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Jogie gets Australian plaudits

Monday, July 17, 2017
Trinidadian academic Dr Melissa Jogie.

Trinidadian academic at St Mary’s University, London Dr Melissa Jogie, has been formally awarded a PhD from the Australian National University, and within the same week contracted to produce her first book in 2018.

Jogie’s book, English Texts for Contemporary Learners: Unravelling the Secrets of Power, Pedagogy & Postcolonial Struggles, will reflect on the challenges of selecting and teaching English literary texts to students from diverse cultural backgrounds, a release said. Her work explores the cross-sectional issues that arise across curriculum, pedagogy, text resources and responses from secondary students on how their identities are represented through English texts used in secondary classrooms.

As a lecturer on St Mary’s Education and Social Science programme, Jogie’s research is based on comparative international education systems, including; postcolonial theory in education, English education (secondary level), pedagogical practices for contemporary learners, investigating policy and learning gaps between higher and lower performing students, student engagement and motivation, and the use of technology in education.

The book, which will be available in print in 2018, will, through literary texts, explore how culture can become a conduit via which students can make connections, and relate to common values and ideals.