Dr Nisha Thapliyal
|Work Phone||(02) 49215648|
School of Education
The University of Newcastle, Australia
|Office||HA 91, Hunter Building|
I come to the field of Comparative and International Education from a background in Social Work (MA) and Psychology (BA). My interest in critical pedagogies and education for social justice grew out of my work with institutionalised children in India - street children, orphans, so-called juvenile delinquents etc. Both my MA and BA research thesis focused on the discrimination and challenges negotiated by institutionalised children. More specifically children with physical and cognitive disabilities as well as children labelled as juvenile delinquents. The overwhelmingly negative encounters that these children had had with the educational system stood out in stark contradiction to my own. I set out to explore these differences in educational opportunity and quality through the work of critical educators like Paulo Freire and bell hooks. I have been journeying with critical and feminist educators ever since.
The scope of my exploration today has expanded from pedagogy and curriculum to education policy analysis and advocacy. I am particularly interested in how community-based activists and social movements can contribute to the democratisation of education policy making. I am also interested in how the Right to Education, Education for All and other global policy discourse interact with national and sub-national decision-making about education.
- PhD (Education Policy), University of Maryland - USA, 2006
- Master of Arts (Social Work), Tata Institute of Social Sciences - Mumbai - India, 1998
- Bachelor of Arts (Psychology), University of Madras, 1997
- Education policy analysis, Social movements and education, The Right to Education
My scholarship is centered around education policy analysis, advocacy and activism for policy change, and the impact of globalisation on educational change. My theoretical framework is informed by critical, feminist, and queer theories of education.
My PhD dissertation analysed the educational philosophy and practices of the Landless Workers Movement Brazil. Since then I have studied the impact of grassroots and community-based activism on education policy in the following countries: South Africa, India and the United States of America.
Fields of Research
|130302||Comparative And Cross-Cultural Education||40|
|130308||Gender, Sexuality And Education||20|
Centres and Groups
- Comparative Education, Education Policy Analysis, Peace Education, Social Movements and Education, Gender and Development
I currently teach:-
EDUC 6261 Comparative Education: Debates and Dilemma
EDUC 2103: Schooling, Identity and Society
EDUC 1008: Foundations of Education
My previous teaching experience has included courses on:-
Comparative and International Education
Education and International Development
Education for All and Global Education Policy Initiatives
Education Theory and Research Methods
Economic, social and cultural foundations of education
Education for Peace and Nonviolence
Gender, Education and Development
Social Movements in Education
The American School