Department of Education

Dr Rita Chawla-Duggan

Rita Chawla Duggan

Lecturer in Education

1 West North 4.12
Email: r.c.duggan@bath.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 5987

Research membership

Profile

I am a member of the Learning, Pedagogy and Diversity Research Cluster. Originally trained as a teacher, I taught in pre-prep, primary and middle schools. After studying ‘The Ethnography of Educational Settings’ as part of my Masters degree, I trained as an educational ethnographer whilst I was an ESRC research Fellow at the Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research (University of Warwick), for three years. Later on I carried out my PhD studies as an ESRC funded student at the University of Bristol, during which time I was also affiliated with the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in India. My PhD was a childhood ethnography on the social influences on children’s learning in India. More recently I undertook training in visual ethnography which I now use in my research with children.

I have conducted ethnographic research with children in England, Japan and India and also researched in Ghana. My research interests are in qualitative research methodology especially the use of visual methods, educational quality, the study of pedagogic relations and child socialisation, early childhood learning and development and the social influences on young children’s learning, especially fathering, Theoretically I draw on the works of both Bernstein and Vygotsky. My research on fathering includes: facilitating practitioner development for better father involvement; pedagogic relations between educational settings and fathers; and young children's perspectives of father involvement in the home learning environment. I previously made a film 'Father’s Friday', in collaboration with our local authority. The UK leading children’s charity 'The Daycare Trust' which was commissioned to report to the UK government on parental participation in the early years, highlighted the film and the report as a case study. The ‘Fatherhood institute’ also featured the film on their website and in training activities.

I am currently leading an international project funded by the British Academy/Leverhulme entitled ‘Using Digital Visual methods in Cross Cultural Research with Young children: the case of paternal engagement in home learning environments’.

Membership

  • International Society for Cultural Activity Research (ISCAR)
  • Organisation Mondiale Pour L'Education Prescolaire (OMEP) - International NGO for Early Years
  • European Early Childhood Education Research Association
  • Training, Advancement and Co-operation in Teaching Young Children (TACTYC)
  • British association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE)
  • Early Years Sector UG and Foundation Degree Network UK
  • Educational Relationships Cluster – Department of Education

Research interests

I would welcome informal contact from prospective doctoral students interested in the following topics

  • Children’s Learner identity
  • Pedagogic relationships and learning
  • Child Poverty and Education in India
  • Education Quality
  • Early Childhood Learning and Development
  • Comparative Education and Early Childhood
  • Applying and Developing Post Vygotskian Theory
  • Cultural Historical Activity Theory and Development Work
  • Ethnography and Education
  • Visual Methods in Research
  • The Study of Childhood
  • Fathering
  • Children's Transitions and Early Years Education

Publications

Book/s

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2007. Children’s Learner Identity as Key to Quality Primary Education - Eight Case Studies of Schooling in India Today. The Edwin Mellen Press.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Pole, C. J., eds., 1996. Reshaping Education in the 1990's: Perspectives on Primary Schooling. Falmer Press.

Pole, C. J. and Chawla-Duggan, R., eds., 1996. Reshaping Education in the 1990's: Perspectives on Secondary Schooling. Falmer Press.

Book Sections

Chawla-Duggan, R., Datta, V. and Etsey, K., 2013. Quality and early childhood care and education:Lessons from India and Ghana. In: Tikly, L. and Barrett, a. M., eds. Education Quality and Social Justice in the Global South. Taylor & Francis, pp. 91-107.

Chawla-Duggan, R., Datta, V. and Etsey, K., 2013. Quality and early childhood education: lessons from India and Ghana. In: Tikly, L. and Barrett, A. M., eds. Education quality and social justice in the south: challenges for policy, practice and research. London: Routledge, Chpt 7.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Lowe, J., 2010. Aims for primary education: changing global contexts. In: Alexander, R., Doddington, C., Gray, J., Hargreaves, L. and Kersher, R., eds. The Cambridge Primary Review research surveys. London: Routledge, pp. 261-281.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Lowe, J., 2009. Purposes and Values: the changing global context of primary education. In: Alexander, R., ed. The Cambridge Primary Review Surveys. London: Routledge.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2005. 5-8 Years: Educational Transitions from the Foundation Stage up to KS1. In: Dryden, L., Forbes, R., Mukherji, P. and Pound, L., eds. Essential Early Years. London: Hodder Arnold, pp. 117-139.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2005. 5-8 years: educational transitions from the Foundation stage to KS1. In: Dryden, L., Forbes, R., Mukherji, P. and Joshi, U., eds. Essential Early Years. London: Hodder and Stoughton, pp. 117-139.

Articles

Chawla-Duggan, R., Milner, S. and Porter, J., 2017. Reflexivity and visual technology in research: young children’s perspectives of paternal engagement in the home environment. Qualitative Research

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2016. Pedagogy and quality in Indian slum school settings:a Bernsteinian analysis of visual representations in the Integrated Child Development Service (ICDS). Research in Comparative and International Education, 11 (3), pp. 298-321.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2015. Father involvement in young children's care and education:exploring boundaries and starting conversations. Cambridge Journal of Education

Chawla-Duggan, R., Wikeley, F. and Konantambigi, R., 2012. Researcher-child relations in Indian educational settings. Ethnography and Education, 7 (3), pp. 345-362.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2011. Working with practitioners’ perspectives: supporting father involvement in family services in England. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 31 (2), pp. 149-161.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2007. “Strong Foundations – Early Childhood Care and Education” - a review of the Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2007. Quality Matters:Communicating News across the EdQual Community, 2, p. 8.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2007. Breaking out, breaking through: accessing knowledge in a non-Western overseas educational setting: methodological issues for an outsider. Compare, 37 (2), pp. 185-2000.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2006. Exploring the role of father development workers in supporting early years learning. Early Years: An International Journal of Research and Development, 26 (1), pp. 93-109.

Reports/Papers

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2015. Public Engagement Seed Fund Project Report : Me and My Dad: Engaging with Young Children in the Home Learning Environment. University of Bath.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2013. IPR Policy Brief - Father's Friday: encouraging paternal engagement in children's education and development. University of Bath.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2012. Celebrating Fatherhood:An evaluation of B&NES Fathers' Friday initiative 2012. University of Bath.

Chawla-Duggan, R., Etsey, K. and Datta, V., 2010. Quality Early Childhood Care and Education helps provide the best start for young lives (Policy Brief).Vol. 9. EdQual.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2007. Facilitating Father Development Work Practice in Early Years Learning. Esmee Fairburn Report.

Barratt, A., Chawla-Duggan, R., Lowe, J., Nikel, J. and Ukpo, E., 2006. The concept of quality in education: a review of the 'international' literature on the concept of quality in education. Working Paper. EdQual RPC.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2004. Homeopathy Service Review. Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2004. The Knowledge, Use and Impact of Sure Start: A Comparison of Users and Non-Users: Eighteen Case Studies. Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2003. Process Review with Stakeholders: A Report for Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill. Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2003. The Role of the Sure Start Health Visitor: A Report for Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill. Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2003. Play Start Service Review: A Report for Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill. Sure Start Pinehurst and Penhill.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 1996. Creative science teaching in Japanese schools? Osaka-Kyoku University.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Burgess, R. G., 1995. Interpreting and Implementing Science Curriula and Assessment in Primary Classrooms. CEDAR.

Conference or Workshop Items

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2014. Pedagogy and quality in Indian slum school settings: A Bernsteinian analysis of visual representations In the ICDS. In: British Association for International and Comparative Education : Power, Politics and Priorities, 2014-09-09 - 2014-09-09, University of Bath.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2013. Father involvement in young children's care and education:exploring boundaries and starting conversations. In: British Sociological Association Annual Conference, 2013-04-03 - 2013-04-05.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2013. Father's Friday:working with a local authority on a parenting initiative. In: Planning for Impact Workshop, University of Bath, 2013-03-14.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2013. New Approaches to Outreach and Parental Engagement. In: Daycare Trust Annual Conference, 2012-12-04.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2013. Quality and pre-school pedagogic practice - reflections on the visual analysis of young children and the Integrated Child Development Service in Mumbai slums. Key note speaker. In: First International Conference on Early Childhood Development : Small Steps to a Bright Future, 2013-03-21 - 2013-03-22.

Chawla-Duggan, R., 2012. Father Involvement and Sure Start Children's Centres. In: International Conference : A Child's World - Working Together for a Better Future, 2012-06-27 - 2012-06-29.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2012. Father's Friday. In: Bath & N. E. Somerset Head Teachers' Conference, 2012-11-22 - 2012-11-23.

Chawla-Duggan, R., Datta, V. and Etsey, E., 2010. Realising quality early childhood care and education though a social justice perspective: the case of India and Ghana. In: British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), 2010-09-10 - 2010-09-12.

Chawla-Duggan, R., Denley, P., Fertig, M. and Oduro, G., 2010. Action research in researching quality: rhetoric and reality. In: World Congress of Comparative Education Studies, 2010-06-14 - 2010-06-18.

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Wikeley, F., 2010. Ethnography and children: Exposing the borders informing children's social actions in Indian educational settings. In: World Congress of Comparative Education Studies, 2010-06-14 - 2010-06-18.

Wikeley, F., Konantambigi, R., Pui Wah, C. and Chawla-Duggan, R., 2010. Is play re-conceptualised when it crosses cultural boundaries? In: World Congress of Comparative Education Studies, 2010-06-14 - 2010-06-18.

Other

Chawla-Duggan, R. and Milner, S., 2012. Why Fathers Matter?

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