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Petra Engelbrecht

Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa and Emeritus Professor of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, England

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Petra Engelbrecht is at present a Senior Research Fellow in the Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa and Emeritus Professor of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, England.  Previous positions include a position as Executive Dean, Faculty of Education Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom campus, South Africa and Senior Director: Research, Stellenbosch University, South Africa.  She was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Education by the University of Eastern Finland, Finland in August 2014.Her research is broadly concerned with equity in education as a continuous and dynamic process to develop inclusive school communities, creating knowledge about its implementation and identifying those factors that enable or inhibit the implementation of inclusive education in diverse cultural-historical contexts.  Funded international collaborative research projects either as project leader or senior team member include projects on inclusive education as well as teacher education in for example the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza, Guatemala, Malawi, Finland, the United Kingdom, Lithuania and Slovenia. Most recently, she has been a consultant on inclusive education for children with disabilities in Papua New Guinea.