Research Output per year
Area of academic expertise - outline
I am a qualitative researcher in social sciences and have particular expertise in Historical, Comparative, Phenomenological, Grounded Theory and Ethnographic research approaches/paradigms. Being new as an academic in the UK, my research was entered into the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) and pre-assessed to be included in the forthcoming 2021 REF.
In my research, I adopt a number of theoretical perspectives: (a) Critical Theory and Subaltern Discourses in historical and sociological spaces (Antonio Gramsci), (b), Phenomenological Approaches to the study of religion (Ninian Smart), (b) Post/Anti-Colonial Approaches to contemporary education in Africa (George Sefa Dei), (c) Critical Perspectives on Policy and Practice in Education (Stephen Ball), (d) Selective Tradition (Michael Apple) and (e) Realist Evaluation (Stephen Dugaid & Ray Pawson) and Risk Theory (Ulrich Beck).
I teach, research, publish, supervise postgraduate research (MEd/MSc/MA/MPhil and PhD) projects in any of the following areas:
- Religious and Moral Education
- Mental Health and Education
- Sociology of Education
- Education in Developing Countries
- Comparative and International Education
- Indigenous Studies and Education
- Teacher Education and Professional Learning
- Prison Education
- Missiology/Church History (Seventh-day Adventist)
- African History
I have examined a doctoral thesis on the topic: Subjective Experience of Living with Chronic Illness. I am the lead supervisor for two PhD students, secnd supervisor for four PhD and assessor for nine PhD students. To date, I have successfully supervised to completion one PhD student. Current doctoral supervision (as lead supervisor) includes:Samson Oyerinde Oladejo on The experiences of vulnerable young people and the problem of access to ‘free’ basic education in urban-poor areas of the city of Lagos, Nigeria; Hanane Belaidi on The linguistic repertoires of secondary school teachers in two Algerian regions (Kabyle and Chaoui): A Bourdieusian perspective; and as second supervisor: Laurence Gould-Johnson on 1+2 Language Policy in Scotland; Begonia Essan on Distance Education for In-Service Teachers in Ghana; Mojolaoluwa Opeyemi Alabi on Graduates’ Self-Directed Learning in Nigeria on the use of Diversified Strategies in Developing Income Generation Portfolio; Amina Abdessalam on Intercultural competence amongst study abroad students.
Prestige and Contribution
High quality published research: entered into the UK’s prestigious Research Exercise Framework (REF) in 2014 and being considered to be entered again in the next REF in 2021.
Quality teaching and student support across academic programmes both undergraduate and postgraduate, including doctoral research.
Effective execution of the role of Postgraduate Research Coordinator in the School of Education.
Key contribution to a research culture in the School of Education by initiating and coordinating joint monthly research colloquium for Postgraduate Research Student and academic staff.
Development and management of a niche postgraduate programme: MSc Mental Health and Education
Development and management of one of the core undergraduate modules (Society and Lifestyles) on the very successful BA Education programme.
Deputising the Assistant Dean (Research, Enterprise and International) at the university’s Research Enterprise Advisory Committee (REAC)
Core member of UWS’ Doctoral College Board
University-wide contribution as Judge at the UWS annual Learning, Teaching and Research Conference
Academic link for visiting research fellows in the School of Education since 2014
Internationally recognised expert in school-based Religious Education
Deputy editor, British Journal of Religious Education, flagship journal in the field
Lead editor (under-contract) The Handbook of Religious Education in the Global South
Guest Editor Special Issue: Journal, Diaspora, Indigenous and Minority Education (DIME)
Consulting editor, Journal of Psychology & Education (Ghana)
Membership of editorial boards: British Journal of Religious Education, International Higher Education Teaching and Learning and Malawi Journal of Education & Development
Peer-reviewer for 11 international academic journals
Chairperson, Further and higher Education, Scotland-Malawi Partnership - a civil organisation
PhD supervision - and to completion
Viva examination of PhD students
Research collaboration and grant application experience
Chairing PhD vivas
Chairing international conference sessions
Erasmus scholar, Malta (2017) and Greece (2019)
Invited guest speaker: Inaugural Frederick Ofosu lecture in Malta attended by the state president (2017)
Invited panellist: NSC Essentials - Collaborating with Other Scholars, 2019 CIES Conference, San Francisco, USA.
Member: ‘Research Strategy for Scottish Education Academic Reference Group’ (Scottish Government)
Membership of prestigious scholarly organisations such as the Royal Historical Society (RHS), Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) and Association of University Lecturers in Religious Education (AULRE)
Member (by invitation) of the International Seminar on Religious Education and Values (ISREV)
Contributor (by invitation) to academic blog: (a) prison education commissioned by the European Union: https://ec.europa.eu/epale/en/blog/prison-education-purposeful-activity-scottish-young-offenders-institutions and (b) moral capital focusing on Malawi: https://moralcapital.info/
PhD/Doctoral Supervision: Current Students
Role: Lead Supervisor
- Vijayita Prajapati: Utopian /Intentional Communities & Future of Lifelong Learning
- Nor Ehouda Zenati: Lobbying and Pressure Groups: A comparative study of Algeria and Scotland
- Mehdjouba Ghezali: Teachers and teaching in Algerian prisons: An exploratory study
- Samson Oyerinde Oladejo: Free but Unattainable: A Risk Society Analysis of Young People in Urban Poor Areas and Issues of Access to Universal Basic Education (UBE) in Lagos, Nigeria
- Hanane Belaidi: The Linguistic Repertoires of Algerian Secondary School Teachers: A Bourdieusian Perspective
Role: Second Supervisor
- Tamara Horsburgh: The Impact of Holding the Christian Theology of Embodiment for Christian Believers Diagnosed with the Onset of Dementia: An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis
- Laurence Giraud-Johnstone: 1+2 Language Policy in Scotland
- Mojolaoluwa Opeyemi Alabi: Technical and vocational education in Nigeria
- Amina Abdessalam: Intercultural competence amongst study abroad students
- Ioannis Makris: Technology education (Greek - EU)
- Fekih Miloud: Dyslexia within the ESL context (Algerian)
- Laura Wilson: Internationalisation of Higher Education: From the perspective of the educator (Australian/Scottish)
- Nawel Mansouri: The use of a weblog storytelling to develop creative writing among Algerian EFL students (Algerian)
- Nawal Ouchene: Investigation of Cultural Aspects in Algeria Secondary School Textbook “New Prospects (Algerian)
- Nassima Ferhaten - title: tbc (Immigration Status: Tier 4 – Non-EU)
- Kazi Nabila – title tbc (Immigration Status: Tier 4 – Non-EU)
- Meriem Abid – title tbc (Immigration Status: Tier 4 – Non-EU)
- Shaddai Tembo – title tbc local student on UWS studentship
Current research activities
- Book project (by contract with Bloomsbury): The Bloomsbury Handbook of Religious Education in the Global South (with a co-author from the USA) (2018-2021)
- Article: Prison educators: Who teaches in prison and why? (2019-2021)
- Article: Interdisciplinarity and religious education: a helpful or destructive relationship? (2019-2020)
- Possible book project (Routledge) with a colleague from Ghana: Misclusion of Religion in Religious Education in Malawi and Ghana (2018-2021)
- Book: Marvelous Malamulo Mission: A Historical Study, 1902-2002 (2019-2022)
- Book: Christians of the Commandments: A Socio-Historical Study of Seventh-Adventism in Malawi (2019-2025)
- Book: BaKgatla ba ga Mmanaana of Botswana: A Political History, c.1600-1940 (2019-2025)
Area of academic expertise - outline
I have expertise in the following areas: (a) Education in Comparative Contexts, (b) Education in Developing Countries, (c) Prision Education (d) Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, (d) Post-modern approaches to school-based Religious Education, (e) African/Church History, (f) Mental Health and Education, (g) Post/Anti Colonial Critiques of Education, (h) Indegenous Education and (i) Theology, Missiological and Pastoral Studies
Desired research direction
Grant application: (a) "Improving Quality of Higher Education in Malawi in the Context of UK NARIC Assessment" - Scottish Goverment Malawi Grant and (b) "Who teaches in Prison, Why and What Qualifies them: Towards the Professionalisation of Prison Education in Scotland - A GTCS Aspiration
Develop research links with scholars from USA (California), Africa (Malawi, Botswana, Kenya, Ghana) and across the UK (Scotland, Wales, England and Northern Ireland) towards bidding for a major funded project evaluating the effectiveness of prison education in comparative contexts.
Through my research engender a paradigm shift towards the professionalisation of prison education through the creation of a new qualification pathway in teacher education (professional graduate diploma in education in prison studies) recognised by the General Teaching Council for Scotlsnd (GTCS).
Continue to research on religion and education in the UK (Scotland) and Africa (Malawi).
Continue to attract PhD students in the areas of distance education, teacher education, curriculum reform, religious education, indigenous studies, higher education and prison education.
Target collaborative organisations
Scottish Prison Service
Schools in Scotland
Universities in sub-Saharan Africa
Third sector providers of prison education in the UK
California Correctional Department and other international Prison Services (Malawi, Botswana, Kenya and Ghana)
External research/postgraduate supervisor for Adventist Universality of Africa2015 → …
- BL Religion
- L Education (General)
- H Social Sciences (General)
A history of Catholic education and schooling in Scotland: new perspectives: by Stephen J. McKinney and Raymond McCluskey (Eds.), London, Palgrave Macmillan, 2019, 207 pp., £100.00 (Hardcover), ISBN 978-1-137-51369-4Matemba, Y., 26 Jan 2020, In : British Journal of Religious Education. 42, 2, p. 245-247 3 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Book/Film/Article review
Decolonising religious education in sub-Saharan Africa through the prism of anticolonialism: a conceptual propositionMatemba, Y., 2 Sep 2020, In : British Journal of Religious Education. 13 p., 1816529.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article
Free but unattainable: children’s rights, access to basic education and discourses of risk from young people in Lagos City, NigeriaMatemba, Y. & Oyerinde, O. S., 2 Sep 2019.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper
Activities per year
Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: Studies of Migration, Integration, Equity, and Cultural Survival (Journal)
Yonah Matemba (Guest editor)
Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work › Editorial activity
Yonah Matemba (Examiner)
Activity: Other › Types of External academic engagement - Research and Teaching at External Organisation
Book Review: Mindfulness for Study: From Procrastination to Action by Karisa Krcmár and Tina Horsman. Aberdeen: Inspired by Learning, 2016, 191 pp., ISBN 978-1-909876-06-4
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