Disability Studies, Student Support, Inclusion, Learning Resources, History, Sailing: Check them out below

Disability and the University: A Disabled Students’ Manifesto

Published by Peter Lang, and edited by Christopher McMaster and Benjamin Whitburn, this collection is a clear guide to not only what students want (and need to know), but what universities should provide.  Each chapter presents a benchmark for students to follow as they travel through the institution, and also lays clear what they should expect. Each chapter is also a clear statement of what every institution of higher education should provide. While every country has its own practice and laws based on its own experience, arbitrary national boundaries should no longer be a reason for practices that do not meet student need. This book speaks across borders, east, west, north and south. It leaves no doubt about what needs to be done to develop more inclusive teaching and learning spaces.

This is not a book written about students with disabilities. It is written by those that have traversed the terrain and experienced higher education with a disability.  It is in many ways a manifesto, a call for change, a call to action. It is a guide book, a blueprint, and a tool, for both students and universities.

Disability and the University: A Disabled Student’s Manifesto promises to be a seminal work in the field of student rights and student support.

Available from all good outlets, and, of course, the publisher HERE

A tremendous loss: We mourn the loss of Professor Mike Oliver, and are deeply honored that some of his last words are the foreword to this book.

Coming in 2023:

Disability and the UNiversity, 2nd edition, with new and updated chapters to reflect the impact of Covid on students with disabilities

Building more inclusive school communities, an experiential how to:

Educating All: Developing Inclusive School Cultures from Within

Developing Inclusive School Cultures from Within

Educating All recounts Christopher McMaster’s experience as a critical ethnographer in a school community, given the task of not only studying the institution’s culture, but of creating change as well.

“Christopher McMaster’s presentation of the experience of a school in New Zealand applying a fusion of the Index for Inclusion and Freire’s notion of praxis provides sound guidance for other schools and their communities. This book has much to offer schools and their communities as they traverse the dilemmas and delights of building more inclusive schools for all students.”

Roger Slee, Founding Editor, the International Journal of Inclusive Education

Educating All is about school culture, inclusive education, and meaningful school change. Find it HERE

Enter your post-graduate studies equipped for success:

Survive and Succeed Series: Guides for Graduate Students

An international series

This series began as a desire to collaborate with other postgraduate students. It became six edited books involving teams of co-editors and over 125 contributors around the globe. Created and co-edited by Christopher McMaster, editions represent Aotearoa/New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the United States, South Africa, and the Nordic countries. Written by and for graduate students as they traverse higher education.

United States

“At a time when economic uncertaintity rules not only everydfay life but higher education as well, Graduate Study in the USA is both a bold political and theoretical call to action and an invaluable tool kit.”

Henry Giroux, McMaster University Professor for Scholarship in the Public Interest

Graduate Study in the USA

Denmark, Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Finland

“This book provides essential advice for navigating the possibilities and difficulties of doing a PhD in Nordic countries.”

“This book provides essential advice for navigating the possibilities and difficulties of doing a PhD in Nordic countries.”

Professor Brady Wagoner, Aalborg University.

The Nordic PhD

United Kingdom

Published through Libri, Postgraduate Study in the UK offers students and prospective students lessons for their own unique journey through postgraduate study. Each chapter is written in a personal and relatable way, and the overall message is one of optimism that students can indeed do much more than simply survive, they can succeed.

Postgraduate Study in the UK

Aotearoa/New Zealand

Topics include supervision, preparing for the viva voce, writing and publishing, maintaining wellness, navigating culture, wroking full time and juggling life’s many challenges. Everything you need to know to survive and succeed down under.

Published through NZCER Press

Postgraduate Study in Aotearoa New Zealand


“We learn best from our peers, who may also be our wisest mentors. This lively and wide-ranging book will show you not only how to survive and succeed in your postgraduate studies but how to take pleasure in the journey.”

Professor Helen Sword, University of Auckland

Postgraduate Study in Australia

South Africa

A ground breaking edition from South Africa, Postgraduate Study in South Africa: Surviving and Succeeding is a timely contribution to a growing national discourse on how students navigate higher education in South Africa

Postgraduate Study in South Africa

Learning Resources

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Understanding Behavior: Listening to the Language of Action 

An online course 

This online course looks at behavior as communication. All behaviour, from the toddler, to the child, to the adolescent, to the adult, is saying something. This is very important to remember when working with the student, and it asks the educator to look behind any behaviour to discern what is being expressed—to listen to what is being said. This course will leave you with a deeper appreciation of what might be happening in the classroom or early learning setting, to listen to behavior, and what (and whose) needs are possibly not being met. You’ll learn about the four mistaken goals and how to start to identify them. You’ll be introduced to the Circle of Courage and how that can be used to help address the needs communicated through behavior. This course is designed to inject a humanistic element into the understanding of behavior, where behaviors can be understood and plans created with a deeper empathy for yourself, and towards those you are working with.

Find it here:

The Choices Game: Staying Safe in Social Situations

A fun, interactive game that teaches vulnerable young people how to make positive choices and develop the social skills they need to stay safe in school and in te wider community. Vulnerable young people, such as those on the autism spectrum, intellectual disabilies, or social, behavioural and emotional difficulties often lack the skills to make the right decisionswhen faced with potentially dangerous scenarios. The Choices Game has been especially designed help older children and teenagers stay safe by learning how to make positive choices in social situations.

“The game is simple and very easy to learn and play and the instructions are excellent.”
– AS Teens

Published by Jessica King Publishers and available on many online retailing sites such as Amazon. NOTE: The Choices Game is now out of print, but there may be used copies available somewhere. The original run of 1500 games has sold out. Translation rights have been sold to GilEditores of Mexico, so stay tuned for the Spanish edition.

The Choice Games: Staying Safe in Social Situations

Historical Writing

Check out this look at a little known war–the US intervention in the Russian Civil War. Doughboys in Siberia!?! The editor of Trip Wire, an e-zine devoted to the study of the First World War, came across my articles about the time and featured them in the May and June, 2020, editions of the journal.

Check it out here: St. Mihiel Trip-Wire