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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Garfield Gini-Newman

phone: (416) 978-0193
email: ggininewman.gini.newman@utoronto.ca  

Departments:
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Elementary Education
Master of Teaching Programme
Secondary Education


Research Overview

Garfield Gini-Newman is a Professor with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning at OISE. His primary areas of research involve the pedagogy of critical thinking and ways to embedd critical thinking in classrooms from kindergarten to graduate school. His related interest is in the area of effective assessment practice. Garfield's focus in the field of assessment is how to build powerful curriculae grounded in the effective use of both formative and summative assessment as well as how to effectively assess for thinking.

Garfield has taught courses in pre-service including elementary Social Studies, Junior/Intermediate History, Intermediate/Senior History, Social Studies in the Masters of Teaching program, the Teacher Education Seminar and the Psychological Foundations of Teaching and Learning course. He has also taught Junior/Intermediate History, Senior History and the History Honours Specialist course for the Additional Qualifications program. Prior to coming to OISE Garfield taught in the faculties of education at York University and the University of British Columbia. Currently, Garfield is working with schools and schools districts across Canada, in the U.S. and in the Caribbean to embed critical thinking in teaching from kindergarten to graduation. Included in this work are projects to increase critical inquiry through the use of interactive whiteboards and teaching history through primary source materials.

Garfield was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Excellence in Teaching History and has been nominated twice nominated for the Excellence in Initial Teacher Education Award (2005 and 2006) for his work in the pre-service program at OISE. He is the author and editor of several books on critical thinking, the history of inquiry and its role in education.

Curriculum Vitae

http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/Curriculum_Vitae/Garfield_Gini-Newman_CV.pdf

Academic History

M.A. Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Department of History, 1992
B.ED. (Hon.) University of Toronto, Faculty of Education, 1984, Specialist OTQRC: History, English, Computer Studies, Honours Specialist in History
B.A. (Hon.) Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, 1983



Representative Publications

ARTICLES, CHAPTERS, BOOKS

Gini-Newman Garfield and Misfeldt, Catriona (eds.), (2008) Exemplars in Historical
Thinking: 20th Century Canada. Vancouver: The Critical Thinking Consortium, 2008.

Gini-Newman Garfield and Laura (2008) “Infusing a Spirit of Inquiry” in Case, Roland and Clark Penny (eds.), The Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and Strategies for Secondary Teachers. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press,

Gini-Newman, Garfield (editor) (2008) Mystery Quest to support “Death on a Painted
Lake: The Tom Thompson Tragedy” as part of the Great Unsolved
Mysteries in Canadian History series

Gini-Newman, Garfield (editor) (2008) Mystery Quest to support, “Death of a Diplomat: Herbert Norman and the Cold War” as part of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History series

Gini-Newman, Garfield (author) (2008) Mystery Quest to support , “The Redpath
Mansion Mystery” as part of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian
History series

Gini-Newman Garfield and Laura (2007) “Infusing a Spirit of Inquiry” in Case, Roland and Clark Penny (eds.), The Anthology of Social Studies: Issues and
Strategies for Elementary Teachers. Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press

Gini-Newman, Garfield (editor) (2007) Mystery Quest to support, “Aurore Gagnon:
Mystery of the Martyred Child” as part of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History series

Gini-Newman, Garfield, Gini-Newman, Laura, James, Usha and Bowman, Michael,
(2006) Canada: A Sense of Time. McGraw-Hill Ryerson (senior author)

Gini-Newman, Garfield, (2006) Review of Engagement in Teaching History by Frederick D. Drake and Lynn R. in Journal of Teaching and Learning

Gini-Newman, Garfield, (2005) Considering the Need for Critical Thinking at the Core of History Curriculum” in Rapport, Spring 2005

Honours and Awards

Garfield was twice nominated for the Excellence in Initial Teacher Education Award (2005 and 2006)

Professional Activities

Prof. Nini-Newman has made the following contributions to conferences and seminar series:

• September, 2009 Eastern Ontario Staff Development Network (EOSDN) fall conference, Ottawa, Assessment in a Critically Thoughtful Classroom.
• June, 2009 Rigor Through Relevance conference, Montgomery County,
Maryland, Using Promethean Board to Nurture Critically Thoughtful Learners. Keynote delivered to 300 teachers in from Montgomery County Public Schools on how the use of interactive whiteboards can help to nurture a critically thoughtful learning environment.
• May 2009, Syl Apps Symposium, Burlington, Understanding the Teen
Brain. Keynote address to teachers, educational assistants, corrections officers an social workers on how current brain research can help inform work with at-risk youth.
• January, 2009 Ottawa ASCD, Engaging Learners Through Critical
Inquiry.
• October, 2008 Alberta Assessment Consortium, Helping Students Hit
Targets that Matter. Keynote address to 1600 Alberta educators on assessment and critical thinking including a leadership day Leading for Success: Preparing all students for success
• October 2008 Ontario History, Humanities and Social Science Consultant’s Association, Differentiation through Critical Inquiry presented to 60 curriculum consultants.
• April 2008 Halton DSB, Critical Literacy and the Brain presented to 200 elementary and secondary teachers.
• January 2008 Canadian Council of Montessori Administrators, Critical Inquiry in the Montessori Classroom presented to 60 principals and vice-principals from Montessori schools.