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Michelle Somerton, PhD

Assistant Professor

Accepting PhD Students

PhD projects

Current topics of students under doctoral supervision include: critical thinking and digital games, vocational education institutions in Kazakhstan and inclusive education, collaborative partnerships between allied health professions, teachers, and parents in supporting students with autism.

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Research interests

Michelle Somerton is Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education and current Academic Program Director of the degree Masters in Leadership Inclusive Education. She holds a PhD, Graduate Certificate in Research, and a Bachelor of Education with Honours from the University of Tasmania. Current research interests are investigating educational inequity and barriers to education in Kazakhstan including the diagnosis of children with Autism (ASD) and intellectual impairments, the effectiveness of resource centres in developing inclusive education in Kazakhstan, and developing an instrument to evaluate inclusion within higher education institutions. Her previous research considered reading comprehension difficulties in students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and the design of educational software for mobile technologies, and visual and phonological processing in children with ASD. Michelle currently teaches Inclusive Education leadership, policy, global perspectives, research methods, and inclusive practices for Master’s students. She has successfully supervised a number of Masters students to completion and currently supervises three doctoral students. 

Education/Academic qualification

University of Tasmania

Mar 1 2012Mar 18 2016

University of Tasmania

Mar 1 2013Mar 1 2014

University of Tasmania

Jul 10 2009Dec 10 2011

External positions

University of Tasmania

Jan 26 2016 → …

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Kazakhstan Social Sciences
education Social Sciences
autism Social Sciences
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inclusion Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
comprehension Social Sciences
civil society Social Sciences

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Projects 2019 2021

special educational needs
Kazakhstan
autism
diagnostic
Ministry of Education

Research Output 2015 2020

Being, becoming, belonging: A case study in Kazakhstan supporting Inclusive Education in Higher Education

Somerton, M., Bowen, E., Chacha, M. & Khanin, S., Nov 20 2019, (Submitted) In : Journal of Further and Higher Education. 19 p., CJFH-2019-0349.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Kazakhstan
education
UNESCO
disability
paradigm
Allied Health Personnel
Parents
Students
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kazakhstan
inclusion
resource
resources
school
autism
comprehension
reading behavior
student
teaching method

Prizes

Awarded Elite Scholarship (Doctor of Philosophy)

Michelle Somerton (Recipient), Mar 2012

Prize: Other distinction

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Teaching Award

Michelle Somerton (Recipient), Jul 1 2018

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Teaching

Teaching Award

Michelle Somerton (Recipient), Jul 1 2017

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Teaching