Michelle Bedeker

Michelle Bedeker, PhD

Assistant Professor, PhD: Language and Literacy

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Michelle Bedeker is an Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Education (GSE) at Nazarbayev University. She holds a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy Studies, a Master's Degree in Education (Applied Linguistics/Language Education), a Bachelor of Education (Postgraduate) in Curriculum, Pedagogy, and School Leadership, and a Bachelor in Education (undergraduate) degree from the University of the Western Cape in South Africa. From a global south perspective, she uses a critical postcolonial third space lens that sits outside western educational discourses because it opposes them, even as it is defined and influenced by their existence, to counter global-local binaries. As a result, her interest is in the notion of entanglement to reveal what Santos (2014) calls the silenced and invisible epistemologies in multilingual education and pedagogy. Her approved research grant titled "A Transformative Approach to CLIL pedagogy in Kazakhstan" deals with STEM teachers' sense-making of their classroom realities and local epistemologies to offer contextually-relevant disciplinary literacy and metalinguistic support they need in the Kazakhstani CLIL context.

Education/Academic qualification

Language Education, PhD: Language and Literacy, Exploring Habitus and Writer Identities: An ethnographic study of writer identity construction in the FET Phase at two schools in the Western Cape, University of the Western Cape

Award Date: Dec 20 2015

Language Education, Masters in Education, Testing the waters: exploring the teaching of genres in a Cape Flats Primary School in South Africa, University of the Western Cape

Award Date: Mar 20 2008

Education, Honors Degree, Education, curriculum and Pedagogy, 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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