Alison Shepherd

Education Policy PhD Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Chapter Member: Wisconsin SSN
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Shepherd focuses on research with and for forced migrants, specifically, non-formal language education and media representations of asylum seekers. Shepherd has been a teacher for ten years and is involved with a refugee-serving organisation in Greece.



" Non-Formal Language Education: Teacher Training in a Refugee Community in Greece" The ESOL Journal 31, no. 1 (2020): 19-34.

Outlines a non-formal language education program at a refugee community centre in mainland Greece in the context of the current refugee crisis in Europe. Discusses how in this context, language classes are in high demand, often provided by volunteer-led organizations.

"The Challenges of Educational Progress in Oaxaca, Mexico" Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University 17, no. 1 (2015): 27–35.

Considers education in the Mexican state of Oaxaca and the effects that an active teachers' union has had upon not only the education of the primary and secondary schools that the teachers represent, but also on higher educational policy in the state.

"Integrating Lesson Study in Myanmar Teacher Training" International Journal for Lesson and Learning Studies 8, no. 1 (2019).

Documents a case study implementing Lesson Study (LS) study into a two-year teacher training project in an education university training secondary school teachers in Lower Myanmar.  Stimulates interest and discussion about whether Lesson Study is a useful tool in continuing professional development (CPD), particularly within the unique context of developing country educational development.