Decolonising the researcher’s mind about southern research: reflections from the field

Daniels, Doria (2011-11)

Inaugural address delivered on November 2011.


Doria Daniels was born and grew up in the Strand, in the Boland. She attended Strand Moslem Primary School and matriculated from Gordon High School in Somerset West. From 1977 to 1980 she studied full time at the University of the Western Cape, where she obtained her BA degree and HDE. Whilst being a high school teacher she studied part time towards her B Ed degree, which she was awarded in 1984. In 1988 she decided to pursue an MA degree in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Iowa in the USA. In 1996 she completed a PhD in International and Intercultural Education at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, USA. From 1997 to 2000 she was a member of the Department of Curriculum Studies in the Faculty of Education at Rand Afrikaans University, now the University of Johannesburg. In 2001 she accepted an appointment at Stellenbosch University as Director of Community Services, a position that she held for two years. She returned to academia in 2003 when she joined the Department of Educational Psychology at Stellenbosch University as an associate professor. In 2011 she was promoted to a full professor. She has a C-3 rating as researcher from the National Research Foundation. Her research and scholarship are in the areas of visual-based inquiry, women’s access to education, non-formal education, gender, and community education. Her scholarly accomplishments include a scholarship from the University of Iowa for her MA degree, a scholarship for PhD studies from the Institute of International Education, and a Cyril O Houle Fellowship in Adult and Continued Education from the Kellogg Foundation. She is currently the regional editor for Africa for QSE, The International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.

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