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).
Teacher education, Sub-Saharan Africa, remote and rural contexts, gender, OER, participatory research approaches.
ET821: Education for Development (Masters Level)
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