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Seminar: 'School ecologies: The Changing Landscape of Education in Africa'

Speaker: Dr David Johnson, University Reader in Comparative and International Education (Developing Countries), Department of Education and Fellow of St Antony’s College, University of Oxford, Oxford

Abstract:  The seminar will look at the methodological possibilities and early results of a study that tracks how adolescent youth in Sierra Leone navigate their educational lifeworlds. The paper argues that educational lifeworlds are shaped by the sociocultural contexts in which students live and learn. To study educational lifeworlds is to examine the changing patterns of educational meaning-making, educational and interpersonal relationships, determination and resilience.

Biography: David is University Reader in Comparative Education and Professorial Fellow of St Antony’s College. He studies educational systems in Africa and has worked closely with education ministers and other senior staff to design and evaluate policies for educational improvement – amongst others, in The Gambia, Nigeria, Malawi, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Rwanda and Sudan. He has recently carried out the first National Learning Assessment in Sudan. In Sierra Leone he is conducting a longitudinal study of learning in adversity and changes in adolescent perceptions of learning. He has conducted teacher assessments in 11 States across Nigeria.


This event is part of a seminar series:

Seminar Series: ‘Navigating life in sub-Saharan Africa – adolescent socio-ecologies’

Trinity Term 2016 Seminar Series ‘Navigating life in sub-Saharan Africa – adolescent socio-ecologies’ Thursdays at 14:00 – 15:30 Seminar Room: 66 Banbury Road, Oxford OX2 6PR Convener: Dr Jaco Hoffman, Senior Research Fellow   Core values for many in Africa are related to system variables beyond the level of the individual: the family, intergenera...

Event Details

26 May 2016 14:00 - 15:30


Oxford Institute of Population Ageing

66 Banbury Road, Oxford, OX2 6PR