My research interests are in human rights and education practice particularly with regard to disability rights and inclusive education. As a postdoctoral fellow at the Faculty of Education, York University, and as a faculty member in the School of Early Childhood Studies, my research projects have spanned work in family-school relationships, special education policy, and early childhood education and care policy, in both Canada and internationally. I have been involved with over 20 research projects, with funding from government, the not-for-profit sector, and private foundations.
Since coming to Ryerson University I have been involved with multiple projects focused on parent, staff and child viewpoints of early years services in early intervention, child care, Full Day Kindergarten, Ontario Early Years Centres and Parenting and Family Literacy Centres.
Inclusive Early Childhood Service System Project
Role: Principal investigator
Co-investigators and collaborators:
Funding amount: $487,489
Other professional articles and policy submissions:
Underwood, K. & Parekh, G. (2016). Submission to Draft General Comment no. 4 Article 24 The right to inclusive education (January 15, 2016).
Parekh, G., & Underwood, K. (2015). Inclusion: Creating school and classroom communities where everyone belongs. Research, tips, and tools for educators and administrators. (Research Report No.15/16‐09). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Toronto District School Board
Underwood, K. (2015). Inclusive Early Childhood Service System project, submission to the Day of General Discussion (DGD) on the right to education for persons with disabilities, (15 April 2015,at Palais des Nations, Geneva)
Underwood, K., Frankel, E. & Langford, E. (2013) Response to the Ministry of Education Discussion Paper on the Modernization of Child Care. Submission to the Ministry of Education (Ontario).
Underwood, K. (2013). Everyone is Welcome: Inclusive Early Childhood Education and Care. Toronto, ON: Ministry of Education. Accessed online: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/childcare/inclusion.html
Underwood, K. & Langford, R. (2012). Issues that Matter: ASD identification. Toronto, ON: Aktinson Centre for Society and Child Development,
Underwood, K. & Langford, R. (2011). Children with Special Educational Needs in Early Childhood. Toronto, ON: Atkinson Centre for Society and Child Development, OISE/University of Toronto.