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William Kinsella

Lecturer

School Of Education
Roebuck Offices
Belfield
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7167974
Email: william.kinsella@ucd.ie

Biography

Dr William Kinsella, BA, BSc(Psych.),MA(Ed.Psych.), H.Dip. Ed., H.Dip. Remedial and Special Education, initially qualified and taught as a second level teacher. On graduating from the Higher Diploma in Remedial and Special Education, at UCD, with First Class Honours in 1995, he established a Learning Support Department in a large primary school, where he taught for four years providing learning support to pupils aged from 4 to 14 years. He graduated from the Open University with a First Class Honours Degree in Psychology in 1999 and he attained a Master's Degree in Educational Psychology, with First Class Honours, from UCD in 2000.  In 2001, he established a Special Educational Needs Department and assumed the role of Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator  in a large second-level school, to which there is also a primary school attached, with a combined pupil enrolment of 1,800 pupils. Since assuming a position as full-time lecturer at  UCD, he has retained an advisory role in relation to special educational needs provision in these schools  He has also served as a community representative on the Board of Management  of a special school for four years.  He is a Graduate Member of the Psychological Society of Ireland and is a member of a number of committees within that Society.

On his appointment to the then Education Department, UCD in January 2003, William assumed the role of Course Director of the Master's Degree Course in Educational Psychology, in combination with his roles as lecturer, tutor and professional placement supervisor on that Course.  He also lectures  on a number of other courses within the School of Education and Lifelong Learning, including; the Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs Course, the Postgraduate Diploma in Education Course and the Master's Degree in Special Educational Needs Course. He was involved from the outset in the design and establishment of the Master's Degree Course in Special Educational Needs.  He has designed and established the PhD in Educational Psychology and is the Course Director of that doctoral studies course. With regard to extra-mural activities, he contributes to the professional development of both psychologists and teachers through  his inputs in psychological services, in schools and in the Teacher Induction Project at the School of Education.  

His area of research, while completing the MA in Educational Psychology was concerned with educational provision for pupils presenting with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. He has completed a PhD thesis, entitled,  Inclusion of Pupils with Disabilities/Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Second Level Schools in the Republic of Ireland.  He is the Principal Investigator on a study, funded by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), that is investigating the effectiveness of the system of additional resource provision for pupils with special educational needs in Irish schools 
  

Professional

 

Associations

Association: Diploma Review Committee, established by the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), to review the PSI Diplomas in both Educational Psychology and Clinical Psychology, Function/Role: Member
Association: Accreditation Committee of Psychological Society of Ireland, Function/Role: Member of Accreditation Committee within Psychological Society of Ireland
Association: Management Committee of Division of Educational Psychology, PSI, Function/Role: Member of Management Committee of Division of Educational Psychology
Association: Board of Examiners of Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), Function/Role: Chief Examiner of Board of Examiners of PSI Diploma in Educational Psychology
Association: National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA), Function/Role: Member of Special Educational Needs Committee.
Association: INCLUES: International Inclusion Movement, Function/Role: Member
Association: Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), Function/Role: Member
     

Conference Contributions

William Kinsella; (2007) Inclusive Education: Irish Context. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Educational Studies Association of Ireland (ESAI): The Quality of Education: Purposes, Politics and Practices , Cavan, Republic of Ireland , 29-MAR-07 - 31-MAR-07.
William Kinsella and Sheelagh Drudy; (2007) Research Methods: Reflections on a Journey. [International Refereed Conference], European Conference on Educational Research (ECER): Research, Ghent, Belgium , 13-SEP-07 - 15-SEP-07.
William Kinsella; (2007) Developing Inclusive Practices in Schools. [Invited Lecture], Anglo-Irish Conference on Inclusion, Northampton , 11-JUN-07 - 13-JUN-07.
William Kinsella and Joyce Senior; (2007) Inclusive Schools: A Systemic Approach. [International Refereed Conference], International Disabilities Studies in Education Conference  , Chicago, USA , 07-APR-07 - 09-APR-07.
William Kinsella; (2007) Genetic and Health Conditions. [Chaired Session], Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI) Annual Conference, Tralee, Co. Kerry , 15-NOV-07 - 17-NOV-07.
Sheelagh Drudy and William Kinsella; (2006) Developing an Inclusive System in a Rapidly Changing European Society. [International Refereed Conference], European Conference on Educational Research (ECER); Transforming Knowledge, Geneva, Switzerland , 13-SEP-06 - 16-SEP-06.
Kinsella, W.; (2001) A Comparative Analysis of Educational Provision for Pupils with Autism in Northern Ireland and in the Republic of Ireland'. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Paper presented to the annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), * , 01-JUN-01.
Kinsella, W.; (2004) Irish Disability and Equality Legislation: Educational Implications. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Paper presented to the annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), * , 01-JUN-04 - 02-JUN-04.
Kinsella, W.; (2004) Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004: Implications for Psychologists. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Paper presented to the Annual Conference of the Psychological Society of Ireland (PSI), * , 01-NOV-04 - 02-NOV-04.
Kinsella, W.; (2005) Irish Disability and Equality Legislation'. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Paper presented to the annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), * , 01-JUN-05 - 03-JUN-05.
Kinsella, W.; (2005) Equality of Access to Education for Persons with Disabilities/Special Educational Needs. [National Refereed Conference Paper], Paper presented to the annual International Conference of the Irish Association of Teachers in Special Education (IATSE), * , 01-JUN-05 - 03-JUN-05.

Committees

Committee : Life Sciences Research Ethics Committee
Committee : Postgraduate Taught Programmes Board, College of Human Sciences
 

Education

Year 2000 Institution: University College Dublin
Qualification: MA Subject:
Year 1975 Institution: Maynooth
Qualification: H Dip in Education Subject: Education
Year 1999 Institution: Open University
Qualification: BSc Subject: Psychology
Year 1974 Institution: NUI Maynooth, IRL
Qualification: BA Subject: History, Sociology and Philosophy
 

Consultancy

Client: Blackrock College
     

Publications

     

Peer Reviewed Journals

William Kinsella; Joyce Senior; (2009) 'Developing inclusive schools; a systemic approach'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 12 (5 and 6):651-665. Available Online [Details]
Sheelagh Drudy, William Kinsella; (2009) 'Developing an inclusive system in a rapidly changing European society'. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 13 (6):647-663. Available Online [Details]
                                                                                             

Research

Research Interests

1999-2000 - Completion of Master's Degree thesis entitled A Comparative Analysis of Educational Provision for Pupils with Autism in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. On the basis of this thesis, William was invited to make a submission to the Government Task Force on Autism. The thesis was referred to and referenced in the Report of the Task Force on Autism (2001).
2003-2005 - Completion of a study, funded by the Equality Authority, entitled: Equality of Access to, and Participation in, Education for Persons with Disabilities/Special Educational Needs in the Republic of Ireland.
2009 -  Completion of PhD thesis, entitled, Inclusion of Pupils with Disabilities/Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Second Level Schools in the Republic of Ireland.  

2009 -2010 - Principal Investigator  on a study, funded by the National Council for Special Education (NCSE), entitled; An Evaluation of Resource Allocation Models for Pupils with Special Educational Needs in Irish Schools.