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    Gosia Kwiatkowska


    Gosia is currently working as an Acting Director of RIX Research and Media Centre. 

    Overview




    Gosia project manages a range of Multimedia Advocacy courses and leads on a number of research projects. Currently she works on the following projects:

    Mencap's Involve Me project - pilot action research with Eastway Care Provider. This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of multimedia technologies in involving people with profound and multiple learning disabilities in decision making.
    Implementation of Multimedia Advocacy for Family Mosaic - residential care provider in Essex;
    Multimedia Advocacy for Mental Health - SCIE project - www.thebigtree.org/mental-capacity
    Symbol Surfing - an exploratory pilot study to explore the potential of symbols used for surfing the Internet with people with profound and multiple learning disabilities. www.thebigtree.org/symbol-surfing

    Past research include: a national project for Age Concern for England on “Social Exclusion of Older People Lacking Mental Capacity”. Multimedia Advocacy Pilot Programmes for national housing and social care providers East Thames Group and RCHL. Tower Hamlets - Community Learning Disability Team - Health Action Planning Project - Implementation of Multimedia Health Action Plans within health services in Tower Hamlets.
    Early this year Gosia used multimedia to facilitate inclusive research with people with learning disabilities for the National SEN Hub and Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust; deploying new media to enable research participants to articulate their first hand experiences and perspectives on inclusive education strategies and primary care provision respectively.


    Collaborators

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    Research

    Kwiatkowska, G (nee Nowicka) (2008) Social Exclusion and Older People Lacking Mental Capacity. Published by Age Concern

    Kwiatkowska, G. (2008) “Multimedia Advocacy” to capture and present people’s thoughts and views and share stories about their daily lives. DVD Published by Age Concern

    Kwiatkowska, G. (2009) My Health, My Say, My Way DVD, commissioned by Tower Hamlets Partnership Board

    Gosia contributed to the Social Care Institute for Excellence Knowledge Review on ‘Personalisation and learning disabilities: A review of evidence on advocacy and its practice for people with learning disabilities and high support needs’ (SCIE Report 24, October 2009)

    Kwiatkowska, G et al (2012) Multimedia Advocacy - A New Way of Self Expression and Communication for People with Intellectual Disabilities. ICCHP (2) 2012: 361-368

    Bunning, K., Kwiatkowska, G., Weldin, N. (2012) People with Profound and Multiple Intellectual Disabilities Using Symbols to Control a Computer: Exploration of User Engagement and Supporter Facilitation. Journal of Assistive Technology, V24 n4 p259-270

    Kate AllenNic HollinworthFaustina HwangAndy MinnionGosia KwiatkowskaTicky LoweNick Weldin: Interactive sensory objects for improving access to heritage. CHI Extended Abstracts 2013: 2899-2902

    Weston, C., Guardini, E., Minnion, A., Kwiatkowska, G. (20013) Volunteering and learning in HE: exploring and acknowledging student experience. Research in Teacher Education, Vol 3 (N.2). 7-14.

    Publications


    Funding

    Her specialist research interests are the theory and practice of Multimedia Advocacy, non-verbal communication, advocacy, learning and teaching, especially with the application of web technology. Gosia is also interested in systems design and organisational change and often leads on projects that involve implementation of Multimedia Advocacy Approach within organisations.


    Interests

    Portfolio




    PSM402 - Law and Social Justice
    PSS3320 - People with Learning Disabilities: Policy and Practice - A Social Perspective
    PSS3327 - People with Learning Disabilities - Post Qualifying Module
    MS0600 - Introduction to Multimedia Advocacy
    MS1600 - Multimedia Advocacy Theory and Practice
    Social Work
    Presenting at various conferences:

    June 2010 - Penhurst School for People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities Conference - "Application of Multimedia Advocacy for people with profound and multiple learning disabilities".
    March 2010 - Dartington Hall Social Research Unit Seminar - "Implementation of Multimedia Advocacy across Robert Owen Communities in Devon".
    July 2009 - 11th UK Joint Social Work Education Conference with the 3rd UK Social Work Research Conference - Co-presenting with Robert Johns and colleagues from the City University "Involving carers as co-educators in inter-professional education: three years of an inter-professional programme with nursing, speech and language and social work students".
    October 2008 - My New Media Life Conference at British Museum - "Multimedia Health Action Planning - A pilot study with Tower Hamlets Community Learning Disability Team".

    Teaching