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Senior Lecturer in Special and Inclusive Education, RMIT University

My areas of expertise are special and inclusive education and developmental psychology.
I am lead author of this important and controversial new book:
Educational Trends Exposed.

Praise for the book:
‘In Educational Trends Exposed, David Armstrong and Gill Armstrong encourage us to develop a critical scepticism to resist educational 'snake-oil'. In a highly competitive environment where education jurisdictions and schools compete against each other for superior standing on league tables, education provides fertile fields for the emergence and attraction of trends. This book offers a methodology for evaluating the veracity of the conceptualisation and the claims of educational trends. I would recommend this text to teacher educators, teachers, education leaders and administrators’ – Professor Roger Slee

For 13 years I was a specialist teacher working in socio-economically deprived areas of inner-city Manchester, UK. During this time I set up a referral service for excluded high school students and led an acclaimed educational project for homeless young people, jointly supported by Big Issue in the North, the NHS and Manchester City Council.
In 2008 I started my career as a researcher and lecturer.
In 2010-2012 I led a major national educational research initiative in the UK as a result of the Rose Review into dyslexia (2.3 million GBP).

I am currently Editor of an international research journal in special and inclusive education:
Journal of Research in Special Educational Needs (JORSEN)

I am an internationally known author and researcher in the area of:
dyslexia/learning difficulties and disabilities
child and adolescent behaviour
mental health in schools

I also have strong, up-to-date, knowledge about autism and ADHD.

Behaviour, mental health: Armstrong D., Elliot J., Hallett F. and Hallett G. (2015) Understanding Child and Adolescent Behaviour in the Classroom. Melbourne: Cambridge University Press.

Dyslexia: Armstrong D. and Squires G. (2014) Key Perspectives on Dyslexia: An Essential Text for Educators. Abindgdon: Routledge.

Special Education and inclusion: Armstrong and Squires (eds) (2012) Contemporary Issues in Special Educational Needs. Milton Keynes: McGraw Hill.

I hold a PhD (1998) in Education (textual pedagogy) from De Montfort University, UK and an MEd in Psychology from the University of Manchester, UK (2006). I am also a graduate member of the British Psychological Society and a Specialist Assessor for the Australian Research Council (ARC).


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer Special Needs Education, RMIT University
  • –present
    Lecturer in Teacher Education (Special Education), Flinders University


  • 2006 
    University of Manchester , Educational Psychology