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Ph.D., University of Oregon; Honorary doctorates, University of Lethbridge, University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario

Professor Emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada

Author of: The Dialectic of Mother Language & Second Language: A Curriculum Exploration (1987), Voices of Teaching (1990-91), Inspiriting Curriculum and Pedagogy: Talks to Teachers (1991), The Call of Teaching (1993), Curriculum in a New Key (2004)

Ted Tetsuo Aoki (1919–2012) was Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, Canada, and known as one of the most prominent curriculum scholars of his time and one of Canada’s most distinguished teacher educators. Aoki earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from the University of Alberta and his doctorate from the University of Oregon. He taught in Alberta’s public schools for 19 years before moving up the ranks of professorship at the University of Alberta, where he became Chair of the Department of Secondary Education. He left Alberta for a time to teach at the University of British Columbia, helping to found the Centre for the Study of Curriculum and Instruction.

In recognition of Aoki’s contributions to Canadian curriculum studies, and to honor other long-standing scholarship and service contributors to this field, the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies bestows annually the “Ted T. Aoki Award for Distinguished Service within the Field of Canadian Curriculum Studies.” One role for which Aoki was especially lauded was that of mentor, as he supervised many doctoral students who went on to distinguished international teaching and research careers. In his retirement, he continued to follow the lives of his former students and remained interested in all matters of education and curriculum studies.

The published works of Aoki are extensive and include numerous books, articles, chapters, and presented papers. He also organized dozens of symposia in the field of curriculum studies. In 2005, his lectures were assembled by W. F. Pinar and R. L. Irwin into the book Curriculum in a New Key: The Collected Works of Ted T. Aoki.

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