Program/Degree: Languages, Cultures and Literacies, PhD
My name is Angelpreet Singh and I recently moved to Burnaby, British Columbia from Toronto, Ontario to pursue a PhD in the Languages, Cultures and Literacies program in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. My research interests stem from my experiences of working as an Early Childhood Educator in a variety of educational settings in the Greater Toronto Area. I have earned a Bachelor of Arts (Ryerson 2008), a Bachelor of Education (York University 2009) and a Master of Education (York 2011). Over the duration of my doctoral studies, I intend to continue my research in the growing field of family literacy with a concentration on Punjabi-speaking children’s early literacy experiences within the contexts of their homes, communities and schools.
What attracted you to come to SFU?
I was attracted to come to SFU because it is an innovative and engaging learning environment. Specifically, the Burnaby campus is located in an excellent geographical location that encompasses all elements of a beautiful landscape, while embracing a strong sense of community. SFU was the best choice for me to continue my education as it surpassed all of my expectations in terms of offering an incredible environment to study, work, live, and connect with other students through extracurricular activities, volunteer and community work.
Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and in what way?
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside some of the most dedicated and distinguished professors in the field of education. I especially enjoy working with my supervisor, Dr. Kelleen Toohey, who has been extremely supportive and generous throughout my doctoral studies. Dr. Toohey’s patience, persistence and attention to detail throughout her video-making project serves as an important source of inspiration for my own doctoral research. I am very grateful to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Toohey.
What inspires you to learn and to continue your education?
My interest to continue education is inspired by thought-provoking discussions that are raised in various courses and seminars. Through these discussions, I am able to share my personal experiences and perspectives, which are critically analyzed through relevant and meaningful course materials to help guide the direction of future research. I hope to make a contribution to the growing field of family literacy through my doctoral research, so we can begin to hear the voices of Punjabi-speaking children and their families, which have been largely missing from the field of education.