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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. (in press). 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. (2014). Critiquing Teacher Preparation Research: An Overview of the Field, Part 2. Journal of Teacher Education. 65(5).

Cochran-Smith, M. & Villegas, A.M. (2014). Framing Teacher Preparation Research: An Overview of the Field, Part 1. Journal of Teacher Education. 65(4): 1-15.

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

(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.

(2014, February)  Learning to Teach Over Time: Two Teachers, Two Paths, IV Congreprinci, Curitiba, Brazil.

(2013, November) The New Landscape of Teacher Education: Trends and Challenges, Eastern Michigan University.

(2013, October) Teacher Education, Inquiry and Evidence: Metaphors to Live By, University of Roehampton, England.

(2013, July) Preparing Educators: Learning to Teach for Social Justice, University of Redlands, California.

(2013, May) Teacher Education in the United States: What’s the Big Picture? Seoul National University of Education, Seoul, Republic of South Korea.

(2013, May) Trends and Challenges in Teacher Education, Culminating Campus & Career Readiness Institute, Austin, Texas.

(2013, February) Teacher Education at a Crossroads, John Wozniak Distinguished Annual Lecture in Education, Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois.

(2013, February) Teacher Quality, Teacher Education and Outcomes, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand.

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