Vavrus lectures about forthcoming book addressing tensions of learner-centered pedagogy in Sub-Saharan Africa
Frances Vavrus, associate professor in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (OLPD), recently presented two lectures about her forthcoming book, Teaching in Tension: International Pedagogies, National Policies, and Teachers' Practices in Tanzania (co-edited with Dr. Lesley Bartlett). On September 14th, she spoke at the Center for African Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and on September 17th she addressed students and faculty at the University of Pennsylvania as part of the Invited Lecture Series in the International Education Development Program at the Penn Graduate School of Education. The book, which is based on research conducted by Tanzanian and U.S. faculty and doctoral students (including Matthew Thomas and Zikani Kaunda from OLPD), addresses the tensions surrounding the introduction of learner-centered pedagogy in Sub-Saharan Africa and in conducting collaborative research in an international context. In addition to giving these public lectures, Dr. Vavrus met with graduate students to discuss their research and with fellow faculty members engaged in international educational research.