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Michelle Bedeker, PhD

Assistant Professor, PhD: Language and Literacy

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  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index

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Personal profile

Dr Michelle Bedeker has 25 years of teaching experience in primary, secondary, adult and higher education sectors. She holds a PhD in Language and Literacy Studies, Masters in Education (Applied Linguistics/Language Education), Honours in Education (Curriculum and Pedagogy) and a Bachelor in Education degree from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. Also, she was awarded Erasmus Mundus Scholarships to complete a PhD course in Bourdieu Sociology of Education at Uppsala University, Sweden and Masters Courses at Tromso University in Norway which included English as Newspaper Language, Visual Ethnography, Language and Gender as well as Narrative Literature. In her doctoral thesis, she combined Bourdieu’s Sociology of Education, Narrative Ethnography and Systemic Functional Linguistics to explore the writer identities constructed at secondary schools. Data was collected at two schools (disadvantaged/advantaged) which illustrated how mismatches in the South African language curriculum, pedagogy and national exit examinations hold serious ramifications for first-year writer identities and their ability to navigate writing discourses valued at universities. Therefore, her research agenda lies at the intersection of sociology of education, applied/educational linguistics and ethnography to make visible how the entanglement of context, time and history impact on multilingual teaching and learning. To sum up, her teaching and research experience include Sociolinguistics, English Language Teaching Methodologies, Academic Literacy, Bilingual Education and Systemic Functional Linguistics (genre-based approaches to teach and assess writing).

Education/Academic qualification

Language Education, PhD: Language and Literacy, University of the Western Cape

Award Date: Dec 20 2015

Language Education, Masters in Education, University of the Western Cape

Award Date: Mar 20 2008

Education, Honors Degree, University of the Western Cape

Award Date: Mar 15 2006

External positions

Assistant professor, Fatima College of Health Sciences

Jul 18 2017Dec 20 2019

Instructor, University of the Western Cape

Jan 1 2010Jun 30 2017

University of the Western Cape

Jun 1 2004Dec 31 2012

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Research Output

  • 5 Citations
  • 1 h-Index
  • 2 Paper
  • 2 Article
  • 1 Chapter (peer-reviewed)

Testing the waters: exploring the teaching of genres in a Cape Flats Primary School in South Africa. Language in epistemic access: Mobilizing multilingualism and literacy development for more equitable education in South

Kerfoot, C. & Van Heerden (Bedeker), M., 2017, Taylor-Francis. Kerfoot, C. & Simon-Vandenbergen, A-M. (eds.). 1 ed. Oxon/New York: Routledge, Vol. 1. p. 235-255 20 p. 2

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  • Open Access
  • 5 Citations (Scopus)
  • Activities

    • 2 Participation in workshop, seminar
    • 2 Invited talk

    'At school, I was on top of the game, and now I have to start all over again': South African student writer identities in transition

    Michelle Bedeker (Invited speaker)

    Jan 26 2016

    Activity: Participating in eventParticipation in workshop, seminar

    Multilingualism at the crossroads

    Michelle Bedeker (Speaker)

    Apr 15 2015Apr 17 2015

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Bourdieu's Sociology of Education Seminar Series

    Michelle Bedeker (Speaker)

    Aug 16 2013

    Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk

    Annual E-Learning Conference

    Michelle Bedeker (Invited speaker)

    Aug 2 2012

    Activity: Participating in eventParticipation in workshop, seminar


    Bourdie's Sociology of Education

    Bedeker, Michelle (Recipient), Jul 31 2015

    Prize: Other distinction

  • Norad Scholarship

    Bedeker, Michelle (Recipient), Jul 28 2007

    Prize: Other distinction