UNESCO Centre

Dr Una O’Connor Bones

Role

Programme Director

Una is the Director of the Children and Youth Programme: a collaboration with the UNESCO Child and Family Centre in Galway, focusing on the well‑being of children and youth in Ireland and Northern Ireland, using a rights‑based approach. Una overseas all Programme activities liaising with staff at both centres and works with Dr Celia Keenaghan as joint editors of the Programme Report Series.

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Research Interests

Una has undertaken research across a range of education-related issues, including Community Relations, Local and Global Citizenship, Special Education and Social Inclusion. She is also interested in Research Ethics.

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Background

Una has been employed by the School of Education for 15 years in a variety of roles; previous posts have included Project Officer, Research Assistant in addition to Lecturer.

As a lecturer, Una has taught on the PGCE Primary and Masters courses, specializing in Professional Development and Special Educational Needs (SEN) and Inclusion. She is also Chair of the School of Education Ethics Filter Committee and a member of the Social Policy Research Institute.

Prior to joining the University Una trained as a primary school teacher, graduating from St Mary's University College in 1986, and worked for several years in a range of primary school settings. She completed her MEd in Professional Development in 1997 and PhD in Special Educational Needs in 2006, both at the University of Ulster.

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Publications

The following bibliography provides an index of selected pieces of work authored or contributed to by Dr Una O’Connor Bones, ordered chronologically; use the year menu below to skip down the page to a particular year if required.

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2013

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2012

  • Keating, S. and O’Connor, U. (2012) The shifting role of the special needs assistant in Irish classrooms: a time for change? European Journal of Special Needs Education, 27(4), pp.533-544.
  • O’Connor, U. and Hansson, U., with Keating, S. (2012) Capacity Building for Inclusion: The Role and Contribution of Special Needs Assistants and Classroom Assistants in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Children and Youth Programme.
  • O’Connor, U., Kinlen, L., Horgan, G., McCord, J. and Keenaghan, C. (2012) Understanding Policy Development and Implementation for Children and Young People. The Children and Youth Programme.
  • O’Connor, U. (2012) Schools together: Enhancing the citizenship curriculum through a non‑formal education programme. Journal of Peace Education, 9(1), pp.31‑48.

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2011

  • Kennan, D., Keenaghan, C., O’Connor, U., Kinlen, L. and McCord, J. (2011) A Rights‑Based Approach to Monitoring Children and Young People’s Well‑being. The Children and Youth Programme.

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2009

  • Moran, A., Abbott, L. and O’Connor, U. (2009) Communicating, co‑ordinating and connecting: Integrated service provision in Northern Ireland. In: Service Integration in Schools (Eds: Forbes, J. and Watson, C.), pp.65–76. Sense Publishers, Rotterdam. ISBN 978‑90‑8790‑586‑6.

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2008

  • O’Connor, U., Beattie, K. and Niens, U. (2008) An evaluation of the introduction of Local and Global Citizenship to the Northern Ireland curriclum. Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment. UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster.

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2007

  • Moran, A., Abbott, L. and O’Connor, U. (2007) Communicating, co‑ordinating and connecting: Integrated service provision in Northern Ireland. ESRC Seminar Series: Service integration in schools: Research and policy discourses, practices and future prospects. University of Aberdeen, Research Paper 15, pp.21–37.
  • O’Connor, U. (2007) An evaluation of the Spirit of Enniskillen Schools Together Programme. Spirit of Enniskillen. UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster.
  • O’Connor, U. (2007) Parental Views on Inclusion: The Northern Ireland Perspective. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 11(5–6), pp.535–550.

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2006

  • O’Connor, U. and Hunter, J. (2006) In Search of Inclusion. Support for Learning. British Journal of Special Education, 21(2), pp.53–57.
  • Smith, R., Hartop, B., Kelly, C., McCully, A. and O’Connor, U. (2006) What does it mean to be a community relations professional in Northern Irish education? Some research based answers. Reflective Practice, 7(2), pp.215–231.
  • Smith, R. and O’Connor, U. (2006) An evaluation of an education for diversity programme in three primary schools. International Fund for Ireland. UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster.

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2005

  • McConkey, R., O’Connor, U., Hartop, B. and Madden, E. (2005) Parental Views on Inclusive Education for Children with Special Educational Needs. Education in the North, 12, pp.21–29.
  • O’Connor, U., McConkey, R. and Hartop, B. (2005) Parental Views on the Statutory Assessment and Planning for Children with Special Educational Needs. European Journal of Special Needs Education, 20(3), pp.251–269.

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2004

  • O’Connor, U. and Hartop, B. (2004) An evaluation of the education for diversity programme in two post‑primary schools. International Fund for Ireland. UNESCO Centre, University of Ulster.

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2003

  • O’Connor, U., Hartop, B. and McConkey, R. (2003) Parental attitudes to the statutory assessment and statementing procedures for Special Educational Needs. Department of Education, Northern Ireland.
  • O’Connor, U., Hartop, B. and McCully, A. (2003) Pupil perceptions of the Schools Community Relations Programme. Department of Education, Northern Ireland.

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2002

  • O’Connor, U., Hartop, B., and McCully, A. (2002) A Review of the Schools Community Relations Programme. Department of Education, Northern Ireland.

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1999

  • O’Connor, U. and Robinson, A. (1999) Access or exclusion? University and the disabled student: A case study of policy and practice. Higher Education Quarterly, 53(1), pp.88–103.

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Conferences, Seminars and Meetings

The following list provides a summary of conferences and meetings in which Una has participated, ordered chronologically; use the year menu below to skip down the page to a particular year if required.

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2012

  • Presentation entitled Capacity Building for Inclusion: The Role and Contribution of Classroom Assistants at the Stormont Hotel, Belfast (10 October 2012)
    (view presentation on slideshare)

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Contact Details

Dr Una O’Connor Bones

Dr Una
O’Connor Bones

Programme Director

Post

UNESCO Centre
School of Education
University of Ulster
Coleraine
Co Londonderry
BT52 1SA
Northern Ireland

Telephone

+44 (0)28 7012 4202

Email

ub.oconnor@ulster.ac.uk