Dr Giovanna Fassetta
- Lecturer in Intercultural Literacies and Languages in Education (Creativity Culture and Faith)
telephone: 0141 3302431
I am a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience of working with young people and adults in a variety of settings and in several countries. I taught in Italy, Eritrea and the UK both as a class teacher (primary) and as a specialist language teacher (early years, primary and secondary). I also taught adult migrants in literacy classes in Italy and have trained primary teachers of Italian as a foreign language for Edinburgh and Glasgow City Councils.
I hold a Master's Degree in Education (Applied Linguistics). I have a PhD in Sociology, and my doctoral research looked at young people's expectations and experiences of migration.
My doctoral study investigated children’s expectations and experiences of migration, with a particular focus on education and language. For my doctoral research, I used a range of participatory methodologies, including visual techniques. Following the award of my PhD, I have worked as a Postdoctoral researcher on a considerable number of projects. I have therefore developed interest, knowledge and expertise in the following areas: the experiences of children and young people from migrant backgrounds; multilingualism and intercultural communication; language teaching/learning in situations of emergency and crisis; refugee, asylum and migration; inclusion and social justice.
Fassetta, G., Imperiale, M. G., Frimberger, K., Attia, M. and Al-Masri, N. (2017) Online teacher training in a context of forced immobility: the case of Gaza, Palestine. European Education, 49(2-3), pp. 133-150. (doi:10.1080/10564934.2017.1315538)
Fassetta, G. (2016) Using photography in research with young migrants: addressing questions of visibility, movement and personal spaces. Children's Geographies, 14(6), pp. 701-715. (doi:10.1080/14733285.2016.1190811)
Fassetta, G. (2014) The social and symbolic aspects of languages in the narratives of young (prospective) migrants. Language and Intercultural Communication, 14(3), pp. 322-338. (doi:10.1080/14708477.2014.898733)
I am PI on the project: "The impact of language. Collaborating across borders to the design, developmet and promotion of an online Palestininan Arabic course". The project is funded by the AHRC, from the GCRF stream
I would be happy to supervise students interested in: the experiences of children and young people from refugee and migrant backgrounds; multilingualism and language education; integration, inclusion and intercultural communication; the effects of Brexit on children, young people and families; visual methodologies in research.