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Dr Jan McArthur

Senior Lecturer, Head of Department

Jan McArthur

County South



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.  My latest book Assessment for Social Justice explores the potential to further social justice within and through HE assessment and draws on the critical theory of Axel Honneth.

PhD supervision

I am interested in PhD supervision in the areas of social justice education, conceptualisations of social justice, critical pedagogy, the nature and purposes of higher education, assessment for learning and social justice, educational philosophy and critical theory.

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.  I also teach on the Doctoral Programme in Educational Research and convene the module ED.S862 Researching Learning, Teaching and Assessment

Career Details

I am Editor of Arts and Humanities in Higher Education.

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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