Maria Teresa Tatto

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Biography

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. She received her doctoral degree in Policy Analysis and Evaluation Research in Education from Harvard University. Her scholarship is characterized by the use of international-comparative frameworks to study education policy and its impact on education systems. She has published extensively on areas such as, the structure and impact of different approaches to educating teachers, the relationships between teaching and learning, 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 in the U.S. among others. Dr. Tatto is the principal investigator for the 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. Dr. Tatto’s work, combines the use of quantitative and qualitative approaches and methods in the social sciences. She has done research in collaboration with scholars in several countries including Africa, Asia, Europe, and North and Latin America, and has served as a consultant to donor organizations and governments. She is a former President of the Comparative and International Education Society.
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