Dr. Pauline Dixon is a senior lecturer in International Development and Education at Newcastle University in the North East of England and has extensive experience working in Asia and Africa. Her major research interests are the theory of Austrian Economics, education vouchers in developing countries, children’s literacy and the regulation and privatisation of education in developing countries. In conjunction with her work in Africa, she was also the lead advisor and education consultant for the British based charity Absolute Return for Kids (ARK), where she helped initiate the ASPIRE programme (Allow Synthetic Phonics to Improve Results in English). The work has allowed children from the slums of Shahdara, East Delhi to improve their reading and spelling skills, thus highlighting the importance of generating phonemic awareness amongst second language learners and creative pedagogies that move away from rote learning methods, typically found throughout India.
Pauline has been working recently on the following projects:
John Templeton Foundation research – Education in Difficult Places 2011-2013; UBS AG – Extending Access to Quality Education for the Underserved 2011-2013; DfID – Lagos State Household Poverty and School Choice Research Study 2012