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~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The Eleventh International Literacy and Education Research Network Conference on Learning

Quest for Quality Teacher Preparation: The Manitoba Experience

Dr Orest Cap, Dr Karen Elaine Smith.

Pre-service teachers often complain that coursework and practicum experiences are not integrated. In an effort to blend these experiences, the University of Manitoba has established integrated coursework and practicum through synchronous guiding principles. The Bachelor of Education program at the University of Manitoba is guided by five principles of professional learning: (1) collaboration, (2) inquiry and critical reflection, (3) integration, (4) diversity of experiences and caring, and (5) preparation for lifelong learning. These principles are incorporated into both the coursework and the practicum experienced by teacher candidates. The integration of these principles is a challenging but rewarding phase of becoming a quality, beginning teacher. Their experiences are made visible through portfolios, professional development, and reflective practices. This paper reports on the challenges and the quest for ongoing quality improvement in teacher preparation.


Dr Orest Cap  (Canada)
Curriculum, Teaching and Learning Faculty of Education
University of Manitoba

Dr. Orest Cap served as Acting Department Head of the Department of Curriculum. Mathematics and Natural Sciences ( 1997-1999) at the Faculty of Education, taught undergraduate and graduate occupational education courses and is currently Co-ordinator of the Technology, Vocational-Technical and Joint Human Ecology/ Teacher Education programs in the Faculty of Education.

Dr Karen Elaine Smith  (Canada)
Asst Prof
Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning Faculty of Education
University of Manitoba

Karen joined the staff at the University of Manitoba in May, 2002. Before that, she was seconded for two years to teach sessional courses. She has taught all grades K-S4, been a consultant, and a school administrator. Areas of Specialization:

  • English language arts
  • Language and literacy across the content areas
  • Arts education
  • Literacy and the Internet

Research Interests:

  • New literacies
  • Language and literacy across the content areas
  • Electronic portfolios
  • English language arts

Selected Publications/Presentations or Other Accomplishments:

Smith, K.E. (2003). Picture this: Three frameworks for viewing and representing in English Language Arts. In R.F. Hammett and B. Barrell (Eds.) Digital Expressions: Media Literacy and English Language Arts. Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises Inc.

Smith, K.E. (2002). A review of the book Computer Activities for the Cooperative Classroom. Canadian Materials [Online] URL:

Smith, K.E. (2001). Literacy and the Internet: A blueprint for predicting hypertext comprehensibility. Unpublished dissertation. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB.

Smith, K.E. (Winter, 2001). Dramatic Ideas [Review of the book Using drama to bring language to life]. TESL Canada Journal, 19(1), 95-97.

Smith, K.E. (2000). Web site readability and a grade nine social studies unit called Who is a Canadian? Proceedings of the Faculty of Education Graduate Students? Symposium. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba.

  • quality
  • teacher education
  • reflection
  • portfolios
  • challenges
  • quest
  • practicum
  • integration

(30min Paper Presentation, English)