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Mary Kennedy



  • Higher Ed: Education 


I am a professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University. I came to MSU in 1986 to direct the National Center for Research on Teacher Learning. Since that time, I have been interested in questions about the nature of teaching and how external events--things like teacher education programs, policies and research--can or do influence teaching. I have published three books addressing the relationship between knowledge and teaching and have won five awards for my work, the most recent being the Margaret B. Lindsey Award for Distinguished Research in Teacher Education.

Before coming to MSU, I was engaged in a variety of program evaluation and policy analysis activities at both the state and federal level, and have included a small sampling of that early work here as well. 


teacher learning, teacher thinking, teacher knowledge 


Kennedy, M. M. (2002) Knowledge and Teaching. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 8(3/4), 355-370.

Kennedy, M. M. (2004) Reform Ideals and Teachers' Practical Intentions. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 12(13). Retrieved [Date] from

Kennedy, M. M. (2005) Inside Teaching: Classroom Conditions that Frustrate Reform. Harvard University Press.