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Professor Dorothy Margaret Ann Atkinson

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  • Visiting Formal Academic
  • Emeritus Professor
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • dorothy.atkinson

Professional biography

Dorothy Atkinson is Emeritus Professor of Learning Disability in the Faculty of Health & Social Care. In her OU career she has contributed to courses on social care, learning disability and mental health for carers, practitioners and users. She has also helped produce courses for social workers and health and social care managers. She is a founder member of the Social History of Learning Disability research group. Her research interests include advocacy, history of learning disability, living with disability, oral and life history, biographical and participatory research.

Research interests

Dorothy Atkinson is a founder member (with Jan Walmsley) of the Social History of Learning Disability (SHLD) Research Group. Her research interests include advocacy, history of learning disability, living with disability, oral and life history, biographical and participatory research.

LINKS

SHLD website: http://www.open.ac.uk/hsc/ldsite/

This website features a recent HLF project http://www.reclaimingthepast.org.uk.

BOOKS INCLUDE:

1) An Auto/biographical Approach to Learning Disability Research (1997)

2) (with M. Jackson & J. Walmsley) Forgotten Lives. Exploring the History of Learning Disability (1997)

3) Advocacy: A Review (1999)

4) (with M.McCarthy, J. Walmsley et al.) Good Times, Bad Times. Women with Learning Difficulties Telling Their Stories (2000)

5) (with L. Brigham et al.) Crossing Boundaries. Change and Continuity in the History of Learning Disability (2000)

6) (with S. Rolph et al.) Witnesses to Change. Families and Learning Difficulties (2004)

7) (with S. French et al) An oral history of the education of visually impaired children: Telling stories for inclusive futures (2006)

History of learning disability

  • life histories
  • history of day centres
  • gender and biography
  • researching institutional histories
  • digital archive of stories

 Living with disability

  • 'spending time' project
  • narrative research
  • inclusive research
  • re-visiting 'ordinary lives' (Supported Living)

Visiting research fellowships

2007 La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

2007/10 Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland

Teaching interests

Contributor over a number of years to numerous OU modules, ranging from specialist modules in learning disability and mental health, to generic modules in health and social care for social workers, health and social care practitioners and HSC managers.

Most recent course teams: MSc Advancing Healthcare Practice and K101 An Introduction to Health and Social Care.

Publications

An Oral History of the Ethics of Institutional Closure (2013-09-02)
Ingham, Nigel and Atkinson, Dorothy
Ethics and Social Welfare, 7(3) (pp. 241-256)
‘The Silence is roaring’: sterilization, reproductive rights and women with intellectual disabilities (2012-05)
Tilley, Elizabeth; Earle, Sarah; Walmsley, Jan and Atkinson, Dorothy
Disability and Society, 27(3) (pp. 413-426)
Written out of history: invisible women in intellectual disability social work (2010-03-05)
Bigby, Christine and Atkinson, Dorothy
Australian Social Work, 63(1) (pp. 4-17)
'A story to tell': learning from the life-stories of older people with intellectual disabilities in Ireland (2009)
Hamilton, Carol and Atkinson, Dorothy
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, 37(4) (pp. 316-322)
Research as social work: participatory research in learning disability (2005-06)
Atkinson, Dorothy
British Journal of Social Work, 35(4) (pp. 425-434)
Advocacy in practice: The troubled position of advocates in adult services (2005-04-28)
Forbat, Liz and Atkinson, Dorothy
British Journal of Social Work, 35(3) (pp. 321-335)
Research and empowerment: Involving people with learning difficulties in oral and life history research (2004-12)
Atkinson, Dorothy
Disability & Society, 19(7) (pp. 691-702)
'A pair of stout shoes and an umbrella': The role of the Mental Welfare Officer in delivering community care in East Anglia, 1946-1970 (2003-04)
Rolph, Sheena; Atkinson, Dorothy and Walmsley, Jan
British Journal of Social Work, 33(3) (pp. 339-359)
'A man's job?' Gender issues and the role of mental welfare officers, 1948-1970 (2002)
Rolph, Sheena; Walmsley, Jan and Atkinson, Dorothy
Oral History, 30(1-2) (pp. 28-41)
Witnesses to change: families, learning difficulties and history (2005)
Rolph, Sheena; Atkinson, Dorothy; Nind, Melanie and Welshman, John [eds.]
ISBN : 1904082750 | Publisher : British Institute of Learning Disabilities Publications | Published : UK
Narratives and people with learning disabilities (2010-05-01)
Atkinson, Dorothy
In: Grant, Gordon; Ramcharan, Paul; Flynn, Margaret and Richardson, Malcolm eds. Learning Disability: A Life Cycle Approach (Second Edition) (pp. 7-18)
ISBN : 9780335238439 | Publisher : Open University Press / McGraw Hill Education | Published : Maidenhead
Implementation of community care: case studies (2006-10)
Atkinson, Dorothy and Rolph, Sheena
In: Welshman, John and Walmsley, Jan eds. Community care in perspective: care, control and citizenship (pp. 201-218)
ISBN : 1403992657 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : Basingstoke, UK
Advocacy as resistance: speaking up as a way of fighting back (2006-06)
Atkinson, Dorothy; Cooper, Mabel and Ferris, Gloria
In: Mitchell, Duncan; Traustadottir, Rannveig; Chapman, Rohhss; Townson, Louise; Ingham, Nigel and Ledger, Sue eds. Exploring experiences of advocacy by people with learning disabilities: testimonies of resistance (pp. 13-19)
ISBN : 1 84310 359 1 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers | Published : London, UK
Maureen Oswin and the 'forgotten children' of the long-stay wards: research as resistance (2006)
Rolph, Sheena and Atkinson, Dorothy
In: Mitchell, Duncan; Traustadottir, Rannveig; Chapman, Rohhss; Townson, Louise; Ingham, Nigel and Ledger, Sue eds. Exploring Experiences of Advocacy by People with Learning Disabilities: Testimonies of Resistance (pp. 153-171)
ISBN : 9781843103592 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers | Published : UK
Narrative accounts and people with learning disabilities (2005)
Atkinson, Dorothy
In: Goward, Peter; Grant, Gordon; Ramcharan, Paul and Richardson, Malcolm eds. Learning disability: a life cycle approach to valuing people (pp. 7-27)
ISBN : 0-335-21439-8 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Maidenhead, UK
Self-advocacy and research (2002)
Atkinson, Dorothy
In: Gray, Barry and Jackson, Robin eds. Advocacy and Learning Disability (pp. 120-136)
ISBN : 1853029424 | Publisher : Jessica Kingsley Publishers | Published : London, UK
An oral history of the education of visually impaired children: telling stories for inclusive futures (2006)
French, Sally; Swain, John; Atkinson, Dorothy and Moore, Michelle eds.
ISBN : 0-7734-5706-2 | Publisher : Edwin Mellen Press | Published : Lampeter, UK
Reflecting on research practice (1993)
Atkinson, D.; French, S. and Shakespeare, P. eds.
ISBN : 9780335190386 | Publisher : Open University Press | Published : Buckingham

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