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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Mark Evans

Mark Evans
Professor, Teaching Stream Emeritus

phone: 416 978 2612
email: mark.evans@utoronto.ca  

Department: Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Research Overview

Mark has been involved in a variety of curriculum reform initiatives, teacher education projects, and research studies locally and internationally. His work focuses primarily on citizenship education, teacher education, and curriculum and instructional orientations in their many representations in schooling contexts and systems worldwide. Interwoven into his work are particular themes and issues related to curriculum design, classroom and school culture, pedagogical practice, assessment and evaluation, equity and inclusion, and professional inquiry and learning. Mark's work addresses the complex interplay of research, policy, practice, and context and the implications for improved learning experiences. He is particularly interested in how countries in different parts of the world approach similar questions and challenges being experienced in Canada.

Curriculum Vitae


Academic History

Mark is Professor Emeritus, Teaching Stream in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning. He has served as Associate Dean, Teacher Education (2006, 2008-2011), Director of the Secondary Teacher Education Program (2001-2005), Principal of the History and Contemporary Studies Additional Qualifications Program (1994-1998) and is affiliated with the Comparative and International Development Education Centre. He also served as District Consultant (Instruction and Teacher Development, 1988-1991), Department Chair and Teacher (History and Contemporary Studies, 1977-1988) with the Peel District Board of Education.

Doctor of Philosophy, Department of Educational Studies, University of York, England
Master of Arts, Department of Political Studies, McMaster University, Ontario
Bachelor of Education, Faculty of Education, University of Western Ontario
Bachelor of Arts (Summa cum laude), Faculty of Social Sciences, McMaster University, Ontario

Teaching Overview

Mark has taught a variety of courses (e.g., Foundations of Curriculum; Improving Teaching; Models of Teaching; History & Social Science Education; Citizenship, Pedagogy, and School Communities; Issues in International and Global Education; Teacher Education Seminar) in the Initial Teacher, Graduate, and Continuing Education Programs. He contributes to courses internationally, including a recent webinar with the University of Melbourne's first collaborative MasterClass on Globalization and Education: Culture, Identity, Rights and Democracy. In addition, he introduced and coordinated the Alternate III Program 'School, Community, and Global Connections' (1997-2000). Mark is recipient of the University of Toronto Teaching Award, the Student Teacher Union's OISE Professor of the Year Award, and different awards for teaching excellence.

Representative Publications

Davies, I., Evans, M., Fulop, M., Kiwan, D., Peterson, A. & Sim, J. B-Y. (Eds.) (2019). Taking action for change: Educating for youth civic engagement and activism. York, England: University of York.

Evans, M., Evans, R. & Vemic, A. (2019). Youth civic engagement and formal education in Canada: Shifting expressions, associated challenges.In Peterson, A., Stahl, A., & Soong, H. (Eds.). The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education(pp. 1-23). Palgrave Macmillan.

Evans, M. & Kiwan, D. (2017). Comparing global citizenship education in schools: Evolving understandings, constructing practices. In Bickmore, K., Hayhoe, R., Manion, C., Mundy, K., & Read R. (Eds.). Comparative and international education: Issues for teachers (pp. 234-267)Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press.

Evans, M. (2016). Comparative insights on civics and citizenship education and the curriculum: A view from Canada. In Peterson, A. & Tudball, L. (Eds.). Civics and citizenship education in Australia: Issues, practices, and international perspectives (pp. 186-206). London: Bloomsbury Academic Publishing.

Davies, I., Evans, M., & Peterson, A. (Eds.) (2014). Civic Activism, Engagement and Education: Issues and Trends. Special Edition for the Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE), Germany 13 (4).

Evans, M., Montemurro, D., Gambhir, M., & Broad, K. (Eds.) (2014). Learning and teaching global matters: Towards complexity, criticality, and multidimensionality. In Montemurro, D., Gambhir, M., Evans, M., & Broad, K. (Eds.). Inquiry into practice: Learning and teaching global matters in local classrooms (3-7). Toronto: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Evans, M. (2013). Review of Teacher education around the world: Changing policies and practices, by L. Darling-Hammond & A. Lieberman (Eds.). British Journal of Educational Studies, 61(3), 377-380. New York: Routledge.

Research Grants and Contracts

Mark's recently completed research studies and development projects include:

Youth activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces International Network Project (Leverhulme Foundation, UK);
UNESCOs Global citizenship education: Topics and objectives guiding framework (UNESCO);
Civic activism, engagement and education: Issues and trends, Special Edition for the Journal of Social Science Education (JSSE, Germany);
OISE/Toronto District School Boards inclusive & community engaged education 3-year pilot project (Toronto District School Board);
Inquiry into Practice: Learning global matters in local classrooms (OISE and Toronto and GTA partner schools); and
Educating for global citizenship in Canada (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).

Earlier studies and projects included:

Inquiry into practice: Reaching every student through inclusive curriculum practices (Council of Ontario Directors of Education);
Exploring global citizenship education as a framework for teaching about diversity in Canada and England (International Council for Canadian Studies International Research Linkage Programme);
A review of literature on professional development content and delivery modes for experienced teachers (Ontario Ministry of Education);
Active citizenship in INCA countries: QCA/NFER International Review of Curriculum and Assessment Frameworks (Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA), England);
Civic education and democracy in Russia (University of Calgary/Gorbachev Foundation);
Education for citizenship through teacher education: International mobility programme (Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC), Government of Canada and European Union (EU)); and
Pakistan Teacher Education Project at the Aga Khan University, Karachi (Assorted Canadian and international funding agencies).

Professional Activities

Mark has served on a variety of administrative, advisory, and editorial councils, committees and boards and is a reviewer for different journals and curriculum reform initiatives (e.g., Ontario Education Minister's Curriculum Council; OCT Accreditation Panel; CCUNESCO Education Sectoral Commission; UNESCOs Global Citizenship Education Experts Advisory Group; International Journal of Citizenship Teaching and Learning Editorial Committee; the Journal of Canadian and International Education Editorial Committee; ETFO's Educating for Global Citizenship Curriculum Inquiry Initiative; IED, Aga Khan University, Karachi).

Selected recent conference/seminar presentations include:

Davies, I., Evans, M., Flp, M., Kiwan, D., Peterson, A. & Sim, J. (June 2019). Youth activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces. Youth activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces Conference, Research Centre for Natural Sciences of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary.

Evans, M. & Peterson, A. (September 2018). Patterns and variations of pedagogical practice for youth civic engagement and activism. Comparative Education and Development Alternatives: Critiques, innovations, and transitions, British Association for International and Comparative Education (BAICE), York, England.

Evans, M. (September 2016). Youth civic engagement and formal education in Canada. Youth activism, engagement and the development of new civic learning spaces. International Seminar, University of York, England (Leverhulme Foundation).

Evans, M. & Kiwan, D. (January 2015). Towards a Global Citizenship Education guiding framework: Core themes, practices, and challenges. Second UNESCO Forum on Global Citizenship Education - Building peaceful and sustainable societies: preparing for post-2015, UNESCO Headquarters, Paris, France.

Evans, M. (November 2014). Educating for global citizenship: Perspectives, practices, and tensions. Webinar for the Institute of Education, University of London, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education/University of Toronto, and the Melbourne University Graduate School of Education, Melbourne's first collaborative MasterClass, Globalization and Education: Culture, Identity, Rights and Democracy.