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EDU/DEV seminar: Stories from the field: narrative research across two generations in Grahamstown, Western Cape, South Africa

EDU/DEV seminar: Thursday January 31st 2013, 5– 6 pm in EDU Room 1.40

Professor David Stephens, University of Brighton

David Stephens is Professor of International Education in the Education Research Centre at the University of Brighton and visiting senior research fellow at Rhodes University. He has spent the past 35 years teaching and researching in a number of Western and Southern African countries. His research interests are in the role of culture in international education, and narrative and biographical research approaches in global Southern contexts.

The aim of this seminar will be to reconceptualise narrative research within one national context (South Africa) experiencing rapid socio-economic and cultural change. Drawing upon a series of life history interviews from senior and beginner teachers in the university town and township of Grahamstown in South Africa’s Western Cape, the seminar will explore the interconnected worlds of individual teachers and the contexts, past, present and future in which they live and work.

The seminar will also discuss narrative and biographical research as a methodology and in particular its relationship to western and global southern research traditions and epistemologies.

David’s most recent publication is, Goodson, I, Loveless, AM, & Stephens, D (Eds) (2012) Explorations in Narrative Research Sense Publishers: Rotterdam. He is currently writing International Education and Development: A Narrative Approach to be published in 2013 by Routledge.