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Assoc Prof Carolyn McKinney


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Associate Professor

Room: 5.08.5
E-mail: Carolyn.McKinney@uct.ac.za
Telephone: (021) 650 2757
Fax: (021) 650 3489

Convener: 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).

Publications