UP awards honorary doctorate in Education
Earlier this month, the University of Pretoria awarded an honorary doctorate in Education to Dr Jean Clandinin of the University of Alberta, Canada.
Dr Clandinin, a former teacher, counsellor and psychologist, is the Founding Director of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development at the University of Alberta and the author or co-author of 17 books.
Her research has had a profound impact on the areas of teacher knowledge, teacher education and narrative inquiry, and has altered our understanding of the role teachers play in curriculum making and the development of narrative inquiry as a methodology for research in the social sciences.
She was awarded her doctorate at a ceremony held on 9 May . In her convocation address to the Education graduates, she urged them to reflect on the stories by which they live.
‘We are, all of us, living storied lives. We are, all of us, made up of stories,’ she said. ‘As you accept your degree today my hope is that you see possibilities for changing the stories you live by and changing the landscapes in which you, and we, live in ways that will shape a more just and humane world.’
– Author Department of University Relations
Dr Jean Clandinin at the graduation ceremony where she was awarded an honorary doctorate