I lead the Centre for Inclusive Education & Disability Studies at MMU
I am Principal Investigator for the 'Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion' (ITE4I) research project, with Professor Yvette Solomon, in partnership with UCL IoE and UCC, for NCSE in Ireland, 2015-18.
M.Sc (Educational Psychology), University of Manchester, 1999.
M.Ed. (Special Educational Needs), Manchester Metropolitan University, 1994.
PGCE (Children with Severe Learning Difficulties), Leeds Metropolitan University, 1986 (QTS: DES Reference No. 85/47625).
B.Sc. (Joint Hons.), Psychology & Pharmacology, 2:1, University of Manchester, 1981.
I joined MMU in September 2007 from the University of Birmingham, where I was a Lecturer in Inclusive Education. My previous post was Lecturer in Learning Disability Studies and Research Fellow at the University of Manchester. I have also taught inclusive education as an Associate Lecturer at the Open University and at the University of Bolton.
My professional background is in practicing as an Educational Psychologist, when I was based in Oldham. Prior to that I taught for twelve years at Bolton Community College, as a Lecturer in Disability and Learning Difficulties. Before teaching I worked with children and adults with learning difficulties in voluntary sector and social services settings.
External Examiner, MA (SEND), University of Birmingham (2014-17)
External Examiner, Centre for Lifelong Learning, University of Leeds (2014-17)
External Examiner, M.Phil, School of Education, University of Birmingham (2013)
External Examiner, BA (Hons) Education Studies, University of Worcester, (2012-15).
External Examiner, University of Bristol, Graduate, School of Education: M.Ed. Inclusion and SEN, (2008-2011)
My research interests are in inclusion, diversity and social justice in education, particularly in relation to disability, race/ethnicity and social class. My funded projects have been on ICT and inclusive education; and on teacher education in relation to race and disability. I am also interested in aspects of sociocultural theory as a tool for developing our understanding of more inclusive practices.
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2010). Learning from Diverse Voices in Inclusive Education.
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2010). Inclusive Education as Social Justice.
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2010). Developing Inclusive Schools and School Systems.
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2009). Inclusive Pedagogy in Curricula and Classroom.
P. Hick, R. Kershner, PT. Farrell (2008). Psychology for inclusive education: New directions in theory and practice.
J. Mintz, P. Hick, Y. Solomon, A. Matziari, F. Ó’Murchú, et al. The reality of reality shock for inclusion: How does teacher attitude, perceived knowledge and self-efficacy in relation to effective inclusion in the classroom change from the pre-service to novice teacher year?. Teaching and Teacher Education.
P. Hick * (2005). Supporting the development of more inclusive practices using the index for inclusion. Educational Psychology in Practice. 21(2), pp.117-122.
P. Hick (2016). Psychology for Inclusive Education. M. Dickie, D. Gozdecka, S. Reich. In: Rural and Urban Encounters in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: Regional Perspectives. Birmingham: Routledge, pp.1-8.
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2009). Introduction to Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Mapping the Field. In: Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 1: Inclusive Education as Social Justice. SAGE,
P. Hick, G. Thomas (2009). Editors' Introduction. In: Inclusion and Diversity in Education: Volume 1: Inclusive Education as Social Justice. Sage Publications,
P. Hick (2008). Reframing psychology for inclusive learning within social justice agendas. In: Psychology for Inclusive Education: New Directions in Theory and Practice. pp.165-176.
P. Hick, J. Visser, N. Macnab (2008). Education and Social Exclusion. In: Multidisciplinary Handbook of Social Exclusion Research. pp.95-114.
P. Hick, A. Dyson (2004). Low Attainment. In: Special Teaching For Special Children? Pedagogies For Inclusion A Pedagogy for Inclusion?. McGraw-Hill Education (UK),
P. Hick, M. Aikaterini, J. Mintz, F. Ó Murchú, K. Cahill, et al. (2019). Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion: Final Report to the National Council for Special Education. Trim, County Meath, Ireland: National Council for Special Education, National Council for Special Education, Ireland.
P. Hick, Y. Solomon, J. Mintz, A. Matziari, F. Ó Murchú, et al. (2018). Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion Phase 1 and 2 Report: NCSE Research Report No. 26. Trim, Co. Meath, Ireland: NCSE, Ireland, National Council for Special Education, Ireland (NCSE).
Research-based Contributions to Practitioner and Academic Conferences
Hick, P. and Martin, D. (2007) Disproportionality and ethnicity in special educational needs: critical perspectives Invited contribution to symposium at BERA, Institute of Education, London, September 2007
Hick, P. (2007) Ethnicity and Disproportionality in Special Educational Needs: Insights from Critical Race Theory Discourse, Power and Resistance Conference, Manchester Metropolitan University, March 2007
Hick, P. (2006) Inclusive Learning with ICT: Reviewing the State of the Art British Educational Research Association, University of Warwick, September 2006
Hick, P. (2005) Inclusive Practice in the Classroom: Cultural Historical Activity Theory as a Framework for Evaluation ISEC 2005, University of Strathclyde, August 2005
Hick, P. (2005) Inclusive Learning with ICT: the BECTA Project Research seminar for the Educational Support and Inclusion group, University of Manchester, May 2005
Kershner, R. and Hick, P. (2004) Towards a Psychology for Inclusive Education British Psychological Society, Psychology of Education Section, University of Glasgow, November 2004
Hick, P. (2004) Inclusive Pedagogy and Educational Underachievement British Educational Research Association, University of Manchester, September 2004
Hick, P. (2004) Psychology for Inclusive Education Invited contribution to symposium organized by Professor Peter Farrell at International School Psychology Association, University of Exeter, July 2004
Davis, P., Hick, P., Humphrey, N., Parkinson, G. and Polat, F. (2004) International Reflections on Issues of Teaching and Learning: Are Educational Needs Special? Hawaii International Education Conference, Honolulu, January 2004
Hick, P. (2003) How do we know when we're including a learner more? Towards an inclusive learning review schedule British Educational Research Association, University of Herriott-Watt, September 2003
Hick, P. (2003) Learning and Teaching Together: Working in Partnership with People with Learning Difficulties on a new BA Poster presentation, Disability Studies Association, Lancaster
Hick, P. (2000) Educational Psychologists Supporting Inclusive Practice Proceedings of ISEC 2000 Conference, University of Manchester
Initial Teacher Education for Inclusion (ITE4I), Principal Investigator, with Prof, Yvette Solomon, MMU; Dr J. Mintz, UCL IoE; Prof. Kathy Hall & Dr Finn O'Murchu, UCC. NCSE, Ireland, 2015-18, EU173,000.
Promoting Cohesion, Challenging Expectations - Educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools, (Higher Education Academy, MMU & University of Edinburgh: 2010/11) Principal Investigator (£30,000), with R. Arshad, L. Mitchell, University of Edinburgh & D. Watt, L. Roberts, MMU.
Personalising Learning (BECTA, 2007) Research Team Member (£6,800), with University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University (P.I.: Professor Jean Underwood)
Inclusive Learning with ICT (BECTA 2004/5): Principal Investigator (£40,000) with Professors Mel Ainscow and Alan Dyson at University of Manchester.
Inclusive Learning with AAC (ACE Centre-North, 2003/4): Principal Investigator (£20,000) at University of Manchester.
BBC Radio Manchester, interview on Free Schools (3rd September 2013).
Daily Telegraph, report on research project (Promoting Cohesion, Challenging Expectations - Educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools), (17th March 2012).
Manchester Evening News, report on research project (Promoting Cohesion, Challenging Expectations - Educating the teachers of tomorrow for race equality and diversity in 21st century schools), (16th March 2012).
BBC TV News Channel, commentary on Ofsted review of SEN (A statement is not enough - Ofsted review of special educational needs and disability) (14th September, 2010).
MTV, interview on Manchester Conference for Black Parents, Children and Young People, (15th October 2009).
BBC Radio Manchester, interview on Manchester Conference for Black Parents, Children and Young People, (14th October 2009).
Outstanding Knowledge Exhange Project, MMU, 2015, for the SENCO Collaborative Partnership
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (2014) Grant evaluation
Education and Social Research Council UK (2010) Project Rapporteur.
Research Fellow, ESRC Teacher Education Research Network, (2009/10)
Public Engagement Fellow, MMU, (2008/9)
Educational Research: Journal of NFER. Editorial Review Panel (since 2007).
British Educational Research Association
American Educational Research Association