St. Thomas University
11 , 2001
Members present: L. Batt, K. Breen, D. Brodie, S. Hale, G. Kenyon, S. MacDonald, E. McKim, A. Moore, S. Murray, R. Myers, D. O'Brien, J. Palmer, J. Rahn, S. Reid-MacNevin, I. Thiessen, R. Williams, D. McKenzie-Mohr
Regrets: M. Arévalo, G. Baier, J. Coates, M. George, D. Hare, N. Kinsella, P. Malcolmson
Absent: R. Chrisjohn, I. Fraser, D. Gupta, G. Kenyon, P. Lee, D. Robinson, J. Rowcroft, D. Savoie, N. Seely
Dr. O'Brien called the meeting to order. It was announced that this was a special meeting to deal exclusively with the Senate Review Coordinating Committee (SRCC) recommendations dealing with the external review of the Education Department.
Motion: That the SRCC recommendations for the Education Department be adopted.
1. We recommend
that faculty of the Department of Education, in consultation with
their Academic Vice-President, examine the recommendations of this
review and set priorities for action.
3. The Department
should develop an admissions rubric that takes account, in a clear
and consistent manner, of experiences, references, and a sample
of written work.
4. The Department
should consider developing an affirmative action protocol for underrepresented
communities that is consistent with that developed by the Department
of Social Work.
6. All students admitted to the programme should have taken part in an interview, in person whenever possible, and according to a common interview rubric.
9. The faculty
should consider incorporating more Library-based research, especially
in current scholarly Education journals, in the course work for
the B.Ed. Programme.
11. The Secondary programme should be restructured to provide each student with methodology courses in two teachable areas. These two teachables should be made explicit in the admissions requirements for secondary students and undergraduate courses in these areas should be required for admission.
12. The schedule
and requirements should be aligned for French and English students,
allowing all students to complete the programme in 60 credit hours.
13. Educational psychology should be removed from the B.Ed. curriculum at STU and made a requirement for entrance to at least the Elementary stream of the B.Ed. programme. In addition, Elementary B.Ed. students should have some undergraduate admission requirements in English, Social Studies, Math and Science.
split the motion.
psychology should be removed from the B.Ed. curriculum at STU and
made a requirement for entrance to at least the Elementary stream
of the B.Ed. programme.
B.Ed. students should have some undergraduate admission requirements
in English, Social Studies, Math and Science.
14. 5306 General
Methods should be taught in two sections, one addressing the needs
of Elementary/Middle School teachers and one section addressing
the needs of Middle School/Secondary teachers.
5013, 5023 and 5033 should be compacted into two courses, and each
of these two new courses should be taught by a different faculty
member, thus providing a coherent focus for each course and some
variety for the students.
and evaluation issues could be taught in the context of the methodology
courses and better related to instructional strategies in that context.
are urged to discuss openly teaching strategies and course assessment
strategies in order to provide consistent modeling for the B.Ed.
are urged to consider a consistent course outline format so that
all students are provided with consistent information regarding
course expectations and procedures.
10. The Department should consider developing a formal orientation to the campus and the programme for new B.Ed. students, especially those who are new to the University.
supervisors should remain with their students for all placements
in one year, with accommodations for change where needed.
19. The University should restructure the 60 credit hour programme to be taught over a 24 month period, with some flexibility for course offerings in the spring and summer.
22. The school practica should be extended and the community placement should be eliminated or made available only in special cases to students whose specific skills and experiences are appropriate to such placements.
23. Four school based placements should be made over a two year period, two each year. This will allow secondary students to have a placement in each teachable area and for all students to have placements across their levels; middle school and high school for secondary students, lower and upper elementary placements for elementary students.
II. Financial Recommendations
2. The University should consider raising the application fee for the B.Ed. programme (e.g., to $40.00), with any increased revenues directed to the Admissions Office and/or the Department of Education to support the admissions process.
8. The University
should reconsider its formula for contributing to the Education
collection at the Harriet Irving Library to bring it into proportion
to its contributions in other areas.
26. The University
should provide the Department of Education with a full-time secretary.
34. The University
should provide sufficient space and considered procedures for the
efficient and secure storage of student files.
24. At least
one additional tenure track position should be provided for this
Department to allow for a greater sharing of the workload. This
is in addition to the current faculty complement.
25. A regular
faculty retreat should be held away from campus to discuss the vision
of the programme, its future direction, and other related issues,
in order that the current faculty gain ownership of the faculty
culture and focus.
33. The new building should include dedicated study and social space for B.Ed. students.
27. The University should review the space, storage, and other office needs in the Department of Education in view of the size of the programme, the need for communications with the field, and the new demands of the Freedom of Information/Protection of Privacy Acts.
28. In the
new building, the University should ensure that faculty offices
are close to one another and to the main Department office. Faculty
members should also have relatively easy access to a printer, and
the Chair and Department Secretary should have their own printers.
29. A properly
equipped laboratory-classroom (e.g., with proper access to water,
fume-hoods, etc.) should be secured for science methods classes
in the new building, at UNB, or at one of the local schools. Similarly,
curriculum and instruction in mathematics needs to be supported
by the acquisition of more manipulatives, and social studies by
the acquisition of maps, globes, and other curriculum materials.
30. The University
should upgrade the computer services (hardware and software) for
the Department, including a computer lab in the new building.
31. The University
should provide off-campus access for students and faculty to the
network services, particularly e-mail.
32. The new
building should include provision for part-time faculty space which
includes access to the University's computer network.
Dr. O'Brien recognized Sam Jess, author of the Aquinian column on the Senate.
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