David Paterson

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Dr David Paterson began his career in education as a secondary teacher of English and History and has subsequently worked as a special educator, teaching students with severe and multiple disabilities and as a special education consultant in rural and regional schools. His PhD research at the University of Alberta involved a study of teacher thinking in inclusive classrooms. He worked for many years at the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale, serving as team leader in special and inclusive education and as Chair of Postgraduate Coursework Programs.

David is an active member of the Australian College of Educators (ACE) and the Australian Association of Special Education (AASE). He is editor of the AASE journal Special Education Perspectives.

Research Interests

  • cognitive and metacognitive instruction
  • adaptive help-seeking in inclusive secondary classrooms.
  • rural special education,


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Research Output 2009 2019

1 Citation (Scopus)

Bhutanese teachers’ attitudes towards inclusive education

Dorji, R., Bailey, J., Paterson, D., Graham, L. & Miller, J., 2019, In : International Journal of Inclusive Education. p. 1-20 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

teacher attitude
special education

Accelerated leadership in rural schools

Graham, L., Miller, J. & Paterson, D., 2015, Bush Tracks: The Opportunities and Challenges of Rural Teaching and Leadership. Graham, L. & Miller, J. (eds.). Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, p. 91-103 13 p.

Research output: A Conference proceeding or a Chapter in BookChapter

rural school

Inclusion and Equity in Australian Secondary Schools

PATERSON, D., Graham, L. & Stevens, R., 2014, In : Journal of International Special Needs Education. 17, 2, p. 79-87 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Using Metaphors of Teaching to Explore Inclusive Practice with Pre-Service Teachers

Graham, L. & PATERSON, D., 2011, In : Asian Journal of Educational Research and Synergy. 3, 1, p. 31-43 13 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle