Kerryn Dixon

Associate Professor, Foundation Studies, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa

Kerryn Dixon is an associate professor in the School of Education at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. Her scholarship is in the field of language and literacy studies where she specializes in early literacy and critical literacy. At the heart of her work is an interest in the ways in which histories of regulation, power, oppression, and resistance shape literacy and schooling. Her work has a strong social justice orientation. She believes that we need to acknowledge children's ability to navigate and make meaning of the complex terrain of their childhoods. Her publications include Literacy, Power and the Schooled Body (2011) and Doing Critical Literacy (2014) for which she is a co-author. In 2018, she was a member of the British-Council-funded Language for Resilience Research Hub that aimed to better understand the role of language in enhancing resilience of refugees and host communities.


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