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.
  • 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. Cheryl Amundsen on Academic Development
    Dr. Cheryl Amundsen is a Professor Emerita 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. 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. 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.