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Congrats to Maija Salokangas – Winner of 2012 AERA Graduate Student Travel Award

Congratulations to Maija Salokangas – Winner of the 2012 Graduate Student Travel Award from the AERA Education Change SIG!!!

2012 Graduate Student Travel Award was nominated by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Educational Change SIG to a Doctoral Student to assist on the travel costs to the AERA annual Meeting in Vancouver in April 2012.

“The recognition the award represents within the academic community is incredibly encouraging. It enables me to meet researchers across the world with similar research interests and to present my work to an international academic audience. This is a fantastic opportunity for a postgraduate student and I feel ever so thankful for the support the postgraduate community in the Manchester University School of Education has provided for me to get there.” 

Thesis title: Governance in a chain of Academies

Research interests: school systems, education policy, governance and leadership in education, comparative research

Bio: Maija Salokangas is a Doctoral Researcher funded by the University of Manchester/Manchester Academy to conduct research on educational change within a chain of Academy schools. She is a graduate of the University of Helsinki, Finland where she gained a BA and MA in educational studies, and a qualified primary teacher. She is also a Research Associate in the Educational Improvement Research Group at Manchester where she works on a range of externally-funded research projects. Her research interests lie in educational change in school systems, education policy, governance and leadership as well as in comparative research.

Her professional experiences consist of teaching in primary and secondary schools in Finland, Switzerland and England. Currently she contributes to the MA in Educational Leadership and School Improvement at the University of Manchester School of Education.  Maija is also Managing Editor of School Leadership and Management(Taylor & Francis group) and the Handbook for Educational Effectiveness (Routledge, forthcoming).



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