Faculty Research

In a New Book, Professors Chart a History of Life Writing as a Means to Address Gender and Racial Injustice

Dr. Elizabeth Marshall’s research interests include children’s and young adult literature, life writing, picture books, comics, and popular culture. Marshall’s interdisciplinary scholarship has appeared in numerous academic journals. Her current book project focuses on representations of alcohol and childhood in American visual culture. Read more

Dr. Elina Birmingham’s Research Aims to Support Students with ASD to Develop Autism Awareness

Dr. Elina Birmingham's research examines how children, adolescents, and adults attend to and interpret social information. In addition, she examines how mechanisms of social attention and perception operate differently in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Her recent work is examining how atypical sensory processing associated with ASD, like hypersensitivity to sound, interferes with social and learning opportunities for children with ASD, and to find new technological solutions to address sound sensitivity. Read more

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Faculty Research

Dr. Lynn Fels on Performative Inquiry, Arts for Social Change, and Mentorship
Dr. Lynn Fels’ research addresses arts for social change, performative inquiry, arts across the curriculum, and inquiry through performative writing. She is passionate about enabling communities of learners to collaboratively address social issues by engaging in creative, arts-based processes. She has recently received a SSHRC Insight Development grant for her research in Performing Mentorship: Investigating Mentorship in 4 Arts for Social Change Contexts (2019 – 2021).

Dr. John Nesbit and Professor Joan Sharp on Critical Thinking and Dialectical Map
Dr. John Nesbit and Professor Joan Sharp speak about the origins of Dialectical Map (DMap), an intuitive, online argumentation tool that aims to raise students' level of critical thinking skills. They also share the collaborative spirit behind the project and the tool’s success across disciplines.

Dr. Margaret MacDonald on Philosophical Inquiry & Development of Early Childhood Views on Sustainability
Dr. Margaret MacDonald is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education specializing in Early Childhood Education. She teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate courses in Early Childhood Education and is an active mentor and co-inquirer at UniverCity Childcare Centre. Her most recent research looks at children’s understanding around stewardship and sustainability through the lens of philosophical inquiry and new materiality.

Dr. Mark Fettes on Building Sustainable Educational Ecologies
Dr. Mark Fettes is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, the Academic Director of the Centre for Imagination, Research, and Culture in Education (CIRCE), and president of the Universal Esperanto Association (UEA) also known as World Esperanto Association. From the foothills of northern Italy to Gabriola Island, the work of Dr. Mark Fettes continues to connect the world.

Q&A with Dr. Wanda Cassidy on Cyberbullying and the Promotion of Positive Online Behaviour
Dr. Cassidy is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Director of the Centre for Education, Law and Society (CELS). She is also the Faculty's leading expert on cyberbullying.

Q&A with Dr. David Kaufman on AGE-WELL
As one of the co-leaders in the AGE-WELL NCE project, Kaufman tells us more about the project and his collaboration with other researchers.

Dr. Lucy Le Mare Discusses The Romanian Adoption Project – A 25-year Longitudal Study
Dr. Le Mare reveals the importance of her Romanian Adoption Project's impact on research, education and adoption communities.

New Faculty Research

Dr. Yumiko Murai on Creative Learning, Re-envisioning Pedagogy and Assessment

Dr. Yumiko Murai’s research focuses on designing and studying technological tools, programs, and environments that support learner motivation and confidence through online and in-person creative activities. She shared her journey from a music educator to a researcher and how her experiences from her music classes inspired her to pursue an Ed.D and to explore creative learning approaches in education. Read more

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Dr. Geneviève Brisson on Plurilingualism, Transnational Identity and Scribjab
Geneviève Brisson is an assistant professor in Language and Literacy and Francophone Education at SFU. Since joining the Faculty of Education in the Fall of 2017, she has been busy working on a variety of research projects, teaching in the French module of the PDP (Professional Development Program) and contributing to the next generation of researchers by sitting on master and doctoral committees. She has recently come back from participating in the AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Angel Lin on Classroom Language Education
Dr. Angel Lin is a Professor in the Faculty of Education and Canada Research Chair in Plurilingual and Intercultural Education. Dr. Lin's current research focus is language use in the classroom. She is exploring new theoretical horizons in classroom language education, beginning with the ways that formal teaching and the use of standardized national languages are in tension with ordinary language use.

Dr. Alanaise Goodwill Shares Her Experiences as an Indigenous Psychologist and Educator
Dr. Goodwill, Registered Psychologist in British Columbia (BC), joined the Faculty of Education in September 2017 as an Assistant Professor in the Counselling Psychology program. She is an Indigenous scientist-practitioner and educator who uses decolonization lenses to mental health practices by addressing serious manifestations of colonial violence.

Implementing Indigenous Perspectives in Courses in the Professional Development Program with Dr. Pooja Dharamshi
Dr. Dharamshi talks with us after recently concluding the data collection phase for her project funded by a grant from the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD).

Dr. Masahiro Minami Discusses Japanese Morita Therapy
Dr. Minami, Assistant Professor, joined the Faculty of Education in May 2016. Currently, he serves as the Assistant Secretary General for the International Committee for Morita Therapy.

Visiting Scholar

Visiting Scholar Koichi Haseyama on Multiculturalism, Globalization, and Curriculum Development

Koichi Haseyama is a visiting scholar and a PhD candidate at the faculty of Education, SFU. He also holds an Assistant Professor position in Tsurukawa College, Tokyo, Japan. Having a successful educational enterprise, Haseyama’s decision to pursue a PhD was solely driven by his interest to further his knowledge in education. Read more

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Dr. Gary Barkhuizen on Exploration of Narrative Inquiry
Dr. Gary Barkhuizen is a visiting lecturer from the University of Auckland. His public seminar, Reflections on an Exploration of Narrative Inquiry, talked about a longitudinal narrative inquiry of the identity of a Hong Kong study abroad student and drew on a broad overview of the field of narrative inquiry in applied linguistics. Throughout the seminar, Dr. Barkhuizen referenced his work on core dimensions in narrative inquiry from his chapter in the Handbook on Research Methods in Applied Linguistics, published by Routledge.

Dr. Hoy-Yong Kim - Reflections on Korean & Canadian Educational Systems, Philosophies & Approaches
Dr. Hoy-Yong Kim is a visiting scholar from Pusan National University in South Korea where he was the Dean of the Institute of General Education. Dr. Kim is also the Editor in Chief for the Korean Journal of Educational Philosophy. This is his second visiting scholar appointment at Simon Fraser. He is working with Dr. Heesoon Bai on projects related to the re-humanization of classroom environments through dialogue and an ethic of care.

Dr. Zhiying Zhong on Ecolinguistics
Dr. Zhiying (Maggie) Zhong is a visiting scholar in the Faculty of Education, SFU and a professor in the School of Foreign Languages of South China Agricultural University. Dr. Zhong began considering a visit to SFU after a previous visiting scholar told her how she enjoyed her time abroad here, and as it happened, this turns out to be a prime place to pursue her studies in ecolinguistics.

Dr. Margaret Sallee Visits SFU from the University of Buffalo
Five years ago Sallee collaborated editing a journal with SFU education professor Rebecca Cox. Today Sallee is a faculty member at the University at Buffalo in New York state and was a visiting scholar in the SFU’s Faculty of Education from September until October 2017.

Dr. Helena Brandão Viana Returns to SFU
Dr. Helena Brandão Viana from Centro Universitário Adventista de Sāo Paulo, Brazil is working with Prof. David Kauffman from December 2016 until June 2017 on the AGE-WELL research project into older adults and their relationship with new technologies.

Student Research

Dr. Jing Li on Transformative Pedagogy: Public Places as Educational Sites and Community Building

Dr. Jing Li recently completed her PhD from the Faculty of Education from SFU. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, critical pedagogies, critical multiliteracies in (non)formal educative contexts, and community research in art, culture, and education. She shared her doctoral journey, her research interests and the projects she is currently involved in. Read more

Dr. Poh Tan on How Different Epistemologies Have Converged in Her Research and Why It Is Important

With a PhD in Experimental Medicine, Dr. Tan is completing her second PhD in Educational Theory and Practice at SFU. Her research focuses on the development of scientific literacy through Indigenous Hawaiian epistemology. She was editor-in-chief of SFU Educational Review Journal, and is the inaugural recipient of the Dean of Education Kris Magnusson’s Emerging Leaders Graduate Award for leadership and advocacy for positive change in education. In this interview, Dr. Tan shares valuable insights with us about her research, and experiences in academia. Read more

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Jacqueline Barreiro on Storytelling, Pedagogy, and Post Humanism
Jacqueline Barreiro, doctoral candidate in SFU’s Curriculum Theory and Implementation program, Sessional Instructor for the Faculty of Education, and Associate Editor of SFU’s graduate-run Educational Review Journal. Her doctoral inquiry focuses specifically on the educational implications of posthumanist theories as pedagogical tools of critique. Informing her scholarship is over twenty years of experience as teacher and principal in the K-12 system and at the University level in the United States, Ecuador, and Canada. Jacqueline was particularly transformed by her experience working as a teacher, and then principal, at a school in the rural Ecuadorian Andes. The culmination of Jacqueline’s experiences orients her towards engaging in research and pedagogical practices that improve conditions for students.

Bronwen McCann on Collaborative Program Evaluation and Community-Engagement
Bronwen McCann is a Master’s student in the Arts Education program. She is passionate about early childhood education, particularly curriculum development that bridges the divide between arts and outdoor education.

Jovita Vytasek on Writing Analytics Software
Jovita Vytasek is a doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and works in the Educational Psychology Laboratory. She presents us with a new topic modelling software application designed to help writers with revision.

Dominic Trevisan, PhD student, Co-authors Most Read Education Research Article in 2017
After completing his master’s here at SFU, Dominic decided to pursue his PhD in Educational Psychology. “I wanted to study in a heavily research-focused program, but with opportunities to conduct practical research in educational and other applied settings.”

Current PhD Student Dr. Poh Tan Focuses Her Research on Developing Scientific Literacy in Young Children
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Poh Tan did not have an easy childhood. Domestic violence was a reality in her family. Yet, with a strong passion for science, she was determined to overcome her home problems and through perseverance and motivation she became a stem cell specialist.

Annette Rouleau's Inspirational PhD Journey
Ms. Annette Rouleau started her PhD in Mathematics Education in September 2014. She admits having conflicted feelings when Prof. Peter Liljedahl first asked her to be his PhD student. However, she has since met the challenge head-on.

Retiree Research

Dr. Robin Barrow Urges Educators to Think about What It Means to Be “Well-educated” and What It Means for Their Teaching

Dr. Robin Barrow was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada in 1996 and has contributed significantly to the field of educational philosophy. He served as Dean of Education at SFU for ten years and is a professor in the Philosophy of Education since 1982. Throughout his academic career, he has authored 23 books (and editor of three) and has published over 100 articles in academic journals, in the fields of philosophy, classics, and education. He was also Andrew Lloyd Webber’s first librettist on his first musical, Cinderella Up the Beanstalk and Most Everywhere Else. Read more

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Dr. Kelleen Toohey  on Language Learning and Scribjab
Dr. Kelleen Toohey is a Professor Emerita at Simon Fraser University. Her research has focused on language learning, especially the learning of English as a second language by children. She is one of the originators for the app, Scribjab, a multilingual tool to create and share digital stories.

Dr. Selma Wassermann on Teaching for Thinking, the Age of Disinformation, and Children’s Moral Dilemmas
Selma Wasserman is a Professor Emerita in the Faculty of Education. A writer, educator, and researcher, Selma is noted for her work in the areas of child-centered education, teaching for thinking, and teaching with the case method. With an extensive publishing record, her most recent works include, Teaching in the Age of Disinformation (2018), What’s the Right Thing to do?: Promoting Thoughtful and Socially Responsible Behavior in the Early Childhood Years (2019), and Evaluation Without Tears: 101 Ways to Evaluate the Work of Students (to be released in 2020).

Dr. Cheryl Amundsen on Academic Development
Dr. Cheryl Amundsen is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, as well as the Founder, and Past Director, of the Institute for the Study of Teaching and Learning in the Disciplines (ISTLD), where she developed the Teaching and Learning Grants program. Cheryl's research has focused on how university professors develop pedagogical knowledge in relationship to their subject matter, how they come to understand teaching (and graduate supervision), how they make instructional decisions including the integration of various technology applications and the effects of these from the learner's perspective. She was the Principal Investigator, for a twelve-year longitudinal study (2006-2018) entitled, Developmental Trajectories of Doctoral Candidate Through New Appointee: A Longitudinal Study of Academic Identity Construction.

Dr. Adam Horvath – An Update on Research Work Post-Retirement and the Challenges & Opportunities of Data Sharing
Dr. Adam Horvath is professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at SFU. During his academic career, he has published over 100 articles, presented over 200 conference papers, written chapters for edited volumes, and authored a book. He is also a registered psychologist and has an active practice as a psychotherapist.

“Thinking the Unthinkable, Imagining the Impossible, and Discussing the Improbable”: SFU’s Philosophers’ Café
Written by Dr. Meguido Zola, Professor Emeritus, discussing his participation with SFU’s Philosophers’ Café, and his inspiration for creating an FoE Retirees’ Research Fund proposal to explore Philosophers’ Café at greater depth.

Prof. Sharon Bailin's RRF Research Activities
Prof. Sharon Bailin is a recipient of a grant from the Retirees’ Research Fund (RRF). The RRF began in 2014 with the aim of supporting on-going research, scholarly activities and dissemination by retirees who formerly held tenured appointments within the Faculty of Education. Dr. Bailin provides a brief report of her RRF research activities.