Fall working conference
The Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)’s 9th Teacher Education Working Conference took place from November 2 – 4, 2017 at Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia. The theme for this year’s working conference was, Globalization and Diversity in Education: What Does It Mean for Canadian Teacher Education? A total of 36 faculty and 11 graduate students from 9 Canadian provinces met to discuss and debate the following focus questions:
- DIVERSITY OF TEACHERS. Who are our current Canadian teachers and what challenges do we face in attracting and preparing educators who reflect the diversity of our students? For example, what barriers exist to internationally trained teachers who wish to become credentialed in order to teach in Canada? What are the challenges in attracting and preparing educators from/for indigenous communities?
- INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE. International opportunities for both Teacher Education Candidates and Faculty of Education instructors/researchers continue to expand. What are the barriers, outcomes, and benefits of teaching and learning in a global context? What foundational courses and/or experiences are effective in ensuring that Canadian Teacher Education is built on a philosophy that represents a global learning population? What impact does international experience have for faculty and students?
- DIVERSITY OF STUDENTS. In what ways does our current Bachelor of Education curricula prepare teachers for an increasingly diverse population of students and what might need to change? What world view is reflected in current programmatic orientation in teacher education and how does it need to change, evolve, or transform?
- INTERNATIONAL TEACHER EDUCATION. How do international approaches to teacher education differ across institutions, countries, or continents? What does comparative research tell us about effective teacher education in varying contexts based on increasing diversity of students, content, and systems of formal and informal education? For example, what do open universities and online learning mean for teacher education?
Look for a sneak peek of the finished compilation of this important Teacher Education research at CSSE 2018 in Regina in May!
I would like to thank all attending authors and those who are collaborating on the chapters for their professional contributions. A big thank you also to our hosts, Mary Jane Harkins and Zhanna Bachuk from Mount Saint Vincent University for their leadership and warm hospitality. We were pleased to have Dr. Steven van Zoost join us to introduce the topic.
CATE coordinates a Working Conference in teacher education every two years in the fall at a Canadian university. Teacher education scholars from across Canada propose papers and gather together in order to develop an electronic book on a current issue in Canadian teacher education.
For a history of the Fall Working Conference click here.
The 8th 2015 Working Conference was held from November 5-7 at OISE/University of Toronto on the theme “What Should Canada’s Teachers Know? Teacher Capacities: Knowledge, Beliefs and Skills.”
Mark Hirschkorn and Julie Mueller (2016)
The 7th Fall Working Conference was held in Saskatoon October 31 – November 2, 2013 and resulted in a publication:
Lynn Thomas and Mark Hirschkorn (2015)
This e-book follows from the Working Conference held at McGill University in Montreal in Fall 2012. Thanks to editor, Lynn Thomas, and congratulations to all the authors!