Department:School of Education & Social Care
Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching
Courses taught: Education Studies
Quaco has dedicated his career to the promotion of social justice in and through education. His interest focuses on emancipatory digital and cultural practices for urban educators concerned with social justice and for the students they teach.
Quaco is a full-time lecturer in Education Studies at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford. He has previously lectured at London Metropolitan University in Education Studies and served as a Group Leader for the Islington Upward Bound (IUB), an out-of-school-time programme for secondary school students. His interest in Upward Bound reaches across the Atlantic from the United States where he was Assistant Director of Upward Bound at the University of Massachusetts Boston. His experience there provided valuable insight and skill into the development and workings of an effective community and university partnership.
At Northeastern University in Boston, MA, Quaco was Middle School Director of Education of their SquashBusters Programme, a founding pillar of the American urban squash movement to structure sporting activities to support student learning and development. There, he designed and implemented a ground breaking, intergenerational service learning experience and Anti-Discrimination curriculum to strengthen social cohesion.
Additional experience as an educator includes working as a Massachusetts-certified middle school and secondary school history teacher, pioneering a social enterprise to impart digital literacy and skills to marginalised older learners using refurbished, donated computers, loaded with Open Source Software. He also utilised the power of open source to provide Android App building workshops for Islington and Tottenham youth.
Quaco has a wide range of experience in developing innovative curricula, working with and engaging in formal and informal education sectors across generations with learners from various cultural and economic backgrounds, including extensive time spent in the out-of- school-time (OST) programmes. Quaco is currently completing his PhD. In Social Justice and Education at Lancaster University. He received his Masters in Education from Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA with a focus on teaching in urban environments. His undergraduate study in Africana Studies was completed at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Multicultural learning, widening participation in higher education, open education development and practice, the Capability Approach and an equity-focused perspective on social justice frame Quaco’s research interests. A focus on capabilities in educational research provides a perspective to policy development beyond distributive justice. It helps compare social relationships in institutions as well as pedagogical practices. Capabilities research is effective in the ethical assessment of societal entitlements that should represent “what learners are entitled to receive from their communities, institutions and fellow citizens.”
Quaco lectures in the Education Studies department
VI. International Conference on Critical Education, Conference presenter
Paper: Carrots, Parsnips and Beans: FOSS in Higher Education