To broaden (and deepen) our understanding of the burning issues, we began collaboration with eminent researchers in different parts of the world. From scholars of language learning and literacy, such as Prof Catherine Snow and Prof Paola Uccelli from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University, we have learned how to design research with a development foundation. Catherine Snow is a Distinguished Visiting Professor at UJ and has had a wide influence in South Africa, sharing her knowledge widely. Paola has assisted us in the use of her collaboratively designed instrument to assess the academic language of student teachers and children in the 6th and 7th grade. Her work has also impacted the Primary School Teacher Education Project of the Department of Higher Education and Training, involving universites where student teachers are educated.
Prof Jari Lavonen, a teacher education and also a science education specialist at the University of Helsinki, is another Distinguished Visiting Professor in this UJ Centre. In joint research with the CEPR and the Department of Childhood Education, he leads and supports teacher education research in schools such as the UJ teaching school, Funda UJabule, and the Viikki practice school of the University of Helsinki. His team includes UJ CEPR research associates Dr. Anni Loukomies and Dr. Reetta Niemi. Prof Annemarie Fritz-Stratmann is the first DVP appointed in the UJ Global Excellence status programme in 2015. She also spearheaded research for the development of the MARKO-D SA research, with her team Prof Antje Ehlert (University of Potsdam) and Prof Lars Balzer (Swiss Vocational Education Institute).
There are a number of other research associates who collaborate with the Centre.