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John Furlong

Department of Education,
University of Oxford,
15 Norham Gardens, Oxford,
John Furlong is Director of the Oxford University Department of Education and Fellow of Green College Oxford. John has a long standing reputation for research and teaching in three fields: the professional education of teachers, learners' perspectives on their own learning, and educational research policy and practice. He was President of the British Educational Research Association (BERA) during the academic years 2003-5.

Over the last 20 years, he has directed a total of 10 externally funded research projects exploring different aspects of teacher education policy and practice.  His research, much of which has been widely influential, has addressed: the nature of teachers' professional knowledge; the nature of professional learning for student teachers; changing patterns of teacher education provision and practice in the UK and internationally.  His recent work in this area has included a research project examining the future of higher education in the professional education of teachers and an evaluation of the DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship scheme.  In 2006 he led the Review of Initial Teacher Training Provision in Wales on behalf of the Welsh Assembly Government (The Furlong Report).

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