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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning



Kathy Bickmore
Professor

phone: (416) 978-0237
email: k.bickmore@utoronto.ca  

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning



Research Overview

Kathy Bickmore (Ph.D. Stanford University 1991) is Professor in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development and Director of the Comparative International and Development Education Centre at OISE, University of Toronto. She teaches in comparative democratic citizenship and conflict/peacebuilding education, and critical curriculum studies. Current funded research is examining how teaching and learning activities in schools might contribute to tangible peace-building citizenship consequences in the lives of students - specifically, gaps (and intersections) between young people's lived experiences of citizenship and what/how they are taught in public school, in neighborhoods experiencing violence, in Canada, Mexico, Bangladesh and Colombia. She is Guest Editor of Curriculum Inquiry theme issue (44:4 September 2014) on Peace-building (in) Education: Democratic Approaches to Conflict in Schools and Classrooms, and Co-Editor of Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers (2nd edition 2017). She received the 2010 OISE Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, and the 2012 William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution Education (Association for Conflict Resolution). An earlier study, Safe and Inclusive Schools, examined what selected Canadian urban public school districts did to address challenges of violence and constructive conflict learning, including provincial government, teacher organization, and school board efforts for both 'peacekeeping' (surveillance, restriction, intervention and punishment to establish control and safety) and 'peacebuilding' (education and systemic changes to overcome tensions and constructively handle conflicts), in public schools serving diverse student populations. Earlier work included the UN University for Peace in Costa Rica, a rural Jamaican high school, anti-bullying in Japan, and civic education in Tula, Russia.

Curriculum Vitae

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

Academic History

Ph.D. Stanford University Education (Comparative/International) 1991

M.A. University of Iowa (Social Studies Education) 1987

B.A. Oberlin College (Sociology & Peace Education) 1979

Teaching Overview

Dr. Bickmore teaches the following courses:

CTL 1312 Democratic Citizenship Education
CTL 1318 Teaching Conflict & Conflict Resolution: Theory & Practice
CTL 1000 Foundations of Curriculum Studies
CTL 1330 Education and Peacebuilding in Conflict Zones
VIC 262 Communication and Conflict Resolution (Victoria College)

Representative Publications

BOOKS

Kathy Bickmore, Ruth Hayhoe, Caroline Manion, Karen Mundy & Robyn Read (Editors, 2017). Comparative and International Education: Issues for Teachers, 2nd revised & expanded edition. Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press. Includes Bickmore Chapter 10:  Conflict, Peace-building, and Education: Rethinking Pedagogies in Divided Societies, Latin America, and around the World.

CHAPTERS

Bickmore, Kathy (forthcoming 2018). Education for Democratic Peacebuilding amid Gendered Violence:  Youth Experience and Schooling in Mexico, Bangladesh and Canada. In Drinkwater, M., Rizvi, F., & Edge, K. (Eds.) Transnational perspectives on Democracy, Citizenship, Human Rights and Peace Education.  Bloomsbury, UK.

Bickmore, Kathy (2015). Incorporating Peace-Building Citizenship Dialogue in Classroom Curricula:  Contrasting Cases of Canadian Teacher Development. In Régis Malet & Suzanne Majhanovich (Eds.), Building Democracy in Education on Diversity. Rotterdam, Netherlands: Sense Publishers, pp.17-39.

Bickmore, Kathy (2015). Keeping, making, and building peace in school. In Walter Parker (Editor), Social Studies Today: Research and Practice, 2nd Edition.  NY: Routledge, 238-245.

Ast, David & Bickmore, Kathy (2014). Critical Global Citizenship Education: Cultivating Teacher Efficacy Through Professional Collaboration. In (D.Montemurro, M.Gambhir, M.Evans, & K.Broad, Editors) Inquiry Into Practice: Teaching Global Matters in Local Classrooms (ISBN 978-1-928167-01-3; available online via www.oise.utoronto.ca).  Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, pp. 41-49.

Bickmore, Kathy (2013). Circle Dialogue Processes in Elementary Classrooms: Locations for Restorative and Educative Work. Restorative Approaches to Conflict in Schools, edited by Hilary Cremin, Edward Sellman, & Gillian McCluskey (Routledge), 175-191.

Bickmore, Kathy (2011). Education for ‘peace’ in urban Canadian schools: Gender, culture, conflict, and opportunities to learn.  In Peter Pericles Trifonas & Bryan Wright (Editors), Critical Issues in Peace and Education (Routledge), 88-103.

ARTICLES

Bickmore, Kathy (2017). Listening to Children in Dialogue. A Response to ‘‘State Your Defense!’ Children Negotiate Analytic Frames in the Context of Deliberative Dialogue.’ Democracy and Education 25(2). http://democracyeducationjournal.org/home/vol25/iss1/1

Bickmore, Kathy, Ahmed Salehin Kaderi & Ángela Guerra-Sua (2017). Creating Capacities for Peace-Building Citizenship:  History and Social Studies Curricula in Bangladesh, Canada, Colombia, and México. Journal of Peace Education 14(3), 282-309. http://www.tandfonline.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/doi/full/10.1080/17400201.2017.1365698

Bickmore, Kathy, Yomna Awad  & Angelica Radjenovic. (2017). Voices of Canadian and Mexican Youth Surrounded by Violence: Learning experiences for peace-building citizenship. Research in Comparative and International Education (Theme issue: Revisiting Peace Education: Bridging Theory and Practice). March, 26-45. http://journals.sagepub.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/doi/10.1177/1745499917699046

Nieto, Diego, & Bickmore, Kathy. (2017). Immigration and emigration: Canadian and Mexican youth making sense of a globalized conflict. Curriculum Inquiry, 47(1), 36-49. http://www.tandfonline.com.myaccess.library.utoronto.ca/doi/full/10.1080/03626784.2016.1255934

Nieto, Diego, & Bickmore, Kathy. (2016). Citizenship and Convivencia Education in Contexts of Violence: Transnational challenges to peacebuilding education in Mexican schools (Educación Ciudadana y Convivencia En Contextos De Violencia: Desafíos transnacionales a la construcción de paz en escuelas de México). Revista Española de Educación Comparada(28), 109-134. doi:10.5944/reec.28.2016.17087 http://revistas.uned.es/index.php/REEC/article/view/17087

Bickmore, Kathy & Parker, Christina (2014). Constructive Conflict Talk in Classrooms: Divergent Approaches to Addressing Divergent Perspectives. Theory and Research in Social Education 42(4), 291-335. doi: 10.1080/00933104.2014.901199

Bickmore, Kathy (2014). Peacebuilding Dialogue Pedagogies in Canadian Classrooms. Curriculum Inquiry 44(4, September), 553-582. doi: 10.1111/curi.12056

Bickmore, Kathy (2014). Citizenship Education in Canada: ‘Democratic’ Engagement with Differences, Conflicts, and Equity Issues? Citizenship Teaching and Learning 9(3), 257-278.

Bickmore, Kathy (2013). Políticas y programas para escuelas más seguras: ¿Las medidas ‘contra el bullying’ obstruyen a la educación para la construcción de paz? [In Spanish] Revista Iberoamericana de Evaluación Educativa, 6(2), 37-71. ISSN: 1989-0397 www.rinace.net/riee .

Parker, Christina & Bickmore, Kathy (2012). Conflict Management and Dialogue with Diverse Students: Novice Teachers’ Approaches and Concerns. Journal of Teaching and Learning 8(2), 47-63.

Bickmore, Kathy (2011). Policies and programming for safer schools: Are ‘anti-bullying’ approaches impeding education for peacebuilding? Educational Policy 25(4, July), 648 - 687.

Bickmore, Kathy & Angela MacDonald (2010). Student leadership opportunities for making ‘peace’ in Canada’s urban schools: Contradictions in practice. Interamerican Journal of Education for Democracy/ Revista Interamericana de Educación para la Democracia 3(2), 125-152.

Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2013
Individual Principal Investigator
Grantor: SSHRC (IG)
Purpose: Research grant: Peace-building Citizenship Learning in Canada and Mexico: School Connections with Life Experience
Amount: $417 901

Year: 2012
Co-Investigator with David Ast
Grantor: Inquiry Into Practice (OISE/University of Toronto)
Purpose: Research grant: Critical global citizenship: Teaching for student engagement and action
Amount: $5000

Year: 2009
Individual Principal Investigator
Grantor: SSHRC (GRG)
Purpose: Research grant: Peacebuilding Dialogue in Schools: Circle Processes for Restorative Problem-Solving and Democratic Learning
Amount: $124 110

Year: 2008
Co-Investigator with Bi-national group
Grantor: International Council for Canadian Studies International Research Linkage Programme
Purpose: International research linkage, proposal developmt with U. Birmingham CIER
Amount: $ 9 850

Honours and Awards

William Kreidler Award for Distinguished Service to the Field of Conflict Resolution Education, Association for Conflict Resolution 2012

Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award, OISE 2010

Exemplary Dissertation Award, National Council for the Social Studies; 1993


Professional Activities

Canadian representative, Peace Education Commission of International Peace Research Association, 2000-2006 & 2008-present

President, Peace Education Special Interest Group of American Educational Research Association, 4/2013-2014 and 4/2005-2006

President and Steering Committee, Citizenship Education Research Network of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, 5/2005-2007

Association for Conflict Resolution: ACR Board of Directors founding member 2000-2003, Education Section Co-Chair and Steering Committee 2003-2007

Editorial Consultant, Curriculum Inquiry, 2006-present
Editorial Board, Canadian and International Education, 2012-present
Editorial Board, Journal of Peace Education, 2007-present
Editorial Board, Theory and Research in Social Education, 1995 - 2003 & 2007-present