- •Professor (School of Education)
Michele joined the School as Professor of Comparative and International Education in January 2013 from the University of Birmingham. Originally from Canada, she has also worked as a teacher, trainer or teacher educator in Sierra Leone, Indonesia, Scotland and the Turks and Caicos Islands, and has conducted research in a range of contexts internationally.
PhD University of Warwick
MSc University of Oxford
BEd University of Western Ontario
BA University of Western Ontario
Michele is interested in tensions between global frameworks (such as children’s rights, and notions of ‘best practice’ in teaching and learning) and local and cultural imperatives. Her research takes a comparative and international perspective on:
•democratic education and education for democracy, especially the contribution of learner-centred pedagogy;
•global citizenship education;
•teacher professional learning and identity;
•education in developing and transitional countries;
•university internationalisation and the transnational, intercultural and academic experiences of mobile students.
- Evaluation of the International Fellowship and Networking Schemes (ESRC 2011)
- Options for Education Research under DFID’s New Research Strategy (DFID 2009)
- Rethinking the Needs of International Students: a critique of university internationalisation (ESRC seminar series 2008-10)
- The Impact of UK Educational Experiences on Chinese Returnees’ Lives and Careers (British Academy 2008)
- Global Citizenship Education as a Framework for Teaching about Diversity. Funded link with Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (International Council for Canadian Studies 2008)
- Education and Emergencies: impact on the vulnerable in South Asia (UNICEF 2008)
- A Comparative Study of International Students’ Intercultural Experiences (ESRC 2006)
- Children as Decision Makers (ESRC 2006 – seminar series)
- Education and Democracy in Rwanda (CfBT 2005)
- Sustaining Democracy in Education in The Gambia through the Professional Development of Inspectors (CfBT 2002 – 2004)
- UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network Review (UNESCO 2002 – 2003)
- Teacher Education and Democracy in The Gambia (CfBT 2000-2002)
- Education for Global Citizenship: case studies of good practice in Canadian schools (Faculty Research Programme Grant, Government of Canada 2004) Visiting Scholar: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, March – April 2004.
- Teachers’ Perceptions and Support Needs in Project Schools in Perm, Russia (TEMPUS-TACIS 1998)
- Remote Highland Schools in Lesotho, Southern Africa: constraints and the targeting of aid (Overseas Development Agency 1997)
- General School Provision in Perm, Russia: a case study of School 134 (TEMPUS-TACIS 1996)
Research grants and consultancies:
Michele welcomes inquiries and applications from potential research students who share any of her research interests, or who are doing comparative studies and would like methodological advice within their supervisory team.
Michele is editor of the journal Comparative Education.
She is also a member of the editorial board for International Journal of Educational Development and European Education: Issues and Studies.
She is past Chair of the British Association for International and Comparative Education (http://baice.ac.uk/).
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