Expert to speak on teacher education programs

March 6, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Kenneth Zeichner, director and Boeing Professor of Teacher Education at the University of Washington, will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual Graduate Student Educational Research Symposium on March 19 at Purdue University.

He will speak on "The Struggle for the Soul of Teaching and Teacher Education."

Before joining the faculty at the University of Washington in 2009, Zeichner spent 33 years at the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Education. He has served as vice president of the American Educational Research Association (Division K) and co-chair of the AERA Panel on Research in Teacher Education, a member of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education Board of Directors, and a member of the National Academy of Education Committees on Teacher Education and Teacher Professional Development.

Graduate students in education-related degree programs will discuss their research during the symposium's two poster and roundtable sessions.

The symposium, sponsored by the College of Education and the Graduate Student Education Council, will begin at 12:20 p.m. in the Purdue Memorial Union North Ballroom. Zeichner is expected to speak at 4:30 p.m. before the awards ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. More information is available at

Writer: Judith Barra Austin, 765-494-2432,

Source: Jeff Goecker, College of Education director of communications, 765-494-0568,

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