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Navan N. Govender is a Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom. Navan holds a Bachelor of Education degree (specialising in secondary English teaching), a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Applied English Language Studies, and a PhD in Applied Language & Literacy Education in critical literacies. Their PhD investigated how critical literacy could be used to engage student teachers with issues related to sex, gender and sexual diversity in South Africa. Currently, Navan is working to understand critical literacy's role in Scottish English language and literacy education as well as in initial teacher education.
Specific fields of study include: (queer) critical literacies; multiliteracies, multimodalities & critical visual literacies; transmodality; (a)gender & (a)sexual diversity in representation; critical (multimodal) discourse analysis; social semiotics; and social justice education.
Further interests include: culturally responsive/sustainable pedagogies, decoloniality, gender studies, place-based pedagogies, feminisms, hybridity, intersectionality, and design.
At Strathclyde, Navan teaches on the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) programme, offering classes in critical literacies and multimodalities as well as a range of English methodology classes for secondary schooling educators. Navan also sits in the faculty's Gender Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (GEDI) Committee.
Beyond Strahclyde, Navan is an active member of the United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA) as a co-convener of the Critical Literacy Special Interest Group (SIG), UKLA Regional Representative for West Scotland, and co-convener of the UKLA Publicity & Communications Committee. Navan is also a member of The Anti-Racist Educator, a collective of educational stakeholders engaging in critical and anti-racist education.
Expertise related to UN Sustainable Devlopment Goals
In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):
Doctor of Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand
Jan 2013 → 8 Dec 2015
Award Date: 8 Dec 2015
Bachelor of Arts, University of the Witwatersrand
Jan 2010 → Jun 2011
Award Date: 22 Jun 2011
Bachelor of Education, University of the Witwatersrand
Jan 2005 → Dec 2009
Award Date: 26 May 2010
UKLA Regional Representative: West Scotland, United Kingdom Literacy Association (UKLA)
Jul 2020 → …
- critical literacy
- social semiotics
- social justice
- queer critical literacies
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1/01/19 → …
Project: Non-funded project
Between Criticality & Colonialism: Unsettling Perspectives on Language & Literacy Education in Scotland
1/07/19 → 31/12/19
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Govender, N. & Andrews, G., 8 Sep 2021, The Handbook of Critical Literacies. Pandya, J. Z., Mora, R. A., Alford, J. H., Golden, N. A. & de Roock, R. S. (eds.). New York, p. 82-93 12 p.
Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Govender, N. N., 1 May 2020, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Multimodal Communication. 9, 1, 20190009.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile13 Downloads (Pure)
Navan Govender (Participant)12 May 2021
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Navan Govender (Participant)
Impact: Education, Professional practice, training and standards, Public understanding, information and debateFile