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cochransmithProfessor Cochran-Smith

Lynch School of Education, Boston College, U.S.A.

Title:  Teacher Education Reform: International Perspectives  

Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the John E. Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College, where she served as Director of the Ph.D. Programme in Curriculum & Instruction from 1996-2017. Professor Cochran-Smith received the 2018 AERA Division K Legacy Award for lifetime distinguished contributions to Teacher Education. Cochran-Smith is in demand as a Keynote Speaker and Presenter nationally and internationally and she has Honorary Doctorates from both the University of Glasgow, Scotland and the University of Alicante, Spain. She is widely known for her work about Teacher Education Research, Practice and Policy and for her sustained commitment to Teacher Education for social justice with inquiry as the centrepiece. 

Cochran-Smith began her career as an elementary classroom teacher.  She has written 10 books, six of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 200 articles, chapters and editorials related to Teacher Education.  Her most recent book, Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education, which was published in 2018, was co-authored with members of Project TEER (Teacher Education and Education Reform), a group of Teacher Education researchers and practitioners founded by Cochran-Smith at the Lynch School of Education. She is also the founding co-editor (with Susan Lytle) of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which has published more than 50 books about practitioner inquiry or by teachers and other education practitioners. 

Dr Cochran-Smith is currently Principal Investigator for a Spencer Foundation-funded study of Teacher Education at new graduate schools of education (nGSEs) in the U.S.  She is co-founder of Project RITE (Rethinking Initial Teacher Education for Equity), a two-country research project at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. She is also the Chair of the International Advisory Panel on Teacher Education for NOKUT, Norway’s chief agency for Quality Assurance in Higher Education. 

Cochran-Smith is a past president of the American Educational Research Association, an inaugural AERA Fellow, an elected Member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the National Education Policy Centre (NEPC). She has received many awards, including AERA’s Research to Practice Award, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Literacy Research Association, the Carl Grant Research Award from the National Association of Multicultural Education and all of the major awards from the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), including the David G. Imig Award for Achievement in Teacher Education, the Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Research in Teacher Education and the Edward C. Pomeroy Award for Outstanding Contributions to Teacher Education.


mazawiProfessor André Elias Mazawi 

Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

André Elias Mazawi is professor, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. A sociologist of education, he is interested in the impacts of geopolitics on schooling and educational policies, governance and school/higher education restructuring in the Arab and Muslim societies. His published research also focuses on the debates and controversies surrounding the notion of a 'knowledge society' and 'education for work' in Arab societies, their sources, institutional origins and discursive reproduction across space. He is also engaged in a research project concerned with the inter-relations between science policies and the stratification of faculty members in higher education institutions in Arab countries (particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council states).


carmborg Professor Carmel Borg

Faculty of Education, University of Malta

Carmel Borg is a former Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Malta. He lectures at the University of Malta and internationally, as Honorary Visiting Professor, in Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Sociology and Politics of Education and Community and Adult Education. He has presented locally and internationally, often as Keynote Speaker, and published extensively in several languages around the foregoing issues. Professor Borg is a public intellectual and community activist, promoting education as a liberatory experience. He is the Director of the MRER Project and Chairperson of the National Observatory for Living with Dignity, a research entity within the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society. Professor Borg is the Editor of the Malta Review of Education Research (MRER) and of the Education Research Monograph Series (ERMS). He is also Associate Editor and reviewer of several other peer-reviewed, international journals. His latest book (co-edited with Michael Grech) is entitled The Pedagogy Politics and Philosophy of Peace: Interrogating Peace and Peace Making, published by Bloomsbury in 2017.

Last Updated: 3 May 2018

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