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This site presents an overview of my professional landscape in its constant state of becoming. As you take a look around, you will be introduced to elements of this landscape and the streams that have nourished it in various ways.
I am interested in educational research that supports human capacity building and advocates furthering human potential for self- and mutual development. Some of my research areas are:
- The development of the whole person (teacher or researcher)
- Non-judgmental communication (e.g., coaching and Cooperative Development)
- Reflective practice and reflexivity
- Presence and awareness
- The use of creative arts in human capacity building
My professional background lies in teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages. In my teaching, I became aware of the great potential of information and communication technologies (ICT) for enhancing practice and empowering teachers. So, explored this area in further depth.
In addition to teaching, I was responsible for mentoring postgraduate students on the language program, which offered a pathway to understanding human complexity, and to helping candidate teachers develop a sense of agency as they make their way into the profession.
These experiences paved the way for completing a doctorate in the area of teacher development and ICT. I focused, specifically, on teacher cognition (pedagogical beliefs, knowledge, attitudes) and technology use in the context of Arabic language teaching.
While the study was supervised at a UK university, fieldwork took place in Egypt. This meant that both Arabic and English were used at different stages of the work. This raised questions about the nature of doing research in more than one language, and the extent to which researchers are equipped with the theoretical and methodological tools to enable them to harness the opportunities and live up to the challenges that may arise when undertaking cross-language research. I started to explore the area of researching multilingually; its complexities, affordances, limitations, with specific focus on its implications for developing researcher agency within higher education.
I am currently a Research Associate on the AHRC-funded project Researching Multilingually at the Borders of Language, the Body, Law and the State (2014-2017).
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