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First Supervisor: Prof Evanthia Lyons
Second Supervisor: Dr Ulrike Niens
PhD Title: Understandings of 'respect for diversity' within primary schools in a post-conflict society
Summary of Project: My PhD research aims to explore how the construct of 'respect' is understood by pupils, teachers and parents, as well as exploring the understandings in the interdisciplinary literature and its application in the Northern Ireland primary school curriculum. Qualitative data will inform the design of a measure of respect for diversity for use in future educational programmes and evaluations. The measure will be piloted in primary schools and tested for validity and reliability.
Research Cluster: Social issues
Political and social psychology, peace education, peace & conflict studies, social developmental psychology, community engagement & participation, social research methods.
Burns, S., Lyons, E., & Niens, U. (2011, July). The embedding of respect for diversity through socialisation processes in the educational and family contexts in Northern Ireland. 34th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, Istanbul, Turkey.
Burns, S., Lyons, E. & Niens, U. (2011, April). Children's understandings of 'respect for diversity' in post-conflict Northern Ireland. 2nd Conference of Social Psychology in Ireland, University of Limerick.
Burns, S., Lyons, E., & Niens, U. (2010, April). Understandings of 'respect' in divided societies. Annual Conference of the British Psychological Society Northern Ireland Branch, Enniskillen, Northern Ireland [Poster].
Burns, S., Lyons, E., & Niens, U. (2010, June). Understandings of 'respect' in divided societies: A review of the literature and related primary school curriculum approaches. "Growing Up in Divided Societies" Conference, Queen's University Belfast.
Burns, S., Lyons, E., & Niens, U. (2010, July). Understandings of 'respect' in divided societies: A review of the literature. 33rd Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology, San Francisco [Poster].
Bonorand, L. & Burns, S. (2008, August). Recruitment, retention and resources for establishing a youth recovery community. US Department of Health and Human Services Center For Substance Abuse Treatment, Recovery Community Services Grantee Conference, Alexandria, VA, USA.
McCartan, C., Burns, S., & Schubotz, D. (forthcoming) Recruitment and capacity building challenges in participatory research involving young people. In L. Goodson & J. Phillimore (Eds.), Community Research: From Theory to Method. Bristol: Policy Press
Burns, S., & Schubotz, D. (2009) Demonstrating the merits of the peer research process: A Northern Ireland case study. Field Methods, 21 (3), 309-326
Reports and non-peer reviewed articles:
Burns, S., & Logue, P. (2011). Bush, K., Logue, P., & Burns, S. (2011). The Evaluation of Storytelling as a Peace-Building Methodology: Irish Peace Centres Experiential Learning Series, Paper No. 5. Belfast: INCORE & Irish Peace Centres.
Burns, S., Logue, P. & Bush, K. (2010). Intergenerational Aspects of the Conflict in Northern Ireland: Irish Peace Centres Experiential Learning Series, Paper No. 2. Belfast: Irish Peace Centres.
Burns, S. (2006). School bullying in Northern Ireland – It hasn't gone away you know (ARK Research Update 48). Belfast: Access Research Knowledge. Retrieved from http://www.ark.ac.uk/publications/updates/update48.pdf