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Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation

Dr Avivit Cherrington
Postdoctoral Researcher

Avivit Cherrington is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the Chair for Critical Studies in Higher Education Transformation at Nelson Mandela University.

Her research projects explore hope in the context of education, specifically framed by an Afrocentric worldview on health and well-being. She is a registered educational psychologist with a positive psychology leaning and experience providing training and psycho-social care to children and adults living in marginalised communities or facing adversity. She has also lectured a Research in Education module in both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes for the Faculty of Education where she is able to inspire future teachers to think critically about issues in education. She conducts several workshops on visual research methods such as the Mmogo-method, collage-making and photo-voice. 

As a researcher she specialises in critical transformative research and making use of participatory visual methods to advance indigenous knowledge in psychology and education. Her current research engagement entails working with education students as co-researchers to mobilise hope in the Faculty of Education and to contribute to South African knowledge on how teachers can become ‘agents’ of hope and social change.

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