Nazarbayev University
Graduate School of Education

Graduate School of Education

Michelle Bedeker

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Michelle Bedeker
Position:
Assistant Professor
Specializations:
Multilingual education
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Education:

PhD in Language and Literacy, 2015

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa     

"Exploring Habitus and Writer Identities: An ethnographic study of writer identity construction in the FET Phase at two schools in the Western Cape"

PhD Exchange, 2015-2016

Uppsala University, Sweden

“Bourdieu’s Sociology of Education’’

Master in Education (Applied Linguistics/Language Education), 2008 [Distinction]

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa     

 "Testing the waters: Exploring genres in two English classes at a multilingual Cape Flats primary school"

Master in Education (Exchange), 2007

Tromso University, Tromso, Norway     

 "Visual Ethnography, Language and Gender & English as Newspaper Language" 

Bachelor of Education (Honors), 2006

University of the Western Cape, Cape Town, South Africa     

"Curriculum, Pedagogy and Educational Leadership"

 

Courses taught at GSE:

  • EDML 612 The Multilingual Society
  • EDML 614 Multilingual Curriculum Development and Assessment
  • EDUC 629 Multiliteracies
  • EDUC 670/71 Internship Project/Work-based Project [Inclusive Education]
  • EDIE 657 Leading Inclusive Education for Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners [Inclusive Education]

 

Thematic areas:

Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) and SFL-informed genre pedagogy and a Bourdieusian lens in multicultural/multilingual teacher education

 

Research subthemes

English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI) in school contexts, translanguaging, multiliteracies, language policy and planning, researcher reflexivity in the third space, Linguistic entanglement, teachers' sense-making of policy changes and professional identities, academic writing

 

Geographic areas:

South Africa and the United Arab Emirates

 

Funded Projects:

A Transformative Approach to CLIL pedagogy in Kazakhstan: Investigating SFL theory and STEM teachers' metalinguistic knowledge (PI), 2021-2023                                              

NU Faculty Development Competitive Research Program: 75,000 USD

 

Publications:

  • Bedeker, M. & Gaye, A. (2021, forthcoming). How many words must we have? Threshold 

crossing into an academic disciplinary voice in the UAE. In K. Jiang, J. Don & L. Buckingham (Eds.), EAP and growing interdisciplinary research: discourse, literacy and pedagogy. Routledge/Springer.

  • Kerfoot, C., & Van Heerden (Bedeker), M. (2015).  Testing the waters: exploring the teaching of  

genres in a Cape Flats Primary School in South Africa, Language and Education. 29, (3), 235-255 

  • Kerfoot, C. & Van Heerden (Bedeker), M. (2017).  Testing the waters: exploring the teaching of 

genres in a Cape Flats Primary School in South Africa. In C. Kerfoot & A. Simon-Vandenbergen (Eds), Language in epistemic access: Mobilising multilingualism and literacy development for more equitable education in South Africa, pp.235-255. Routledge.

  • Van Heerden (Bedeker), M. (2015). Exploring Habitus and Writer Identities: An ethnographic

study of writer identity construction in the  FET Phase at two schools in the Western Cape, Multilingual Margins, 2(2), 65-71.