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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Clive Beck

Clive Beck
Professor Emeritus

phone: (416) 978-0196

Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development

Research Overview

Clive Beck is a Professor Emeritus with the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT). He has served as Chair of Graduate Studies at OISE/UT and is past-president of the American Philosophy of Education Society. His research interest focus on teacher education, teacher professional growth, literacy teaching, and philosophy of education.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Ph.D. (Philosophy) University of New England (Australia), 1967
B.A. Hons. (Philosophy) University of Sydney, 1964
B.Ed. Hons. (Philosophy of Education) University of Western Australia, 1960

Teaching Overview

Clive Beck teaches the following Graduate courses:
• “Reflective Professional Development”
• “Foundations of Curriculum Studies”
• “Teaching, Teacher Development, and School Renewal”
• “Thoughtful Teaching and Practitioner Inquiry”

In addition, he teaches at the Midtown Elementary Teacher Education Program:
• "School and Society" (Foundations Course)
• “Reflective Teaching and Research in Education"

Representative Publications


Beck, C., & Kosnik, C. (2014). Growing as a teacher: Goals and pathways of ongoing teacher learning. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Kosnik, C., Rowsell, J., Williamson, P., Simon, R., & Beck. C. (Eds.). (2013) Literacy teacher educators: Preparing student teachers for a changing world. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Kosnik, C., & Beck, C. (2011). Teaching in a nutshell: Navigating your teacher education program as a student teacher. New York & London: Routledge.

Kosnik, C., & Beck, C. (2009). Priorities in teacher education: The 7 key elements of pre-service preparation. London: Routledge.

Beck, C., & Kosnik, C. (2006). Innovations in teacher education: A social constructivist approach. Albany, NY: SUNY Press.



Kosnik, C., Dharmashi, P., Miyata, C., Cleovoulou, Y., & Beck, C. (2015). Four spheres of knowledge required: An international study of the professional development of literacy/English teacher educators. Journal of Education for Teaching 4(1), 52-77.

Beck, C. (2014). Seven key elements in preservice teacher education. Teacher Education Forum, 27(10), 87-91.

Beck, C. (2010). Experiences in philosophy of education: A self-portrait. Paideusis, 19(2), 10-15.

Kosnik, C., Beck, C., Fletcher, T., & Cleovoulou, Y. (2009). Improving teacher education through longitudinal research: How studying our graduates led us to give priority to program planning and vision for teaching. Studying Teacher Education, 5(2), 163-175.

Beck, C., Kosnik, C., & Rowsell, J. (2007). Preparation for the first year of teaching: Beginning teachers' views on their preservice program. The New Educator, 3(1), 51-73.


Research Grants and Contracts

Multiliteracies teaching in a digital age: Balancing the old and the new (with C. Kosnik, Co-Investigator), SSHRC Insight Grant ($172,379)

Literacy teacher educators: Their backgrounds, visions, and practices (with C. Kosnik, Principal Investigator), SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($155,000)

Teacher change: Patterns, factors, and implications for professional education (with C. Kosnik, Co-Investigator), SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($124,370)

Key components of learning to teach literacy (with C. Kosnik, Co-Investigator), SSHRC Standard Research Grant ($146,832)