DIRECTOR OF ACCESS TO DEGREE STUDIES
My research interests and expertise span reconceptualist curriculum perspectives, mathematics education, cultural studies, critical theory, critical / ethical internationalisation in education, democracy in education, and social and ecological justice. I am interested broadly in critical, sociological and political perspectives in education and society. I mostly write from poststructural and de/post-colonial perspectives. In particular, I have expertise in critical global citizenship, democratic education, and indigeneity, especially the African onto-epistemology of Ubuntu. Philosophical and social concerns around poverty, marginalisation, (neo)colonialism, oppression, as well as my research into what I refer to as “the construction of disadvantage” frame much of my work. Research foci on economic development and globalisation in education reflect ongoing concerns around justice and democracy. I also have expertise in critical arts-based and narrative methodologies (especially the qualitative methodological approach I developed, 'critical rhizomatic narrative'), and other creative, post-foundational and counter-hegemonic research and writing methodologies and practices. I also bring arts-based approaches to bear on mathematics education as a decolonising practice.
2016 / 2017 University of Stirling Excellence in Teaching Award, in the Faculty of Social Sciences
2015 / 2016 School of Education teaching award
2014 / 2015 University of Stirling Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year Award.
2006 International Institute of Qualitative Inquiry Illinois Distinguished Qualitative Dissertation Award.
2006 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (Division B: Curriculum Studies).
2005 Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award.
2005 University of British Columbia Prof. Ted T. Aoki Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Prize in Curriculum Studies.
Imaginative Education Postdoctoral Fellowship, Simon Fraser University, Canada: 2006 - 2007
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Postdoctoral Fellowship, held at University of Alberta: 2007 – 2009
VISITING RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway, June 2016
INTERNATIONAL EDITORIAL BOARD MEMBER
1. The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education (Editor-In-Chief: Bradley J. Porfilio, California State University, East Bay; Information Age Publishing)
2. Comparative and International Education Journal. (Editor: Marianne A. Larsen, published by the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada)
3. Book series: Cultural Pluralism, democracy, Socio-environmental Justice and Education. (Editors: Paul R. Carr & Gina Théseé; Sense Publishers)
4. European Journal of Curriculum Studies.
UNESCO Chair in Democracy, Cultural Pluralism and Transformative Education
RECENT INTERNATIONAL COMPARATIVE RESEARCH PROJECTS
Scotland PI for:
1. Ethical Internationalisation in Higher Education in times of Global Crisis:http://www.oulu.fi/edu/eiheandhttp://eihe.blogspot.co.uk/p/project-partners.html
2. Global Doing Democracy Research Project:http://doingdemocracy.ning.com/
Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research
Affiliation - Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies– University of Stirling
Trustee: SCOTDEC Global Learning Centre / Edinburgh
External Examiner - Faculty of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal
I am an international educationalist and researcher with diverse, transcultural and transnational experience in education. I have twenty-five years of educational experience in teaching and researching in elementary and secondary schools and universities, with experience in both minority and majority world contexts on four continents. In particular, I have worked with students and communities from diverse cultural, ethnic, socio-economic and linguistic backgrounds, and have engaged in research in these contexts. My research interests and experience include mathematics education, STEM education, curriculum studies, social justice education, democracy in education, critical pedagogy, critical global citizenship, critical intercultural education, and critical educational inclusion. I have taught in multicultural contexts in Canada and in South Africa in highly multi-lingual and multi-cultural and indigenous contexts as well as contexts of socio-economic disadvantage. My work and contributions in the Middle East were also within diverse communities.
In the Faculty of Social Sciences, I am Director of Access to Degree Studies, and lecture on the Initial Teacher Education programme. I currently supervise five PhD students.