA Ethics Committee
- Member of the PGR Examinations Committee
My research interests include motor development in children, assessment, nature and intervention strategies for children with developmental coordination disorder, early intervention for children, good practice in delivering the National Curriculum to children with special educational needs and developmental disorders (disabilities) in children (ASD, DCD, ADHD and Dyslexia).
Current Research Projects
- Coordination disorders in the early years (funded by Action Medical Research) (with Professor David Sugden)
Other Research Projects include
- The CURRENT Project (Curriculum Entitlement for All) (with Professor David Sugden and Dr Sally Beveridge)
- Identification and assessment of movement difficulties in young children (with Professor David Sugden)
- Independent Way Finding (funded by the Nuffield Foundation)(with Dr Sally Beveridge and Dr Patrick Wiegand)
- Intervention approaches for children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by the University of Leeds) (with Professor David Sugden)
- Management and intervention in children with developmental coordination disorder using parents and teachers (funded by Action Research) (with Professor David Sugden)
- Monitoring the educational performance of children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by Action Research) (with Professor David Sugden)
- Good Move - Effective intervention with children with developmental coordination disorder (funded by NHS Executive Research and Development) (with Professor David Sugden, Dr David Cundall, Dr Mary Rudolf and Mrs Maggie Asquith)
I am a member of the Centre for Childhood, Education and Social Justice within the School of Education.
I am a member of the Leeds University Motor Impairment Group (LUMIG), a recently formed group which has its origins in the School of Education and draws upon others in the University notably in Sports Science and in Health through the School of Medicine and associated clinical practices. The core of interest in the Group is the study of movement development and impairment in young children. This involves examining the progression from birth to maturity the development of movement skills with a particular emphasis on children who do not develop in an appropriate manner. LUMIG's activities include research plus consultancies and conferences.<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>
- BA (Hons.) (Wales)
- MA SEN (Leeds)
- EdD SEN (Leeds)
- National Assocaition of Specail Educational Needs )NASEN)
- National Handwriting Association (NHA)
- International Society for Research into DCD.
I contribute towards the teaching for the BA Childhood Studies degree and typically teach on modules such as 'Supporting Learning in Children with Additional Needs', 'International Perspectives of Pedagogy and Practice' and Dissertation. I also supervise Dissertation students.
I also teach on Masters level courses in generic aspects of special educational needs and developmental disorders (MA Special Educational Needs and MA Childhood Studies).
Research groups and institutes
- ICY: Inclusion, Childhood & Youth Research Centre