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Assoc Prof Carolyn McKinney



Associate Professor

Room: 5.08.5
Telephone: (021) 650 2757
Fax: (021) 650 3489

Convenor: PhD programme 

Stream Head: MEd specialising in Language & Literacy Studies

I teach courses and conduct research on language and literacy teaching and learning in multilingual contexts.  My research is framed by a view of  language and literacy as social practices. I research the relationships between language, literacy and power in educational contexts of deep social inequality. I have published on language ideologies in schooling and language in education policy; relationships between ‘race’ and language; classroom discourse and power relations; critical literacy; identity, subjectivity and learning and translanguaging for learning.

Current PhD supervision

  • Soraya Abdulatief: Language and Literacy as Resource and Repertoire
  • Robyn Tyler:  Semiotic repertoires in bilingual Science learning: A study of learners’ meaning-making practices in two sites in a Cape Town high school
  • Xolisa Guzula: Exploring multiliteracies pedagogy and translanguaging practices in the third space: a case study of an after-school literacy club
  • Beatha Set An exploration of the nature of meaning-making in Grade 4 Natural Science Classroom discourses in a Namibian Bilingual Primary school. 

Current & recent research projects

  • 2018- Decoloniality and Language in Education: delinking and transforming languaging-for-learning (NRF funded project with Pam Christie, Cathy Kell, Matumo Ramafikeng, Soraya Abdulatief, Robyn Tyler, Xolisa Guzula and Pinky Makoe).
  • 2017-2018 Co-PI (with Mbulu Madiba) Translanguaging as Pedagogy at UCT. Overcoming Barriers to University Education in South Africa (AHRC funded collaboration with UK PIs Angela Creese and Adrian Blackledge, University of Birmingham).
  • 2014 – 2017 ‘Heteroglossia in Primary Classrooms’ (NRF funded project)
  • 2014 – 2016 Member of cross-institution research team, NRF Education Research Grant for project ‘Digital Resources in children’s and youth’s learning and networking’ (Mastin Prinsloo (PI), Ana Deumert, Marion Walton, Cathy Kell and Xolisa Guzula).