Professor Robin Alexander FBA

Pedagogy, policy and culture in primary education; comparative education; classroom discourse.

Elected 2011

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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

Wolfson College, University of Cambridge Fellow

University of Warwick Professor of Education Emeritus

Past appointments

University of York Honorary Professor of Education

2013 - 2017

University of Cambridge Professorial Director of Research, Faculty of Education

2006 - 2012

Wolfson College, University of Cambridge Fellow

2003 -

University of Warwick Professor of Education

1995 - 2001

University of Leeds Professor of Education

1991 - 1995

University of Leeds Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Reader in Education

1977 - 1991

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