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Caroline Riches

Associate Professor

Caroline Riches Director of Undergraduate Programs & Graduate Certificate in TESL

caroline [dot] riches [at] mcgill [dot] ca (E-mail)
Phone: 514-398-5793

Room 248B, Education Building

Areas of interest

  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Identity
  • Program design/reform
  • Professional development
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Mother Tongue Maintenance
  • Sociolinguistics
  • 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.

Selected publications/presentations
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).

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