Visiting Scholar: Marilyn Cochran-Smith

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Marilyn Cochran-Smith Join Marilyn Cochran-Smith as she delivers a keynote address that challenges the structures and processes that reproduce inequity in teacher education.

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Monday 26 November 2018 06:00 pm until Monday 26 November 2018 07:00 pm (Add to calendar)
Professor Jo Lampert
Presented by:
Marilyn Cochran-Smith
Type of Event:
Current Student: Undergraduate; Current Student: Postgraduate; Public
Free to attend

This keynote address argues that we need to reclaim the teacher education profession by taking an alternative approach that reconstructs teacher education’s targets, purposes, and consequences in keeping with the larger democratic project. This presentation will propose a new approach, democratic accountability for teacher education, which challenges the structures and processes that reproduce inequity. Democratic accountability builds on: democratic rather than market ideology, strong rather than thin equity, intelligent professional responsibility rather than compliance, and power relationships distributed across stakeholders, including members of diverse communities, rather than top-down managerial relationships.

Delivered at La Trobe Universities City Campus, based at 360 Collins St, this keynote lecture will be a high-profile event attracting an audience made up of academics, teachers and educators, and staff from the Department of Education Victoria. Taking place on Level 2 of the City Campus, staff are invited to attend with the presentation commencing at 6:00pm.

This event has limited tickets available, so it’s recommended attendees book early to avoid missing out.

Keynote Speaker:

Marilyn Cochran-Smith is the Cawthorne Professor of Teacher Education for Urban Schools at the Lynch School of Education, Boston College (USA), where she directed the Ph.D. Program in Curriculum and Instruction from 1996-2017. A teacher education scholar and practitioner for more than 40 years, Professor Cochran-Smith is widely known nationally and internationally for her scholarship regarding teacher education research, practice and policy and for her sustained commitment to inquiry-based teaching and teacher education for diversity and social justice.

Professor Cochran-Smith is a former AERA president, an inaugural AERA fellow, an elected member of the National Academy of Education, a Fellow of the National Education Policy Center, and a member of the Laureate chapter of the Kappa Delta Pi.

Professor Cochran-Smith has written ten books, seven of which have won national awards and recognitions, and more than 200 articles, handbook chapters, chapters in edited books, and editorials on social justice, practitioner research, and teacher education research, practice and policy. Her most recent book, Reclaiming Accountability in Teacher Education (Cochran-Smith, Carney, Keefe, Burton, Chang, Fernández, Miller, Sánchez & Baker, Teachers College Press, 2018) was named a “Critics Choice” book for 2018 by the American Educational Studies Association. From 2000-2006, Professor Cochran-Smith was the chief editor of the Journal of Teacher Education.  She is also the founding co-editor (with Susan Lytle) of the Teachers College Press book series on Practitioner Inquiry, which now includes 60+  books by practitioners and/or about practitioner research.


Level 2, Room 2.11

La Trobe University, 360 Collins St, City Campus



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