South African professor to give research keynote

Saloshna Vandeyar
Saloshna Vandeyar

Saloshna Vandeyar presents the keynote lecture in the College of Education and Human Sciences Research Conference, 6 p.m., today in Teachers College Hall, room 105.

Vandeyar is an associate professor in humanities education at the University of Pretoria in South Africa.

In 2008, Vandeyar and Jonathan Jansen published "Diversity High," an in-depth study of a working-class, formerly Afrikanner-oriented, high school that renamed itself after apartheid ended in South Africa. In selecting the school for the study, Vandeyar illustrates how empirical, methodologically sound research can be oriented toward social justice.

Vandeyar is an award-winning scientist who is rated highly in South Africa's government-supported National Research Foundation. Her current scholarship focuses on the implications of teacher and student identities in constructing classrooms inclusive of racial, linguistic and ethnic identity.

Vandeyar edited the volume “Hyphenated Selves: Construction, Negotiation and Mediation of Immigrant Identity Within Schools - Transnational Dialogues," which includes contributions from two of UNL professors.

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