Mr Gaston Bacquet
- Associate Tutor (School of Education)
I hold a Trinity DipTESOL, a Master's Degree in TESOL (UCL) and I'm currently on the 3rd year of my PhD in Education at the University of Glasgow.
I am a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience. I taught in Chile, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, Japan and the UK, with experiences ranging from elementary and high-school teaching to working in government projects and lecturing at under and post-graduate level. I currently work as an Associate Tutor at the School of Education at Glasgow, leading seminars and supervising dissertation students in the MSc / MEd Educational Studies and TESOL programs.
My doctoral research seeks to use participatory action research (PAR) to identify elements of cultural and structural violence present in Chilean higher education; it aims to challenge this violence through the utillization of non-violent strategies that draw from Cosmopolitanism, Eastern philosophy and indigenous perspectives (ubuntu and Buen Vivir).
In broader terms, I am interested in the intersection between Eastern spiritual traditions (Buddhism, yoga, Daoism), international wisdom traditions (ubuntu, Buen Vivir), and pedagogical practices in order to develop and promote non-violence within educational communities. From a methodological perspective I am interested in the application of participatory approches and action research.
My research interests and activities expand onto the following areas:
- Contemplative Pedagogy
- Higher Education
- Eastern spiritual traditions
- Decolonization of educational practices
- Non-violence education
- Spiritual critical pedagogy
- (Critical) Participatory Action Research
- Modern Educational Thought
- Seminars on Contemporary Issues
- Introduction to Educational and Social Research
- Educational and Sustainable Development
- Comparative Education
Conferences and presentations:
February 14th, 2023 – “A person's wellbeing is MY wellbeing": decolonial perspectives on non-violence for teacher training - 67th Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (Washington D.C.)
December 6th, 2022 – “Violence and its sublimation within the fantasy-reality continuum: Between psychoanalysis and the theory of civilizing process” (Warsaw University, Poland)
July 14th, 2022 – “Non-violence as a practice of equality: an experiment in the Global South”– The 10th European Conference in Education (London, UK)
April 3rd, 2022 – “Decolonial perspectives for social justice - Challenges and possibilities in Chilean higher education”, Early Career Conference “Potential and Challenges in Education in Today’s World”, British Association for Comparative and International Education (UK)
October 9th, 2021 – “Towards a pedagogy of non-violence: a rationale for the Global South”, International Conference on Violence and Society, London Centre for Interdisciplinary Research.
July 15th, 2021 – “Developing Socially Inclusive Practices in Chilean Higher Education Classrooms Through Participatory Action Research” – The 9th European Conference on Education, London (UK)
April 8th, 2020 – “Teachers’ role in the process of identity construction in second-language learners” – International Conference on Languages, Literature and Linguistics, Rome
June 2019 – Member of the organizing committee for the Annual Doctoral Research Conference, University of Reading (UK)
March 25th, 2019 – ‘The classroom as an identity-building environment: an experiment in Myanmar” – Annual Language Studies PhD Conference, University of Reading (UK).