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Reasonings: BME (Un) healthy obsession with experience?

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The Faculty of Development is delighted to be hosting the final seminar led by Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo under the Equality and Community Engagement Reasoning's & Legacy discussion forum

BME (Un) healthy obsession with ‘experience?

This session begins a discussion on a familiar and yet alienating concept called ‘experience’ with a view to inform practice for employers and employees in various institutions. Everywhere we go we are asked to demonstrate our ‘experience’. We even perpetuate the (or collude in that) narrative by highlighting our ‘extensive’ experience in this or that area. This session is an exploratory exercise that seeks to share my attempt to problematise this (un)healthy obsession with ‘experience’. As future employers and job seekers, it is necessary that our demands and expectations are calibrated in order to transform what is known (experience in retrospect) and embark on untraveled journeys (experience in prospect). (Based on ongoing research – yet to be submitted for publication)

Dr Jean Pierre Elonga Mboyo a recent graduate of Sheffield Hallam University was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he completed his primary and secondary education. He then spent three years in Uganda studying philosophy at undergraduate level after which, Jean Pierre moved to England to study Theology for a further three years. He later enrolled to study with Sheffield Hallam University and was awarded a Post Graduate Certificate in education in 2003, Masters of Science in Education in 2011 and a Doctorate in Education in February 2017.

His doctoral research comparatively explores the leadership experiences of urban primary head teachers in the Democratic Republic of Congo and England. Jean Pierre research output around school inspections, cultural leadership, ethical leadership and diversity in school leadership has featured in journals such as School leadership and Management, International Journal for Leadership in Education and Educational Management, Administration & Leadership. Beyond the above research interests, He has comparatively analysed structuration theory (Western social theory) and Ubuntu (African social theory) to propose what he calls the methodology of Ubuntu or structuration. A secondary school teacher since 2003, I am pleased to announce Jean Pierre is now transitioning to the higher education sector as a lecturer at Teesside University from April 2018.

Jean Pierre is passionate about intersection between social structures and agents who are not neutral but gendered and racialized entities among other factors. To contribute to that agenda and to a new understanding of the relevance of culture informing pedagogy and curriculum content. He is delighted to be sharing some thoughts with all of us around the topic of BME (Un) healthy obsession with ‘experience?

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