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Linda Cameron
Associate Professor

phone: (416) 978-0321
email: l.cameron@utoronto.ca  

Research Overview

Dr. Linda Cameron is an Associate Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning. Her primary research interests focus on early childhood education, and include such topics as language and literacy, children's literature, the role of parenting in education, adaptive instruction, teacher education and professional development, interdisciplinary arts education, and the education of young girls. She's been awarded a number of research grants to explore the impact of early childhood education in the arts and music, and has contributed to OECTA research into the pros and cons of the implementation of full-day kindergarten in Ontario.

Dr. Cameron's professional involvement in organizations related to early childhood education is rich and varied, including work with the Ministry of Education, the TDSB, the royal Conservatory of Music, and the CBC.

Dr. Cameron has contributed to a number of books on a variety of topics in early childhood education, as both an author and an editor.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Academic History

Ph.D. OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1989
Curriculum: Early Childhood
Thesis: "The Influence of Literature on the Writing of Children in the Primary Grades"

M.Ed. OISE, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1977

B.A. Psychology, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, 1970

Teaching Overview

Dr. Cameron has varied teaching experience, including the following courses:

• 2002-09 CTL 1798, 1998 - "Independent reading and research"
• 2008-09 CTL 7010 - "Issues in Numeracy and Literacy"
• 2006, 09 CTL 1104 - "Play Drama and the Arts"
• 2005, 07 CTL 1805 - "Advanced seminar in language and learning: Theory and Practice"
• 2005 CTL 1003HL - "Language Arts in Primary Education"
• 2001-07 CTL 1799 - "Early Literacy Issues and Practice"
• 1994-2009 CTL 1008 - "Children's Literature as a Foundation of Literate Behaviour Across the Curriculum"

Representative Publications

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

Bezaire, K., & Cameron, L. (2009). Toys as text: Critically reading children’s playthings. In L. Iannacci & P. Whitty (Eds.), Early childhood curricula: Reconceptualist perspectives. Calgary, AB: Detselig Press.

Cameron, L., & Bezaire, K. (2009). Toytexts: The power and potential of play in 21st century schooling. In D. Booth & S. Peterson (Eds.), Media & the Internet: Children’s Literature for Today’s Classrooms. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press.

Cameron, L (2008) In D.Booth (Eds.), It‟s Critical! Classroom Strategies for deepening and extending comprehension. Toronto: Pembroke Publisher, 2008

Bezaire, K., & Cameron, L. (in press). Toys as text: Critically reading children‟s playthings. In L. Iannacci & P. Whitty (Eds.), Early childhood curricula: Reconceptualist perspectives. Calgary, AB: Detselig Press.

Cameron, L., & Bezaire, K. (in press). Toytexts: The power and potential of play in 21st century schooling. In D. Booth & S. Peterson (Eds.), On screen and in print in children's literature. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press

Cameron, L., & Bezaire, K. (2007). Art-full play: Wonder-full learning. In M. Hachiya (Ed.), Prospects for new early childhood education through art. Yamagata, Japan: Research Center for Children's Art Education, Tohoku University of Art and Design.

Cameron, L. (2007) “Play is Literacy”. In D. Booth and J. Rowsell Literacy Principal, 2nd edition; Leading, supporting and assessing reading and writing initiative. Toronto: Pembroke Publisher, 2007

Bartel, L & Cameron, L. (2006) Understanding the Conditions of Learning in Early Childhood Music Education. In Smithrim,K (ED.) Listen to Their Voices Volume III of the Series “Research to Practicc: A Biennial Series” Toronto: Canadian Music educators Association

Research Grants and Contracts

•2010 A Study of the Collaborative Learning Community Project funded by the Ministry of Education. A Professional Development project of OECTA. An extensive project examining the process of CLC-based PD in 40 schools across Ontario. $30,000.00
•2008 Full Day Kindergarten: a position paper Funded by OECTA $2000.
•2006-2007 Early Childhood Education and the Arts
Funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Royal Conservatory of Music at $6000.00
•2005-2007 Engaging Boys’ Literacy through Family experience and traditions
Funded by the Ministry of Education at $15,000. Per year
•2000-2007 Study of the Factors Influencing Engagement with Music: Pilot Study
Collaborative Principal Investigator: with Lee Bartel, Faculty of Music
Assisted by graduate assistants. Funding:1999 CTL small scale pool $1200


Honours and Awards

2008 U.S. Recording Arts and Science Platinum Album Award for Sing-Along Favorites (1 million albums in US)
2007 Nominated for the David Hunt graduate teaching award
2007 Canadian Recording Industry Association –Platinum Album Award for Songs and Games for the Road
2007 Canadian Recording Industry Association –Platinum Album Award for Dance Baby Dance
2006 Nominated for the David Hunt graduate teaching award

Professional Activities

Dr. Cameron has held the following Executive Positions:

• Advisory Board, Ministry of Education GAINS project 2008-09
• All Together Now Entertainment Inc.( Educational Children's Media) 2003-08
• Music Roots Inc. Trillium funded project 2003-08
• Early Years Implementation: Augmentation and Communication ( Trillium) 2002-06

She has also consulted with the following projects and organizations:

• 2009 GAINS project: Ministry of Education Literacy Advisory Board
• 2009 Angela Elster Early Childhood Education and the Arts Conservatory of Music and Learning Through the Arts
• 2009 CSAL (Canadian Symposium on Arts and Learning) conference planning
• 2009 Learning Partnership: early years/kindergarten consultation
• 2009 Ministry ARTS review (summer 2009)
• 2009 Consultation with OECTA regarding Collaborative Learning Communities project.
• 2008-2009 Consultation with Simcoe Board of Education, result was a new homework policy that passed TDSB Board approval in April 2008.
• 2007,08 Consultation with OECTA regarding Kindergarten Issues/Full Day Kindergarten Position Paper
• 2007 Consultation with the Toronto District School Board on Homework policy (including research)
• 2006-07 Consultation with the Ministry of Culture and the Royal Conservatory of Music regarding the value of arts in early childhood education: a review of academic, government, and professional literature and discussion of its implications for ECE training and programming.
• 2007 Consultation with CBC on the development of a new early childhood children‟s series featuring Richard Scarry‟s characters…being developed by Cookie Jar Entertainment (14 shows)
• 2005-07 Consultation ongoing with Iran Early Childhood Education in Tehran. Workshop to be done in May 2007. Planning, writing, teacher development, leadership training and resource development. Desk consulting.

Research Areas



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