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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Mary Kooy

Mary Kooy
Professor Emerita

phone: (416) 978-0316

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development
Comparative, International and Development Education

Research Overview

Dr. Mary Kooy is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. Her research interests focus on teacher education/development, teacher knowledge, women in teaching, narrative, teacher book clubs, communities of learning/practice, constructivism, and English education.

Dr. Kooy's interest in book clubs and women's education prompted her 2006 book "Telling Stories in Book Clubs: Women Teachers and Teacher Development".

Curriculum Vitae

Academic History

Ph.D. Curriculum Theory and Implementation, Simon Fraser University, Department of Education, Burnaby, British Columbia, 1991
M.A. in Language Education, University of British Columbia,Vancouver, BC, 1988
B.Ed. University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, 1983
B.A. Calvin College, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA, 1967

Teaching Overview

Prof. Kooy teaches the following Graduate Education courses at OISE:

• Critical Multicultural Analysis of Children‟s Literature (offered 1 time)
• Curriculum Innovation in Teacher Education (offered 1 time)
• Communities of Inquiry: Teacher Development as Social Practice (offered 5 times)
• From Student to Teacher: Professional Induction (offered 4 times)
• Writing, Talking, Reading and Learning: Discourse Relationships in the Classroom (offered 4 times)
• Alternative Theoretical Perspectives in the study of Curriculum, Practice and Teacher Development (offered 6 times)
• Research Colloquium in Curriculum and Instruction (offered 2 times)

Representative Publications


Kooy, M., & van Veen, K. (Editors). (2011). Teacher learning that matters: International perspectives. Routledge.

Kooy, M. (2006). Telling Stories in Book Clubs: Women Teachers and Teacher Development. Boston, MA: Springer [2nd Printing: 19 Feb., 2007]


Kooy, M., & Hulshof, H. [in press]. Teacher Preparation in Mother Tongue Education, in The International Encyclopedia of Education, 3rd Edition, Barry McGaw, Penelope Peterson and Eva Baker, Elsevier (Eds.).

Kooy, M. (2009). Collaborations and conversations in communities of learning: professional development that matters. Teacher Education Yearbook XVII: Teacher Learning in Small Group Settings: The Association of Teacher Educators. Cheryl Craig, Editor. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Publication/Rowan & Littlefield, pp. 5 – 22 (18 pages).


Kooy, M. (2008). Book Review: Handbook of Research on Teacher Education: Enduring Questions in Changing Contexts (3rd ed.). (M. Cochran-Smith. Routledge Taylor & Francis Group.1, 190 pages.), Curriculum Inquiry, 38(4), 439 – 444 (5 pages).

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2006-2010
Type: SSHRC Standard Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $100,570
Title/Purpose: Teacher Development in Communities of Learning in and out of schools: A follow-up Longitudinal Study

Year: 2005
Type: Literature Review
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario
Amount: $5000
Title/Purpose: Women Teachers and Perfectionism: A Literature Review
A rationale/literature search and review for a report on the role of perfectionism on perceptions and practices of women teachers

Year: 2001 - 2005
Type: Academic Research Grant
Role: Research Team Member/Consultant (Dr. T. Jannsen, Principal Investigator, University of Amsterdam)
Source: Research Council of the Netherlands [Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek]
Amount: 100,000 €
Title/Purpose: Learning to Interpret Literary Texts [in het Studiehuis]: The effects of Self-Questioning

Year: 2000 - 2004
Type: SSHRC Standard Research Grant
Role: Principal Investigator (Individual)
Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada
Amount: $87,173
Title/Purpose: Women teachers, shared literary texts and the reconstruction of learning and teaching

Professional Activities

Invited Academic Lectures:

• 2008 Language and Literature in the Schools: New Perspectives on Teaching and Learning (National Conference), Graduate School of Education, University of Amsterdam, (200 conference attendees)
• 2008 New Perspectives on Language and Literature Education, Graduate School of Education, Radboud University, (250 conference attendees)
• 2008 Learning in L1 Literature: Listening to student voices in literature conversations. Radboud University, Nijmegen, the Netherlands.
• 2008, Book club conversations: Listening to and learning from students. University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Editor/Scholarly Journals:

• 2006-2008 Co-Editor Curriculum Inquiry (With Drs. D. Thiessen, E. Campbell; OISE/University of Toronto)
• 1999-2009 Co-Editor L1-Educational Studies in Language and Literature (With Dr. G. Rijlaarsdam, ILO, University of Amsterdam)


• 2010 Conducting research in the schools: Where do we begin? Graduate seminar, Lunch Byte Series: Centre for Teacher Education and Development
• 2009 Between Video Data and Transcription: Creating an overview, OISE/CTL “Doc Talk.” Graduate Student Series on Research Methodologies.
• 2008 Thinking about publishing in an academic journal but don‟t know where to start? Academic Publishing. Graduate workshop Mary Kooy, Ph.D. Curriculum Vitae OISE/UT 33 series. With Dr. Alister Cumming and Dr. Elizabeth Campbell. Sponsored by CTLSA and CTL Faculty and Staff.
• 2006 Panel Discussion. A. Cumming, M. Kooy, J. Sumner, & P. Adjei. Being published: How important is it to an academic career? Graduate Workshop Series. Student Services. OISE/University of Toronto.