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Professor Robin Alexander FBA

Education at the interfaces of culture, policy and practice, usually though not exclusively in the primary phase: pedagogy, classroom discourse, curriculum, comparative/international education, education for development.
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About this Fellow

Robin Alexander specialises in education at the interfaces of culture, policy and practice, usually though not exclusively in the primary phase. His research prioritises pedagogy, classroom discourse, curriculum, comparative/international education and education for development. He holds degrees from the universities of Cambridge and Manchester and professional qualifications from Durham and London, has worked in both schools and universities and has advised governments in Britain and overseas. From 2006-10 he directed the Cambridge Primary Review, the UK’s most comprehensive primary education enquiry to date, and from 2014-17 led a successful large scale randomised control trial of dialogic teaching for the Education Endowment Foundation.  His work has been honoured by the American Education Association Outstanding Book Award (2002), the SES book awards first prize (2002 and 2012), the BERA/Sage Public Impact Award (2015), and three honorary doctorates. 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

Past Appointments

  • Honorary Professor of Education, University of York, 2013 - 2017
  • Professorial Director of Research, Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge, 2006 - 2012
  • 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

British Academy Appointments

  • Chair, Education Group, 2018 -


Towards Dialogic Teaching

1970 Dialogos


Learning from Comparing Vols 1 & 2

1970 Symposium

1999 & 2000

Change in Teacher Education

1970 Holt, Rinehart and Winston / Praeger


Primary Teaching

1970 Holt Saunders / Cassell


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