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Assistant Professor in Education, Faculty of Social Sciences
Dr Frans Kruger is an Assistant Professor in Education. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, Frans held a senior lectureship in Philosophy and Policy Studies in Education at the University of the Free State, South Africa. Previously, he held positions at the University of Kwazulu-Natal in South Africa and Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Frans is an associate editor for Education as Change and an editorial board member for Qualitative Research and In Factis Pax: Journal of Peace Education and Social Justice.
Frans explores three related but different research foci. Firstly, he engages with pedagogical practice and social and ecological transformation. The central question that drives this focus is to… read more
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Frans explores three related but different research foci. Firstly, he engages with pedagogical practice and social and ecological transformation. The central question that drives this focus is to what extent and what forms of social and ecological transformation pedagogical practices make possible? Using this question as a springboard, Frans explores how philosophical concepts could inform pedagogical practice that enables the emergence of more inclusive and affirmative socio-ecological collectivities. Secondly, he interrogates to which extent educational research and practice informed by critical posthumanism and new materialism enable one to respond to the prevailing socio-political and ecological conditions associated with the Anthropocene. In this regard, Frans is particularly interested in exploring the possibilities and forms of social and ecological justice that such research and practice make possible. Thirdly, Frans's research is concerned with the affective and material turn in education research and the questions these raise around what constitutes educational research and how research inquiry could be engaged in and reported on. Frans's research is inter- and transdisciplinary in considering the relationship between education and ecological justice concerns, as well as between education, social transformation, and decoloniality.
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