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Current Postgraduate Research Students

Jan McArthur supervises 9 postgraduate research students. Some of the students have produced research profiles, these are listed below:

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Dr Jan McArthur


Jan McArthur


Tel: +44 1524 592290

Research overview

My research interests span two themes:  education and social justice, and the nature of higher education. I am interested in  inter-relationships between education and society, and between theory and practice.  I have explored different interpretations of critical pedagogy, and particularly the ways in which conceptualisations of knowledge impact upon social justice.  Much of my work is informed by critical theory, and I have a special interest in the work of Theodor Adorno.   My recent work has looked at the nature of assessment and feedback the role of failure in learning including the relationship between conceptions of failure and social justice.

Current Teaching

I currently teach on the Doctoral Programme in Education and Social Justice and convene the module ED.S851 Understanding Social Justice Internationally:  Issues, Theories and Approaches.

Career Details

I am currently Associate Editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, and Associate Editor of Higher Education Research and Development.

I have previously worked as a Lecturer in Higher Education at the University of Edinburgh, but began my academic career many years ago at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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