About Carol Potter
Carol is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Early Years, working with undergraduate and postgraduate students. She has worked in higher education as both a researcher and a lecturer since 1994. Carol specialises in autism, having taught children with autism for several years in the Midlands, before undertaking research on enabling communication environments for children with autism and little or no speech. Carol's other main area of teaching and research is the importance of positive father involvement in children's lives. Carol has written books and journal articles in both of these areas.
Current research: "Fathers of children with autism"
Carol was awarded a two year Leverhulme Research Fellowship (September, 2013 - August, 2015) to conduct research in the area of fathering and autism. As a former teacher of children with autism and a researcher on father inclusion, Carol identified a gap in the research surrounding the views of fathers of children with autism, their roles in families, the challenges and rewards they experience, as well as their views on family and education services.
"We know that the most effective approaches in the field of autism are parent-led, but little in-depth research has been done so far to find out about what fathers contribute, experience and need. In the first year, I will be conducting a national survey of fathers of children with autism and Asperger syndrome. During the second, I hope to interview 30 fathers, to gain a more in-depth understanding of their roles, views and experiences. I hope that this research will shed new light on the important role that fathers play in the lives of their children with autism and that this new knowledge may help to develop better services for fathers and their families in future."
Findings from Carol's research will be published in a book, as well as in academic and professional journal articles. Findings will also be reported to parents, service providers and policy makers, including the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Autism.
- Autism: The Needs of Children and Families
- Men and Early Childhood
- Developing Early Language
- Personal and Professional Development: The Reflective Self
- Evaluating Childhood Contexts
- Major Independent Study