Averil Calver

Averil Calver

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Averil is a Doctoral Researcher with Brighton and Sussex Medical School.  She is currently living in Northern Ireland and regularly travelling over to Brighton in order to carry out research into how Dyslexic medical students experience the teaching and learning of Prescribing in Medical Education and within clinical settings as Foundation Doctors.  She has a Masters degree in Inclusive Education and Special Educational Needs, and a Bachelor of Education (BEd) from Queen's University Belfast.  Her professional experience includes working as an Advisory Teacher for Cognition & Learning with Bury Local Authority, Manchester, and working as a SENCO (Special Educational Needs Coordinator) within a school setting.  

Averil is passionate about the development of inclusive learning environments that are accommodating of all learners, particularly those with neurodivergence.  


Averil is interested in research from a social science perspective.  She is also interested in the use of methodology informed by the social-constructivist paradigm, and using research and participant voice as a way through which is interrupt deeply engrained views of knowledge as might be promoted within assessment policies and curriculum in various education settings.  She has an interest in how education curriculum and methods of teaching and assessing students might promote a particular framework of being 'successful' and the consequences of this for neurodivergent learners.  

Currently, Averil is a Doctoral Researcher with Brighton and Sussex Medical School.  She is carrying out research into the social world of dyslexic doctors in relation to both the learning and undertaking of the prescribing of medicines, using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to research.  


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