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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 which aims to cultivate well-being, support capacity building, and promote the furthering of human potential. My research encompasses reflection and reflexivity, awareness and agency, the use of non-judgmental communication (e.g., coaching and Cooperative Development) in educational settings, and the development of teachers and researchers as whole people.
My professional background lies in teaching Arabic to speakers of other languages. 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.
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. Further 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. As part of my roles on two AHRC projects, I explored the area of researching multilingually; its complexities, affordances, limitations, with specific focus on its implications for developing researcher agency within higher education.
I also worked in the area of researcher development and hold a certificate in coaching and mentoring.
I am currently a lecturer at the School of Education and Social Work at the University of Sussex where I lead on the postgraduate diploma in International Teacher Education.
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