Press Release

23 October 2014

Dr Wilma Fraser, Director of Community and Adult Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, has been commended by the British Educational Research Association (BERA) for her recent doctoral thesis, PhD.

Wilma’s submitted thesis, In Search of Sophia: Seeking wisdom in adult teaching and learning spaces, explores the relationship between wisdom and adult teaching and learning. The thesis poses questions about what wisdom means, whether it can be taught and the extent to which it has enhanced the delivery of adult learning.

Wilma has an extensive background in adult, community education. Before coming to Christ Church in 2004, she had been employed by the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) for over twenty years. She has also worked in collaboration with the University of Kent, Goldsmiths' College, University of London and Kent Adult Education (KAE).

The BERA Doctoral Thesis Award celebrates the best PhD, DPhil or EdD thesis research in Education awarded by a British University that has made the most significant contribution to research in education in that year.

Dr Christy Kulz, Goldsmiths College, London, won this year’s award for her thesis entitled ‘Structure Liberates?’: Making Compliant, Consumable Bodies in a London Academy and Dr. Nigel Bright, Sheffield Hallam University, was also commended for his thesis, An intergenerational ethnography of school disaffection in a post-industrial mining area.

Notes to Editor

Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services.

With nearly 20,000 students across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

  • 93% of our most recent UK graduates were in employment or further studies six months after completing their studies*.
  • We are the number one choice for local people looking to study at university in Kent (2013 UCAS).
  • We are one of the South East’s largest providers of education, training and skills leading to public service careers.

*2012/13 Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey


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