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 Canadian curriculum scholar Dr. Ted Aoki. His ground-breaking unique contribution to reconceptualizing curriculum through attentiveness to pedagogical relationship, subject matter, and culture has significantly shaped the field of curriculum studies. His influence on 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 with the question of the relationship between curriculum theory and education 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 making a significant contribution to the field of curriculum studies.
  • To be eligible, the paper may be single-authored or multi-authored.
  • Eligible papers can be nominated by the AJER Review Board members or the author/s can self-nominate.
  • To be eligible, the authors, either self-nominated or nominated by the Review Board must submit an application package (see description)
  • The adjudication of the eligible applications will take place in January each year for papers published between January 1st and Dec. 31st of the previous calendar year.
  • All eligible applications will be reviewed and adjudicated by the Award’s Committee, a standing committee of AJER’s Advisory Board.
  • The winner will be announced at the annual meeting of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).
  • The recipient(s)’ name(s) and a brief biography will be published in AJER, in an editorial following the award of the year.

Application Package

** The application package is prepared and submitted by the author/s. Applicants must ensure that a complete application package is submitted to AJER by December 31 of each year.

  1. Copy of the published paper.
  2. 500-word description of the paper’s contribution to the field of curriculum studies.
  3.  Author(s) 2-page CV and a brief (no more than 300 word) biography.

Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Contribution to knowledge and understanding in the area of curriculum studies;
  2. Originality;
  3. Quality of the writing;
  4. Quality of the research, as evidenced by:
  • clear and compelling statement of research problem/question,
  • appropriate methodology and methods,
  • findings/results that are clear and show evidence of rigor,
  • compelling and well-grounded conclusions and implications, and
  • discussion of limitations.