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Dr Dalene Swanson
United Kingdom
University of Stirling
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Research Interests
My research interests span curriculum studies; mathematics education; teacher education; critical theory / pedagogy; cultural studies and indigeneity; and socio-cultural, philosophical and political theories of education. I have employed interdisciplinary and arts-based approaches to research, and have especially embraced narrative methodologies. I have written articles engaging with narrative and poetic inquiry, and am particularly interested in innovative methodological approaches to qualitative research and writing. This interest is fostered by a commitment toward seeking decolonizing practices in research / inquiry. My Ph.D. dissertation was written within, what I refer to as, ‘critical reflexive narrative’ methodology or ‘critical rhizomatic narrative’ (Swanson, 2004).

Critically important to me are issues of social, ecological and global justice. My experience living, teaching and researching in both 'developing' and 'developed nations' contexts have informed my interest in and commitment to anti-oppressive education and pedagogy, especially in respect of issues of privilege, poverty, constructed disadvantage, marginalization and social erasure, discourses of silence, and global economic and ideological colonization. As such, concepts of recent interest and investigation are ‘(economic) development’, ‘freedom’, ‘sustainability’, and ‘liberal democracy’ in relation to prevailing educational discourses and global political advocacies. Drawing on lived experiences within contexts of conflict and socio-economic and political oppression, I have commitments to the collective responsibilities of a ‘critical global citizenship’ in productive tension with all its attendant ethical difficulties, utopianisms and critical debates. In this respect, I seek, through my work, to find dialogical openings of hopeful possibility that may provide emerging praxes and pedagogies of egalitarianism, democracy, and global / ecological justice.

Recent and ongoing research emphases have included a focus on the critical relationship between social difference discourses, identity and constructed disadvantage. I draw on poststructuralist and postcolonial discourses in attending to the interconnectedness of context, discourse, subjectivity, ideology and power. In this sense, an important focus of my research is to attend critically to the contextual, relational and subjective intersections of race, class, gender, poverty, ethnicity, ableism, language and cultural differences, and other social difference discourses, toward contesting oppression and hegemony in ways that foster opportunities for social action. The purpose of such an approach, then, is to seek to co-create enabling discourses and practices within marginalized groups and communities, and to advocate for justice-seeking, participatory and democratic citizenship in ‘glocal’ contexts.
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Ethics of Internationalisation in Higher Education
Doing Democracy - scotland
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dalene.swanson (in Vancouver, Canada)

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