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Efrat Sara Efron


Professor, Educational Foundations and Inquiry
Director, Curriculum, Advocacy and Policy

Programs/Classes Taught:

Masters Level

  • ESR 514    Research in Action: Becoming Practitioner Researchers
  • ESR 505    Educational Inquiry and Assessment   
  • FND 510    Social Justice Perspectives on the History and Philosophy of American Education
  • FND 511    Social and Cultural Politics of Education: Personal and Contextual Perspectives             

Doctoral Level

  • CDD 605     Scholarly Habits of Mind
  • CAP 600     Curriculum Theory: Historical Perspectives
  • CAP 690     Special Topic: The Moral Significance of Teaching in a Democratic School Community
  • CSI 693      Curriculum Seminar

Areas of Expertise:

Professor Efron has been pursuing scholarly and research interests in the following areas:

  • Action Research in Education
  • Literature Review and Academic Writing
  • Mentoring
  • Educational Foundation
  • Moral and Democratic Education
  • Teacher’s Personal Voice
  • Writings of Hannah Arendt
  • Janusz Korczak’s Educational Legacy
  • Hebrew as a Second Language


Dr. Efron has been a Professor at National Louis University since 1996 and is currently the Director of the Curriculum, Advocacy, and Policy Doctoral Program.  She teaches graduate courses in educational foundation and doctoral courses in the Teaching and Learning Doctoral Program.

Dr. Efron believes that school practitioners should research their own practice and explore new ideas to improve their work. The book Action Research in Education that she co-wrote with Dr. Ruth Ravid is centered on these goals. The book was ranked as the book most adopted by graduate classes at Guilford Press! A second edition is in process. Dr. Efron and Dr. Ravid have completed writing a book, soon to be published by Guilford, about constructing the literature review for a thesis or a dissertation.

Dr. Efron has deep interest in the works of Hannah Arendt and Janusz Korczak and published articles and has written and spoken about them extensively. She currently serves on the Korczak Association Board of Directors.

Prior to completing her doctorate, she taught middle school and high school students in Tel Aviv, Israel and in Jewish Day schools in Chicago. While working as a professor at National Louis, she has mentored teachers, worked as a consultant in day schools throughout the Chicago area and published nine text books in Hebrew language literature and grammar.


EdD    National-Louis University, Instructional Leadership
MA      Northeastern Illinois University, Special Education
BA      Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Literature, History
TC      Middle and High School Teach Certificate, Hebrew University Jerusalem

Research and Interests:


Efron, S.E., & Ravid, R. (2013).  Action Research in Education: A practical Guide. New York: Guilford.

Efron, S. E. & Ravid, R. Writing the Literature Review: A Practical Guide (to be published by Guilford)

Efron, S, Winter, J. & Bressman, S. (2017) Mentoring Across Cultures: Relationships That Inspire Professional Growth. In  Kent, A.M., & Green, A.M. (Eds.). .) Across the Domains: Examining Best Practices in Mentoring Public School Educators throughout the professional journey.

Efron, E. S., Miskovic, M., Ravid, R. (2010) School-university collaboration as Mutual professional development. In J. Slater & R. Ravid (Eds.), Collaboration in education. New York: Routledge.

Efron, S., & Joseph, P. B. (2001). Reflections in a mirror: Metaphors of teachers and teaching. In P.B. Joseph & G. Farrell (Eds.). Images of School Teachers 2nd Ed, New York. St. Martin’s Press

Efron S. E. (2016). Janusz Korczak, Educator: Teaching humanity in the face of evil, Prism: An International Journal for Holocaust Educators, 8, 18-23.

Efron, S, Winter, J. & Bressman, S. (2013). Toward a More Effective Mentoring Model: An Innovative Program of Collaboration. Journal of Jewish Education, 78(4), 331-361.

Miskovic, M., Efron, S. E., Ravid, R. (2012). Action Research in Action: From University to School Classrooms. Education Research International, v. 2012, Article ID 389736, 11 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/389736

Efron, S. E. (2008). Moral Education between Hope and Hopelessness: The Legacy of Janusz Korczak Curriculum Inquiry, 38(1), 39-62.

Efron, S. Janusz (2005). Korczak: Legacy of Practitioner-Researcher. Journal of Teacher Education, 56(2), 145-156.

Efron, S. (2005). Light in the midst of darkness: Janusz Korczak’s spiritual yearning. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 54-59

Contact Information:
(224) 233-2767

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