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Tuesday, June 21 • 13:30 - 14:30
PRE-CON.B.01 (short) - Learning by doing: The collaborative development of a new technological education teacher program for Ontario

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Teacher education in Ontario is changing by design and by circumstance. The move to a two-year program means that teacher candidates will spend more time in schools getting hands-on teaching experience, but it also means that students are making a bigger investment in time and money to earn their teaching credentials.

Funded partially by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities, the Technological Education Consortium of Ontario (TECO) is composed of stakeholders from three universities, five colleges, three school boards, two government ministries and four professional associations, who are working to develop an accessible, professional, and sustainable technological education teacher program under the new four-semester regulations. Given the challenges of mounting new academic programs, including meeting the needs of regulatory bodies, overall declining enrolment, and outcomes-based performance measurement, the collaborative consortium model has been vital to the ongoing development and delivery of this program. In this pre-conference session, members of the consortium will speak about their experiences being part of this large and diverse group, and we will discuss ways in which consensus has been built with a focus on creating the best possible outcome for future students with an eye to the broader societal importance of technological education.

The purpose of this interactive session will be to share concrete strategies for supporting complex inter-institutional collaborations. During this session we will have a range of perspectives represented from many of our members, including the voices of students who have been engaged in the program and now work in the field. The team members delivering the workshop will engage the participants in hands- on problem-solving activities related to the skilled trades, while engaging participants in a discussion about our processes of consensus-building, and academic project management.

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Catharine Dishke Hondzel

Coordinator, Research and Learning Support, Huron University College at Western
Catharine Dishke Hondzel is the Coordinator, Research and Learning Support at Huron University College at Western University. Her research has examined the nature of learning, including classroom climate, cultural variations in creativity, and experiential learning as related to technology... Read More →
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Mary Wilson

Director, Centre for Academic Excellence, Niagara College
I am interested in the history of post-secondary curriculum development, including the intentional development of co-curricular programs and supports to enrich the student experience, and the theory and practice of post-secondary curriculum reform.

Additional Authors

Robert Moulton

Robert Moulton is the coordinator of the Intermediate/Senior Technological Education program at Brock University. He is recognized provincially and nationally for his promotion of technological education at the school, board, provincial and national level.

Ron Hansen

Ron Hansen is a Professor Emeritus at Western University and the architect of the Human Ingenuity Research Group (HIRG). His research looks at forms of learning that emerge from theoretical as well as a-theoretical and existential foundations.

Tony DiPetta

Tony DiPetta is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education. He currently works out of the Department of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies in Education and is director of the Centre for Continuing Teacher Education.

Tuesday June 21, 2016 13:30 - 14:30 EDT
M3041 Fanshawe College