Dr. Joseph Seyram Agbenyega
Dr Joseph Seyram Agbenyega is an Associate Professor in the Counseling, Special Education and Neuroscience Division at Emirates College for Advanced Education (ECAE). He is currently the Research Chair at ECAE. Dr Agbenyega is a certified Teacher Educator with more than 25 years of experience. He started his career as an elementary school teacher in 1990. He obtained his Professional Doctorate (EdD) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia in 2005. Prior to joining ECAE, Dr Agbenyega worked at University of Ghana from 2006-2007 and at Monash University from 2008 to 2020. He was the Director of Graduate Research Education and Chair of Examiners, Graduate Research Education from 2017-2020.
The focus of his research is the psychological and sociological understandings of educational inclusion and inequality among children and youth. At the micro level, he explores the impact of teacher dispositions, cultural and family practices on inclusive teaching and learning. At the macro level, he explores how policy and government support for education orchestrate educational equity and quality. He is interested in understanding how the worldwide problem of underachievement and exclusion of children and youth with a disability and/or significant learning needs can be addressed. He applies both qualitative and quantitative methodologies with diverse theoretical perspectives including critical theory, postcolonial theory, Bordieuan theory and cultural historical theory to his research.
Dr Agbenyega has international research networking with several universities, including Mahidol University, Thailand; Monash University, Australia, University of Ghana; University of Cape Coast, Ghana, Millersville University, PA, USA and Universitas Negeri Jakarta (UNJ). He has published widely in his field of expertise.