Obituary: Professor Michael Eraut

It is with great sadness that we announce that Old Fidelian, Professor Michael Eraut, passed away on 7th September 2018.

Professor Eraut, studied at St Faith’s during the early 1950’s having arrived in the UK on the Empire Windrush from Rawlpindi (then in India, now in Pakistan). From St Faith’s Michael received a scholarship to Winchester, where he was a keen athlete and gymnast. In 1959 he won a scholarship to Trinity Hall, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences, and subsequently stayed on to complete his PhD in Organic Chemistry in 1965. Michael was then awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study in the USA and spent two years at the University of Illinois with the distinguished psychologist Susan Meyer Markle. During his time in Chicago, Michael devised and published special ‘Programmed Learning’ courses in Maths, to enable students from the Inner City Ghetto schools to cover, step by step, the ground they needed to cope with university level work. In 1967 Michael returned to Britain to the University of Sussex and joined the newly created Centre for Educational Technology, at the leading edge of work on curriculum development and evaluation in the UK.

Michael’s published works include the highly acclaimed Developing Professional Knowledge and Competence, published in 1994, as well as many refereed journal articles. His last book, Learning Trajectories, Innovation and Identity for Professional Development, co-edited with Anne McKee and published in 2013, won an “Outstanding Publication Award” from the Education in the Professions division of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Through his career Michael supervised more than 50 PhD students and mentored many more.

The full obituary can be read here.

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