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Fiona J. Benson

Associate Professor

Director, Office of Student Teaching for B.Ed. Undergraduate Programs and Master of Arts in Teaching and Learning

fiona [dot] j [dot] benson [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail) 
Phone: 514-398-7046

Room 428, Education Building

Areas of  interest:

  • Teacher Education
  • Program design, reform, policy
  • Social Justice Education (queer theory)
  • Care Pedagogy (teacherly love)
  • Teacher induction, mentoring, vocational wellbeing
  • Pre and in-service professional development
  • Secondary English Language Arts (literate thinking)
  • Curriculum development

 

Books & Publications

Benson, F. & Riches C. (Eds.) (2009). Engaging in Conversation about Ideas in Teacher Education. New York: Peter Lang (Counterpoints Series)

 

Chapters

Benson, F., & Riches, C. (in press). The argument for an organic program of teacher education versus the accusation of stagnancy. In T. Falkenberg & H. Smits (Eds.) The Question of Evidence in Research in Teacher Education in the Context of Teacher Education Program Review in Canada.

Riches, C. & Benson, F. (2010). Nothing New Under the Sun: Mitigating the Lament of Betrayal in Teacher Education. In J. Maurer and W Halloway (Eds.) International Research in Teacher Education: Current Perspectives (pp. 157-172). Armidale, NSW, Australia: UNE Conference Company.

Reid, J. & Benson, F. (1993). Teacher's narratives.  Ministry of Quebec Education Document.

 

Journal Articles

Smits, H., Riches, C., Benson, F., Naqvi, R. (Eds.) (2007-2008) Journal of Educational Thought (JET).  Special Issue.  Published by the Faculty of Education, University of Calgary.

Riches, C. & Benson, F.  (2006). We are listening! Shoulder to shoulder with teachers. In R. Naqvi (Ed.), How might teacher education live well in a changing world? Calgary, Alta: Library and Archives Canada Cataloguing.

Grace, A. & Benson, F. (2000). Using autobiographical queer life narratives of teachers to connect personal, political, and pedagogical spaces. International Journal of Inclusive Education, 4(2), 89-109.

Benson, F. & Vourdousis, D. (1997). Audrey Davis's Sody Salleratus: A book review. McGill Journal of Education,32(1), 86-87.

Benson, F. & Grace, A. (1996). Reconstructing and interpreting life history: Using autobiographical research to help shape critical pedagogy as a transformative practice. Review of Education/Pedagogy/Cultural Studies, 18(1), 51-60.

 

Peer Reviewed Conference Papers & Symposia

Benson, F., Horner, N. & Riches, C. (February 2010). Judgment is in the eye of the beholder: Engaging professional competencies. Paper presented at LCEEQ Annual Conference, Laval, QC.

Benson, F. (May, 2010) Queer Issues in the Study of Education and Culture. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Montreal: Concordia University.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (May, 2010) Engaging in Conversation about Ideas in Teacher Education. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (May, 2010) Signing off on International Field Experience Protocols. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Benson, F., Riches, C., Usher, K. (May, 2010). Novice Teachers Emerge From the Mist: Seeing the Bigger Picture, Preparation to Practice. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Grant N., Benson F., Flanagan T. (May, 2010). Easing the Transition for Queer Student Teachers from Program to Field: Implications for Places of Teacher Education. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Flanagan, T., Smith, N.G., & Benson, F.J. (May, 2010).  Identities in transition: Considerations for queer student teachers in the move from program to field. Paper presented at the Queer Issues in the Study of Education and Culture II pre-conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education’s Annual Conference, Montreal.

Benson, F. (Discussant): Multi paper-session: Ethics, Religion and Freedom of Speech. Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Usher, K., Riches, C., Benson, F. (June 1, 2010). Moving Beyond the Obvious: Seeking Evidence of Benefit Associated with Non-Traditional and International Practica. Paper presented at Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Canadian Association for Teacher Education) Annual Conference, Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

Benson, F., Riches, C,  (November 12, 2010). Novice Teachers Emerge From the Mist: Seeing the Bigger Picture, Preparation to Practice. 4th Working Conference on Teacher Education in Canada.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2008). Ten Canadian teacher education programs in dialogue: Assumptions, challenges and innovations. Canadian Association of Teacher Educators Annual Conference. Vancouver, B.C.

Riches, C. & Benson, F. (May 2009) Our Canary in the Mine: Novice Teachers’ Indicators of Professional Wellbeing in Relation to Teacher Preparation Program Relevance. Canadian Society for the Study of Education / Canadian Association for Teacher Education Annual Conference. Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario.

Benson, F. (October 2009) Adult Education and Alternative Setting Field Experiences.  International Symposium of the Research Institute of Educational Practices (IRPÉ) and the Canadian Research Chair in Educative Intervention (CRCIE) of Sherbrooke University.  Sherbrooke, PQ, Canada.

Benson, F., Riches, C.  & Steed, V. (November, 2009).  A Research Design Matrix for Exploring the Current State of Field Experiences in Canadian Teacher Education Programs.  Third Working Conference on Teacher Education. Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2008). Courses and practicum do not an honest program make: Mitigating the lament of betrayal in teacher education. Canadian Association for Teacher Education Annual Conference, Vancouver, B.C.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2008). Courses and Practicum do not a confident teacher make: Mitigating the dissonance between preparation and early teaching. L’AFORME Colloque. Chicoutimi, Quebec. 

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2008). Nothing New Under the Sun. International Society of Teacher Educators Annual Conference. Armidale, NSW, Australia.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2008) Shoulder to shoulder with teachers. The Spirit of Inquiry Conference. Concordia University, Montreal.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2007) Colloque 515, Table ronde et débat: La formation initiale à l’enseignement: quels savoirs savants pour le développement de quelles compétences? Congres de L’ACFAS, L’Esprit en Mouvement, University du Québec a Trois Rivières, Quebec.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2006). We are listening! Shoulder to shoulder with teachers. International Conference on Teacher Education: How Might Teacher Education Live Well in a Changing World? Calgary, Alta.

Benson, F., Riches, C. (2006) Ménage à trois: Renewed connections, renewed communities, renewed results. AACTE. Annual Conference. San Diego, CA.

Benson, F. Riches, C., Deans, P., Slee, R. (2005). Collaboration can be a messy business. ‘Tell us things we don’t already know!’ Teacher Education for the “Schools We Need”. OISE/UT Conference. Toronto, Ont.

Benson, F. (1997).  Teacher educators talk about their development as reform advocates: Challenging oppression and heterosexist hegemony in practice. AERA.  Annual Meeting.  Chicago, Ill.

Benson, F. (1996) Informing teacher knowledge: Dialogue for challenging heterosexism and homophobia in practice. Canadian Association of Research in Education, Brock University, St.Catherines, ON.

Benson, F. & McAlpine, L. (1996) Negotiating mentee/mentor roles: From coping to creating. Canadian Educational Researchers Association, Brock University, St.Catherines, ON.

Benson, F. & Grace, A.  (1996) Seeing, remembering, resist-stancing: Queer cultural identity in-formation. Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association.  Annual Conference of the Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

Benson, F. & Grace, A. (1996) Texturizing family as a queer social construct. 4th Annual Conference of the Association for Bibliotherapy in Canada, Brock University, St.Catherines, ON.

Benson, F. (1995) Informing teacher knowledge: Issues of concern to adolescents about queer issues. Canadian Association of Teacher Educators, Université du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, PQ.

Benson, F. (1995) Lesbian and gay life histories: How they impact queer pedagogy as a form of cultural practice. Canadian Women's Studies Association at the 2nd Annual Conference of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Studies Association, Université du Quebec a Montreal, Montreal, PQ.

Benson, F., Grace, A. (1995) Resist-stances and queer theory: Poststructural theories of reading and writing personal narratives that contest identity imperatives. 3rd Annual Conference of the Association for Bibliotherapy in Canada, Université du Quebec a Montreal, PQ.

Benson, F., Grace, A. (1995) Life history method: Using autobiographical research to shape critical pedagogy as a form of cultural practice. Annual Conference of the Canadian Critical Pedagogy Association, Université du Quebec a Montreal, PQ. 

Benson, F. (1994) Tales of violence in schools. Canadian Women's Studies Association, University of Calgary, Calgary, AL.

Benson, F., O’Reilly-Scanlon, K. (1994) The mourning after: Telling tales of violence. 2nd Annual conference of the Association for Bibliotherapy in Canada, University of Calgary, Calgary, AL.