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Ms Abigail E. Croydon 

Postgraduate researcher

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Abigail Croydon is a PhD student in the Centre for Research in Inclusion at Southampton Education School, University of Southampton.

Research interests

Abigail's research originates from a concern for young people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and what they are able to do and be in their adult lives.

Reformed policy in UK social care has reduced the availability of traditional day services for such people but can allow them more control over how they use their social care funding. She sees this flexibility as having potential to open doors for some young people and their allies to find innovative solutions to the questions of occupation and social inclusion when quality paid employment is unattainable.

In this study, Abigail is collaborating with a group of young people who have found roles that suit their unique circumstances and are using the support of a Personal Assistant to make their roles possible. The aim is to consider the learning that takes place as young people and the people they work with accommodate their practices and perspectives to the new situation. This is done using video of participants at work, chosen by them to illustrate what is important to them in their work. The video is used to support and focus contributions by young people, their allies, Personal Assistants and co-workers (‘video stimulated recall, reflection and dialogue’, Nind et al., 2015) to discussion of reciprocal learning.

Abigail aims to evaluate participants’ supported work arrangements for their contribution to young people’s learning and social inclusion – that is, for their potential to extend young people’s ‘capabilities’ (Nussbaum & Sen, 1993; Sen, 2010) or practical opportunities to do and be the things they have reason to value.

Her research supervisor's are Professor Melanie Nind and Dr Andrew Power

Research group

Centre for Research in Inclusion

Ms Abigail E. Croydon
Southampton Education School University of Southampton Building 32 Southampton SO17 1BJ United Kingdom
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