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Dr Kathy Cologon is a Senior Lecturer in Inclusive Education at the Department of Educational Studies, Macquarie University. With extensive experience in the field prior to commencing her work in academia, followed by a decade of educating teachers for inclusion, and ongoing research engagement with children, families, teachers and allied professionals, Kathy has a depth and breadth of understanding of the many facets of inclusive education. Her book Inclusive Education in the Early Years: Right from the start, which was commissioned by Oxford University Press, has become a core component of undergraduate and postgraduate teacher education for inclusion across Australia and internationally. Kathy has published more than 30 papers and chapters to date, addressing many different aspects of inclusion. Kathy’s current research includes an ARC funded longitudinal study investigating factors contributing to disruptive behavior, a national evaluation of inclusion support, and research on child, family and teacher perspectives on and experiences of inclusion and exclusion and factors that facilitate successful inclusion. Kathy has supervised 7 PhD students, 3 Masters students and 1 Honours student to completion.

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Generative listening: using arts-based inquiry to investigate young children’s perspectives of inclusion, exclusion and disability

Cologon, K., Cologon, T., Mevawalla, Z. & Niland, A., Mar 2019, In : Journal of Early Childhood Research. 17, 1, p. 54-69 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Citations (Scopus)

    Inclusive education isn't dead, it just smells funny

    Cologon, K., 3 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Education Policy. 34, 5, p. 742-743 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalLiterature review

    Towards inclusive education: a necessary process of transformation

    Cologon, K., 28 Oct 2019, Clifton Hill, VIC: Children and Young People with Disability Australia (CYDA). 76 p.

    Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report

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  • Increasing inclusion in early childhood: Key Word Sign as a communication partner intervention

    Cologon, K. & Mevawalla, Z., 2018, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. 22, 8, p. 902-920 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 4 Citations (Scopus)

    Children in fragile contexts: an international perspective on early childhood in emergency and disaster situations

    Cologon, K. & Hayden, J., 2017, Children, families and communities. Grace, R., Hodge, K. & McMahon, C. (eds.). 5th ed. South Melbourne, Victoria: Oxford University Press, p. 337-357 21 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter