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UW-Madison’s Bartlett and colleagues in Brazil, South Africa receive 2019 INEI Funding Grant

September 24, 2019

UW-Madison’s Lesley Bartlett, along with colleagues from Brazil and South Africa, was recently awarded a grant from the International Network of Educational Institutes (INEI) to conduct a collaborative research project. 

Bartlett is a professor with the School of Education’s Department of Educational Policy Studies and is an anthropologist who works in international and comparative education. Her recent work takes up anthropological perspectives to examine literacy programs and pedagogies. 

Lesley Bartlett
Of the nine proposals submitted from the 11 INEI member institutions around the world, only two were selected for funding. Together with professors Ana Paula Duboc (School of Education, University of São Paulo, Brazil), Catherine Kell (School of Education, University of Cape Town, South Africa), and Maria Clara di Pierro (School of Education, University of São Paulo, Brazil), Bartlett will carry out a research project titled "Literacy policies, programs, and practices: A comparative study of Brazil, South Africa, and the United States."

This project is an effort to take advantage of the long-standing partnerships the School of Education has with two outstanding schools to compare how policies and programs for early grade reading instruction compare across countries. In each country, debates over how to teach reading have been heated, though the discussions vary in telling ways.

This marks the second year in a row that a UW-Madison School of Education faculty member has been part of group selected for INEI funding. Last year, Margaret Hawkins, a professor with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, received the grant with colleagues Li Wei (University College London) and Liu Qiang (Beijing Normal University) for their research project titled “Enhancing under-resourced English-learning through multimodal global StoryBridges.”