Dr Fiona James

Dr Fiona James

Lecturer in Education/ Chair of the Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education Ethics Committee

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education

Qualifications

  • PhD

Summary

Fiona teaches on the BA Education Studies, BA Early Childhood and MA Education programmes and also supervises Ed D and PhD students in education. She has particular expertise in constructing theoretical lenses inspired by critical and social theory in order to examine educational issues. Fiona's PhD explored questions of 'self' and 'identity' in Higher Education, though more recently she has focused on such questions arising for learners of all ages, in informal as well as formal educational contexts.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Ethics review, neoliberal governmentality and the activation of moral subjects

James, F. (in press). Ethics review, neoliberal governmentality and the activation of moral subjects. Educational Philosophy and Theory, https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2020.1761327

Staying afloat via guanxi : student networks, social capital and inequality in Chinese adult higher education

Guan, S., & James, F. (in press). Staying afloat via guanxi : student networks, social capital and inequality in Chinese adult higher education. British journal of educational studies, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2019.1618788

Where are the grounds for grounded theory" A troubled empirical methodology meets Wittgenstein

James, F. (2018). Where are the grounds for grounded theory? A troubled empirical methodology meets Wittgenstein. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50(4), 369-379. https://doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2017.1365704

The 'third age' perspective : enrichment and informal modes of learning in an outdoor sketching group for older adults

James, F. (2017). The 'third age' perspective : enrichment and informal modes of learning in an outdoor sketching group for older adults. International Journal of Lifelong Education, 36(4), 406-421. https://doi.org/10.1080/02601370.2016.1262915

Research interests

- Interactionist and socially situated approaches to empirical research, including Discourse Analysis and Grounded Theory.

- Learning in informal and non-formal contexts

- The philosophy of Foucault and the later Wittgenstein

- Educational inequalities

Postgraduate supervision

Dr James welcomes applications involving issues surrounding learner identity; studies deploying interpretive and/or critical frameworks such as Discourse Analysis and Ethnomethodology; learning in non-formal or informal contexts (including learning in older adulthood).