Faculty Research Spotlight

  • Pivot and Flex: Faculty of Education Researchers Highlight the Impacts and Inequities of the Pandemic
    Faculty of Education researchers pivot their ongoing research to highlight inequities exaggerated by the pandemic on vulnerable populations, gaining valuable insight into the impact of public health measures on teachers, students and their families. For the past year, people have been forced to deal with public health measures and restrictions brought about by the global SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The effect on education is highly visible, with school closures, remote learning, and social distancing. However, impact hits further than empty classrooms and busy computer screens. Faculty of Education researchers dig deeper, pivoting their ongoing research to draw attention to these hidden impacts.
  • Connecting with Nature: Learning to be a Part of the Dance
    What is education? What is the purpose of education? Can the current education system help sustainable co-living with nature? These are some of the questions that have been floating around in the academic discourse of educational philosophy for some time. Dr. Mark Fettes and Dr. Sean Blenkinsop address these issues in their research and envision the education system to be inclusive of nature, community, people, and to be guided by the principles of imagination, inquiry, and justice.
  • Dr. Phil Winne on Learning Sciences, Self-regulated Learning and the Necessity of Doing Research
    Dr. Phil Winne (PhD, Stanford) is Distinguished SFU Professor of Education and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the American Educational Research Association, the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, and the Canadian Psychological Association. Formerly a 2-term Tier I Canada Research Chair, he researches self-regulated learning, metacognition and learning analytics; and develops software technologies to support learners and gather big data for learning science.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Lynn is co-editor of several books including Arresting Hope (2014), Releasing Hope (forthcoming) and Exploring Curriculum: Performative Inquiry, Role Drama and Learning (2008). As a co-investigator for the ASC! Art for Social Change research project (2013-2019), Lynn 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. Dr. Fettes is fluent in Esperanto – the international language that led him to later work in First Nations language maintenance and revitalization, and from there to education.
  • 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.