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Dr Anna Cook
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Appointment
  • Senior Research Fellow
  • IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy & Assessment
  • UCL Institute of Education
Biography
I have worked in a variety of educational roles including as a teacher of Psychology at school and university level and subject officer at QCA/Ofqual and several awarding bodies. I therefore have extensive experience of curriculum, pedagogy, and assessment both in policy and practice.


I hold a PhD in Psychology from the University of Surrey and also completed Master's degrees in Research Methods in Psychology at the University of Surrey and in Music Education at UCL, Institute of Education.

Research Summary
I am a Senior Research Fellow in the Centre for Teachers and Teaching Research. My research to date has explored the impact of inclusion on autistic children and the attitudes of non-autistic children toward their autistic peers. My published papers highlight factors influencing vulnerability towards, and protection against social rejection and bullying for autistic children. Current research will explore psychological and social factors influencing teachers’ thoughts and beliefs about inclusion. My main focus is the influences on early career teachers’ (ECTs') conceptualisations of neurodiversity and obstacles to teacher agency in the enactment of inclusive practice. 
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