Ted Aoki Award

Ted Aoki Award for Best Paper in Curriculum Studies published in the Alberta Journal of Education Research (AJER)

The Ted Aoki Award for Best Paper in Curriculum Studies is a non-monetary award of excellence established in honour of the life and work of the most prominent Canadian curriculum scholar of his time—Dr. Ted Aoki. His ground-breaking and unique contribution to reconceptualizing curriculum through attunement to pedagogical relationship, subject matter, and culture has shaped the field of curriculum studies. His influence on several generations of curriculum scholars who studied under his guidance at the University of Alberta, has left a long-lasting legacy. This prestigious award is presented by the Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER) every year to an author or authors who, in their article, have engaged deeply in the question of the relationship between curriculum theory and classroom practice in ways that “allow us to free ourselves of the tunnel vision effect of mono-dimensionality” (Aoki, 2005, p. 94).

Aoki, T. T. (2005m). Toward curriculum inquiry in a new key. In W. F. Pinar & R. L. Irwin (Eds.), Curriculum in a new key: The collected works of Ted T. Aoki (pp. 89–110). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Eligibility Criteria and Process
• The award will be granted to the author/s of the paper published in AJER that makes a significant contribution to the field of curriculum studies.
• To be eligible, the paper may be single-authored or multi-authored.
• To be eligible, the authors, either self-nominated or nominated by the Review Board, must submit an application package (see description) by January 31st of the year following the year of publication. The adjudication of the eligible applications will take place in February each year for papers published between January 1st and December 31stof the previous calendar year.
• All eligible applications will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Award’s Committee.
• The recipient/s will be announced on AJER’s website and, when possible, at an education research conference.

Application Package
a) Copy of the published paper.
b) 500-word description of the paper’s contribution to the field of curriculum studies.
c) Author(s) 2-Page CV
** Applicants must ensure that a complete application package is submitted to AJER by January 31st.

Evaluation Criteria:
a) Contribution to knowledge and understanding in the area of curriculum studies;
b) Originality;
c) Quality of the research, as evidenced by:
     i. clear and compelling statement of the topic,
    ii. connections to relevant curriculum studies literature,
   iii. insights that can influence future theory and practice, and
   iv. compelling and well-grounded discussions;
d) Quality of the writing.