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Curriculum, Teaching  & Learning
Clare Kosnik

Clare Kosnik
Director, Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study


Applied Psychology and Human Development
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning

Centre for Teacher Education and Development
Master of Teaching Programme

Research Overview

Clare Kosnik is Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto (OISE/UT) and the Director of the Jackman Institute of Child Studies. She teaches in the graduate program courses on teacher education and literacy methods courses in the Master of Teaching pre-service program. Professor Kosnik has held a number of leadership positions: Director of the Master of Teaching program, Head of the Centre for Teacher Education and Development, Director of the Elementary Preservice Program, and Coordinator of the Mid-Town Cohort. In 2003, she took a three-year leave of absence from OISE/UT to be Executive Director of the Teachers for a New Era research and development project at Stanford University, one of the largest initiatives in teacher education.

Along with Clive Beck she has been conducting a longitudinal study of teachers: 20 who are completing their tenth year of teaching and 22 who are completing their eighth year of teaching. Findings from this study are reported in: Growing as a Teacher: Goals and Pathways of Ongoing Teacher Learning and Priorities in Teacher Education (co-authored with Clive Beck).
She is also the principal investigator of a large-scale study which is looking at the 28 literacy/English from four countries: Canada, US, England, and Australia. She recently co-edited the text Literacy Teacher Educators: Preparing Student Teachers for a Changing World.

Curriculum Vitae

Representative Publications


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

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

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


Murray, J., Swennen, A., & Kosnik, C. (2016). International research, policy and practice in teacher education: Insider perspectives. Dordetcht: Springer Academic Publishers.

Kosnik, C., White, S., Beck, C., Marshall, B., Goodwin, L., & Murray, J. (Eds.) (2016). Building bridges: Rethinking literacy teacher education in a digital era. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Murray, J., & Kosnik, C. (Eds.) (2013). Academic work and identities in teacher education. London: Routledge.

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.

Lassonde, C., Galman, S., & Kosnik, C. (Eds.). (2009). Self-study research methodologies for teacher educators. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Samaras, A., Freese, A., Kosnik, C., & Beck, C.  (Eds.). (2008). Learning communities in practice. Dordetcht: Springer Academic Publishers.

Kosnik, C., Freese, A., Samaras, A., &. Beck, C.  (Eds.). (2006). Making a difference in teacher education through self-study: Studies of personal, professional, and program renewal. Dordetcht: Springer Academic Publishers.


Research Grants and Contracts

Year: 2015-2020
Type: Insight Grant
Role: Co-Investigator with Clive Beck
Source: SSHRC
Amount: $172,379
Title: Multiliteracies teaching in a digital age: Balancing the old and the new

Year: 2014
Type: Connection Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: SSHRC
Amount: $35,000
Title: Rethinking literacy teacher education for the digital era: Teacher educators, literacy educators, and digital technology experts working together

Year: 2013-2014
Type: Research and Development
Role: Co-Investigator with Rosemary Evans
Source: Eureka Foundation
Amount: $20,000
Title: Teacher as researchers: An examination of a teacher research group

Year: 2011-2005
Type: Insight Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Source: SSHRC
Amount: $155,000
Title: Literacy teacher educators: Their backgrounds, visions, and practices

Honours and Awards

2014 University of Toronto J.J. Berry Smith Doctoral Supervision (awarded)
2009 OISE, Distinguished Contribution to Teaching
1996 University of Toronto, Teacher of the Year for Professional Faculties (Humanities)
1996 Nominated for Faculty of Education, University of Toronto, Teacher of the Year