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Stagg-Peterson, Shelley; Huston, Lori; Ings, Eugema; Mason, Brenda; Falcigno, Kim – McGill Journal of Education, 2021
We draw on a focus group discussion amongst four Indigenous northern Ontario early childhood educators (ECEs) from an Indigenous postsecondary institution's ECE diploma program, to show the important contributions of programs offered by Indigenous postsecondary education institutes to Indigenous cultural revitalization. We are the Indigenous…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Canada Natives, Indigenous Populations, Early Childhood Teachers
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Güsewell, Angelika; Vivien, Rym; Terrien, Pascal – McGill Journal of Education, 2021
This study aimed to provide first responses to the question of whether the pedagogical heritage of an instrumental music teacher, in the present case the great violinist and violin teacher Veda Reynolds, can be reconstructed by analyzing and comparing the discourse of their former students. To address this question, an ergo-didactic approach was…
Descriptors: Music Education, Music Teachers, Teaching Styles, Teaching Models
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Vincent, Adam – McGill Journal of Education, 2020
This Artistic and Creative Inquiry (ACI) uses personal narrative to share examples of how poetry has been successfully used in both classroom and academic support settings to enhance students' understanding of course concepts and to identity their own learning preferences. This pragmatic discussion of poetry as a teaching tool is then coupled with…
Descriptors: Inquiry, Active Learning, Teaching Methods, Poetry
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Chichekian, Tanya; Bragoli-Barzan, Léa – McGill Journal of Education, 2020
This paper explores the need to build a reciprocal partnership with Indigenous Peoples and develop culturally-relevant strategies that foster academic motivation among Indigenous youth. The objectives of this study were to describe education professionals' perceptions regarding: (1) the challenges Indigenous students face when transitioning to…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Barriers, Postsecondary Education, College Students
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Carpentier, Geneviève; Mukamurera, Joséphine; Leroux, Mylène; Lakhal, Sawsen – McGill Journal of Education, 2019
The first years of teaching are challenging. Knowledge of the kind of support new teachers require is essential. Existing typologies date back from the 1980s and the early 2000s. The aim of this article is twofold: 1) to validate a typology of novice teachers' support needs using confirmatory factor analysis and 2) to compare these needs in…
Descriptors: Beginning Teachers, Factor Analysis, Classification, Teacher Characteristics
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Hanson, Aubrey Jean – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
This paper makes a case for attending to the resurgence of Indigenous literary arts in taking up the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada's Calls to Action in teacher education. I argue that Indigenous literary arts can help to foster relational understandings between readers and Indigenous communities: stories have the capacity to open…
Descriptors: Literature, Indigenous Populations, Teacher Education, Foreign Countries
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Miles, James – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
This paper argues that history educators and teachers are uniquely implicated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action through their responsibility to teach Indigenous and Canadian history, including the injustices of settler colonialism. After examining the politics of Canada's ongoing truth and reconciliation process, this…
Descriptors: History Instruction, Foreign Countries, Public Policy, Teacher Responsibility
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Wiseman, Dawn – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
This paper focuses on how I have been attending to the TRC's [Truth and Reconciliation Commission's] calls to action within science teacher education. It draws on personal experiences, my dissertation, Canadian policy regarding Indigenous education, and academic literature to explore what the calls ask of teacher educators. Throughout, I consider…
Descriptors: Science Teachers, Indigenous Knowledge, Preservice Teacher Education, Public Policy
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Preston, Jane P.; Macphee, Mary M.; O'Keefe, Alaina Roach – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
We examine how kindergarten teachers on Prince Edward Island depict both parent involvement in school and its perceived challenges. Data consisted of written responses to two open-ended survey questions completed by 62 participants or 94% of the kindergarten teachers on PEI. Results showed that teachers recognized parent involvement in traditional…
Descriptors: Kindergarten, Preschool Teachers, Parent Participation, Teacher Attitudes
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Arnett, Katy; Mady, Callie – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
This longitudinal case study examines four new FSL teachers' beliefs regarding the best and worst FSL program for English language learners and students with learning difficulties; the data are drawn from qualitative semi-structured interviews that occurred at the end of the participants' Bachelor of Education program and near the end of each…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Second Language Instruction, French, English Language Learners
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Phelan, Anne M.; Hansen, Dion Rüsselbæk – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
A basic premise of teacher education is the value of teacher agency, that is, the teacher's capacity to take responsibility for one's knowledge, beliefs, judgements, and relationships. How can teacher educators sustain a commitment to agency in light of critiques of western modernity, specifically in relation to the existence of a rational…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Ethics, Professional Autonomy, Teacher Attitudes
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Peterson, Shelley Stagg; Jang, Soon Young; Miguel, Jayson San; Styres, Sandra; Madsen, Audrey – McGill Journal of Education, 2018
Five Aboriginal Head Start early childhood educators from a northern Canadian community participated in interviews for the purpose of informing non-Indigenous teachers' classroom teaching. Their observations and experiences highlight the importance of learning from and on the land alongside family members, and of family stability and showing…
Descriptors: Preschool Teachers, Canada Natives, American Indians, Teacher Attitudes
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St-Amand, Jerome; Girard, Stéphanie; Hiroux, Marie-Hélène; Smith, Jonathan – McGill Journal of Education, 2017
This article outlines a strategy that we, as high school teachers, used in the academic year 2012-2013 to improve a student's school engagement. Extracurricular activities such as sports have proven useful (among other strategies) to counter school disengagement, specifically in enhancing positive social relations among the teachers and students…
Descriptors: Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, Learner Engagement, Student School Relationship
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Beck, Jamie L. – McGill Journal of Education, 2017
The teachers in this study identified the experiences related to increases in the intensity of teachers' work to be a misunderstood and under-discussed aspect of the profession. During research conversations that took place in the context of a year-long narrative inquiry, the term heavy hours was coined to describe these experiences. The salient…
Descriptors: Teaching Load, Decision Making, Time Management, Stress Variables
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Kyte, Darlene – McGill Journal of Education, 2016
This paper examines the effects of mindfulness practice through "pranayama," hatha yoga, and meditation on practicing teachers in an inner city school to determine if practices of this nature could contribute to sustainable sense of self, sustainable happiness, and well-being for practicing teachers and pre-service teachers. Furthermore,…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Relaxation Training, Urban Schools, Psychological Patterns
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