Canadian Curriculum Studies: Trends, Issues, and Influences brings together the work of education scholars and the experiences of teachers in a comprehensive collection of articles with a uniquely Canadian perspective. It is essential reading for curriculum developers, teachers, education students, and anyone who has puzzled over the meaning of “curriculum.”
Editor Susan E. Gibson has assembled her anthology into three thematic parts: Defining Curriculum, Historical Influences on the Curriculum in Canada, and Contemporary Issues and Trends in Canadian Curriculum. Each section is introduced by thought- provoking commentary and each article is complemented by reflective questions. In the twenty-two selected articles, distinguished educators discuss the past, present, and future directions of curriculum development in Canada.
This in-depth examination of curriculum covers a thorough range of topics, including the characteristics of Canadian curriculum, public vs. private education, citizenship and Canadian identity, gender and sexuality in the curriculum, and environmental, Aboriginal, global, and religious education. It also considers the impact of pioneering educators, provincial curriculum reforms, cultural diversity and multiculturalism, and geographical location.
About the authors
Susan E. Gibson began her career as a public school teacher in Alberta and Ontario. She completed a Ph.D. in Curriculum Studies at the University of British Columbia and is now a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton. Her research interests include the development of social studies curricula, the design of technology-mediated models of teacher professional development, and how best to prepare pre-service teachers for teaching in a digital age.
Yatta Kanu is a professor in the Faculty of Education’s Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg.
Mark Glor teaches history and social studies at Linden Christian High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Kieran Egan was born in Clonmel, Tipperary, Ireland, and educated in England, receiving a BA in history. He then went to California to work with IBM Corp. as a consultant while beginning a PhD at Stanford University, which he completed at Cornell University in 1972. His first academic job was at Simon Fraser University, in British Columbia, where he remained till his recent retirement. His academic work dealt with innovative educational theory and detailed practical methods whereby implications of the theory can be applied in everyday classrooms. He focused on the nature and development of imagination, and argued for its centrality in learning and the construction of meaning. There have been about forty translations of his books into around twenty languages. He and his wife have three children and five grandchildren —all, of course, wonderful, and all the children produce books of various kinds. During his academic life he gave talks in most European countries, and throughout Asia, South America, and Australasia. He also writes poetry and has published in many Canadian, British, Irish, and USA magazines. He has an interest in Japanese-style gardens, and built one at the rear of his house, which resulted in a book, Building My Zen Garden, (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000), and also a TV program in the Recreating Eden series. He was an athlete when younger—quite good at long-jump and triple-jump—but after four operations, he now has metal screws in his knees. He lives in Vancouver, BC.
Ted Aoki was professor emeritus at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Karyn Cooper is an associate professor in the Centre for Teacher Education and Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Anne Murray Orr is a professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Margaret Olson is a professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia.
Brenda Mackay is an associate professor of early childhood education at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. She also serves as coordinator for overseas student teaching.
Michael Firmin is a professor of psychology at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. He is also the editor of the Journal of Ethnographic & Qualitative Research.
Lynn Lemisko is an assistant dean in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.
Kurt W. Clausen is professor of education at Nipissing University and the editor in chief of the Canadian Journal of Action Research.
Rebecca Coulter is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.
Lorna Mclean is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa in Ontario.
David Pratt, professor emeritus of education at Queen's University, has been collecting quotations for more than fifty years. He is the author of two major texts on curriculum plus numerous short stories and poems published in international literary journals and anthologies. Born in Britain, he now lives in Kingston, Ontario.
Cynthia Chambers is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta.
Jon Young is a Professor and Acting Head of the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations & Psychology in the Faculty of Education at the University of Manitoba. He is of co-author of the books Understanding Canadian Schools: An Introduction to Educational Administration (2007) and Teacher Certification and the Professional Status of Teachers in North America (2012).
Anna Kirova is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Louis Volante is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Brock University in Hamilton, Ontario.
Lynette Shultz is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.
Kelly Young, PhD, is an associate professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University, where she teaches courses in English language arts curriculum methods and classroom management.
Julia Temple is a researcher with SafetyNet, the Centre for Occupational Health & Safety Research at Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
JULIE JOHNSTON is the author of five novels for young people, two of which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Text in Children’s Literature. Her work has received numerous awards and accolades throughout North America, including the IODE National Book Award, the Ruth Schwartz Young Adult Book Award and starred reviews in such publication as Publisher’s Weekly, Quill & Quire and the School Library Journal. As If by Accident is her first novel for adults. The mother of four grown daughters, Julie Johnston lives with her husband in Peterborough, Ontario.
Paul Clarke is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina in Saskatchewan.
This well-assembled compilation of curriculum studies provides an excellent foundation for thinking about how we have come to this point in our own education and in our efforts to advance the education of others.
Dr. John Willinsky, Stanford University professor and former Education professor at the University of British Columbia