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Alfredo Gaete

I did my PhD at The University of Manchester between 2005 and 2009.

It was an exciting time, during which I met great people and made excellent friends. Even though we worked hard, the atmosphere was very friendly and collaborative. All the lecturers and professors were helpful and close to the graduate students - and everybody seemed to really enjoy being there!

My PhD thesis was on the concept of mind, but throughout the process I engaged not only in many other issues in the philosophy of mind but also in epistemology, metaphysics, the philosophy of action, and the philosophy of language. I still work in most of these areas, although in so far as they apply to theoretical psychology and education (which are the two main areas in which I have published).

At present I work as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Postgraduate Studies at the Campus Villarrica of the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Here I teach different courses on the foundations of education and inclusion (and plan to teach epistemology soon). I also participate in several research projects in education, more specifically in teacher education, teacher beliefs and epistemology, and diversity in education - addressing, among many others, questions like "What do teachers need to know in order to teach well?", "What do teachers believe about knowing, teaching, and learning?", "What do teachers believe about poverty and teaching in poverty contexts?", and "What are the normative practices and the model of person that one can find in Chilean schools?"