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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Mary Beattie

Mary Beattie
Professor Emerita

phone: 416-489-4526
email: mary.beattie@utoronto.ca  
email: mbeattie@oise.utoronto.ca
website: http://www.marybeattie.ca

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development

Research Overview

Professor Beattie explores the aesthetic and spiritual dimensions of educators' professional knowledge. She has also focused on investigating school development (exemplary secondary schools across Canada) by restructuring middle and secondary schools in Ontario and being concerned with the construction of professional knowledge by beginning teachers. Dr. Beattie’s works have been published in a number of books with major publishers, many articles in international journals, and chapters in books. The books include Constructing Professional Knowledge in Teaching: A Narrative of Change and Development (NY: Teachers College Press, 1995), The Art of Learning to Teach: Preservice Teachers Narratives (NJ: Prentice-Hall/ Macmillan, 2001,2006), and Narratives in the Making; Teaching and Learning at Corktown Community High School (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004).

Teaching Overview

Professor Beattie has extensive teaching experience in elementary and secondary schools and taught in the public school systems in England, Ireland and Canada before coming to the University of Toronto in 1989. She teaches courses in both the pre-service teacher education and graduate education programs at OISE. She currently teaches the following courses: Pre-service Teacher Education: Developing a Personal Philosophy; School and Society Graduate Courses: Research and Inquiry in the Arts; Constructing Professional Knowledge in Teaching: Holistic Perspectives.

Research Grants and Contracts

Professor Beattie’s recent SSHRC funded research is entitled” Professional Learning: Interacting and Enacting Narratives.” As a principal investigator, she conceptualizes professional learning holistically using the concept of interacting narratives. This research examines the links among the differing learning contexts that define how educators learn and in which they construct and reconstruct their professional knowledge.

Honours and Awards

Dr. Beattie was an invited Visiting Professor at The University of Iceland in Reyjkavik in 2008.
In 1997 Dr. Beattie was an invited Visiting Scholar at The School of Education, Stanford University, Palo Alto, California.
Dr.Beattie was an Elected Faculty Member of the Governing Council of The University of Toronto, and of its Academic Board (1999-2005). Dr.Beattie is the recipient of the Professor of the Year Award 1999/2000 from the OISE/UT Students’ union.