Centre for International Education (CIE)

Research Candidates

CIE Research Candidates: Obaapanin Oforiwaa AduName: Obaapanin Oforiwaa Adu
Course: International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: Breaking The Silence: Experiences of female professors in public universities in Ghana
Research theme: In her research, Obaapanin examines the barriers facing female professors in traditionally male dominated Higher Education institutions in Ghana by exploring their experiences and challenges.

Jennifer AgbaireName: Jennifer Agbaire
Course: Education PhD
Research title: Access to University in Nigeria: Exploring the impact of admission policy and practices
Research theme: The complex, quota-based admissions system through which students are recruited to federal universities in Nigeria emphasises academic merit and involves consideration of applicants' place of origin, whilst excluding gender and socio-economic status linked to widening inequalities in university access across the country. Using focus groups and semi-structured individual interviews, Jennifer explores equity dilemmas and tensions arising from admissions policy and practices through the experiences of current and aspiring students as well as the views of admissions staff. She seeks to understand the impact of the admissions system on inclusion, and how individual or collective socio-ethnic characteristics may influence construction of meaning around the concept of equity in access to higher education.

Name: Yasamin Alkhansa
Course: Education PhD
Research title: Teachers and History Teaching: A case study on the agency of Iranian teachers
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Name: Haitham Ali Hamed Althubaiti
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title:
Identity and English Language Learning: A case study of EFL learners in an English language programme in Saudi Arabia
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Name: Elizabeth Akua Amoako
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
The Influence of Mentoring on Initial Teacher Education: A case study of the 'out segment' programme in Ghana
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Esi Fenyiwa Amonoo-KuofiName: Esi Fenyiwa Amonoo-Kuofi
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title:
Teacher Leadership and Professional Development in Ghanaian Schools
Research theme: Consideration of effective teacher leaders; how professional learning occurs; and connections to the teaching quality global agenda. Framing methodologies: Vygotsky’s social-constructivism, Fullan’s educational change & Wenger’s communities of practice.

 

Name: Iris Amponsah-Efah
Course: International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: Private Schooling in Ghana
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Name: Janet Baah
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
The Difference in Perceived Quality between Public and Low-Fee Private Schools in a Ghanaian Slum
Research theme: Focusing on schooling processes, Janet adopts a mixed method design to uniquely contribute to the schooling quality debate which has been largely influenced by school effectiveness type studies.

CIE Research Candidate: Sayanti Banerjee

Name: Sayanti Banerjee
Course:
PhD in Education 
Research title:
Impact of social exclusion on second generation migrant black and minority ethnic women in deprived areas of England: The role of selh-help as a strategy to combat barriers and promote gender equality
Research theme: How the social exclusion of second generation BME women impacts their participation in education and employment; the effect of social exclusion on their reproductive rights; and how self-help can be used for improved social integration.

Dzigbodi Ama BaniniName: Dzigbodi Ama Banini
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Intergration of Technology into Pedagogy at the Basic Level of Education in Ghana
Research theme: 
Exploration, through action research, into how public Basic School teachers could use technology(specifically mobile phone cameras with Windows Movie Maker) as a tool to develop lesson-related Teaching-Learning Materials in the form of films to support traditional pedagogy and enhance students’ learning outcomes. 

Farzana BardaiName: Farzana Bardai
Course: Education PhD
Research title: The Role of the Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Factors Influencing Education State Capacity Development by INGOs: A case study of AKF in Afghansitan
Research theme: The processes and outcomes of capacity development of government officials within the Afghan education system by International Non-Governmental Organizations using a mix method case study approach to understand how education policy and delivery is influenced by actors that work at the international, national and local levels of education governance in Afghanistan. Particular areas of interests are governance, financing education in conflict-affected countries, impacts of globalization on education policy and practices and the role of INGOs within the broader international education and development literature. 

Eva BulgrinName: Eva Bulgrin
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
The Discursive and Social Practices of the Policy of Decentralisation and De-concentration in Pre- and Primary Education in Benin
Research theme:
Governance of education systems, in particular governance mechanism of the decentralisation of education; policy analysis, in particular influence of international agencies on policy and practice in developing countries.

 

Name: Gabrielle Daoust
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
A Critical Analysis of Discourses of Inclusion in Education and Contributions to Peacebuilding in South Sudan
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Name: Abaidoo A Edzii
Course:
 International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Decentralised Educational Planning in Ghana: A case study of the Accra Metroplitan Directorate of Education and Komenda Edina Eguafo Abrem Municipal Directorate of Education
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Name: Akiko Hanaya
Course:
 International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Quality Assuarance of Teacher Education Providers in India
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Name: Lynne Heslop
Course:
 International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Higher Education, Conflict and Peacebuilding in Burma
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Name: Suvasini Iyer
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Exploring the Subjectivities of Middle Class Young People in an Elite, Private Indian School
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Name: Patrick Kenneth Kane
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Popular Education and Social Movements in South West Columbia
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Name: Fern Levitt
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Exploring the Use of MALL with a Phonics Approach to Support Development of Literacy Skills among Second-Chance EFL Learners: A case study in a technological-vocational secondary school in Israel
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Name: Fawzia Haeri Mazanderani
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title:
'A Map Without Direction': The experiences, perceptions and practices of previously disadvantaged youth navigating post-school opportunities in South Africa
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Name: Kathleen Moriarty
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Global Citizenship Education
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Name: Wezi Mwangulube
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Understanding HIV Education in a Developing Country Context: A critical discourse analysis of life skills-based HIV curriculum in a Malawian junior secondary school
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Name: Gilbert Omware
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Regulation of Low Fee Private Schools in Kenya, Uganda and South Africa
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Name: Marta Paluch
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Exploring Professional Development with Adult Literacy Facilitators in Guatemala
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Name: Maida Pasic
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Post-Conflict Education and Decentralisation in Bosnia
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Name: Joseph Christopher Pesambili
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
An Investigation into the Encounter between Indigenous and Western Education among the Maasai Pastoralists in Tanzania
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Name: Daniella Rabino
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title:
 Social Construction of Children's Living Landscapes: Emerging identities around Madagascar's rainforest
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Name: Joel Reyes
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Resilience in Conflict-Affected Countries
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Name: Ruslin Ruslin
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
The Learning Experience of the Students of the Automative Department of the SMKIGT in the Workplace: Perspectives of school stakeholders
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CIE Associate: Albert Tarmo

Name: Albert Tarmo (PhD candidate)  
Research interests: The difficulties science teachers encounter in realizing the aspired pedagogical reforms in school science teaching in Tanzania. 
Latest appointment: Assistant Lecturer in Science Education, School of Education, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

 

 

Name: Paula Alejandra Leal Tejeda
Course: Education PhD
Research title: Students' Understandings about Citizenship Education in Selected Public and Private Secondary Schools in Chile
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Gunjan WadhwaName: Gunjan Wadhwa
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Children's Access to Education in an Area of Civil Unrest in  India
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Gunjan's research explores children's access to education in an area of civil unrest in India, deploying post-structural, postcolonial and feminist theorisation of data. The study is located in the 'gender, identities, citizenship' theme of CIE and aims to problematise the modernisation discourse by looking at community voices and their demands for education as development. The aim of the research is to understand identity-formation and establish the links to and between the demand and supply of education, in context of conflict.

Christine Wanjala

Name: Christine Wanjala
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title:
Regenerative Leadership Practices for Sustainability in Changing Educational Environments: The case of students' achievement
Research theme: 
To understand if, how and to what extent leadership practices could help foster sustainable students’ achievement in the changing educational environment in Kenya.

 

Name: Anna Wharton
Course: Education PhD
Research title: Syrian Refugee Children and the Relationship Between Education and Community Development
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Boon Seong WooName: Boon Seong Woo
Course: 
International Doctor of Education (EdD)
Research title: 
Higher Education in Singapore
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Boon is working as an academic staff developer at a polytechnic in Singapore and, for his doctoral studies, is exploring issues relating to the professional development of lecturers in further and higher education in Singapore. Specifically, he will investigate how lecturers learn to be teachers through situated and informal learning opportunities in the workplace, and also how the knowledge and experience of lecturers can be captured as they develop as teaching practitioners. Boon will also explore how lecturers provide multiple platforms for sharing and collaboration.

Name: Norina Melati Mohd Yusoff
Course: 
Education PhD
Research title: 
Understanding the Synergies of Malaysian Multi-Lingual Students' Literacy Practices In and Out of School: An ethnographic case study
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