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Ghazala Bhatti

Personal statement

Ghazala has taught in both primary and secondary schools and Further Education before completing her doctorate in educational ethnography. She held a post-doctoral Research Fellowship at the Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, which focused on the educational experiences of secondary school children from minority ethnic communities.

She has worked for the Open University, as a member of the central academic team responsible for PGCE and Teacher Assistant Certificate (E660), then as a Lecturer at the University of Reading and Senior Lecturer at the University of Southampton before joining Bath Spa University.

Over the years she has contributed to teaching on various programmes, including post graduate ESRC approved modules on Qualitative Research Methods and Philosophical Issues in Educational Research. Currently Ghazala teaches on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes focusing on issues of inclusion and social justice.

She is jointly (with Dr Ben Simmons) responsible for leading the Centre for Research into Equity, Inclusion and Communities (CREIC).

While at Bath Spa University, Ghazala has been involved in international research and teaching initiatives involving students, with colleagues at the College of William and Mary, USA. She has just completed a three year European Project from 2016 to 2019 with six European Universities. Further details of the EDIC project can be found in their open access publication, to which she contributed "Education for Democratic Intercultural Citizenship".

Academic qualifications

  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Literature - University of Warwick
  • PGCE
  • MA European Literature and Drama
  • PhD Education - The Open University

Professional memberships

  • EERA (European Education Research Association)

Other external roles

  • Founder member and co-convenor - Network 7 'Social Justice and intercultural Education' at ECER (European Conference on Educational Research

Research supervision

Ghazala welcomes postgraduate research queries in the following areas:

  • Social justice issues in Education
  • Diverse teachers for diverse learners
  • Education in developing countries - policy and practice
  • Inclusive education (race, gender, social class, disability and their impact on aspirations)
  • Muslim young people and education
  • Education for Vision 2020 in developing countries
  • Intercultural education
  • Home and school relations and education
  • Teachers and issues of equity.

Research and academic outputs

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Social justice and intercultural education: an open ended dialogue
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Bhatti, G, Gaine, C, Gobbo, F and Leeman, Y (2007) Social justice and intercultural education: an open ended dialogue. Trentham, Stoke on Trent. ISBN 9781858564036


Asian children at home and at school: an ethnographic study
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Bhatti, G (1999) Asian children at home and at school: an ethnographic study. Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415174985


Students’ experiences in EDIC+ intensive programmes
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Bhatti, G (2019) 'Students’ experiences in EDIC+ intensive programmes.' In: Veugelers, W, ed. Education for democratic intercultural citizenship. Brill, Leiden, pp. 184-190. ISBN 9789004411944


Social and educational inclusion in schools and their communities
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Bhatti, G (2019) 'Social and educational inclusion in schools and their communities.' In: Veugelers, W, ed. Education for democratic intercultural citizenship. Brill, Leiden, pp. 61-80. ISBN 9789004411944


'If I could not make a difference why would I be a teacher?' Teaching English as an Additional Language and the quest for social justice
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Bhatti, G and McEachron, G (2017) ''If I could not make a difference why would I be a teacher?' Teaching English as an Additional Language and the quest for social justice.' In: Peters, M.A, Cowie, B and Menter, I, eds. A companion to research in teacher education. Springer, Singapore, pp. 681-696. ISBN 9789811040733


Ethnographic research
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Bhatti, G (2017) 'Ethnographic research.' In: Coe, R, Waring, M, Hedges, L.V and Arthur, J, eds. Research methods and methodologies in education. 2nd ed. Sage, London, pp. 85-91. ISBN 9781473969803


Working with diversity
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Bhatti, G (2012) 'Working with diversity.' In: Banks, J, ed. Encyclopedia of diversity in education. Sage, Thousand Oaks, California. ISBN 9781412981521


Ethnographic and representational styles
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Bhatti, G (2012) 'Ethnographic and representational styles.' In: Arthur, J, Waring, M, Coe, R and Hedges, L.V, eds. Research methods and methodologies in education. Sage, London, pp. 80-84. ISBN 9780857020390


Total institutions and qualitative research
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Bhatti, G (2011) 'Total institutions and qualitative research.' In: Delamont, S, ed. Handbook on qualitative research in education. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham. ISBN 9781781002933


The irresistible attraction of information and communication technology: experiences of trainee teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds
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Bhatti, G (2007) 'The irresistible attraction of information and communication technology: experiences of trainee teachers from minority ethnic backgrounds.' In: Bhatti, G, Gobbo, C and Leeman, Y, eds. Social justice and intercultural education: an open ended dialogue. Trentham, Stoke on Trent. ISBN 9781858564036


Good, bad and normal teachers
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Bhatti, G (2004) 'Good, bad and normal teachers.' In: Gillborn, D and Laddis-Billings, G, eds. The RoutledgeFalmer reader in multicultural education. Readers in education . RoutledgeFalmer, London. ISBN 9780415336635


Teachers' roles and learners' styles: from learning by rote to teaching for meaning
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Bhatti, G (2004) 'Teachers' roles and learners' styles: from learning by rote to teaching for meaning.' In: Mansoor, S, Meraj, S and Tahir, A, eds. Language policy, planning and practice: a South Asian perspective. Oxford University Press, Oxford. ISBN 9780195799651


Social justice and non-traditional participants in higher education: a tale of 'border-crossing', instrumentalism and drift
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Bhatti, G (2003) 'Social justice and non-traditional participants in higher education: a tale of 'border-crossing', instrumentalism and drift.' In: Vincent, C, ed. Social justice, education and identity. RoutledgeFalmer, London. ISBN 9780415296960


A reply to Mo's essay 'On Empowerment'. So, are you the reader, empowered?
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Bhatti, G (2003) 'A reply to Mo's essay 'On Empowerment'. So, are you the reader, empowered?' In: Griffiths, M, ed. Action for social justice in education: fairly different. Open University Press, Maidenhead. ISBN 9780335199013


Ritornando sul 'campo': si possono avverare i sogni? Analisi preliminare dei risultati di un prosieguo di ricerca
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Bhatti, G (2003) 'Ritornando sul 'campo': si possono avverare i sogni? Analisi preliminare dei risultati di un prosieguo di ricerca.' In: Gobbo, F, ed. Etnografia dell'educazione in Europa: soggetti, contesti, questioni metodologiche. Testi e studi (174). UNICOPLI, Milan. ISBN 9788840009063


On the doctoral endeavour
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Bhatti, G (2002) 'On the doctoral endeavour.' In: Walford, G, ed. Doing a doctorate in educational ethnography. Studies in educational ethnography (7). JAI Press, Amsterdam. ISBN 9780762309061


Teaching all students in multi-ethic, multilingual Britain
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Bhatti, G (2000) 'Teaching all students in multi-ethic, multilingual Britain.' In: Benton, P and O'Brien, T, eds. Special needs and the beginning teacher. Special needs in ordinary schools . Continuum, London. ISBN 9780826448897


Educational experiences of ethnic minority students in Oxford
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McIntyre, D, Bhatti, G and Fuller, M (1997) 'Educational experiences of ethnic minority students in Oxford.' In: Cosin, B and Hales, M, eds. Families, education, and social differences. Exploring educational issues . Routledge, London. ISBN 9780415155403


A journey into the unknown; ethnographic study of Asian children
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Bhatti, G (1995) 'A journey into the unknown; ethnographic study of Asian children.' In: Griffiths, M and Troyna, B, eds. Antiracism, culture and social justice in education. Trentham, Stoke on Trent. ISBN 9781858560373


Teaching English as an additional language in the global classroom: a transnational study in the United States and United Kingdom
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McEachron, G and Bhatti, G (2015) 'Teaching English as an additional language in the global classroom: a transnational study in the United States and United Kingdom.' Global Education Review, 2 (2). pp. 59-83. ISSN 2325-663X


Stick to your own kind: pupils’ experiences of identity and diversity in secondary schools
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Bhatti, G, Rhamie, J and Bhopal, K (2012) 'Stick to your own kind: pupils’ experiences of identity and diversity in secondary schools.' British Journal of Educational Studies, 60 (2). pp. 171-191. ISSN 1467-8527


Outsiders or insiders? Identity, educational success and Muslim young men in England
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Bhatti, G (2011) 'Outsiders or insiders? Identity, educational success and Muslim young men in England.' Ethnography and Education, 6 (1). pp. 81-96. ISSN 1745-7823


Convening a network within the European Conference on Educational Research: a history of the Social Justice and Intercultural Education Network
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Bhatti, G and Leeman, Y (2011) 'Convening a network within the European Conference on Educational Research: a history of the Social Justice and Intercultural Education Network.' European Educational Research Journal, 10 (1). pp. 129-142. ISSN 1474-9041


Learning behind bars: education in prisons
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Bhatti, G (2010) 'Learning behind bars: education in prisons.' Teaching and Teacher Education, 26 (1). pp. 31-36. ISSN 0742-051X


Ogbu and the debate on educational achievement: an exploration of the links between education, migration, identity and belonging
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Bhatti, G (2006) 'Ogbu and the debate on educational achievement: an exploration of the links between education, migration, identity and belonging.' Intercultural Education, 17 (2). pp. 133-146. ISSN 1467-5986


Language support for immigrant children: a study of state schools in the UK and US
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Bhatti, G and McEachron, G (2005) 'Language support for immigrant children: a study of state schools in the UK and US.' Language, Culture and Curriculum, 18 (2). pp. 164-180. ISSN 0790-8318


Social justice, education and inclusion
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Bhatti, G (2001) 'Social justice, education and inclusion.' The School Field, 12 (3/4). pp. 143-157. ISSN 1580-2213


Education and poverty in Western Europe
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McPake, J and Bhatti, G (1999) 'Education and poverty in Western Europe.' Prospects, 29 (4). pp. 551-559. ISSN 0033-1538


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