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Episode 20: Dr. Carolina Bergonzoni
Dancing-Reading-Writing: An embodied ABR practice
Explore Dancing-Reading-Writing (DRW) as a dynamic and ever-evolving ABR practice that fuses bodily engagement with research. Dr. Carolina Bergonzoni delves into the synergy of dance, reading, and writing, emphasizing how DRW transcends traditional research approaches. Her personal reflections, photos, and poetic writing exemplify ways in which dance guides understanding and generates insights. DRW challenges the notion of fixed research, advocating for a continuous process of inquiry and underscoring how this process leads to unexpected discoveries. DRW encourages educators, artists, and researchers to integrate embodied experiences and creativity into their research journey.
Episode 19: Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee
Fostering Civic Reasoning Through Journalism Education: Conceptual Change and Moral Resistance
To navigate our digital world, educational researchers argue that we need a new form of reasoning. With increasing inequities, digital dilemmas, and more complex global relationships, it is more critical than ever to equip students with the necessary skills to tackle these challenges. In this episode, Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee discusses her research project, which focuses on fostering civic reasoning through journalism education. Her study explores the role of journalism education in cultivating civic reasoning, highlighting the importance of attending to identity and moral development, and fostering conceptual change in young individuals.
Episode 18: Dr. John Nesbit and Dr. Tenzin Doleck
Being Productive and Publishing Scholarly Papers in the Learning and Data Sciences
Many early career researchers and graduate students are looking to publish their research findings in journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and other formats. In this episode, Dr. John Nesbit and Dr. Tenzin Doleck share their experience and recommend strategies for productive publication. The conversation covers six themes: finding an appropriate journal, types of publications and their perceived value, publication strategies, popular topics vs. niche topics, the peer review process, and maintaining productivity. Although speaking primarily to researchers in the learning and data sciences, the episode will also interest scholars working in other fields of educational research.
Episode 17: Dr. Amber Moore
Nurturing the Dirtbag: Feminist Pedagogies and Ethics of Care
Hannah McGregor, Assistant Professor of Publishing at SFU, interviews Amber Moore, a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow and feminist scholar at the Faculty of Education, on her teaching and scholarship. Amber shares her experience of being a high-school teacher and teaching teachers in the academy. She discusses the pedagogical potential of young adult literature, adolescent writing, and talking about rape culture through fanfiction. Their conversation highlights the importance of ethics of care including care for self.
Open to get links to the articles discussed in the podcast
- Moore, A. (2021). Safe space(s), content (trigger) warnings, and being ‘care-ful’ with trauma literature pedagogy and rape culture in secondary English teacher education. Changing English. https://doi.org/10.1080/1358684X.2021.2006053
- Moore, A. (2020). Pulping as poetic inquiry: On upcycling “upset” to reckon anew with rape culture, rejection, and (re)turning to trauma texts. Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies, 20(6), 588-595. https://doi.org/10.1177/1532708620912802
- Moore, A. (2020). “Just how depraved is this town?”: An intersectional interrogation of feminist snaps, slut shaming, and sometimes sisterhood in Riverdale’s rape culture. Feminist Media Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/14680777.2020.1786428
- Moore, A. & Hare, K. A. (2022). Come scream with me: On feminist stories and screaming into the void. Journal for Cultural Research. https://doi.org/10.1080/14797585.2021.1978747
Episode 16: Dr. Ena Lee
Confronting Racism Through Critical Interdisciplinary Research
Join Gloria Nystrom, a Doctoral Candidate in Languages, Cultures and Literacies, and Dr. Ena Lee as they discuss the importance of interdisciplinary frameworks in English language education research. As women of colour born and raised in “multicultural” Canada, their lived experiences negotiating language, “culture”, and identity illustrate the role of sociopolitical/sociohistorical landscapes on linguistic ideology and citizenry. Their dialogue highlights the salience of “race” in the lives of multilingual and multicultural students in Vancouver and why more critical educational research is needed to address issues of racism and educational equity in Canada.
Episode 15: Dr. Rina Zazkis
Lesson Play in Mathematics Education
In this episode, Dr. Rina Zazkis, Canada Research Chair in STEM Teaching and Learning, shares insights from her book Lesson Play in Mathematics Education: A Tool for Research and Professional Development, co-authored with Dr. Peter Liljedahl and Dr. Nathalie Sinclair. The book outlines how play-writing engages teachers in considering vital issues in instruction, with an aim of enhancing learning experiences of students. This conversation also helps listeners understand Dr. Zazkis’ research into undergraduate mathematics education, focusing on mathematical content-knowledge of preservice teachers and ways this knowledge is acquired and modified.
Episode 14: Dr. David Zandvliet and Dr. Shannon Leddy
Marking Year 10 of the Institute for Environmental Learning
Join Josh Coward in conversation with Dr. David Zandvliet and Dr. Shannon Leddy, co-chairs of the Institute for Environmental Learning (IEL). Dr. Zandvliet describes his new role as a UNESCO Chair in Bio-Cultural Diversity and elaborates on the IEL’s award-winning work with the Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association. Dr. Leddy notes how Indigenous approaches to knowledge and the voices of Indigenous and BIPOC people have been missing. As Drs. Zandvliet and Leddy both agree, the work must continue.
Episode 13: Dr. Kris Magnusson
Connecting Career Development and Mental Health in Schools
In this episode, Dr. Kris Magnusson, Professor and former Dean of the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, reflects on the connections between career development and mental health. Dr. Magnusson's research interest lies in career development, and in particular, understanding models of career development and the application of research to career counselling practice. As a recipient of a SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Dr. Magnusson and his team are working towards understanding the relationship between the outcomes of effective career development practices and the determinants of adolescent mental health.
Episode 12: Dr. Sean Chorney
Gerrymandering, Demonstrating How Mathematicians Raise Awareness and Imagination
In this episode, Dr. Sean Chorney, an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, proposes that mathematising aspects of our social world can help us to not only identify hidden problems, but to also formulate alternative conceptions of their causes and possible solutions. Dr. Chorney discusses the concept of gerrymandering, as a demonstration of how mathematics can raise awareness and imagination.
Episode 11: Dr. Joel Heng Hartse and Dr. Ismaeil Fazel
Remote Learning and Predatory Academic Publishers
In this episode, Dr. Joel Heng Hartse and Dr. Ismaeil Fazel speak about two projects related to academic literacy, remote learning experiences and 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. Also aligning with their research interest in academic literacy, Dr. Heng Hartse and Dr. Fazel advocate for educating students and scholars about predatory academic publishers.
Episode 10: Dr. Carolyn Mamchur
Writing, Engagement and Meaningful Learning
In this episode, Dr. Carolyn Mamchur, professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, discusses the process of writing. To write well at the university level, Dr. Mamchur advises knowing what the question you’re responding to is really asking, finding yourself and your particular interest in that question, doing your research and finding the connections amongst the ideas. She shares that writing is telling a story that creates a meaningful relationship with the readers or other researchers.
Episode 9: Dr. Heesoon Bai
Teacher Education, the Soil of Our Soul and Cultivating a Contemplative Practice
This past spring, Dr. Heesoon Bai delivered a research seminar at UBC on Soil, Soul, Society: Regeneration from the Vital-Core. Many of the ideas covered in that seminar came out of the collective experience of a group of educators formed by Dr. Bai that met continuously over 12 years. In this episode, we interview Dr. Bai to discuss some of the concepts that were covered in her seminar, including a proposal that all teachers should take what is akin to a Hippocratic Oath and the importance of cultivating a contemplative practice. Dr. Bai shares why self-reflection, self-awareness, self-knowledge and self-cultivation is an important part of being a teacher.
Episode 8: Dr. Huamei Han
The Intersection of Language, Religion, Identity and Migration
In this episode, Dr. Huamei Han shares her research in 1) language, religion and immigrant settlement; 2) youth and multilingual study and 3) multilingualism in Africa-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 five articles by scholars from around the world.
Episode 7: Dr. Michelle Pidgeon
Indigenous Research Ethics and Indigenous Student Success
In this episode, Dr. Pidgeon introduces herself and her work studying higher education, which includes her look at research ethics and her work studying Indigenous student experiences in higher education. Dr. Pidgeon 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 recent five-year plan and how we might respond to the Faculty's new calls for Indigenous initiatives within the university.
Episode 6: Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko
Vygotsky and His Theories of Learning and Development
In this episode, Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko describes the context and tradition of cultural historical activity theory, a school of thought in developmental psychology based on the early work of Lev Vygotsky and Alexander Luria. Dr. Gajdamaschko describes some of the basic ideas of and differences between play activity theory and learning activity theory. She also shares highlights of her recent work with the new BC curriculum as well as 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, Dr. 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, Dr. Jordan 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 Liljedahl
Breaking out of Passivity: The Thinking Classroom
This episodes features 2017 Cmolik Prize Winner, Dr. Peter Liljedahl, and his research on vertical non-permanent surfaces (VNPS) and visibly random groupings as effective teaching practices in mathematics classrooms. Dr. Liljedahl describes how Building Thinking Classrooms, a mathematics teaching practice framework, was developed with, and for, mathematics teachers in British Columbia.
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 representations? 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
In this episode, Dr. Suzanne Smythe, associate professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, discusses her new collectively co-written book: Disrupting the Boundaries in Education and Research. The book, collaboratively 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
In this episode, Dr. Charles Bingham, a professor in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, discusses the STEPS Forward program, and in particular, discusses his project’s focus on post-secondary inclusion and providing support for students with developmental disabilities.