Dr. Christou is an Associate Professor in the Curriculum Studies and Educational Studies fields, with a cross-appointment to the Department of History in Queen's University's Faculty of Arts and Science. He began his professional teaching career as an elementary school teacher in Scarborough with the Toronto District School Board. Following a circuitous path, which included teaching at the Primary, Junior, Intermediate, and Senior Divisions (Continuing Education), Dr. Christou returned to the academy to pursue doctoral studies in history of education. Dr. Christou commenced his academic course on the tenure track in Fredericton at the University of New Brunswick in 2009. In July 2012, that course led westwards, back to Kingston, Ontario, and to Queen’s University.
Dr. Christou's teaching in the Faculty of Education at Queen’s extends to several disciplines; in particular, he concentrates upon history of education, philosophy of education, social studies, and the theory and practice of history.
His research, which spans several fields - history, philosophy, curriculum, and teacher education - is tied together by two questions: a) What is an education for?, and b) How might we imagine an education individual? These questions are bound by historical, as well as contemporary, context and complexities.
Dr. Christou has four recent book publications, which are representative of his diverse creative and scholarly interests. The first book, titled Progressive Education (University of Toronto Press, 2012) is historical non-fiction and winner of the Canadian History of Education Association’s Founders’ Prize for best book in history, 2012-2014. The second is a book of verse titled an overbearing i (Hidden Brook Press, 2013). The third, a collection of essays co-edited with Shawn Bullock, is titled Foundations of Education: A Canadian Perspective (Canadian Association for Teacher Education, 2013). The fourth book is a history textbook written along with Stan Hallman-Chong, Rachel Collishaw, and Charlene Hendricks for Ontario’s newly-revised Grade 7 curriculum (Nelson, 2015).
Please consult Dr. Christou's professional website to view projects developed by teacher candidates in his social studies classes. The projects published on the website are peer reviewed. They include:
A History of Social Studies Education in New Brunswick (1900-2000)
A History of Science Education in New Brunswick (1900-1990)
A History of Byzantium
A Podcast, Worldviews in Education (also available for free download on iTunes; enter 'Philosophical Mindedness' in the search criteria on the iTunes store)
A call to take action in Social Studies featuring students active engagement with citizenship in their communities
Subjects in Ontario's Educational History
A Curriculum Compendium, exploring terms, contexts, and biographies relevant to curriculum history.