I am Olga Dolganova, a teacher of English from Russia. I have been dreaming about doing PhD since 2011 when I completed MA in Educational Technology and TESOL. I am happy now, as I am going to start my PhD in September 2015 J.
Before I embarked on my MA studies at The University of Manchester, I had completed a Master’s Degree in Management in Education and Educational Policy at a Moscow university. I worked whilst being a part-time student, which I found both challenging and rewarding. After finishing the course, I applied for an MA in Educational Technology and TESOL at The University of Manchester, as I was interested in exploring in depth more modern and effective methods of teaching English. The Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program’s scholarship, which I was awarded for my strong interest in teaching and research, provided me with funding for my studies.
While doing my Master’s course at the University of Manchester, I began my research on teacher’s beliefs and their influence on technology enhanced learning. In my PhD research, I am going to investigate how cultural models influence teacher beliefs and what could trigger these beliefs in order to enhance integration of technology into teaching. I consider this topic important for the implementation of technology into teaching English in Russia.
I am very excited about starting my PhD and really looking forward to meeting you all in Manchester.