About Our Faculty Members
Mary Kooy, Associate Professor, Director, CTED
Mary Kooy teaches in graduate programs specializing in the areas of teacher learning and development, professional learning communities, teacher induction, and classroom language/learning. Her current pre-service course explores democracy in education.
Mary's research has focused on investigating the nature and effects of sustained social contexts for teacher learning and development. The longitudinal study (2000) explores teachers' participation in book clubs and the subsequent establishment of learning communities in the school setting. Teachers participated in a focus group aimed at collaboratively constructing knowledge on teaching and learning. The first phase of the study resulted in a book entitled, Telling stories of teacher book clubs: Exploring the learning, identities, and professional development of women teachers (in press).
Mary's longitudinal study (2000) is funded by SSHRC and continues to 2010.
• teacher education and development; teacher knowledge; women and teaching; narrative; teacher learning; teacher book clubs; communities of learning/practice; constructivism; English education; oracy and literacy