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Liz Smyth


Dr. Elizabeth (Liz) Smythe
Professor, CTL, TPS

Focus: Curriculum Development and Educational History

I am Professor in the Department of Curriculum Teaching and Learning (CTL) and cross appointed to the Department of Theory and Policy Studies (TPS) in Education. From 1989-99, I was a faculty member in the OISE Northwestern Centre in Thunder Bay. I teach in both the initial teacher education program and in the graduate program. My research interests include gender and curriculum, curriculum development for highly able learners and the history of education. I am currently pursuing a course of research on the impact of leadership given by women religious on Canadian educational and social history.

Current Online Courses:

TPS1403: History of Education in Canada
A survey course whose central theme is “Canadian answers to perennial questions in education”. Included among these questions are the following: Why educate? Who should be educated? Who should teach? What should be taught? By what methods? Who pays the piper? Who calls the tune? How can success in teaching and learning be evaluated? Each of these questions will be dealt with in historical perspective in relation to the following regions of Canada: Atlantic region, Quebec, Ontario, Western region. Additional topics to be considered will be: (1) Canadian educational historiography; (2) Canadian education and its critics: an analysis of the ongoing criticism of Canadian education (in historical perspective).

TPS1416: Ontario Education
This course analyses the interplay of gender, race, class, ethnicity and religion in the history of education in Ontario from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. The course is delivered through computer-mediated conferencing.

CTL1012: Curriculum for Girls and Young Women - Historical and Contemporary Issues
This course will examine how appropriate curriculum for the education of girls and young women has been defined and delivered in Canadian schools.

CTL1020: Teaching High Ability Students
This course will critically analyze a number of curriculum models and will explore instructional strategies currently used to program for high ability students in a variety of learning environments. Specific reference will be made to program differentiation within a regular classroom setting. Previous courses in the education of high ability students is not required.

Technologies Currently Used in Online Courses:

WebKF2, Blackboard

Recent Publications in the Field of Online or Distance Education:




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Contact Information:

Website: http://fcis.oise.utoronto.ca/~esmyth/
Email: esmyth@oise.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-0145