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The Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development (CSTD) Program is a forum for systematic reflection on curriculum, viewed in the broadest sense as educational experiences that occur in both formal and informal settings. This includes a critical examination of the substance (subject matter, courses, programs of study), purposes, and practices used for bringing about learning in educational settings.
The CSTD program includes three areas of interest, which reflect overlapping and intersecting areas of strength in the whole Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development Program. One of these areas of interest can be taken as part of an emphasis in Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy. More details on the clusters.
Critical Studies in Curriculum & Pedagogy
Taking curriculum and pedagogy broadly defined as points of departure, the Critical Studies in Curriculum and Pedagogy cluster is a forum for systematic and interdisciplinary reflection on the myriad of processes and contexts related to educational experience, from schools and local communities, to media and transnational cultural contexts. The cluster encourages a critical exploration of educational phenomena, within and beyond the scope of schools, with a focus on power relations and social justice issues.
Learning, Schools, & Innovations
The Learning, Schools, and Innovations cluster emphasizes scholarship concerning the nature of learning and instruction in formal and informal settings, building on a broad academic literature in educational research, the learning sciences, evaluation and assessment, and learning and instruction within subject areas. The focus is to achieve a theoretical understanding of learning and instruction, embedding that theory in powerful innovations, and advancing the research.
Teaching & Teacher Education
This cluster focuses on the study of teaching and teacher learning across the curriculum. The term "teacher" is used broadly to include those who work in schools, district and government offices, and diverse settings (e.g., museum studies, outdoor education centres).
Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development - MEd, MA, PhD