For over 50 years, the Faculty of Education has served the international education community through leadership in research, service, and advocacy. Our faculty, students, and alumni advance research on learning and teaching; collaborate with Indigenous communities; and solve human problems across the lifespan and in diverse contexts. Our internationally renowned scholars and talented graduate students link educational research to local and global community needs, inform theory, practice and policy, and introduce innovative research methods.
We prepare professionals for practice in a wide range of education-related fields, from preschool through adulthood. In British Columbia, more than 45% of the province’s elementary teachers, the majority of secondary teachers, and a significant proportion of BC’s special needs and First Nations teachers, counsellors, school administrators, school psychologists, and vocational rehabilitation counsellors, are prepared by the UBC Faculty of Education for their important roles.
- Centre for Culture, Identity and Education (CCIE)
- Centre for Group Counselling and Trauma (CGCT)
- Centre for Intercultural Language Studies (CILS)
- Centre for Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in Autism (CIRCA)
- Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training (CHET)
- Centre for Sport and Sustainability (CSS)
- Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness (CSHC)
- Centre for the Study of Teacher Education (CSTE)
- Edudata Canada
- Indigenous Education Institute of Canada
- Institute for Early Childhood Education and Research (IECER)
- Psychoeducational Research and Training Centre (PRTC)
We provide outstanding research facilities for faculty and graduate students that promote leading-edge research. Our Education Library is a specialized resource with access to all of UBC’s research and special collections, including the X̱wi7x̱wa Library with materials produced by Indigenous organizations, tribal councils, schools, researchers and publishers.
We have also broken ground on BC’s most exciting new centre for education. Education Centre at Ponderosa Commons will be over 32,000 sq ft of distinct Faculty of Education space within the Ponderosa Commons Phase 2 complex, one of five live-work-learn communities proposed for the UBC campus.
Opening in January 2016, Education Centre will showcase the merging of our academic mandate with innovation, and will feature technology-enhanced teaching and learning spaces, an Education Research and Learning Commons, informal learning spaces, and will be the new home of two of our academic departments, Educational Studies (EDST) and Language & Literacy Education (LLED).
Notable strengths are in literacy, struggling and marginalized youth, Indigenous education and research, transformational curriculum design, social-emotional well-being, autism, kinesiology and exercise physiology, and multidisciplinary research in diversity, health, and digital media.
We are the national leader in the number of education graduate student fellowships received from the Social Sciences and Humanities research council (SSHRC), and are home to 4 Canada Research Chairs and 10 donor-funded research chairs and professorships.
Schools / Departments
- Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (ECPS)
- Curriculum and Pedagogy (EDCP)
- Educational Studies (EDST)
- Language and Literacy Education (LLED)
- Kinesiology, School of (HKIN)
Graduate Degree Programs
Research Supervisors in Faculty
|Name||Academic Unit(s)||Research Interests|
|Abdi, Ali||Department of Educational Studies||Citizenship and human rights education, International Development Education, Multi-centric Philosophies and Methodologies of Education, postcolonial studies in education, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education|
|Ahenakew, Cash||Department of Educational Studies||Cultural studies, Higher Education, Indigenous Studies, Leadership and Organizations, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education|
|Amundson, Norman||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||Creativity, imagination and metaphors|
|Anderson, Jim||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Children and youth, cross-cultural education, early childhood, languages and literary education, linguistic minorities education, literacy, sociological issues, writing and reading|
|Anderson, David||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Museum Education, Visitor Studies, Informal Learning, Metacognition, Science Education, Long-term Memory, Nostalgia|
|Anderson, Ann||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Math education|
|Andres, Lesley||Department of Educational Studies||Equity, Higher education, International and Comparative Education, International comparative higher education, Life Course research, Lifelong learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Sociology of Education, Sociology of Higher Education|
|Asselin, Marlene||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Children's literature,language and literacy education, school and community libraries|
|Beauchamp, Mark||School of Kinesiology||Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children|
|Bedi, Robinder||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||Substance use counselling, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/mental health with Indo-Canadians, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues|
|Belliveau, George||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Theatre, Arts-based research|
|Blouin, Jean-Sebastien||School of Kinesiology||sensorimotor physiology, Sensorimotor physiology, balance, whiplash, human balance,|
|Borgen, William||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling|
|Bournot-Trites, Monique||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Second language acquisition, French as a second language, French immersion, Core French, French schools, learning content in second language, language assessment, second language literacy (reading especially, intecultural competence, teacher education in second language, Bilingualism and bilingual education|
|Boushel, Robert||School of Kinesiology||Kinesiology|
|Bredin, Shannon||School of Kinesiology||human motor learning, expertise and development, physical education, teacher preparation and effectiveness, Human motor behaviour (motor learning, development, and expertise), life span physical activity and health, physical and health literacy, health knowledge, health-related physical fitness, interactive gaming, telehealth, psychomotor markers of performance|
|Bryson, Mary||Department of Language & Literacy Education, Institute for Gender, Race, Sex and Social Justice||technology, media, cultural studies, gender, queer theory, deviance studies, post-colonial pedagogies, Sociology, Women's Studies, Education, media and gender, media and education|
|Buchanan, Marla||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress|
|Bundon, Andrea||School of Kinesiology||Digital qualitative research, Disability, Disability sport, Paralympics, Qualitative methodologies, Social and new media, Sport and exercise culture.|
|Butler, Deborah||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||special education, learning disabilities, inclusive educational practices, intervention research for students with learning disabilities, Collaboration and co-regulation in teachers' professional learning, collaborative professional development models, learning disabilities in adolescence and adulhood, mathematics, metagocnition and self-regulated learning, research methods in educaiton, strategic performanc ein reading, writing|
|Butler, Joy||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||action research, human movement, physical education, teacher development, Action Research, Assessment, Children & Youth, Curriculum Studies Research, Pedagogy, Teacher Education Research, Teacher Research|
|Cannon, Joanna||Department of Educational & Counseling Psychology, and Special Education||language and literacy acquisition of students who are d/Deaf and hard of hearing (DHH) and struggling readers|
|Carpenter, Mark||School of Kinesiology||neural control of movement, fear of falling, Neural control of movement, postural control, fears of falling, balance disorders, Parkinson's disease|
|Chan, Jennifer||Department of Educational Studies||transnational social movements, international and comparative education, Japanese civil society, Islam in multicultural societies, Adult education, Citizenship and democracy, Gender studies, International and Comparative Education, Multiculturalism, Post-colonial studies|
|Chua, Romeo||School of Kinesiology||Human perceptual-motor control, vision and action, perceptual-motor compatibility, coordination|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
The story of an idea : moving with a playmaking education (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
What hinders and helps individuals accessing healthcare services for Fibromyalgia : a critical incident study (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Narrating intimate partner violence : reclaiming Indigenous women's voices (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Role redefinition as autonomy support : a narrative inquiry (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Exploring definitions of social justice : a qualitative study of moral dialogues with university students (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Following the enlivening thread : the experience of providing Christian spiritual direction (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
How is attunement, disruption, and repair experienced by the therapist in an attachment-focused approach to psychotherapy? (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Afrocentric education : what does it mean to Toronto’s black parents? (Educational Studies - PHD)
Building teacher resilience : relations of self-compassion among teacher efficacy and burnout (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
The establishment and expansion of the International Baccalaureate (IB) in British Columbia, 1974-2016. (Social Studies Education - MA)
The writing center as a global pedagogy : a case study of a Japanese university seeking internationalization (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Teamwork in sport (Kinesiology - PHD)
The experience of unemployment in primary wage earners (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Young adult males' evaluation of their sexual health education : an enhanced critical incident technique analysis (Counselling Psychology - MA)
The development of anxiety in children with autism spectrum disorders (School Psychology - PHD)
The effects of a reading fluency and multisyllabic decoding strategy on reading skills (School Psychology - MA)
More than a tape-recorder : negotiations of English language teacher identities in the JET Program in Japan (Modern Languages Education - MA)
How do Yukon Indigenous people define healing from the residential school experience? (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Contested imaginaries of global justice in the internationalization of higher education (Educational Studies - PHD)
You are my mirror : one teacher’s autobiographical narrative inquiry into mental illness (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Academic and neuroimaging outcomes of school-based reading interventions (School Psychology - PHD)
Chinese pride? searching between gendered diasporas and multicultural states (Educational Studies - PHD)
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