Dr. Paule Desgroseilliers

"I had always wanted to do a doctorate in French and the program provided the opportunity to carry out my studies while continuing to work."

Year Graduated: 2012

Program/Degree: Doctorat en leadership éducationnel (EdD)

Throughout her teaching career, Paule’s focus on integrated curriculum and ongoing professional development has led to workshops and presentations on her work and beliefs constructed from her experience, dialogue with colleagues in the field and her independent research. She received the Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal for her thesis titled, Étude des représentations du bilinguisme et du français langue seconde chez des apprenants en Colombie-Britannique (2012). She was a member of the first French cohort in the Doctorat en leadership éducationnel program. Thesis writing was a frustrating and invigorating challenge, an opportunity to question and clarify her beliefs in Canadian bilingualism and to articulate in clear language the outcomes and conclusions of her research.  Her research interests continue to be second language acquisition for students and French language training for teachers. She is intent on designing curriculum materials to stimulate reading for French as a Second Language (FSL) students and to enhance opportunities for authentic oral and cultural communications.

Please tell us how you first discovered your program.

SFU publicity in the schools.

Please tell us why you chose the Faculty of Education at SFU for your studies.

I had always wanted to do a doctorate in French and the program provided the opportunity to carry out my studies while continuing to work.

Who is a faculty member you have enjoyed working with and why?

I enjoyed working with all four faculty members involved in the program (Dr. Diane Dagenais, Dr. Marianne Jacquet, Dr. Danièle Moore, and Dr. Cécile Sabatier). Their approaches were quite distinctive and a reflection of their educational backgrounds and research experiences. Their greatest common quality was their flexibility as we were all working professionals with families and demanding occupations.

What do you miss most about your graduate studies in the Faculty of Education?

The friendships gained in the cohort and the intellectual stimulation arising from the readings and the lively class discussions.

What would you say to prospective students who are considering graduate school in the Faculty of Education?

It is a demanding program but consistently stimulating and rewarding.

Dean of Graduate Studies Convocation Medal Winner 2013