BEd, MPhil, PhD, PgC/HE, FHEA, FIfL
Dr Abdulai Abukari completed PhD in Comparative and International Education at Middlesex University and Master of Philosophy at the University of Oslo in the same discipline. He specialises in Work Based Learning; Comparative and International Education; and Teacher Education. His primary research focus is Comparative and International Education and Work Based Learning with particular emphasis on service roles of contemporary higher education institutions and how institutions respond to demands of contemporary society and the so-called emerging knowledge society especially through new approaches to education policy, curriculum development, learning and assessment. Dr Abdulai Abukari has extensive experience in teaching and conducting research in developing and developed contexts and has published in these areas as well as undertaken major research projects for the Higher Education Academy (England and Wales). He has expertise in using qualitative and mixed methods as well as cross national research.
Programme Leadership: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes
Learning and Teaching: Currently teaches undergraduate and postgraduate modules including Practitioner Inquiry (research methods); Programme development; Postgraduate and Doctoral Project supervision; Professional Doctoral consultancy
Module Leadership: - Professional Practitioner Inquiry (undergraduate practitioner research methods) - Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (postgraduate practitioner research methods)
Past Experience: Teaching - Comparative and International education; - Research Methods in Education; - Organisational development - Teacher Education and Training; - Curriculum Development; - Educational leadership and Policy; - Education and Equality; Education and social Policy
Link Tutor Roles: - Tower Hamlet College (Teaching Observation course) - Marine Society - Community Learning and Skills Service (CLaSS) (Teaching Observation course) - College of North West London (Teaching Observation course)
Research Interest Key areas of research interest Dr Abdulai Abukari research interests cover a wide range of areas; current key focus areas are: - Work-based/workplace learning pedagogy, teaching and assessment; - Service roles of contemporary higher education institutions; - Comparing educational practice across different contexts particular focus on developed and developing contexts; - Teacher training and development. He has expertise in using qualitative and mixed methods as well as cross national research. Doctoral students are welcome in the following areas: - Comparative and International education; - Workplace learning; - Organisational development - Teacher Education and Training; - Curriculum Development; - Educational leadership; - Education and Equality;
Selected Journal Articles
Abukari, A. (submitted) Quality Assuring the Professional Doctorate: challenging the traditional precepts for quality assurance through the advisers'/supervisors' lens, Quality Assurance in Education
Abukari, A. (submitted) Reengaging with Multiculturalism: towards a Constructive Critical Approach, Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development
Costley, C. and Abukari, A. (2015) The Impact of Work-based research projects at postgraduate level., AIB Journal of Applied Management, 7 (1)
Abukari, A (2014) Pedagogical beliefs in work-based learning: an analysis of teachers' belief orientations. Research in Post-Compulsory Education, 19(4) pp. 481-497
Abukari, A. (2014) 'Female Education in Islam: a critical Islamic interpretation of the Quran' (Religious Education)
Abukari, A. & Corner, T. (2010) 'Delivering higher education to meet local needs in a developing context: the quality dilemmas; Quality Assurance in Education, 18 (3) pp 191-208
Abukari, A. (2010) 'The dynamics of service engagement of higher education: A comparative study';Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 40 (1) pp 43 – 57
Costley, C. & Abukari, A. (2009) Work-based learning in higher education, European Journal of Education (Special Edition), 44 (3) pp. 312-317.
Abukari, A. (2007) 'Financing Teacher Education in Ghana: Exploring Non-Traditional Sources' Occasional Papers in Education and Lifelong Learning, 1 (1) pp. 27-43.
Abukari, A. (2005) 'Conceptualising Lifelong Learning: A Reflection of Lifelong Learning at Lund University (Sweden) and Middlesex University (UK), European Journal of Education, 40, (2), pp 143-154.
Peer Reviewed Conference Papers
Abukari, A. (2014) Engaging in Lifelong Learning in Higher Education: a case for Work Based Learning as a viable model. Presented at the Annual Conference of the Work Based Learning Network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), Central London, UK 14th July 2014.
Pizzalato, N. and Abukari, A. (2014) Research methodologies and practice-led doctorates: a view from below. Presented at the 4th International Conference on Professional Doctorates, Mellennium Conference Centre, Cardiff, Wales, 9-11 April 2014
Abukari, A. (2011) Quality in Professional Doctorate: Perspectives from Programme Advisers/Supervisors, paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on professional Doctorates, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, 20 & 21 April 2011.
Abukari, A. (2010) Quality Management in Professional Doctorate Projects: A Mode2 Perspective, poster/paper presented at the 1st International Conference on professional Doctorates, London, April 2010.
Abukari, A. (2010) Practicalising lifelong learning: using work-based learning as a case, paper presented at Work Based Learning Futures Conference at the Institute for Work Based Learning, Middlesex University, April 2010.
Abukari, A. (2008) Value or Quality? A Mode 2 Perspective of Quality management in work based Projects. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 3-4 July, University of Wales Institute in Cardiff.
Abukari, A (2007) 'Service Engagement of the Contemporary University: Towards a New Understanding through a Comparative Study of Middlesex University (UK) and the University for Development Studies' (Ghana), Conference for Doctoral Candidates, London: Middlesex University.
Abukari, A. (2007) 'Work Based Learning: old wine in a new bottle?' Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning Network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 5-6 July, London.
Basiel, A., Abukari, A., Bailey, M. and Hughes, P. (2007) 'European Perspectives on Work Based Learning', Paper presented at the Annual Conference of Work Based Learning Network of the Universities Association for Lifelong Learning (UALL), 5-6 July, London.
Corner, T. and Abukari, A. (2006) 'Multiculturalism in the Digital World: Can this Utopia become Reality?' Paper presented at the Netherlands (towards FILTER 2 Project).
Abukari, A. and Corner, T. (2005) 'Service Engagement in Higher Education: exploring emerging models'. Paper Presented at Annual Conference of British Educational Research Association (BERA), 14-16 Sept. 2005, Glamorgan.
Recently completed Research
Costley, C., Abukari, A. & Stephenson, J. (2008) Report on research leading to an options appraisal and feasibility study for the establishment of an all-Wales Workforce Development Centre. Funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of Wales (HEFCW)
Costley, C., Abukari, A & Little, B. (2008) Literature Review on Employee Learning. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.
Costley, C. & Abukari, A. (2007) Work-based learning impact study. Funded by the Higher Education Academy, England.
Research-Student Tutor Grants, Middlesex University, London - 2004 (£60,000)
The European Council of Doctoral Candidates and Junior Researchers Award - (2004)
Norwegian Quota Scheme (Norwegian Government Scholarship) University of Oslo - 2001 (£25, 000 approx.)