NAFOL profile: Ingvill Bjørnstad Åberg
I am a PhD candidate at Nord University, Levanger campus, at the Faculty of Education and Arts. I have a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of Bergen. My master’s thesis explored identification processes and insecurities of exile among Burmese refugees in Thailand. I have also studied Norwegian as a foreign language and worked as a Norwegian teacher for foreigners. In my doctoral dissertation, I investigate different meanings attributed to the term ‘diversity’ in the field of education, claiming that diversity often seems to point to the ‘cultural other’. The doctoral project has three parts where I examine policy documents, teachers’ reflections and teachers’ practices. I discuss these issues using a theoretical framework of critical multiculturalism.
Research interests: conceptions of ‘Norwegianness’ and otherness, social inclusion and equity, pedagogical recognition and multicultural contexts.