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Professor Robin Alexander FBA

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About this Fellow

Robin Alexander is Fellow of Wolfson College at the University of Cambridge, Professor of Education Emeritus at the University of Warwick and Honorary Professor of Education at the University of York. He holds a PhD and higher doctorate (LittD) from the University of Cambridge and has worked at the universities of Leeds, Warwick, Cambridge and York. In 2002 his Culture and Pedagogy won the American Educational Research Association Outstanding Book Award and First Prize in the SES Book Awards. In 2012 he again won the SES first prize, for Children, their World, their Education, the final report of the Cambridge Primary Review. He directed this national enquiry from 2006-10 and chairs its successor, the Cambridge Primary Review Trust. This work won the BERA/Sage Public Impact Award in 2015. He has advised UK government departments (DfE and DfID), has served on UK public bodies (Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority), has worked in development education on behalf of DfID and the EC (principally in India and Bangladesh) and has held visiting chairs in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore. He is past President of the British Association for International and Comparative Education.



Current post

  • Fellow of Wolfson College, University of Cambridge; Professor of Education Emeritus, University of Warwick; Honorary Professor of Education, University of York

Past Appointments

  • Honorary Professor of Education, University of York, 2013 - 2017
  • Professorial Director of Research, University of Cambridge, 2006 - 2013
  • Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, 2003
  • Professor of Education, University of Warwick, 1995 - 2001
  • Professor of Education, University of Leeds, 1991 - 1995
  • Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Education, University of Leeds, 1977 - 1991


The Cambridge Primary Review Research Surveys (2010)

Children, their World, their Education (2010)

Essays on Pedagogy (2007)

Culture and Pedagogy (2001)

Learning from Comparing vols. 1 & 2 (1999, 2000)

Policy and Practice in Primary Education (1997)

Versions of Primary Education (1995) \

Change in Teacher Education (1984)

Primary Teaching (1984)

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