Research in Focus Podcast

Research in Focus Podcast series features in-depth interviews and discussions with faculty members on their research activities and the impacts of their work locally and worldwide. Available on SoundCloud and iTunes

Episode 11: Dr. Joel Heng Hartse and Dr. Ismaeil Fazel

on Remote Learning Experiences and Predatory Academic Publishers

In this episode, Dr. Heng Hartse and Dr. Fazel speak about two projects focused on academic literacy with one on remote learning experiences and the other on learning to identify and understand predatory academic publishers.  Remote learning has become the norm during this particular time in our history and both researchers are seeking to understand and learn more about how stakeholders are taking on the new realities of higher education.  Aligning with their research interest in academic literacy, Dr. Heng Hartse and Dr. Fazel are advocates in educating students and scholars about predatory academic publishers.

Episode 10: Dr. Carolyn Mamchur

On Writing, Engagement and Meaningful Learning

This episode with Dr. Carolyn Mamchur is a walk down the memory line where she reflects on her becoming a writer.  She discusses her approaches toward writing and suggests to be open, to contemplate and to engage with the writing process as the best product in writing comes from the unconscious. Her teaching involves and encourages finding oneself in their writing, rather than consciously trying to be a good and 'perfect' writer.

Episode 9: Dr. Heesoon Bai

On Teacher Education, the Soil of Our Soul and Cultivating a Contemplative Practice

This past Spring, Dr. Heesoon Bai’s delivered a research seminar at UBC on Soil, Soul Society: Regeneration from the Vital Core. Many of the ideas covered in this seminar came out of the collective experience of a group of educators that Dr. Bai formed. The group met continuously to do inner work as educators over 12 years. In this episode, we interview Dr. Bai and discuss some of the concepts covered in her seminar including a proposal that all teachers should take what is akin to a Hippocratic Oath and cultivating a contemplative practice.

Episode 8: Dr. Huamei Han

On the Intersection of Language, Religion Identity and Migration

This episode is about Dr. Huamei Han’s research in 1)language, religion and immigrant settlement, 2) youth & multilingual study and 3) African-China trade migration.  Dr. Han also provides an exciting overview of an issue of Language Ideology, Christianity, and Identity: Critical Empirical Examinations of Christian Institutions as Alternative Spaces which features 5 articles by scholars around the world.

Episode 7: Dr. Michelle Pidgeon

On Indigenous Research Ethics and Indigenous Student Success

Dr. Pidgeon introduces herself and her work studying higher education, including her look at research ethics and her work studying Indigenous student experience in higher education. She describes some of her international and inter-university collaborations as well the holistic methodological approach that informs her choices in research. She also speaks to SFU Education's new five year plan and how we might respond to the Faculty's newest calls for Indigenous initiatives in the university.

Episode 6: Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko

On Vygotsky and His Theories of Learning and Development

Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko describes the context and history of the school of developmental psychology in which she works, cultural historical activity theory, as well as some roles that she's played in so far in that history. She also describes highlights of her recent work with the new BC curriculum and some of her hopes for the future.

Episode 5: Dr. Sharalyn Jordan

Re-Mapping Identities: Mitigating Harm with Conceptual Interventions

Working at the intersections of mental health and social justice, Sharalyn Jordan is using community-based research to advocate for access to refugee protection and psychosocial supports for people fleeing persecution related to sexual orientation, gender identity or expression (SOGIE). In this podcast, she describes how the narrative accounts of LGBTQ+ refugees in Canada have impacted training in local settlement agencies, Federal Court decisions and new Federal Guidelines on SOGIE refugee decisions.

Episode 4: Dr. Peter Liljedhal

Breaking out of Passivity: The Thinking Classroom

This episodes focuses on 2017 Cmolik Prize Winner Dr. Peter Liljedahl and his research on vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS) and visibly random grouping as effective practice for building aspects of a thinking classroom. Building Thinking Classrooms, a mathematics teaching practice framework, was developed with, and for, mathematics teachers in BC.

Episode 3: Dr. Engida Gebre

Critical Data Literacy of Young Adults: Learning and Making Sense of Online Data Sources

How do students learn, critique and understand online data sources? How do they make sense of the knowledge available in online representation. This episode focuses on Dr. Engida Gebre who is the primary investigator of the Learning Design for Developing Young Adults Data Literacy and Representation Competences project. Dr. Gebre explores the questions: how do students learn, critique and understand online data sources? How do they make sense of the knowledge available in online representation?

Episode 2: Dr. Suzanne Smythe

New Cartographies: Troubling Academic Divisions

This episode focuses on Dr. Suzanne Smythe, one of the co-authors of the new collaborative book: Disrupting the Boundaries in Education and Research. The book, composed by an interdisciplinary group of professors at Simon Fraser University, explores the question: “How can we work together in new ways across our scholarly locations of early childhood, education, mathematics, language, adult learning, and teacher education?”

Episode 1: Dr. Charles Bingham

STEPS-FORWARD Project: Providing Inclusive Support for Students with Developmental Disabilities

This episode focuses on Dr. Charles Bingham and his STEPS-FORWARD project, in particular, the project’s support for students with developmental disabilities.