4 year studentship (MPhil/PhD in Education with integrated research methods training)
I trained as a UK secondary science teacher and then spent 14 years teaching science and mathematics and working as a teacher trainer in Kenya, Indonesia and the United Arab Emirates. This in-depth exposure to a variety of state education systems awakened in me an interest in the links between different societies and their education systems and led me to studying comparative education.
I am interested in why governments change the language of instruction used within their state school systems. I am exploring the competing influences of a variety of arguments about the role of language in education, including: nation building and national identity; globalization and economic advantage; and pedagogical effectiveness and linguistic human rights.
My research is policy based and I plan to compare the language choices of about 20 countries using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA).
The difference my research makes
I believe that my research will have impact in two ways:
1) by exploring the factors which have influenced language in education choice, I hope to make education policy makers more aware of the, possibly unrealized, factors influencing their own decisions;
2) Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) is still a comparatively new analytical tool and is under used in Comparative Education, so my research has the potential to act as a model for the systematic exploration of similarities and differences between the education systems of many countries.
Prof. Andy Green: http://www.ioe.ac.uk/staff/LCEN/LCEN_11.html
Dr. Julia Sallabank: https://www.soas.ac.uk/staff/staff37651.php