* Dangeni


Research title: Learning to Become an English Teacher: An Investigation on the Engagement and Conceptual Change among Chinese Learners on TESOL Master’s Programmes

Research Summary

Aiming at understanding international student’s experience of learning engagement and conceptual change through learning in UK Master’s programmes, my longitudinal project attempts to explore and contribute to the methodological, theoretical and practical knowledge to facilitate and support their learning in UK Higher Education institutions. Creative research methods including audio diaries and drawing-featured interviews were employed in order to seek more in-depth and reflective insights from participants.



DangeniElliot, D. L. and MacDiarmid, C. (2021) Audio diaries: a creative research method for higher education studies in the digital age. In: Cao, X. and Henderson, E. F. (eds.) Exploring Diary Methods in Higher Education Research: Opportunities, Choices, Challenges. Routledge. 

Elliot, D. L., Dangeni, He, R., Pacheco, E., Balgabekova, D., Tripornchaisak, N., & Makara, K. A. (2020). Considerations for designing pandemic-friendly research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology. https://ijsrm.org/2020/08/12/considerations-for-designing-pandemic-friendly-research/

Cai, L., Dangeni, Elliot, D. L., He, R., Liu, J., Makara, K. A., Pacheco, E., Shih, H-Y., Wang, W., & Zhang, J. (2019). A conceptual inquiry of communities of practice as praxis in international doctoral education. Journal of Praxis in Higher Education, 1 (1), 11-36. http://jphe.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Cai-et-al-JPHE-vol-1-no-1-2019-.pdf *All authors are equal contributors

Elliot, D. L., He, R. & Dangeni. (2019). Setting and adjusting experiences of supervision. In: Dollinger, M. (ed.) Getting the Most Out of Your Doctorate: The Importance of Supervision, Networking and Becoming a Global Academic. Emerald, pp. 19-34.


2020-2021. Rethinking International Student Research in the UK and Beyond: Virtual Summer School Connecting ECRs in the field.
Funded by the Chancellor's Fund, University of Glasgow
Co-organizer. With Dr. Emily-Marie Pacheco

2019-2020. Early Career Mobility Scheme, Faculty of Education, McGill University. University of Glasgow

2018. International Mobility Scholarship. Radboud University, Nijmegen, Netherlands. University of Glasgow


Dangeni (2021). Creative Research Tools for Investigating International Students' Experiences. American Educational Research Association Annual Conference: Accepting Educational Responsibilities, Online, 8-12 April 2021. 

Dangeni (2019). International students' Experience of Engagement at UK Master’s programmes. JURE 2019 Conference: Junior Researchers Thinking Tomorrow's Education, Aachen, Germany, 10-11 August 2019. 

Dangeni (2019). Chinese TESOL Learners' Experience in Becoming an English Language Teacher at UK Universities. Inaugural Conference on Language Teaching and Learning: Cognition and Identity, Hong Kong, 28-29 June 2019. 

Dangeni (2019). An Investigation of Chinese TESOL Learners’ Experience of Learning Engagement and Conceptual Change at UK Universities. Language Teacher Cognition Research: Theoretical Stances and Methodological Choices, Exeter, United Kingdom, 18 January 2019.

Dangeni (2018). Ethical Considerations before Collecting Data. Early Career Researcher Symposium Series: Ethical Dilemmas in Educational Research, Stirling, United Kingdom, 23 July 2018. 


  • Introduction to Educational and Social Research
  • Classroom Processes in TESOL: introduction to teaching and learning
  • Developing Professional Practice in TESOL
  • Dissertation Support

NVivo for Literature Review, guest seminar for PgRs, School of Education, University of Glasgow, February 2021 (With Rui He)

Creative Inquiry and Art-based Research Methods, guest seminar for MEd/MSc TESOL students, University of Glasgow, December 2019 (with Dobrochna Futro)

Additional Information

Dangeni's research interests include student engagement, language teacher cognition, the Internationalisation of Higher Education and creative methods.

Dangeni's current PhD project and research interests come from her personal experience as an international student in MSc TESOL programme at the University of Edinburgh. Her previous working experience as an EAP lecturer also made her reflect critically on how the TESOL programme can help to implement theory into practice. she is passionate about investigating international student's learning experiences, the roles of the learning opportunities provided by the programme in facilitating language teacher's conceptual change.

Dangeni's strong interest in international students' engagement and learning at UK universities encourages her to explore more by playing different roles at the university. Her roles including:

  • research intern at the University of Glasgow for the project 'towards maximising international PhD students' experience in the UK 
  • part-time digital intern in the adam smith business school
  • PgR ambassador in the school of education
  • research intern for PgR resource toolkit project

Dangeni also contributes to several blogs as a PgR within and outwith the University of Glasgow. e.g.

  • Take a day off from your PhD project


  • Reflections on finding my research focus as a new PgR 


  • Showcasing the hidden curriculum via PhD-led research sharing activities


  • Peer-mentoring: Becoming independent from teaching collaboratively