Dr Abdulai Abukari
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, programme 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.
Currently teach undergraduate and postgraduate practitioner Inquiry (research methods); Programme development; postgraduate and doctoral project supervision; professional doctoral consultancy Programme leadership: Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes (Work Based Learning & Professional Practice)
Module Leadership: - Professional Practitioner Inquiry (undergraduate practitioner research methods) - Advanced Practitioner Inquiry (postgraduate practitioner research methods)
Have interest and experience in teaching - Comparative and International education; - Workplace learning; - Organisational development - Teacher Education and Training; - Curriculum Development; - Educational leadership; - Education and Equality;
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;
Abukari, A. (being reviewed) Teachers conceptions of teaching in higher education: an investigation into work based learning teachers in HE personal belief orientation
Abukari, A. (submitted) ‘Quality in Professional Doctorate: Perspectives from Programme Advisers’/Supervisors’
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. (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), Unpublished doctoral thesis, 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.