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Karen Parish

Tittel: Stipendiat
E-post: karen.parishSPAMFILTER@hil.no
Profil i databasen Cristin

 PhD candidate

PhD institution
The Research Centre for Child and Youth Competence Development, Faculty of Education and Social Work, Lillehammer University College

PhD Project
Using neo-institutionalist “World Culture”-theory as a starting point, this comparative study of Norway and Poland explores the intercultural understanding that students in different contexts have. The study is being conducted both in state funded schools and private international schools that offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), within Norway and Poland.

The study explores how intercultural understanding can be understood as a competence that students develop and the ways in which schools work to develop this competence. It asks the questions; Firstly, can differences/similarities be identified in student competencies between school types and between the two country contexts? Secondly, if diversity exists, then what is the nature of this diversity and what possible reasons are there for these differences?

The study adopts a cross-disciplinary approach to methodology, using both a quantitative psychological scale that measures intercultural understanding, and qualitative interview techniques.

Research interests
Comparative and International Education, Human Rights Education, Intercultural Competence


  • MA Comparative Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education (teacher training), University of Brighton, UK
  • BA/BSc Applied Social Science and Religious Studies, Canterbury Christchurch College, UK

Work experience
Thirteen years - teacher in the secondary school sector in the UK. Subject specialism; Sociology, Religious Studies, Critical Thinking
Six years – examiner for OCR A level and GCSE

Main supervisor
Associate professor Florian Kiuppis, Lillehammer University College

Email: Karen.parish@hil.no

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