Shastri Institute

August 11, 2015

The Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute is a binational organization that promotes understanding between India and Canada through academic activities and exchanges.

Shastri Research Grant (SRG)

The objective of SRG is to support collaborative research projects entailing academic mobility as well as capacity building between Indian and Canadian institutions.The research theme will build on issues concerning Social Sciences and Humanities subjects (i.e., anthropology, communications studies, economics, education, human geography, law, linguistics, languages and literature, philosophy, history and religion, political science, public administration, psychology, sociology and cultural studies), STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) including food security and sustainable development; water resource management; gender and health, bi-lateral trade and investment; energy and environment; securing future of children and youth and higher education mobility.

Value: Up to CAD$ 6,000/per project. (Contributions from the applicants’ institutions are encouraged).

More information…

Shastri Scholar Travel Subsidy Grant (SSTSG) SSTSG assist faculty members and graduate students with travel subsidies to participate in conferences, workshops, seminars and academic meetings within and between India and Canada with a view to establishing institutional and scholarly linkages.

Value: The Shastri Institute will provide up to CAD $1,000 to support the scholar’s international air fare (economy class).  Associated costs related to visas, meals, per diem and accommodation are not eligible under this grant.

More Information…

Deadline (for all above):

Faculty of Education Research Office: 1 week prior to agency deadline (2-3 weeks if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: no less than 5 days prior to agency deadline.
Shastri: October 15, 2015.

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development Services for institutional signatures, and are to be accompanied by a completed ROLA application.

Visiting Speaker – Dr. Icy Lee

May 12, 2015

Feedback in L2 writing: Issues, challenges and future directions

Dr. Icy Lee
The Chinese University of Hong Kong

 Thursday, May 28, 2015
3:00 – 4:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1139 (Community Room)

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:

Abstract: In a number of L2 contexts, writing teachers respond to single drafts of student writing, focus inordinately on errors, and dominate the entire feedback process. While such feedback approaches are considered ineffective and outdated, they are still being embraced as rules of thumb particularly in EFL contexts. With recent feedback research in L2 writing that generates useful insights about best feedback principles, and with a paradigm shift in assessment that places a greater emphasis on assessment for and as learning (i.e. using assessment to promote learning and to develop students’ self-monitoring capacity), such conventional feedback approaches are becoming more and more untenable, and change is warranted. Drawing on my own research conducted in Hong Kong secondary classrooms that address a range of issues, including teachers’ beliefs and practices regarding feedback, students’ reactions to teacher feedback, and teachers’ attempts at feedback innovation, I examine the problems and challenges teachers face as they respond to student writing, discuss implications for practice and research, and conclude with future directions for teacher education on feedback in L2 writing.

Bio: Icy Lee is Professor in the Faculty of Education at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). Her main research interests include second language writing and second language teacher education. She was formerly President of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics and Chair of the Non-native English Speakers in TESOL (NNEST) Interest Section of TESOL International Association. Her publications have appeared in international journals such as Journal of Second Language Writing, TESOL Quarterly, Language TeachingELT JournalCanadian Modern Language Review and System. She was a recipient of the 2013 TESOL Award for an Outstanding Paper on NNEST Issues, the 2010 TESOL Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the 1999 TESOL Award for Excellence in the Development of Pedagogical Materials. She was also a recipient of the 2008 Journal of Second Language Writing Best Paper Award for her article “Understanding teachers’ written feedback practices in Hong Kong secondary classrooms”.


Guest Speaker – Empowering Indigenous Youth in Pakistan

May 7, 2015

Development From Below: A Change Maker Journey of Creating Leadership Through Empowering the Indigenous Youth of Balochistan in Pakistan

Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari
Founding Director & President
Institute for Development Studies and Practices, Karachi, Pakistan

Monday, May 11, 2015
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Tina Beynen:

Brief Bio: Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhtaeri is a community development practitioner and educationist in Pakistan.  She began social work in a refugee camps after the ’71 war in Pakistan.  In the 80s, she led a UNICEF sponsored housing project installing pit latrines for three hundred thousand refugees in Orangi, Karachi.  In the mid 80s, she moved to Balochistan to launch a girls’ school movement. She established more than 1800 government girls’ primary schools in rural Balochistan, resulting in the enrollment of 200,000 girls — a record in Pakistan’s history.  In 1998, she established the Institute for Development Studies and Practices (IDSP).  In the words of Dr. Bakhtiari, IDSP “is a movement that opens Learning Spaces for the young majority population of Pakistan to empower them for generating and regenerating responses to the existing challenges of education, learning, livelihood, peace and pluralism”. Since the inception of IDSP she has conceptualized and completed several community development projects in Balochistan.   Her work has focused on education, sanitation, relief projects, and social activism. She was elected to the Asoka fellowship in 1999.  She was the recipient of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship in 2006 (IDSP, 2006).  She was one of the 100 prominent women in the world who were nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.


Seminar – Researching Identity and Learning in Transnational Settings

March 23, 2015

The day after his public lecture, Professor Fazal Rizvi will lead a seminar especially for graduate students as well as for faculty on researching identity and learning in transnational settings at 10 a.m. in Room 1010 (Tuesday, April 14).

Please RSVP to if you would like to attend and please send along an abstract of your (prospective) research study (one page max).

Visiting Speaker Talk – Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

March 13, 2015

Pedagogic Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism

 Dr. Fazal Rizvi
Professor in Global Studies in Education
University of Melbourne.

Monday, April 13th
2:00 – to 3:30 pm
Room 1139  (Community Room)
Faculty of Education


All are welcome. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to doctoral student Xi Wu:

Presented by Western Education’s Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) and the Research Office.

Abstract: Much of the literature on cosmopolitanism is couched in terms of highly normative values, with an invitation for educators to translate these values into effective pedagogy. This has resulted in a diverse, uneven and often conflicting set of educational practices. In this talk, I want to argue that a major problem with this approach to education is that it does not adequately take into account a sense of ‘everyday cosmopolitanism’ that already informs the multiple ways in which many young people engage the increasingly globalized world, though in a manner that is highly ‘situated’. I will discuss how an understanding of everyday cosmopolitanism creates a number of challenges for educators, but also opens up some new pedagogic possibilities.

Bio: Born in India, Professor Fazal Rizvi was educated in India, Australia and the UK, and is currently a Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne and an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. He is also a fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia and a board member of the Asia Education Foundation. He has published extensively on issues of identity and culture in transnational contexts, theories of globalization and education policy and more recently Indian higher education. His latest book is Globalizing Education Policy (Routledge 2010). His selected papers have recently been published under the title, Encountering Education in the Global (Routledge 2014).


Julie Byrd Clark- Named Editor In Chief

March 9, 2015

Julie Byrd Clark has just been named Editor in Chief, along with Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, and Regis Machart, Universiti of Putra Malaysia of the International Journal of Bias, Identity, and Diversities in Education.

Journal mission

IJBIDE investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education – from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities refer here to different identity markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social class and language. IJBIDE is clearly positioned within a non-essentialist and non-culturalist perspective. IJBIDE also aims to promote original research methods by linking up macro- and micro-approaches. The journal is fully blind peer reviewed by the best experts in the field and publishes empirical and conceptual research and case studies from around the world.
The journal formerly known as the International Journal of Education for Diversities has been picked up in less than 2 years by IGI Global ( in the U.S.

Research in International & Contemporary Education – Talk

January 28, 2015

The RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) Group is sponsoring a talk:

The Western University -University of Holguín Partnership Agreement

  Vilma Páez Pérez,
Professor, University of Holguín (Cuba)

Thursday, February 5th
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Bring  your lunch and learn all about the history, background and future plans for the long-standing partnership agreement between our two universities.


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 31 other followers