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University of Alberta Collective of Curriculum Professors

  • By: Thomas P. Thomas
  • In: Encyclopedia of Curriculum Studies
  • Edited by: Craig Kridel
  • Subject:Cultural Studies (general), Curriculum & Content (general), Curriculum Studies

The University of Alberta's College of Education established itself as a center for the expansion of phenomenological, hermeneutic, and narrative inquiry in curriculum studies through the innovative scholarship of Ted Aoki and a cadre of students and colleagues including Max van Manen, Terrence Carson, David Smith, and the work of the Center for Research for Teacher Education and Development directed by D. Jean Clandinin.

Aoki moved from the social studies classroom where he had distinguished himself as an exemplary teacher to the faculty of the University of Alberta in 1964 at the invitation of Lawrence Downey, chair of the Secondary Education Department. When he retired some two decades later, having assumed the chair of the department, Aoki had earned a reputation as a dynamic public speaker ...

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