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Lecturer from the SHSS presents paper at Riara University Conference on Education

Catherine Dean, lecturer in Philosophical Anthropology at the School of Humanities and Social Sciences presented a paper based on her doctoral research at the Riara University 1st Annual International Conference on Education (18th – 20th July 2013).


There were approximately 100 participants at the Conference who presented over 100 papers on themes related to the main topic of the conference: Transformative Education for Development: An African Perspective. The majority of participants were from Kenya although a large group came from various universities in Nigeria. There were also representatives from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Southern Sudan and Tanzania.


The keynote address on the first day was given by Ruth Kagia who has worked with the World Bank for over twenty years as global director for Education and Regional Director for Southern Africa among other posts. She gave an interesting presentation on the link between Education and Economic development based on her broad knowledge and experience.


Ms. Dean’s paper “How can I facilitate the personal development of my students as I live my educational values?” focused on how a living theory approach to research (www.actionresearch.net) can facilitate transformative education. She illustrated how her living educational values motivate her to seek ways of helping students to develop as persons through using their freedom to transform themselves.

The presentation gave rise to an interesting debate on new research methodologies which are developing globally. The relevance of a values based approach to research was highlighted.


To read the full paper, click here