Donald Freeman


Donald  Freeman, School of Education

Prior to coming to the University of Michigan in June 2007, Freeman was dean of the Department of Language Teacher Education and director of the Center for Teacher Education, Training, and Research, at the Graduate School for International Training in Vermont. His research interests focus on teacher learning, in the contexts of organizational and systemic reform, and its influence on student learning.  He examines the development and use of teacher knowledge, particularly in the interrelationship between teacher learning and systemic change and the influences of teacher education on student learning. Methodologically, he studies the place of language as data in these learning processes, and how it can be used to trace influences across the interrelated domains of teacher education, classroom practices, and student learning.

His books include Doing Teacher-Research: From Inquiry to Understanding (Heinle-Thomson; 1998) and Teacher Learning in Language Teaching (co-edited with Jack C. Richards; Cambridge University Press, 1996), as well as a four-level student curriculum ICON- International Communication through English, with Kathleen Graves and Linda Lee (McGraw-Hill).  He was series editor of the TeacherSource professional development series published by Heinle-Thomson. He serves on the editorial board of the Modern Language Journal and previously on the boards of the Educational Researcher and the TESOL Journal.  He is past president of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), and member of the University of Cambridge ESOL Advisory Council.

Freeman teaches courses in the following program(s):
Teaching and Teacher Education
Elementary Teacher Education (ELMAC)





9/1/2015 - 3/1/2017 Learning4Teaching Qatar: Understanding Qatari teachers’ experiences and use of Professional Development in English language teaching
Granting Agency: Carnegie-Mellon University/Qatar Foundation

8/15/2014 - 6/30/2015 EL Teach Analytics and Policy Development
Granting Agency: National Geographic Society

2/1/2010 - 1/1/2011 Learning for Teaching: a Research Study of Participation, Uptake, and Influences of Professional Learning in Two National Contexts - a Pearson Education Foundation grant
Granting Agency: Pearson Education Foundation

2/1/2007 - 8/6/2010 Teacher Learning Framework - a Wisconsin Center for Educational Research/WIDA Consortium grant
Granting Agency: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research/WIDA Consortium

2/1/2010 - 1/4/2010 Improving the Quality of UA Instructor Training-Planning Phase - an Institute for Social Research/United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices grant
Granting Agency: Institute for Social Research/United Association of Journeyman and Apprentices

2/9/2008 - 1/9/2009 Ann Arbor Language Partnership - an Ann Arbor Public Schools grant
Granting Agency: Ann Arbor Public Schools

2/1/2006 - 1/1/2008 MELT Training - a Massachusetts Department of Education Office of English Language Acquisition grant
Granting Agency: Massachusetts Department of Education, Office of English Language Acquisition

2/1/2000 - 1/1/2007 The Teacher Knowledge Project: San Francisco Unified School District
Granting Agency: unknown

2/1/2002 - 1/1/2006 The Teacher Knowledge Project: Madison Wisconsin School District
Granting Agency: unknown

2/1/2001 - 1/1/2004 Project Instituto-Brasil Estados Unidos 2003
Granting Agency: unknown

2/1/1998 - 1/1/2002 Initiate the Teacher Knowledge Project - a U.S. Department of Education grant
Granting Agency: U.S. Department of Education

Courses & Syllabi

Term Catalogue Course Description Syllabus
Fall 2014 EDUC 775. Research on Teacher Education EDUC 775.


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