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Professional biography

Mary Kellett is Professor of Childhood and Youth and Dean of the Faculty of Education and Language Studies. She gained experience as a social worker and primary school teacher before embarking on a post-doctoral academic career. She is the Founder Director of the Children's Research Centre which exists to train and support children and young people to undertake their own research www.open.ac.uk/researchprojects/childrens-research-centre. She sits on a number of national and international steering groups, holds several adjunct professorships and is an Honorary Fellow at University of Central Lancashire. She has published widely on child and youth related subjects, most notably on voice, participation, rights and empowerment.

Research interests

Empowering children as active researchers;

children's participation and voice;

children's rights;

developing communication skills in children with severe learning difficulties;

disaffected learners;

self-esteem.

 

Teaching interests

childhood and youth studies

learning disabilities

primary years

 

External collaborations

 The Centre for Children and Young People's Participation, UCLAN

Diana Award

National Council for Voluntary Youth Services

SHORE and Whariki Research Centre, School of Public Health, Massey University, Australia

Centre for Chldren and Young People, Southern Cross University, Australia

UnitingCare Burnside, Sydney, Australia

Institut fur Bidungswissenschaft, Vienna

Children's Research Centre, Ankara, Turkey

Research Activity

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
CREET: Child and Youth Studies Research ClusterGroupFaculty of Education and Language Studies

 

Externally funded projects

Open World Learning

RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Co-investigator01/Oct/201530/Sep/2020LEVERHULME The Leverhulme Trust
The OU has been awarded a major grant from The Leverhulme Trust to enable 18 new PhD scholarships to drive forward knowledge of Open World Learning. The focus will be on how to increase access to education for all across the globe using new technologies and innovative approaches. The Leverhulme Trust has awarded a grant of £1,050,000 to The OU's Institute of Educational Technology (IET) and Faculty of Education and Language Studies (FELS) to fund 15 full-time, three-year doctoral scholarships over the next five years. In addition to this, the OU will fund a further three scholars from low and middle-income economies, taking the total number of places up to 18. Managed by the Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET), the purpose of these scholarships is to explore the factors that support or impede inclusive approaches to learning, for example around the use of new communication methods such as social networking and devices such as mobile phones and tablets.

Publications

Cyberbullying: insights and age comparisons from a youth-led study in England (2013-09)
Tarapdar, Saima and Kellett, Mary
Childhood Indicators Research, 6(3) (pp. 461-477)
Empowering children and young people as researchers: overcoming barriers and building capacity (2011-04)
Kellett, Mary
Child Indicators Research , 4(2) (pp. 205-219)
How looked after children are involved in their review process (2011-04)
Bradwell, J.; Crawfor, D.; Crawford, J.; Dent, L.; Finlinson, K.; Gibson, R.; Porter, E. and Kellett, M.
Child Indicators Research, 4(2) (pp. 221-229)
Small shoes, big steps! Empowering children as active researchers (2010-09)
Kellett, Mary
American Journal of Community Psychology, 46(1-2) (pp. 195-203)
WeCan2: exploring the implications of young people with learning disabilities engaging in their own research (2010-02)
Kellett, Mary
European Journal of Special Needs Education, 25(1) (pp. 31-44)
Children as researchers: what can we learn from them about the impact of poverty on literacy opportunities? (2009-06)
Kellett, Mary
International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13(4) (pp. 395-408)
Issues of empowerment and human rights for children and young people with severe learning disabilities through the development of participatory research strategies (2008-10)
Kellett, Mary
SLD Experience, 52(1) (pp. 3-9)
Catherine’s legacy: social communication development for individuals with profound learning difficulties and fragile life expectancies (2005)
Kellett, Mary
British Journal of Special Education, 32(3) (pp. 116-122)
‘Just teach us the skills please, we’ll do the rest': empowering ten-year-olds as active researchers (2004-11)
Kellett, Mary; Forrest, Ruth (aged ten); Dent, Naomi (aged ten) and Ward, Simon (aged ten)
Children and Society, 18(5) (pp. 329-343)
Intensive interaction in the inclusive classroom: using interactive pedagogy to connect with students who are hardest to reach (2004-10)
Kellett, Mary
Westminster Studies in Education, 27(2) (pp. 175-188)
Jacob's journey: developing sociability and communication in a young boy with severe and complex learning difficulties using the Intensive Interaction teaching approach (2003-03)
Kellett, Mary
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs, 3(1) (pp. 18-34)
Response [to James Hogg, Juliet Goldbart & John Harris re 'Responding to individuals with severe learning difficulties and stereotyped behaviour: challenges for an inclusive era'] (2002-10-08)
Nind, Melanie and Kellett, Mary
European Journal of Special Needs Education, 17(3) (pp. 299-300)
Responding to individuals with severe learning difficulties and stereotyped behaviour: challenges for an inclusive era (2002-10-01)
Nind, Melanie and Kellett, Mary
European Journal of Special Needs Education, 17(3) (pp. 265-282)
Ethics in quasi-experimental research on people with severe learning disabilities: dilemmas and compromises (2001-06)
Kellett, Mary and Nind, Melanie
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 29(2) (pp. 51-55)
Teachers' talk styles: communicating with learners with severe and complex learning difficulties (2001-06)
Nind, M.; Kellett, M. and Hopkins, V.
Child Language Teaching and Therapy, 17(2) (pp. 143-159)
Sam's story: evaluating Intensive Interaction in terms of its effect on the social and communicative ability of a young child with severe learning difficulties (2000-11)
Kellett, Mary
Support for Learning, 15(4) (pp. 165-171)
Raising musical self esteem in the primary classroom: an exploratory study of young children's listening skills (2000-09-08)
Kellett, Mary
British Journal of Music Education, 17(2) (pp. 157-181)
Children's Perspectives on Integrated Services: Every child matters in policy and practice (2011-09-06)
Kellett, Mary
Interagency working in health and social care
ISBN : 978-0-230-23039-2 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke
Rethinking Children and Research (2010-03-15)
Kellett, Mary
ISBN : 9781441129130 | Publisher : Continuum | Published : London
How to Develop Children as Researchers: a step by step guide to teaching the research process (2005-02-22)
Kellett, Mary
ISBN : 9781412908290 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
How to Develop Children as Researchers (2005)
Kellett, Mary
ISBN : 1-4129-0830-2 | Publisher : Paul Chapman Educational Publishing | Published : London, UK
Implementing intensive interaction in schools: guidance for practitioners, managers and coordinators (2003-05-28)
Kellett, Mary and Nind, Melanie
ISBN : 1843120194 | Publisher : David Fulton | Published : London
Listening to children (2017)
Cooper, Victoria and Kellett, Mary
In: Payler, Jane; Moyles, Janet and Georgeson, Jan eds. Beginning Teaching, Beginning Learning in Early Years and Primary Education ((In press))
ISBN : 9780335226962 | Publisher : Open University Press/McGraw Hill | Published : Milton Keynes
Making it happen: young people with learning difficulties undertaking their own research (2016-02-17)
Kellett, Mary
In: Buchner, Tobias; Koenig, Oliver and Schupperner, Saskia eds. Inklusive Forschung: Gemeinsam mit Menschen mit Lernschwierigkeiten forschen (pp. 260-276)
ISBN : 978-3-7815-2079-0 | Publisher : Klinkhardt | Published : Bad Heilbrunn
Accessing children's voices and experiences (2011)
Kellett, Mary
In: Moyles, Janet; Georgeson, Jan and Payler, Jane eds. Beginning Teaching Beginning Learning In Early Years and Primary Education (pp. 226-238)
ISBN : 978-033524412-6 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead
Children's experiences of education (2010-05-26)
Kellett, Mary
In: Littleton, Karen; Kleine Staarman, Judith and Wood, Clare eds. International Handbook of Psychology in Education (pp. 465-498)
ISBN : 9781848552326 | Publisher : Emerald Group Publishing Limited | Published : Bingley, UK
Children and young people’s voices (2009-07-08)
Kellett, Mary
In: Montgomery, Heather and Kellett, Mary eds. Children and Young People’s Worlds: Developing Frameworks for Integrated Practice
ISBN : 9781847423870 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol
Children and young people's participation (2009-06-08)
Kellett, Mary
In: Montgomery, Heather and Kellett, Mary eds. Children and young people's worlds: Developing frameworks for integrated practice (pp. 43-60)
ISBN : 9781847423887 | Publisher : Policy press | Published : Bristol
Children and young people's voices (2009)
Kellett, Mary
In: Montgomery, Heather and Kellett, Mary eds. Children and Young People's Worlds: Developing Frameworks For Integrated Practice (pp. 237-252)
ISBN : 9781847423870 | Publisher : Policy press | Published : Bristol
Children as active researchers: participation and power sharing (2008-12)
Kellett, Mary and Ward, Ben
In: Moore, Shannon A. and Mitchell, Richard C. eds. Power, pedagogy and praxis: social justice in the globalized classroom. Critical issues in the future of learning and teaching (1) (pp. 91-104)
ISBN : 978-90-8790-490-6 | Publisher : Sense Publishers | Published : Rotterdam
Special educational needs and inclusion in the classroom: an historical overview (2008-04-07)
Kellett, Mary
In: Matheson, David ed. An Introduction to the Study of Education (3rd Edition) (pp. 156-170)
ISBN : 9780415453653 | Publisher : David Fulton Publishers | Published : Abingdon, UK
Inclusion in music in the primary classroom (2005-03)
Kellett, Mary
In: Nind, Melanie; Rix, Jonathan; Sheehy, Kieron and Simmons, Katy eds. Curriculum and Pedagogy in Inclusive Education (pp. 191-198)
ISBN : 0-415-35208-8 | Publisher : RoutledgeFalmer | Published : London, UK
Special educational needs and inclusion in education (2004)
Kellett, Mary
In: Matheson, David ed. An Introduction to the Study of Education (pp. 148-162)
ISBN : 1843121344 | Publisher : David Fulton | Published : London, UK
Middle childhood (2004)
Kellett, Mary and Ding, Sharon
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People (pp. 161-175)
ISBN : 0-7619-43-803 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Early childhood (2004)
Langston, Ann; Abbott, Lesley; Lewis, Vicky and Kellett, Mary
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People (pp. 147-160)
ISBN : 761943803 | Publisher : Sage/Open University | Published : London
Disability (2004)
Lewis, Vicky and Kellett, Mary
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People (pp. 191-205)
ISBN : 9780761943815 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Images of childhood (2004)
Kellett, Mary; Robinson, Chris and Burr, Rachel
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People (pp. 27-42)
ISBN : 0-7619-43-803 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Power (2004)
Robinson, Chris and Kellett, Mary
In: Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds. Doing Research with Children and Young People (pp. 81-96)
ISBN : 0-7619-43-803 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Motivating the musically disaffected (2000)
Kellett, Mary
In: Upton, Graham and Clipson-Boyles, Suzi eds. Putting Research into Practice in Primary Teaching and Learning (pp. 141-153)
ISBN : 1-85346-642-5 | Publisher : David Fulton
Children and young people’s worlds: Developing frameworks for integrated practice (2009-07)
Montgomery, Heather and Kellett, Mary eds.
ISBN : 9781847423887 | Publisher : Policy Press | Published : Bristol, UK
The Reality of Research with Children and Young People (2004)
Lewis, Vicky; Kellett, Mary; Robinson, Chris; Fraser, Sandy and Ding, Sharon eds.
ISBN : 9780761943785 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
Doing Research with Children and Young People (2004)
Fraser, Sandy; Lewis, Vicky; Ding, Sharon; Kellett, Mary and Robinson, Chris eds.
ISBN : 9780761943808 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London, UK
How was it for me? Reviewing the impact of Every Child Matters through the lens of the child (2011-07)
Kellett, Mary
In : 3rd Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators (27-29th July 2011, York, UK)
Children as researchers: issues, impact and contribution to knowledge (2009)
Kellett, Mary
In : Counting Children In! 2nd International Conference of Child Indicators (3-5 Nov 2009, Sydney, Australia)
Pupils as active researchers: Using engagement with research process to enhance creativity and thinking skills in 10-12 year-olds (2006)
Kellett, Mary
In : British Educational Research Association Annual Conference 2006 (6-9 Sep 2006, University of Warwick, Coventry, UK)
Empowering ten-year-olds as active researchers (2003)
Kellett, Mary
In : British Educational Research Association Annual Conference (11-13 September 2003, Edinburgh, U.K.)
Measuring gains and employability for part-time students (2017-05-04)
Clifton, Grace and Kellett, Mary
WonkHE , London.
Young people's voices on cyber bullying: what can age comparisons tell us (2011-11)
Tarapdar, Saima and Kellett, Mary
Diana Award
Children as Researchers: Pedagogy and Praxis (an Introduction to a Special Issue of the Eurasian Journal of Educational Research) (2009)
Kellett, Mary and Sahin, Ali
Ani Publishing (In Press)
Children researching links between poverty and literacy (2007)
Kellett, Mary and Dar, Aqsa
Joseph Rowntree, York, UK.
Children as active researchers: a new research paradigm for the 21st century? (2005-07-22)
Kellett, Mary
ESRC, UK.