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About Valerie Harwood

Research interests include the production of knowledge on child and youth psychopathology, critical disability studies, youth exclusion and practices of medicalization in schools. This work is engaged in the critical analysis of issues that impact on inclusion in education. Research projects include work with Indigenous young people and education,and the investigation of socio-economic status and place in educational disadvantages. Work on medicalisation involves examination of child and youth psychiatric disorders such as ADHD, depression, behaviour disorders, and the associated diagnostic practices as they impact in education.
Current research projects include:
Imagining university education: The perspectives of young people impacted by low socio-economic status and disengagement from school (Australian Research Council)


Present Associate Professor, Foundations of Education, University of Wollongong

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Faculty of Education
University of Wollongong
Wollongong, NSW 2522


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Books (2)

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