Attia, Mariam (PhD alumna)
December, 2020: Mariam gained her PhD in 2011 and is now a Lecturer in International Teacher Education at the University of Sussex. Profile.
My name is Mariam. I completed my doctoral research within the School of Education some months ago. A little about myself: I think my multi-cultural background has played a major role in shaping the researcher I am today. I was born and raised in Denmark, and travelled extensively with my parents (who are originally from Egypt) to many different parts of the world. Influenced by these experiences, I completed my BA in International Relations with the hope of broadening my understanding of human diversity and contributing to the bridging of cultures. Later, I discovered the profound impact of languages in achieving the same goals, so I undertook an MA in Teaching Arabic as a Foreign Language (TAFL). As a result, I went into teaching Arabic (from 1995 – 2006). I was a faculty member at The American University in Cairo, Egypt, and took up short-term teaching engagements with The European Education Centre, Denmark.
So, how did I end up doing a PhD in Manchester? As is the case with many language teaching contexts worldwide, at the university where I used to work, language classes were equipped with the latest technology but teacher adoption remained minimal. I decided to explore factors for ICT integration, and teachers’ pedagogical theories emerged as a central one. In my PhD, I examined teacher beliefs within an Arabic language teaching context in order to gain deeper insight into technology adoption within such emerging ‘ecologies’. I was also interested in identifying the kind of support that Arabic language teachers might need for effective ICT integration. I chose to conduct my study at Manchester because of the strength of research in foreign language teaching and technology, and the cosmopolitan nature of the city.
Overall, I think my experience here has been a very enriching one. It has extended beyond working on my thesis to encompass engagement with current research activities and professional communities worldwide. I have had very supportive supervisors (Diane Slaouti and Julian Edge) who have guided me along this path and contributed to my becoming the person I am today.
Attia, M. & Edge, J. (2017). Be(com)ing a reflexive researcher: A developmental approach to research methodology. Open Review of Educational Research, 4 (1). pp. 33-45.
Holmes, P., Fay, R., Andrews, J., & Attia, M. (2016). How to research multilingually: Possibilities and complexities. In H. Zhu (Ed.) Research Methods in Intercultural Communication (pp. 88-102). London: Wiley.
Edge, J. & Attia, M. (2016). Communication, technology, and collaboration for innovation. In A. Tajino, T. Stewart & D. Dalsky (Eds.), Team teaching and team learning in the language classroom: Collaboration for innovation in ELT (pp. 115-126). London: Routledge.
Edge J. & Attia, M. (2014). Cooperative development: A non-judgmental approach to individual development and increased collegiality. Actas de las VI y VII Jornadas Didácticas del Instituto Cervantes de Mánchester (2013 – 2014) [Proceedings of the VI and VII Teaching Conference Cervantes Institute of Manchester (2013-2014)], 65-73.
Attia, M. (2014). The role of early learning experience in shaping teacher cognition and technology use. In P. Breen (Ed.), Cases on Teacher Identity, Diversity, and Cognition in Higher Education (pp. 1-21). Hershey PA: IGI-Global.
Holmes, P., Fay, R., Andrews, J., and Attia, M. (2013). Researching Multilingually: New Theoretical and Methodological Directions. International Journal of Applied Linguistics, 23(3), 285 – 299.
Andrews, J., Attia, M., Davcheva, L., Fay, R., and Zhou, X. (2011). Doing research multilingually: Diverse approaches and representational choices, in The Impact of Applied Linguistics: Proceedings of the 44th Annual Meeting of the British Association for Applied Linguistics, 1-3 September 2011, University of the West of England, pp. 9-12.
For further details on my professional activity please consult my website.