Prof. Beatrice Ávalos
Professor and researcher at the University of Chile’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Education, charged with its teachers’ research strand. Ph. D. Saint Louis University, USA. In 2013 was awarded the National Prize for Educational Sciences in Chile. Main research areas include teachers, educational policies, comparative education. Has directed and published studies on the teaching profession, teacher education and education policies with a focus on less developed countries ranging from Papua New Guinea to Latin America including Bolivia, Guatemala and Perú, as well as work with researchers in Argentina and Uruguay, Portugal and South Africa. She is member of the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP)’s Research Advisory Council, and part of the international boards of Teaching and Teacher Education, British Education Research Journal, International Journal of Educational Development. Journal articles, besides her very much cited one on teacher professional development in Teaching and Teacher Education (2011), cover teacher policy in Chile and Latin America, trajectories of Chilean teachers from initial teacher education into schools and school-based teacher collaboration involving Chilean and Portuguese researchers. Among her recent book publications are Héroes o Villanos: La Profesión Docente en Chile (2013), a national study on how teachers view their profession and working experiences, as well as reviews on beginning teachers’ research in Loughran, J, and Hamilton, M.L., Eds. (2016), International Handbook of Teacher Education and with P. Razquin on teacher education international policy in Clandinin, D.J. and Husu, J., Eds. (2017), The Sage Handbook of Research on Teacher Education.