Passionate about education for social justice and literacies in particular, I believe in trying to read the world as well as the word, to borrow from Paulo Freire, whose work was a seminal influence. I am interested in radical research methodologies and critical pedagogies which seek to understand and challenge the complexities of power relations in changing social practices. Adopting the identity of a bricoleur, I am constantly experimenting with creative ways of comprehending and contributing to social action.
Language is central to power and my research in the field of literacies explores the power relations between theory, policy and practice at a time of significant change in Scotland. My research informs my approach to professional development for adult and community educators, which exploits techniques from the creative arts to deconstruct and transform educational practice.