Dr Allan Pitman

Professor Emeritus

Profile

My teaching and research are focused in a number of specific areas which are, nonetheless, linked by my theoretical and activist interests in the nature of teachers’ work. I have interests in the linkages between policy and curriculum construction and content, in particular in mathematics education curriculum and its reforms.

My current work reflects my interests in the comparative study of the relation between the organization of teachers’ work, curriculum and national education and social policy.

Appointments in other institutions

  • Member, Profesorado de módulos de formación básica, Máster Universitario en Investigación en Currículum y Formatión, Universidad de Granada, Spain
  • Member of Advisory Board and Affiliated Scholar, Comparative and International Education Research Center, The American University in Cairo, Egypt.

Visiting Scholarship

  • 2015 Visiting Professor, Beijing Normal University, China
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Universidad de Granada, Spain; Faculty of Education
  • 2010 Visiting Professor, Research Institute for Professional Practice, Learning and Education, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • 1991 Visiting Research Scholar, Wisconsin Center for Education Research, University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA

In The News

Award

2017 David Wilson Award for contributions to comparative and international education

Recent Publications

Books

Pitman, A. (in preparation). Mathematics as a cultural curriculum. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing

Book series

Editor (with M. Pereyra and S. Majhanovich). A Diversity of Voices. Comparative and International Education. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing (43 titles).

Chair, Editorial Board, Pittsburgh Series in Comparative and International Education (University of Pittsburgh). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Editor. Professional Education and Practice. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Journals

Guest Editor (with Brian Denman, University of New England), International Review of Education – Journal of Lifelong Learning (2018/9 publication). UNESCO ILE/Springer

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education.

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Actor-network Theory and Technological Innovation.

Member, Editorial Review Board Advances in the Social and Political Impact of Information and Communications Technologies.

Books Edited

Brock-Utne, B., Desai, Z., Qorro, M. & Pitman, A. (Eds.) (2010). Language of instruction in Tanzania and South Africa – Highlights from a project. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Kinsella, E.A. & Pitman, A. (Eds.). (2012). Phronesis as professional knowledge. Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Chapters in books

Pitman, A. (2013). The ideological and economic repositioning of universities. In Y. Hebert & A. Abdi (eds.), The intensification of international education (pp. 61-74). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Pitman, A. (2012). Professionalism and professionalization: Hostile ground for growing phronesis? In A. Kinsella & A. Pitman (eds.). Phronesis as professional knowledge (pp. 131-146). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Kinsella, A. & Pitman, (2012). Engaging phronesis in Professional practice and education. In A. Kinsella & A. Pitman (eds.). Phronesis as professional knowledge (pp. 1-12). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Kinsella, A. & Pitman, (2012). Phronesis as professional knowledge: Implications for education and practice. In A. Kinsella & A. Pitman (eds.). Phronesis as professional knowledge (pp. 163-172). Rotterdam: Sense Publishing.

Pitman, A., Majhanovich, S., & Brock-Utne, B. (2010). English as Language of Instruction in Africa: Policy, Power and Practice in B. Brock-Utne, Z. Desai, M. Qorro &A. Pitman (eds.) Language of instruction in Tanzania and South Africa – highlights from a project (pp. 1-10). Rotterdam; Sense publishing.

Ellett, F. & Pitman, A. (2009) Testing for critical thinking in a democratic system. In J. Sobokin. & L. Groake, (eds.), Critical thinking, education and assessment (pp. 99-124). London, ON: Althouse Press.

Journal articles

Hibbert, K; Lingard, L; Vanstone, M; Kinsella, E A; McKenzie, P.; Pitman, A.; and Wilson, T., (2014). The quest for effective interdisciplinary graduate supervision: A critical narrative analysis. Canadian Journal of Higher Education/Revue canadienne d’enseignement supérieur, 44(2), 85 – 104.

DePass, C., Dlamini, N., Fan, P.,  Larsen, M., Majhanovich, S., Masemann, V., Poonwassie, D., Pitman,A.,  Aujla-Bhullar, S. & Scoppio, G.  (2017). 50 Years of the CIESC - Looking Back and Envisioning Forward: Reflections from Past-Presidents. Comparative and International Education / Éducation Comparée et Internationale 46 (2), Article 3.

Conference Papers

Hibbert, K., Lingard, L., Pitman, A., Kinsella, A. Wilson, T., McKenzie, P., Vanstone, M., Masinire, A. (2011). Identifying Strengths and Challenges in Interdisciplinary Graduate Supervision. Proceedings of the Annual Conference of CAIS / Actes du congrès annuel de l'ACSIPublication.

DePass, C., Dlamini, N., Fan, P.,  Larsen, M., Majhanovich, S., Masemann, V., Poonwassie, D., Pitman,A.,  Aujla-Bhullar, S. & Scoppio, G.  (2017). 50 Years of the CIESC - Looking Back and Envisioning Forward: Reflections from Past-Presidents. Session presented at the Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada, Toronto.

Pitman, A. (2018). Emergent theory and methodologies: Barriers and gateways. Paper presented at the annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society, Mexico City.

Teaching and Supervision

Ph.D. Supervision: Dissertations Completed

Chishtie, F. (2018).  The ‘Meaning’ and ‘Enactments’ of Natural Sciences: ANT-Mobilities’ analysis of Two Cases.

Ke, X. (2013). A crosslinguistic/cultural perspective of learning Chinese as a foreign language in Canadian universities.

Jarvis, D. (2006). Tracking the TIPS document: An examination of participant perceptions regarding issues of professional practice and development.

Ofuso-Mireka, J. (2004) One of the guys: Ghanaian women engineers and scientists.

Tryssenaar, J. (2004) Hearing voices: The pedagogy of mental illness in an Occupational Therapy curriculum