Director of Undergraduate Programs & Graduate Certificate in TESL
caroline [dot] riches [at] mcgill [dot] ca (Email)
(514) 398-4527 Ext. 00539
Room 248B, Education Building
Areas of interest
- Teacher Education
- Teacher Identity
- Program design/reform
- Professional development
- Second Language Acquisition
- Mother Tongue Maintenance
- Online Education
Description of research/teaching activities
My research is focused on teacher education program design, innovation and efficacy, indicators of success in novice teacher practice, and teacher professional development. My current work includes a MELS funded project entitled ‘Professional Competency Development and Transfer of Knowledge: Preparing the Next Generation of Cooperating Teachers’ and a longitudinal project investigating the impact of our teacher education program on newly graduated teachers in the field, both with Fiona Benson. I am also interested in issues of second language and bilingual education as they relate to the social and political contexts of Quebec and 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.
Riches, C. & Curdt-Christiansen, X.L. (2010) A tale of two Montreal communities: Parental perceptions and beliefs about their children’s multilingual and multiliterate development. Canadian Modern Language Review 66 (4): 525-555.
Benson, F. & Riches, C. (2010). Novice teachers emerge from the mist: Seeing the bigger picture, preparation to practice. Canadian Society for the Study of Education / Canadian Association for Teacher Education Annual Conference. Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University.
Usher, K., Riches, C, & Benson, F. (2010). Moving beyond the obvious: Seeking evidence of benefit associated with non-traditional and international practica. Canadian Society for the Study of Education / Canadian Association for Teacher Education Annual Conference. Montreal, Quebec: Concordia University.
Benson, F. & Riches, C. (co-editors). (2009) Engaging in Conversation about Ideas in Teacher Education. New York: Peter Lang (Counterpoints Series).