Dr. Aileen Kennedy
Senior Lecturer in Education
Moray House School of Education and Sport
University of Edinburgh
Aileen grew up in various parts of Scotland, before moving to Glasgow to study primary education (a last-minute change of career-plan, having been set to study music and become a professional cellist!). After working as a primary teacher in Clydebank and then as Professional Officer for the General Teaching Council for Scotland, she ended up in academia – spending fourteen years at the University of Strathclyde, and then moving to Edinburgh in May 2015. Throughout her time working in education she has been interested in the factors that shape teachers and teacher education, and has found the critical study of policy as a fantastic way to illuminate the complex ways in which teachers and teacher education are shaped. Aileen enjoys working with beginning and experienced teachers to enhance mutual understanding of how and why we learn to be(come) teachers. The integration of research and teaching is therefore fundamental to her professional work.
Aileen is one of two Scottish members of the UK-wide Teacher Education Group (TEG) and a member of the European consortium TEQUILA which seeks to bring together European academics interested in evidence-informed teacher education. Aileen is also an active member of the EERA Network on Teacher Education, and an Associate Editor of Professional Development in Education.