Upcoming Research on Teaching and Learning Event

October 7, 2015

You are invited to an upcoming research on teaching and learning session –

Research Ethics from a Research on Teaching and Learning Perspective

Monday, October 19,  10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 122, Weldon Library

In this session, Grace Kelly (Ethics Officer – Non-Medical REB & Health Sciences REB Delegated) will discuss common research ethics issues that arise for faculty members who do research on their teaching and ways that you can best address these issues before submitting your ethics protocol. She will also outline recent changes to Western’s REB processes and how they will impact your submissions. Please join the Teaching Support Centre for this discussion of ethical issues in research on teaching and learning.

Enrolment is limited.  Please register at https://www.lib.uwo.ca/tsc/calendar/view_program.php?id=765

Comparative and International Education Conferences: Why, Where and How (to apply)?

October 6, 2015

Are you interested in learning more about attending academic conferences? Do you want to know which ones focus on comparative and international education research? Would you like to get some ideas about submitting proposals and presenting papers at conferences? Then please join us for our first Researching International and Comparative Education (RICE) talk on:

Comparative and International Education Conferences: Why, Where and How (to apply)?

Marianne Larsen, current secretary of the CIES (Comparative and International Education Society) and past-President of the CIESC (Comparative and International Education Society of Canada) will provide you with all the information you need to plan out which comparative and international education conferences are the best ones for you to attend at this stage in your academic career. Graduate students who have attended these conferences will speak about their experiences and provide insight about the world of international education academic conferences.

Thursday, October 8th at 2:30 p.m.
Community Room (1139),  Faculty of Education
Snacks will be provided!

This event is sponsored by  RICE (Research in Contemporary and International Education) Group. If you would like to join the group, please email mviczko@uwo.ca to be added to our list serve.

Research Ethics – Tips to Speed up the Approval Process

October 6, 2015
Tips for a Successful Ethics Application
Thursday, October 15, 2015
12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Faculty of Education Building, Community Room 1139

The session will begin with greetings from Mark Daley, Acting AVP of Research. Panel members will present, and there will be time for questions/discussion. Steve Bird, Faculty of Education’s Associate Dean of Research, will MC and act as Moderator.

Panel members:
Riley Hinson, Chair, Non-Medical Research Ethics Board
Erika Basile, Director, Research Ethics
Grace Kelly, Ethics Officer
Faculty of Education Research Ethics Board Members

Although organized by the Faculty of Education, it is open to, and will be of interest to all Western University Researchers submitting ethics applications to the Non-Medical Research Ethics Board.

Feel free to bring your lunch; we will provide coffee and cookies. Please RSVP to tbeynen@uwo.ca

2015 CERI Annual Research Symposium

September 22, 2015

2015 Centre for Education Research and Innovation (CERI)
Annual Research Symposium

Tuesday, September 29, 2015
8:00 am – 5:00 pm
Registration and Breakfast begins at 7:30 am
Windermere Manor – 200 Collip Circle, London, ON

Registration is now open

CERI would like to extend an invitation to faculty, residents, medical and graduate students who are interested in education research in the health professions to join us at their Annual Research Symposium.

The 2015 keynote will be Dr. Cees van der Vleuten, PhD, Professor of Education, and Chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Prof. Cees van der Vleuten, PhD has been at the University of Maastricht since 1982. In 1996 he was appointed Professor of Education and chair of the Department of Educational Development and Research in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences. Since 2005 he has been Scientific Director of the School of Health Professions Education. His primary expertise is in evaluation and assessment. He has published widely in this domain, holds numerous academic awards, including several career awards. He serves frequently as a consultant internationally. He mentors many researchers in medical education and has supervised more than 70 doctoral graduate students. In 2010 he received a Dutch royal decoration for the societal impact of his work and in 2012 the Karolinska Prize for Research in Medical Education.

In addition to presenting the keynote lecture: “Assessment: A Key Tool in Health Professional Education”, Dr. Cees van der Vleuten will also be presenting an afternoon workshop entitled: “How learning may drive assessment: a personal journey”

For more information regarding the keynote presentation, the workshop and Dr. van der Vleuten, please visit this link

Please click on this link for the Registration web page.
All presenters must register for the Conference

Please note, space is limited for the Keynote Workshop and registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-registered basis. A wait-list may be created for the Keynote Workshop.
Please click on this link to register for the Workshop.

Faculty Seminar Series: Dr. Zheng Zhang

September 16, 2015

The Changing Landscape of Literacy Curriculum in a Sino-Canada Transnational Education Program: An Actor-Network Theory Informed Case Study

Dr. Zheng Zhang
Faculty of Education

Thursday, September 17, 2015
12:00—1:00 pm
Room 1010, Faculty of Education

All are welcome. Bring your lunch and we will supply coffee and cookies.

Please RSVP to tbeynen@uwo.ca


This seminar concerns an exploratory and interpretive case study of the literacy curricula in a Canadian transnational education program (pseudonym: SCS) delivered in China where Ontario secondary school curricula were used at the same time as the Chinese national high school curricula. Using ethnographic tools and actor-network theory, the study sought to understand and conceptualize the constituents, movements, and effects of the institutional, programmatic, and classroom literacy curricula in the program. The study found that many actors were responsible for the various and interrelated forms of literacy curricula from institutional to classroom. Actors included neoliberalism, educational entrepreneurs, and a philosophy of connecting the East and the West, which in particular affected the institutional curriculum. Major findings concern the instability of this novel form of transnational curriculum-making when it was translated into programmatic and classroom curricula. Throughout the descriptions of these actors and translations, the seminar highlights how the changing commitments and interests that mobilized SCS’s literacy curricula eventually enabled and constrained certain forms of literacy and identity options for SCS students. The seminar also addresses the possibilities illuminated by the network movements of cross-border curricula.

Faculty Seminar Series 2015-16

September 8, 2015

Please save the dates for the Faculty of Education Seminar Series. The talks promote and celebrate the research of members of the Faculty. The below titles are preliminary only and full details will be announced closer to the dates of each talk.
All talks will be held in Room 1010 at the Faculty of Education.

Dr. Zheng Zhang, Faculty of Education
The Changing Landscape of Literacy Curriculum in a Sino-Canada Transnational Education Program: An Actor-Network Theory Informed Case Study
Thursday, September 17, 2015, 12:00—1:00 pm

Dr. Marianne Larsen, Faculty of Education
International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities
October 29, 2015, 1:00—2:00 pm

Dr. Jordan Fairbairn,  Faculty of Education
Using Social Media for Prevention of Violence Against Women: Implications for Educators
November 26, 2015, 12:00—1:00 pm

Dr. Chloe Hamza, Faculty of Education
Elucidating Pathways to Suicidal Behavior Among Students: Is Nonsuicidal Self-Injury a Marker of “Double Trouble” for Suicidal Risk?
January 21, 2016, 12:00—1:00 pm

Dr. Melody Viczko, Faculty of Education
Researching Policy in Education
February 24, 2016, 1:30— 2:30 pm

Drs. Debra Dawson & Ken Meadows, Teaching Support Centre
Part- and Full-Time Faculty Members’ Perceptions of Institutional Teaching Culture
March 24, 2016, 12:00—1:00 pm

Guest Presentation: Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools

July 13, 2015

Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools: A School Effectiveness Imperative

Professor Karen Weston
Columbia College, Missouri

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:30 pm
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP to Tina Beynen, tbeynen@uwo.ca

The K-12 School Effectiveness Framework (2013) outlines the critical components of supporting student academic success and well-being and serves as a guide to quality assessment and improvement. However, “academic success” and “well-being” often remain separate from one another in school initiatives to improve student outcomes, which leads to fragmentation and duplication of efforts. Moreover, teachers are often left out of initiatives to promote well-being, although their well-being is instrumental to achieving the academic mission of schools and the cultivation of a healthy school environment. Creating a comprehensive system of student and teacher supports that integrates mental health promotion activities and services into the daily academic operations of a school can strengthen school improvement efforts and lead to increased student success and teacher effectiveness. This presentation will focus on the development of such a comprehensive system and highlight interconnections to the Effectiveness Framework.


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