Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED)

The Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development (CRTED) was established in 1991 as a faculty wide centre for research for teacher education. The Centre draws together diverse people, including graduate students from across campus, faculty, research assistants, principals, social workers, medical personnel,  and teachers.

The Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development is pleased to announce the appointment of its new director, Dr. Janice Huber, as of July 1, 2014. Dr. Jean Clandinin and the CRTED community extend a warm welcome to Dr. Huber and look forward to new projects and collaborations. 

Check out our Events page for information on upcoming research seminars in the 2014/2015.


Mahatma Gandhi 2015 Summer Institute:  Building Peaceful Communities
July 6 to 16, 2015

The Departments of Secondary Education and Elementary Education at the University of Alberta and the Mahatma Gandhi Foundation for World Peace are pleased to sponsor the Mahatma Gandhi 2015 Summer Institute: Building Peaceful Communities. This institute is coordinated by the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development, University of Alberta.

For more information, please see our brochure.

The CRTED community expresses their gratitude to Kirstie Blackmore for all of her many contributions over the years. We wish you the very best in your upcoming endeavours, Kirstie!

Welcome to Mary Peace Effray who is providing administrative support to the CRTED. We are grateful for your presence in the Centre.

More About the Centre:

The Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta has developed and maintained strong graduate studies and research programs that place it in the forefront of graduate programs and research at both the national and international level. CRTED plays an important role in the Faculty’s graduate studies and research by serving as a faculty wide centre for research for teacher education and development.

The Centre has several objectives including:

  • Conducting research for teacher education. 
  • Providing a place to explore narrative inquiry and other research methodologies. 
  • Discussing what it means to teach and be a teacher. 
  • Collaborating with teachers, student teachers and faculty in the design and evaluation of pre-service teacher education. 
  • Supporting research through ongoing weekly conversations into issues surrounding research and seminars for graduate students, faculty, and visiting professors to share and receive response to their research. 
  • Assisting in developing funding proposals. 
  • Sponsoring the Horowitz Institute. 
  • Providing a supportive community for graduate students and faculty whose research interests include teacher education and curriculum studies.

Guiding Assumptions of the Centre for Research for Teacher Education and Development

Ideas, beliefs, and theories about teaching and teacher development, their nature and methods, are numerous, diverse, and often conflicting. The Centre intends to reflect this diversity by adopting a comparative, critical approach to research and development. This approach is embodied in the following beliefs about teaching and teachers:

  • "Teacher" and "teaching" refer to social and educational relations. There are many places where teachers work and teaching occurs. 
  • Much can be learned from a comparison of images of " teacher" and "teaching" in a range of social settings and cultures. 
  • Teachers are the single most important influence on the emotional, moral, aesthetic and intellectual qualities of education. Thus, school improvement is closely linked to teacher development. 
  • Teaching is a reflective activity that requires continuous adaptation, invention, problem defining, and problem solving. 
  • Teachers come to an understanding of students’ education when they have opportunities to think of themselves as reflective learners. 
  • Professional growth is a career-long process and many factors influence teacher career development. 
  • Wider social, organizational, and political contexts influence, and, in turn, are influenced by, the personal experiences of teachers.

Employment Opportunities

CRTED is currently hiring for the 2015–16 Horowitz Teacher Education Research Scholar Postdoctoral Fellow position. For information on this position and how to apply, please refer to our Current Job Postings page.