Role at BCU: PhD Researcher and Graduate Teaching and Research Assistant
Research Interests: Family Learning, Adult Education, Literacy, Ethnicity
Research you are currently working on: My PhD is looking at Family Learning initiatives in Birmingham. My research questions are:
- What does family learning mean to parents, children and practitioners?
- What does best practice look like in different contexts?
- How can best practice be implemented in all family learning institutions?
- Can a framework for monitoring the benefits of family learning be established and embedded into institutional practice?
Research methodologies you are using: I am going to carry out case-studies of 3 Family Learning providers. I will use semi-structured interviews with families and practitioners and observations of learning sessions. I also plan to use Visual and Sensory ethnography and Discourse Analysis.
Current issues, thoughts and reflections on education & research: It is an exciting time to be within the School of Education at BCU as the school is expanding and the links between teaching and research are getting stronger!
Most influential research you have read/seen: Black Masculinities and Schooling: How Black Boys Survive Modern Schooling (Sewell, 1997)
Advice for new researchers: Don’t be afraid to try new and innovative techniques whilst carrying out your research.
Mini fact about you: I have a trainer addiction (currently on 18 pairs and counting!)