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Alexandra WillettsAlexandra Willetts

Doctoral Student
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Hometown: Campbellford, ON, Canada

Previous Education

Areas of Interest


I developed an interest in human rights education when I had the opportunity to participate in a public education initiative in Cape Coast, Ghana, which engaged community organizations and local schools in conversations regarding the rights and responsibilities outlined in the United Nations (1989) Convention on the Rights of the Child. This experience inspired me to pursue a Masters in Human Rights in order to gain a deeper understanding of human rights theory and practice. I then taught English language lessons in Korea for two years and returned to Canada to complete a Masters in Early Childhood Studies.

In the CIDE program, I am interested in exploring how early childhood education initiatives are rationalized by international non-governmental organizations, as well as the implications that different discursive representations of early childhood education have for advancing the rights and well-being of marginalized populations. I am also interested in examining how diverse educational settings can support children’s knowledge and realization of their rights and foster democratic deliberation regarding the purpose of education policies and programs.

Revised December 10, 2015