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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Tara Goldstein
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0104
email: tara.goldstein@utoronto.ca  
website: http://gaileyroad.com
website: http://taragoldstein.com
website: http://lgbtqfamiliesspeakout.ca

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning



Research Overview

I am a critical ethnographer and playwright pursuing a teaching and research program in performed ethnography for critical teacher education. I am also the Founding and Artistic Director of Gailey Road Productions, a Toronto-based independent theatre company that produces my performed ethnographies and research-informed theatre plays.

Funding

Over the past 25 years, I have been granted four Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants to conduct ethnographic research and create ethnographic play scripts on the schooling of racial, ethnic, linguistic, and sexual minority high school students and families. I have completed eleven research-informed theatre scripts, which have been read aloud, discussed and performed across Canada, the United States, Australia, England and in Bogot, Colombia.

Academic Writing About Performed Ethnography and Research-Informed Theatre

I have written about the pedagogical possibilities of some these plays for Teaching Education Journal, Youth Theatre Journal and The International Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy. I have also written about working through methodological issues in performed ethnography and research-informed theatre for Qualitative Inquiry.



Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Tara_Goldstein_CV.pdf

Academic History

2006: MFA in Playwriting, Spalding University, Louisville, KY
1991: Ph.D OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON
1981: MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, St. Michael's College, Winooski, VT,
1980: BA in English Literature and Women's Studies, Concordia University, Montreal, QC

Teaching Overview

I am currently teaching an undergraduate course in the Equity Studies program at New College called Equity, Activism, and Education.

I am also teaching two graduate courses in the Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development program for the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE: Gender, Sexuality and Schooling and a research methodology course called Performed Ethnography and Research-Informed Theatre.

In 2018-2019 I am planning to offer a new course called LGBTQ Families in School which will feature video interview texts from my current SSHRC funded research project on the experiences of LGBTQ families in Ontario (2014-2020).

Representative Publications

Books

Goldstein, T. (under contract/2019). Teaching Sexuality and Gender at School:  Letters to Teachers.  New York, NY:  Routledge.

Goldstein, T. (2013).Zero Tolerance and Other Plays: Disrupting racism, xenophobia and homophobia in school.  Rotterdam, The Netherlands: Sense Publishers, 233 pages.

Goldstein, T. (2012) Staging Harriet’s House: Writing and Producing Research-Informed Theatre. New York, NY: Peter Lang.   Includes the play Harriet’s House.

Goldstein, T.  (2003). Teaching and Learning in a Multilingual School:  Choices, Risks and  Dilemmas.  Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 221 pages. With contributions by Gordon Pon and Judith Ngan.   Includes the play Hong Kong, Canada.

Recent Papers in Refereed Journals

Goldstein. T., Koecher, A., Baer, P., and hicks, b.l.  (2017 online). Transitioning in elementary school:  Advocacy and allyship. Teaching Education Journal.  DOI: 10.1080/10476210.2017.1372410.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10476210.2017.1372410 .

Goldstein, T. (2017). Veracity in Alana Valentine’s Ladies Day: Implications for research-informed theatre.  Qualitative Inquiry, 23(6):438-444DOI (2016):  10.1177/1077800416673661.

Goldstein, T.  (2016).  Border crossing in the classroom through performed ethnography.  Perspectives on Urban Education, 13(1): 4-19.

Gray, J., Snell, P., and Goldstein, T. (2015). Working Beyond an “Aesthetic of Objectivity” in Research-Informed Theatre Design.  UNESCO Observatory: Multidisciplinary Research in the Arts. 

Goldstein, T. (2014).  Learning from Other People’s Families.  Teaching Education Journal, 25(1): 65-81.

Goldstein, T., Gray, J., Salisbury, J. and Snell, P. (2014).  When Educational Research Meets Theatre: Performed Ethnography and Research-Informed Theatre Project Design. Qualitative  Inquiry, 20(5) 674–685.

Research Grants and Contracts

Recent funding

2016-2019
SSHRC Insight Development Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Amount: $172,771
Title: LGBTQ Families' Experiences in Ontario Schools

Purpose:
The goal of this research study is to examine the experiences of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) families in public schools across Ontario and provide knowledge and strategies to counter discrimination and harassment LGBTQ families face in schools.


Honours and Awards

2013:
Nominated by the Vice-President, Research and Innovation for the University of Toronto for the SSHRC Impact Insight Award for my scholarship in performed ethnography and teacher education.

2009:
Won the Carol Crealock Award for my feminist scholarship and academic mentorship from the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).

2005:
Won the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Queer SIG Activist Scholarship Award for my research and teaching on sexuality and gender education in public schools.

Professional Activities

2017-2018

University of Toronto
Member, Academic Board
Member, Academic Policy and Program Committee

School of Graduate Studies
Tenure File Assessor

OISE Council
Member, OISE Council
Member, OISE Research Standing Committee

Associate Dean Research Office
Chair, Visiting Scholars Funding Program


Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning
Member of the CTL Council
Member, CTL Retreat Committee on Indigenizing CTL
Member, Promotion Committee
Member, Admissions Committee
Member, PTR Committee


Academic Journal Editorial Board Membership
Teaching Education Journal, University of Sydney and Deakin University, Australia
Educational Insights, University of British Columbia, Canada

Playwrights Guild of Canada
General member and member of the Women's Caucus




Other Information

Gailey Road Productions: Where Research Meets Theatre and Theatre Meets Research

Founded in January 2007 Gailey Road creates research-informed theatre on social and political issues that impact on us all. Our plays have been read, performed and discussed with audiences in middle schools, high schools, universities, academic and education conferences. We have also staged our work the Toronto Fringe Festival (2007, 2008), the Toronto Queer West Festival (2010), the Toronto Pride Festival (2010), La Festival Rosa in Bogot, Colombia (2014), the Toronto SummerWorks Festival (2015). In the last seven years, our research-informed theatre work has focused on issues that impact on LGBTQ children, youth and families. From 2011-2015, Gailey Road also produced a literary performance series called Women Writing Letters, which resulted in the publication of three volumes of letters by 60 writers.