Memberships and Affiliations
- Internal Memberships
Postgraduate Research (PGR) (2022 - on-going)
Sustainable International Development
School of Education Ethics Officer
Arts, Social Sciences and Business Ethics Committee (2019 -2022)
School of Education Research Committee
- External Memberships
University of Rwanda, College of Education - Postgraduate Thesis
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources - Postgraduate Thesis
University of Guyana - Postgraduate Thesis
University of Edinburgh - MSc Comparative Education and International Development
Research Grant Peer Reviewer
ESRC (2016 - ongoing)
British Academy (2019 - ongoing)
Membership of Professional and Other Bodies
Member: British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
Member: Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
Teaching and Teacher Education
Journal of Education for Teaching
International Journal of Educational Development
European Journal of Teacher Education
Africa Education Review
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
Cambridge Journal of Education
International Review of Education
Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
My main research interest is in the broad area of international education and development, and teacher education research, practice and policy with a focus on social justice, inclusion, and equity.
I am currently accepting PhDs in Education.
Please get in touch if you would like to discuss your research ideas further.
Equitable access to primary education in Malawi and Ghana
Adult literacy education in Rwanda
Educational inclusion in rural parts of Cambodia
Teacher Preparation in the Context of Poverty in Scotland
I collaborated with colleagues at the University of Rwanda - College of Education, three Teacher Training Colleges and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR), implementing an adult literacy project in Western Rwanda. The project was informed by a social practices approach to adult literacies. It aimed at building the capacity of the Rwandan adult education sector to respond to the needs of adult learners. The project was funded by the Scottish Government (£1,191,795)(2017 - 2022).
I collaborated with colleagues at the University of Rwanda - College of Education, three Teacher Training Colleges and the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR) in implementing an adult literacy project in Western Rwanda. This project was an extension of a previously funded project. The project was funded by the Scottish Government (£243,999.00)(2022 - 2023).
I am collaborating with colleagues at the University of Rwanda - College of Education, the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda), and three Teacher Training Colleges in Western Province of Rwanda in implementing an adult literacy project. This project is a further one-year extension of a previously funded project. The project is funded by the Scottish Government (£259,989.00) (2023 - 2024).
I supervise students in the areas of social justice, inclusion and education, global citizenship education, early childhood education, student attainment and the role of teacher characteristics, education and capabilities approach, adult learning education.
Funding and Grants
- Implementing a Social Practice Approach to Adult Literacy (SPAAL) project in Western Rwanda. This is a further one-year extension. It is aimed at building the capacity of the Rwandan adult education sector to enhance provision of adult literacy. The project is funded by the Scottish Government (£259,989.00)(2023 - 2024). (With Prof Pamela Abbott).
- Implementing a Social Practice Approach to Adult Literacy (SPAAL) project in Western Rwanda. The project is an extension of a five and half year project. It is aimed at building the capacity of the Rwandan adult education sector to enhance provision of adult literacy. The project is funded by the Scottish Government (£243,999.00)(2022 - 2023). (With Prof Pamela Abbott).
- Improving the academic attainment of children in disadvantaged schools in Malawi: the role of school-community engagement and provision of radio-based instruction. £8880.00. Funded by the University of Aberdeen Internal GCRF Grant. (2020 - 2021). (PI)
- Attainment Challenge Project: Developing pedagogies that work for Pre-service and Early Career Teachers to reduce the Attainment Gap in Literacy, Numeracy and Health and Well-being. £50,000. Funded by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Council of the Deans of Education (SCDE). (2019 - 2021). (With Archie Graham, Dean Robson, Lindsay MacDougall).
- Educational inclusion and professional development in rural school settings in the province of Battambang, Cambodia. This project aims to enhance quality of teaching, children's school experiences and outcomes (initial funding £6,600, second funding £9,990, third funding £2848 (Funded by the University of Aberdeen Internal GCRF Grant). (2018 - 2021). (With Dr Jackie Ravet).
- This project aims to address the identified challenges in adult literacy in Western Rwanda. The project is a collaboration with the University of Rwanda - College of Education, three teacher training colleges and Institute for Policy Analysis and Research. £1,191,795 (Funded by the Scottish Government) (2017 - 2022).(With Prof Pamela Abbott and Dr Aileen Ackland)
- Evaluation of the Malawi M.Ed Primary Project within the Malawi Development Programme £7,500. Funded by the University of Strathclyde 2015 - 2017 (PI).
- Evaluation of the Inverness and Livingston Bridge to Employment project. The project was supporting high school students and their motivation and uptake of STEM subjects in preparation for higher education and Further Education. £21,604 (Funded by the Academy for Educational Development) (2010 - 2011) (PI/Researcher).
I teach on the following courses or programmes
- Sustainable international development
- Research methods for professional learning
- PGDE and MA (Honours) Education
Samuel Oppong-Frimpong An investigation into the quality of early childhood education provision in Ghana, through the use of interaction (Completed)(Co-supervor - Prof Donald Gray).
Maxwell Kwesi Nyatsikor Connecting the Ghanaian Primary School Teacher Characteristics to Pupil Achievement in National Educational Assessment (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).
Arkangelo Mtipe Yambeni An investigation of how students’ achievement during entrance examinations correlates with their actual academic achievement in higher education in Malawi using Domasi College of Education as a case (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).
Assel Zhakim Children’s learning in the home environment in Kazakhstan (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).
Laura Puhalak Equality of First Year Experiences in Initial Teacher Education from a Capabilities Perspective (Completed)(Co-supervisor - Dr Dean Robson).
Maisara Maisara Bringing the world into classroom: teacher for global education in post-conflict and post-Tsunami Aceh (On-going) (Co-supervisor - Dr Elizabeth Curtis).
Non-course Teaching Responsibilities
University of Guyana - Postgraduate Degree
University of Edinburgh - Postgraduate Degree
Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) Malawi - Postgraduate Degree
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Literacy and Quality of Life: A Study of Adults with Poor Literacy Capabilities in Western RwandaCompare: A Journal of Comparative and International EducationContributions to Journals: Articles
What difference does a Social Practices Approach to Adult Literacies Education (SPA-ALE) make to adult learners’ lives in three districts in Western Rwanda?Contributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
Perceived realities of rural primary school teachers in Malawi: applying Bronfenbrenner’s ecological systems theoryEducation Applications & Developments VIII. Carmo, M. (ed.). InScience Press, pp. 544-557, 13 pagesChapters in Books, Reports and Conference Proceedings: Chapters
Beyond the Pandemic: Poverty and School Education in ScotlandScottish Educational Review, vol. 54, no. 2, pp. 238-264Contributions to Journals: Articles
Student teachers’ perspectives of learning to enact an inclusive pedagogy: insights for working in high poverty school environmentsTeaching EducationContributions to Journals: Articles
Analysis of the Provision of Primary Education in MalawiContributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
FOSTERING A SOCIAL PRACTICES APPROACH FOR ADULT LITERACIES TO IMPROVE PEOPLE’S QUALITY OF LIFE IN RWANDA: ACHIEVEMENTS, LESSONS LEARNT AND POLICY RECOMMENDATIONSContributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
Fostering a Social Practices Approach to Adult Literacies for Improving People’s Quality of Life in Western Rwanda: Project OverviewContributions to Conferences: Oral Presentations
Fostering a social practices approach for adult literacies to improve people's quality of life in Rwanda: policy brief number 2University of Aberdeen. 9 pagesBooks and Reports: Commissioned Reports
Parental involvement in children’s primary education: A case study from a rural district in MalawiSouth African Journal of Education, vol. 42, no. 3, 2133Contributions to Journals: Articles