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BYU teacher educator to receive national honor

From American Educational Research Association

Robert Bullough, associate director for teacher education research at the Center for the Improvement of Teacher Education and Schooling at Brigham Young University’s David O. McKay School of Education, has received the Michael Huberman Award for Excellence in Research on the Lives of Teachers from the American Educational Research Association.

The award, sponsored by the Lives of Teachers Special Interest Group, will be presented to Bullough in March at an awards ceremony in New York City. This is the second annual Michael Huberman Award given by the AERA’s Lives of Teachers group, which specializes in teacher development.

He will receive the award, along with a $500 honorarium, at the Lives of Teachers business meeting, where he will lead a discussion.

Bullough, whose career in education spans more than 30 years, said the award reflects the body of his work, which has encompassed many areas of teacher development and evaluation.

“There is a quiet heroic dimension about most people, and that dimension is constantly underappreciated and often not even recognized,” he said. “A lot of my own interest is in the mundane, quiet aspects of life. The basis that ordinary people can do remarkable things is life-affirming.”

His work has included the texts “The First-Year Teacher” and “First-Year Teacher: Eight Years Later,” which have been in print for nearly 17 and 10 years, respectively.

Bullough said he gains personal insight as he studies educators. “A large part of this is trying to make sense of the world that I inhabit,” he said. “When we try to figure out how we fit into the scheme of things, it takes us into the lives of others.”

Writer: Roxanna Johnson

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