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Prof Maria Teresa Tatto

Fellow, Visiting Fellow

Honorary Research Fellow

Department of Education

EdD, EdM (Harvard), BSc (National Autonomous University of México)

Professor Maria Teresa Tatto is an internationally respected comparative education expert whose research focuses on school and teacher education systems and, more generally, on studying how the intersection of research, policy, and practice can result in more equitable and widely accessible educational opportunities for all learners. In addition to creating an authoritative theoretical framework to analyze the relationships between teacher preparation research, policy, and practice, her recent research addresses the mathematics preparation of teachers and its impact on teaching and learning, early career teaching trajectories, globalization and its effects on education, professionalism in teaching, the influence of early childhood education on improved knowledge levels for the rural poor and children of underserved populations, the role of values education on citizenship formation, and the development of effective policies to support the education of children of migrant workers. Professor Tatto has served as the principal investigator and Executive Director for the multiyear Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDSM) and for the First-Five-Years of Mathematics Teaching Study (FIRSTMATH), both funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation and designed to explore the connections between mathematics pre-service preparation and what is learned on-the-job during the first years of teaching. Maria Teresa Tatto is a Professor in the Division of Educational Leadership and Innovation at Arizona State University and the Southwest Borderlands Professor of Comparative Education at the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College. Before moving to Arizona State University in 2016, Dr. Tatto was a Professor of Educational Policy and Teacher Education at Michigan State University for nearly three decades. She received her doctoral and master’s degrees in Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research in Education from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree in Educational and Organizational Psychology from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Professor Tatto has served as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Teacher Education, Editor of Educational and Policy Analysis Archives, Associate Editor of the AERA’s Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis journal, and guest editor for the International Journal of Educational Research and the Oxford Review of Education. She has edited, co-edited, and authored 17 books, more than 100 journal articles, and book chapters. She is an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, England, a Visiting Professor at the University College London Institute of Education and the University of Bath, England, and a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association.