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Dr Alison Buckler

Profile summary

  • Research Staff
  • Research Fellow
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • alison.buckler

Professional biography

I have worked at the Open University since 2006. For seven years I was a researcher for the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (TESSA) programme, which creates and supports the use of open educational resources for teachers and teacher educators. My PhD, which was awarded in 2012, developed a model of professional capability for women teachers in rural Sub-Saharan African schools. This research was written up as a book for Routledge called 'Quality teaching and the capability approach: evaluating the work and governance of women teachers in rural Sub-Saharan Africa' (published in May 2015).

I am currently PI on range of internally and externally-funded projects which include: conceptualisations of education for social justice in colleges of education in Ghana (The Spencer Foundation); the impact of different modes of teacher education on the learning outcomes of pupils in rural Malawi (Open University) and; the use of participatory video as a research tool in remote communities (Open University). I am Co-I on projects which include: the impact of open educational resources on teacher educators' practice in Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Mauritius (ROER4D - Freda Wolfenden is PI) and; policies and practices around English medium instruction in Ghana and India (British Council/CBfT - Elizabeth Erling is PI).

Research interests

Teacher education, Sub-Saharan Africa, remote and rural contexts, gender, OER, participatory research approaches.

Teaching interests

ET821: Education for Development (Masters Level)

External collaborations

I am on the Executive Committee of the British Association of International and Comparative Education (BAICE)

I am a member of BERA

I have worked with or advised the following organisations:

Catcher Media Social
Humana People to People (NGO)
Development Aid from People to People (DAPP-Malawi)
VVOB (Education NGO, Belgium)
Save the Children

Publications

Book Reviews (2016-07-08)
Beavers, Sian; Brasher, Andrew; Buckler, Alison and Iniesto, Francisco
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 1 (p 16)
Medium of instruction policies in Ghanaian and Indian primary schools: an overview of key issues and recommendations (2016)
Erling, Elizabeth J.; Adinolfi, Lina; Hultgren, Anna Kristina; Buckler, Alison and Mukorera, Mark
Comparative Education, 52(3) (pp. 294-310)
Learning from TESS-India’s approach to OER localisation across multiple Indian states (2014-12-23)
Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Buckler, Alison and Seal, Timothy
Journal of Interactive Media in Education, 2(7)
The role of OER localisation in building a knowledge partnership for development: insights from the TESSA and TESS-India teacher education projects (2014-09)
Buckler, Alison; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Seal, Timothy and Musafir, Shankar
Open Praxis, 6(3) (pp. 221-233)
Capturing changes in Sudanese teachers' teaching using reflective photography (2013-08)
Wolfenden, Freda and Buckler, Alison
Teaching and Teacher Education, 34 (pp. 189-197)
OER Adaptation and Reuse across cultural contexts in Sub Saharan Africa: Lessons from TESSA (Teacher Education in Sub Saharan Africa) (2012)
Wolfenden, Freda ; Buckler, Alison and Keraro, Fred
Journal of Interactive Media in Education (p 16)
Reconsidering the evidence base, considering the rural: aiming for a better understanding of the education and training needs of Sub-Saharan African teachers (2011-05)
Buckler, Alison
International Journal of Educational Development, 31(3) (pp. 244-250)
Quality Teaching and the Capability Approach: Evaluating the Work and Governance of Women Teachers in Rural Sub-Saharan Africa (2015-05-13)
Buckler, Alison
Routledge Research in Education
ISBN : 9781138799684 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon and New York
Teacher learning in Sudan: building dialogue around teachers' practices through reflective photography (2015)
Wolfenden, Freda and Buckler, Alison
In: Miles , Susie and Howes, Andy eds. Photography in Educational Research: Critical Reflections from Diverse Contexts (pp. 79-95)
ISBN : 978-0-415-85495-5 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : Abingdon
Adapting OERs for professional communities: The Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa experience (2012-03)
Wolfenden, Freda and Buckler, Alison
In: Connolly, Teresa; Okada, Alexandra and Scott, Peter eds. Collaborative Learning 2.0 - Open Educational Resources
ISBN : 9781466603004 | Publisher : IGI Global (In Press)
From global to local: learning from TESS-India’s approach to OER localisation across seven Indian states (2014-04)
Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Buckler, Alison and Seal, Timothy
In : OER14 Building communities of open practice (28-29 April 2014, Newcastle)
The role of OER localisation in building a knowledge partnership for development: The TESSA and TESS-India teacher education projects (2014-04)
Buckler, Alison; Perryman, Leigh-Anne; Seal, Timothy and Musafir, Shankar
In : OCWC Global Conference 2014 (23-25 April 2014, Ljubljana, Slovenia)
OER adaptation and reuse across cultural contexts in sub Saharan Africa: lessons from the TESSA consortium (2010-03)
Wolfenden, Freda; Buckler, Alison and Keraro, Fred
In : OER10 (22-24 March 2010, Cambridge, UK)

News

Victoria Cumming, recipient of the Andrew Cornell Award 2017

WELS student wins Andrew Cornwell Award 2017

Victoria Cumming received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Social Work and was also given the Andrew Cornwell Award 2017 for the highest-performing graduate in the social work programme at the Open University's degree ceremony

6th November 2017
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