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Dr Jan Etienne

Associate Lecturer, Social Policy and Education

MSc in Policy Studies, University of Bristol
PhD in Social Policy and Education, Birkbeck, University of London

Contact Details

Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies
32 Tavistock Square,
London,
WC1H 9EZ

Email: j.etienne@bbk.ac.uk
Twitter: @janetienne2
Personal Website: www.learninginwomanistways.com

Academic Background

  • Jan has since 2005, conducted research into Lifelong Learning for the Centre for Excellence; the Learning from Experience Trust and the Institute for Policy Studies in Education.
  • Jan is an Associate Lecturer and Assistant Programme Director on the BSc Social Science degree programme in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies. She is the Convenor of the Dissertation Workshops for the BSc Social Sciences and the Community Development and Public Policy degrees. She is module leader for: Education, Globalisation and Change on the MSc Education, Power and Social Change programme. She has taught across a range of programme areas, including delivering courses on the MSc Voluntary and Community Sector Studies; the Post Graduate Certificate in Elected Member Professional Development; Sociology; Social Policy, Housing and Planning as well as teaching short courses in the Department of Applied Linguistics and Communication. Jan has also delivered Academic Skills Development workshops for students on the MSc Development Studies programme as well as on the MA Ethnicity and Globalization programme.
  • Jan conducts peer observations of teaching practice for academic quality assurance in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy.

Research Interests

  • In 2008, she was the recipient of the Michael Stephens award to support her research into lifelong learning and first generation African Caribbean Women.  Her book, Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first generation African Caribbean women https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Womanist-Ways-Narratives-generation/dp/1858567785 explores the benefits of lifelong learning for black Caribbean women who came to Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.
  • Jan has also taught Academic English for speakers of English as a 'second other language' and evaluated the Birkbeck Postgraduate teaching programme for refugees into teaching.
  • Jan is a graduate of the School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol and author of: Lifelong learning in later years: choices and constraints for older women, in Jackson et al (2011) Gendered choices: Learning, Work, Identities in Lifelong Learning, Dordrecht: Springer Academic Press; Beyond the home: informal learning and community practice for older women, with Sue Jackson in Jackson (ed) (2010) Innovations in lifelong learning: critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning, London: Routledge; Black Managers in Further Education with Fiona Mackay (2006: in Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, Vol. 34, No. 1. pp. 9 – 28. Sage.
  • In 2005 she conducted the fieldwork research for an ESRC funded research project for Birkbeck's Institute of Lifelong Learning entitled: Learning Citizenship: Lifelong learning and the Women's Institutes: http://www.bbk.ac.uk/ce/lawi/aboutproject/researchass.shtml

Research Projects

  • ESRC RES-000-22-1441 (September 2005) Learning citizenship: lifelong learning, community and the Women’s Institutes.
  • Centre for Excellence in Leadership/ Learning and Skills Development Agency (2004). Research into Management and Leadership, Project Title: Career Hopes and Hesitations.
  • Institute for Policy Studies in Education: University of North London (2003): Research into Employment and Diversity Strategies. Project Title: National Survey of Black Managers in FE.

Teaching

  • Jan currently teaches: ‘Education, Globalisation and Change’ on the MSc Education, Power and Social Change programme. In addition, she teaches: ‘Sociological Approaches to Social Conflict’ and ‘Social Justice’ in the Department of Geography, Environment and Development Studies. She also teaches modules in ‘Sociology’ and ‘Introductions: Understanding the Social World’ on the Higher Education Introductory Studies certificate.

Publications

  • Book
  • Learning in Womanist Ways: Narratives of first-generation African Caribbean women (2016) London: UCL Institute of Education Press: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Learning-Womanist-Ways-Narratives-generation/dp/1858567785.
  • Book chapters and journal articles
  • ‘Lifelong learning in later years: Choices and constraints for older women’ (2011) in Jackson et al. (eds) Gendered Choices: Learning, work, identities in lifelong learning.
  • ‘Beyond the home: Informal learning and community practice for older women’ (2010) in Jackson, S. (ed.) Innovations in Lifelong Learning: Critical perspectives on diversity, participation and vocational learning.
  • ‘Black managers in further education: Career hopes and hesitations’ (2006) with Fiona Mackay, Educational Management, Administration and Leadership, 34 (1).

Media

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Lifelong Learning Women's network
  • Policy Studies Association
  • SCUTREA (Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults)

Honours and Awards

  • BELMAS Best paper award (2006)
  • SCUTREA Michael Stephens Award (2008)