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Lynch School of Education

Marilyn Cochran-Smith

Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools
director, doctoral program in curriculum and instruction



Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


Teacher education research, practice and policy; practitioner inquiry and teacher learning across the professional lifespan; teaching/teacher education and issues of equity, diversity and social justice


2014, Distinguished Scholar Lifetime Achievement Award of the Literacy Research Association

2014, Bjorn Christiansen Memorial Lecturer. University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway

2012, Doctor of Letters. University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland

2012, Doctor Honoris Causa.  (Honorary Doctoral Degree) University of Alicante, Alicante, Spain

Selected Recent Publications

Cochran-Smith, M., Villegas, A.M., Abrams, L., Chavez Moreno, L., Mills, T. & Stern, R. (in press). Research on teacher preparation: Charting the landscape of a sprawling field. In Gitomer, D. & Bell, C. (Eds.). Handbook of Research on Teaching (5th edition). Washington, DC: AERA. (267 ms. pages)

Cochran-Smith, M. & Villegas, A.M. (2015). Studying teacher preparation: The questions that drive research. European Education Research Journal. 14(5): 379-394. Cochran-Smith, M. (2015). Teacher communities for equity. Kappa Delta Pi Record. 51:109-113.

Cochran-Smith, M. & Villegas, A.M. (2015). Preparing teachers for diversity and high poverty schools: A research-based perspective. In Lampert, J. & Burnett, B. (Eds.) Teacher Education for High Poverty Schools. New York: Springer Press.

Cochran-Smith, M., Villegas, A.M., Abrams, L., Chavez Moreno, L., Mills, T. & Stern, R. (2015). Critiquing Teacher Preparation Research: An Overview of the Field, Part 2. Journal of Teacher Education. 65(5): 109-121.

Cochran-Smith, M. & Villegas, A.M. (2014). Framing Teacher Preparation Research: An Overview of the Field, Part 1. Journal of Teacher Education. 65(4): 7-20.

Cochran-Smith, M. & Stern, R. (2014).  The role of inquiry in teacher leadership. In Bond, N. (Ed.). Perspectives on teacher leadership. Indianapolis: Phi Delta Kappan Publications, 196-209.

Cochran-Smith, M. & Stern, R. (2014). Imagining schools as centers for inquiry. In Reynolds, L. (Ed.). Imagine It Better: Visions of What Schools Might Be.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann Books, 85-96.

Cochran-Smith, M., Ell, F., Ludlow, L., Grudnoff, L. & Aitken, G. (2014). The challenge and promise of complexity theory for teacher education research. Teachers College Record. 116 (5): 1-38.

Cochran-Smith, M., Ell, F., Ludlow, L., Grudnoff, L., Haigh, M., & Hill, M. (2014). When complexity theory meets critical realism: A platform for research on initial teacher education. Teacher Education Quarterly. 41(1): 105-122

Cochran-Smith, M. & Power, C. (2013). Preparing Teachers for Tomorrow’s America, in Kysilka, M.L., & Davis, O.L., Jr. (Eds.), Schooling for Tomorrow’s America, (pp. 89-105), Charlotte, N.C., Information Age Publishing, Inc.

Cochran-Smith, M., & Power, C. (2013). Preparing Teachers for Diversity: A Global Issue. Mondi Migranti, 5(2), 81-98.

Cochran-Smith, M., Dudley-Marling. C. (2013). Crossing the Divide?: Diversity Issues in Teacher Education and Special Education: A Response to Leah Wasburn-Moses. Journal of Teacher Education, 64(3), 279-282.

Cochran-Smith (2013). Teacher Education Challenges: National and International Perspectives in Olstern, A., Smith, K., Ryghaug, T., Kruger, T., and Postholm, M.G. (Eds), Teacher Education Research between National Identity and Global Trends. NAFOL Year Book 2012 (pp. 121-135) Norway, Akademika Publishing.

Cochran-Smith, M., Piazza, P. & Power, C. (2013). The Politics of Accountability: Assessing Teacher Education in the United states. The Educational Forum 77(1): 6-27.

Cochran-Smith, M. (2013). Trends and challenges in teacher education: National and international perspectives in Waldron, F., Smith, J., Dooley, T., & Fitzpatrick, M. (Eds.) Reimagining initial teacher education: Perspectives on transformation (pp. 29-53). Dublin, Liffey Press.

Selected Keynotes

(2015, September). Teacher Education Policy and Teacher Quality: The U.S. Case. Symposium at the European Conference on Education Research (annual meeting of the European Educational Research Association). Budapest, Hungary.

(2015, June). Research on Teacher Preparation: Mapping the Territory. Keynote Address for ORD Annual Conference on Education Research (Netherlands/Belgium), Leiden, The Netherlands.

(2015, June). Teacher Education Policy and Practice. Invited seminar for ICLON, Leiden University Graduate School of Teaching. Leiden University, The Netherlands.

(2015, May). Education Reform and Teacher Education. Invited Lecture for the Faculty of Education, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

(2015, April). Reconceptualizing Teacher Education with Equity at the Center. Invited Presidential Session for AERA Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois

(2015, March). ‘Ed Reform’ and Teacher Education: The Policy Paradigm that is Reforming (Deforming?) Teacher Preparation in the U.S. Teachers College Sachs Lecture Series, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York.

(2015, January). Teacher Education for Urban Schools: A Perspective from Research. Keynote address for Virginia Commonwealth University SOE Annual Research Colloquium, Richmond, Virginia.

(2014, November) Ed Reform and Teacher Education: Building Better Track or Trying to Stop the Train? The Teacher Education Division of the Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana.

(2014, October) Education for Social Justice and Democracy: Framing the Issues. University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

(2014, October) Teacher Education Research: Surveying the Landscape. University of Bergen, Bergen, Norway.

(2014, September) Teacher Preparation Research: Past, Present and Future. European Conference on Educational Research, The Annual Meeting of the European Educational Research Association, Porto, Portugal.

(2014, August) Inquiry as Stance: Local and Beyond. University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland.

(2014, June) Practitioner research in challenging times, Trends and challenges in initial teacher education, Research on initial teacher education: Charting the landscape of a sprawling field, and Living a research life. University of Linkoping, Linkoping, Sweden.

(2014, May) Practitioner inquiry: For what? So what? Now what? Annual Conference of the Action Research Network of the Americas, Moravian College, Bethlehem, PA.

(2014, February)  Ed Reform's Alphabet Soup: The Acronyms we Live by in Teacher Education,  ATE Annual Meeting, St. Louis, Missouri.

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