Academic publishing in education research is dominated by scholars from the global north. African scholars encounter pervasive and deep-rooted difficulties gaining attention with established western publishers. African ECRs also find it difficult to balance teaching and research because of teaching loads, but there remains an expectation that they engage in research and supervision. There is often a lack of expertise or up to date knowledge to enable career development. The 3-phase writing workshop would address these issues with ECRs from Kenya. We will organise pre-workshop activities to facilitate learning and skills needs analyses, deliver workshops to develop academic literacies for publishing in education, facilitate action learning sets to stimulate collaboration, establish scholarly connections between Africa and England, and provide mentoring to support research leadership and career development. Participants will be supported to produce a set of papers and think pieces for a special issue of a peer-reviewed, open access journal.
Workshop team: Professor Amanda Fulford, Edge Hill University; Dr Beatrice Njeru, Strathmore University; Professor David Andrew Aldridge, Edge Hill University; Dr David Allan, Edge Hill University.