Professor Robin Alexander

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.

Elected 2011

2011
Education, Sociology

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

University of York Honorary Professor of Education

Jan 2013 - Jan 2017

University of Cambridge Professorial Director of Research, Faculty of Education

Jan 2006 - Jan 2012

Wolfson College, University of Cambridge Fellow

Jan 2003 -

University of Warwick Professor of Education

Jan 1995 - Jan 2001

University of Leeds Professor of Education

Jan 1991 - Jan 1995

University of Leeds Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Education

Jan 1977 - Jan 1991

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