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Thursday, June 23 • 15:00 - 16:00
CON08.16a - Teaching Preparation Program: Learning From and Moving Forward in Developing Teaching Capacity for New Scholars

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Teaching in higher education can be challenging for emerging scholars. However, where graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are given an opportunity to learn more about teaching in higher education and to develop their teaching capacity? To help address this item, educational development strategies need to be implemented to facilitate this process (Boman, 2013; Hardré & Burris, 2012). Such initiatives in developing teaching capacity among graduate students, according to Gardner and Jones (2011), must consider the uniqueness of teaching experiences in each discipline.

In response to this particular educational development need, one western Canadian School of Education has designed a teaching preparation program (TPP) for graduate students and post-doctoral scholars. Building on insights gained from a first iteration, the TPP was created as a three-tiered laddering process for the purpose of developing teaching capacity for future academics. The three steps consist of: 1) Teaching assistantship preparation program (basic knowledge building about teaching in higher education institutions); 2) Community of practice (a teaching and learning network to support the practice of being a TA in Education); and 3) Peer mentoring on teaching (collaborative support for first-time instructors).

The goal of this session is to describe the nature of the laddering process, as well as to present research findings from a current evaluative study on this program. The audience will be invited to 1) reflect on and discuss about the findings of this research as it relates to their own practices in supporting graduate teaching capacity building; and 2) reflect on potentialities and challenges of implementing a teaching preparation program. By attending this session, participants are expected to gain an appreciation for the importance of implementing a teaching preparation program for emerging scholars, as well as reflect on the challenges of such undertaking.


Jennifer Lock

Professor, University of Calgary
Jennifer Lock is the Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning and specialization chair for the Learning Sciences in the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. Her area of specialization is in Educational Technology.

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Luciano da Rosa dos Santos

Luciano da Rosa dos Santos is the Teaching and Learning Facilitator at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, supporting the development of strategies and initiatives aimed at enhancing the quality of teaching and learning. He is also working towards his PhD in Educational... Read More →

Thursday June 23, 2016 15:00 - 16:00 EDT
Weldon Library 121 (Teaching Support Centre) Western University