Mirat Al Fatima Ahsan

Ms Mirat Al Fatima Ahsan is currently completing a doctorate in education from the University of Oxford.

As signified by her doctoral thesis title: ‘Change in ELT Practitioners Conceptualising of Teaching and Learning: Voices from Higher Education in Pakistan’, Ms Ahsan is concerned with exploring the dialectic between teacher change and cognition, teacher development, teacher practice and factors of culture and context. While reading for her MPhil in Educational Research degree at the University of Cambridge, Ms Ahsan focused on designing and carrying out a descriptive Phenomenographic study looking at ELT Practitioners’ conceptions of teacher and learning in Pakistan. Her doctoral study has been designed to build on this MPhil project by looking at the dynamics of teacher change and teacher thinking. For her Master’s dissertation in English for Specific Purposes (ESP) from Warwick University, UK, Ms Ahsan explored the dynamic between Problem-based learning and its impact on students’ language facility in ESL contexts. Ms Ahsan also has a Master’s and BA honours in English Literature from the University of Karachi.

Ms Ahsan’s divergent experiences of working in the higher education and tertiary sector both in Pakistan and in the UK have made her a firm adherent of Dewey’s stance on education giving succor to the life of mind. Her experiences of serving as an assistant professor, teacher educator, researcher, textbook writer, editor and copywriter have made her a zealous advocate of research being essential for innovative practice.

Publications:

  • Ahsan, M.F. ( 2013) ‘Beware! The Yellow Brick Road Lieth in that Which Is NOT What Could Be.’, in A, Ahmed, M. Hanzala, G. Cane, & F. Saleem (ed.) ELT in a Changing World: Innovative Approaches to New Challenges. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp.53-72).
  • Ahmed, A., Ahsan, M.F., Saleem, F., & Sultan, R. (2013) ‘ E-learning in ELT: Potentials and challenges in the context of Pakistan, in A, Ahmed, M. Hanzala, G. Cane, & F. Saleem (ed.) ELT in a Changing World: Innovative Approaches to New Challenges. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp.155-176). 155-176).
  • Ahmed, A., & Ahsan, M.F. (2011) ‘The right approach to teaching writing in an EAP: Some perspectives’, in In A. Ahmed, G. Cane, & M. Hanzala (ed.) Teaching English in multilingual contexts. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp.53-68).
  • Ahsan, M.F. et al. (2009). ‘Empowered women in Pakistan: English a friend?’, in N, Hussain., A. Ahmed & M. Zafar (ed.) Teaching English in multilingual contexts. London: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. (pp. 53-68).

Title of thesis:
Change in ELT practitioners’ conceptualising of teaching and learning: voices from higher education in Pakistan

Supervisors:
Dr Catherine Walter and Dr Ian Menter

Research interests:
Teacher Cognition, EAP particularly Academic Writing, Innovation practice through E-learning, Problem-based learning, Teaching Language through Literature, Assessment, English and empowerment (socio-linguistics)

Category

  • Research student

College affiliation

  • Kellogg College

Research groups

  • Applied Linguistics
  • OSAT