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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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Research Outputs 2003 2019

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 journalArticleResearchpeer-review


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.

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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.

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Supporting caregivers in developing responsive communication partnerships with their children: extending a caregiver-led interactive language program

Cologon, K., Wicks, L. & Salvador, A., 2017, In : Child Language Teaching and Therapy. 33, 2, p. 157-169 13 p.

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'Embracing everybody': approaching the inclusive early childhood education of a child labelled with autism from a social relational understanding of disability

Mackenzie, M., Cologon, K. & Fenech, M., Jun 2016, In : Australasian journal of early childhood. 41, 2, p. 4-12 9 p.

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Autistic Disorder