Dr Matthew Schuelka

Dr Matthew Schuelka

School of Education
Lecturer in Inclusive Education
Programme Director, Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN)

Contact details

Address
School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Dr Matthew Schuelka is Lecturer in Inclusive Education and also serves as the Programme Director for the Inclusion and Special Educational Needs (ISEN) programme at the University of Birmingham – both in the UK and in Dubai.

He comes from a diverse background of study, research, and teaching experience in the United States, Bhutan, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. Past school teaching experience includes general education, music education, language arts, and special/inclusive education. Dr Schuelka is very active in inclusive education development, policy, and understanding around the world. He has been involved in educational research and development projects in places such as the United States, Serbia, Zambia, India, Japan, Malaysia, and especially Bhutan. He is a consulting advisor for the Global Resource Center on Inclusive Education, based at the University of Minnesota, and has undertaken research and consultation for UNICEF, USAID, JICA, the British Academy, and the Toyota Foundation.

Dr. Schuelka has a wide research focus on inclusive education policy, systems, and structures; inclusion as a whole-school approach (i.e. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Universal Design for Learning, and other frameworks); educational anthropology; and disability studies.

Qualifications

  • Ph.D, University of Minnesota – Educational Policy and Administration with emphasis in Comparative and International Education
  • M.A., Stanford University – International Education Administration and Policy Analysis
  • M.Ed., University of Vermont – Special Education
  • B.A., University of Minnesota – Music Education with minor in English Literature

Postgraduate supervision

Research interests include:

  • Inclusive Education
  • Socio-Cultural Construction of Disability
  • Anthropology of Education
  • Education Policy
  • Comparative and International Education
  • Education in Asia

Research

Most recent projects:

Educational Values for a Sustainable Society: Head, Hands, Heart and Happiness in Bhutan and Beyond. Toyota Foundation (#D17-R-0362). Joint project with Nagoya University and Royal University of Bhutan. 2018–2020. (Principal investigator)

Exploring the full potential of education: Non-cognitive skills, inclusivity, and happiness in Bhutan and England. British Academy (#PM160061). Joint project with Royal University of Bhutan.  2016–2017. (Primary Investigator)

Travel Award Winner,  Japan-Birmingham Joint Research Initiative.  2017.

Travel Award Winner,  India-Birmingham Joint Research Initiative. 2016.  

Other activities

Dr. Schuelka is a member of the British Association for Comparative and International Education, the American Anthropological Association, the National Association of Special Education Teachers (USA), the Society for Disability Studies; and the Comparative and International Education Society, to which he served as Chair of the Inclusive Education Special Interest Group until 2018. He has consulted/continues to consult with UNICEF, USAID, JICA, UNESCO, the Global Resource Center for Inclusive Education, the Bhutanese Ministry of Education, and various NGOs in the country of Bhutan. 

Publications

Books

Schuelka, M.J., Johnstone, C.J., Thomas, G. & Artiles, A. (Eds.) (2019). The SAGE Handbook on Inclusion and Diversity in Education. London: SAGE.

Schuelka, M.J. & Maxwell, T.W. (Eds.). (2016). Education in Bhutan: Culture, Schooling, and Gross National Happiness. Singapore: Springer.

Articles and Chapters

Schuelka, M.J. (2018). The cultural production of the ‘disabled’ person: Constructing student difference in Bhutanese schools. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 49(2). https://doi.org/10.1111/aeq.12244

Schuelka, M.J. (2018). Advancing a comparative case study approach towards education and disability research: An example from Bhutan. In N. Singal, P. Lynch, and S. Johansson (Eds.), Education and disability in the global south: New perspectives from Asia and Africa. London: Bloomsbury.

Schuelka, M.J. (2017). Learning at the top of the world: Education policy construction
and meaning in Bhutan. In T.D. Jules & P. Ressler (Eds.), Re-reading educational policy and practice in small and micro states (pp. 217–236). Bern: Peter Lang.

Maxwell, T.W. & Schuelka, M.J. (2016). Conclusion: Key outcomes, challenges, ways forward, and future research. In M.J. Schuelka & T.W. Maxwell (Eds.), Education in Bhutan: Culture, schooling, and Gross National Happiness (pp. 229–239). Singapore: Springer.

Rinchen Dorji & Schuelka, M.J. (2016). Children with disabilities in Bhutan: Transitioning from special educational needs to inclusive education. In M.J. Schuelka & T.W. Maxwell (Eds.), Education in Bhutan: Culture, schooling, and Gross National Happiness (pp. 181–198). Singapore: Springer.

Schuelka, M.J. & Maxwell, T.W. (2016). Education in Bhutan: Introduction. In M.J. Schuelka & T.W. Maxwell (Eds.), Education in Bhutan: Culture, schooling, and Gross National Happiness (pp. 1–18). Singapore: Springer.

Schuelka, M.J. (2015). The evolving construction and conceptualisation of disability in Bhutan. Disability & Society, 30(6), 820-833. DOI:10.1080/09687599.2015.1052043 

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). Education for youth with disabilities in Bhutan: Past, present, and future. Bhutan Journal of Research and Development, 2(1), 65-74.

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). Education for youth with disabilities in Bhutan: Past, present, and future. Bhutan Journal of Research and Development, 2(1), 65-74.

Schuelka, M.J. (Ed.). (2013). Proceedings from the International Conference on Leveraging Cultural Diversity. Thimphu, Bhutan: Royal Thimphu College.

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). Constructing a modern disability identity: Dilemmas of inclusive schooling in Zambia. In A. Azzopardi (Ed.), Youth: Responding to lives (pp. 137-152). In Studies in Inclusive Education (Vol. 25). Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers. Further details

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). Inclusive education in Bhutan: A small state with alternative priorities. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 15(1), 145-156.

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). A faith in humanness: Disability, religion and development. Disability & Society, 28(4), 500-513. DOI: 10.1080/09687599.2012.717880

Schuelka, M.J. (2013). Excluding students with disabilities from the culture of achievement: The case of the TIMSS, PIRLS and PISA. Journal of Education Policy, 28(2), 216-230. DOI:10.1080/02680939.2012.708789

Schuelka, M.J. & Johnstone, C.J. (2012). Global trends in meeting the educational rights of children with disabilities: From international institutions to local responses. Reconsidering Development,  2(2), online.

Johnson, D. R., Thurlow, M. L., & Schuelka, M. J. (2012). Diploma options, graduation requirements, and exit exams for youth with disabilities: 2011 national study (Technical Report 62). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes.

Monographs, Technical Reports, Policy Papers

Schuelka, M.J., Kezang Sherab & Tsering Y. Nidup (2017). Non-cognitive skills: The experience of teachers and schools – A summary of research from Bhutan and England. British Academy.

Schuelka, M.J. (Ed.). (2013). Proceedings from the International Conference on Leveraging Cultural Diversity. Thimphu, Bhutan: Royal Thimphu College.

Johnson, D.R., Thurlow, M.L., & Schuelka, M.J. (2012). Diploma options, graduation requirements, and exit exams for youth with disabilities: 2011 national study (Technical Report 62). Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, National Center on Educational Outcomes.

Schuelka, M.J. (2011). ‘Bubble’ Tests and Universally Designed Assessments for students with disabilities. Report prepared for National Center on Educational Outcomes. Unpublished.

Schuelka, M.J. (2011). Inclusive education models: International and national perspectives. Report prepared for UNICEF-Serbia. Unpublished.