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)
- 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.
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|
|Anderson, David||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), Museum Education, Visitor Studies, Informal Learning, Metacognition, Science Education, Long-term Memory, Nostalgia|
|Anderson, Ann||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||Math education|
|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|
|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||Language Acquisition and Development, International Development, Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.), early literacy, literacy and international development, libraries and education|
|Beauchamp, Mark||School of Kinesiology||Social Determinants of Health, Health Promotion, Quality of Life and Aging, Mental Health and Society, Physical Activity, Health Psychology, Exercise Psychology, Sport Psychology, Group Processes, Leadership, Intervention, Social Cognition, Older Adults, Children|
|Bedi, Robinder||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Educational Counselling, Substance use counselling, Counselling/psychotherapy in India, Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Indo-Canadians, Asian Indian Americans, and Indians, Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues|
|Belliveau, George||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Theatre, Arts-based research|
|Blouin, Jean-Sebastien||School of Kinesiology||Sensorimotor Integration, Motor System, Robotics and Automation, Trauma / Injuries, Physiology, Sensorimotor physiology, Standing balance, Balance robot, Sensory virtualisation, Computational approaches, Head and neck, Whiplash injuries|
|Borgen, William||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling|
|Bournot-Trites, Monique||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Teaching and Learning Systems, Bilingualism, French immersion, Language Assessment, Intercultural communication, Reading|
|Boushel, Robert||School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice||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||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 & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Counsellor Stress, Narrative Inquiry, School Counselling, Traumatic Stress|
|Bundon, Andrea||School of Kinesiology||Social Contexts, disability, sport, Paralympics, sociology, critical disability studies, social media|
|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|
|Butler, Deborah||Department of Educational & Counselling 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|
|Cannon, Joanna||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Special Education and Social Adaptation, Teacher Education, Educational Approaches, Speech and Language Development Disorders, Language Acquisition and Development, Cognition and Language, Literacy Training, Education of Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Students who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing with complex language or cognitive needs|
|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|
|Clark, Penney||Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy||history education, Curriculum Studies Research, History Education and Historical Consciousness, History of Education, Pedagogy, Social Studies Education Research|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Career decision-making of immigrant young people who are doing well : helping and hindering factors (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Cancer's margins : sexual and gender marginality and the biopolitics of knowledge (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Is what’s mine also yours? financial integration in non-married cohabiting adults : a phenomenological study (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Dialogue in radical hospitality : creating meaning of democratic education through dialogic cooking (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Using activity theory and expansive learning to co-construct understandings of competencies in K-12 education in British Columbia (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Restorying the wounds of education : vulnerability, hope, and the (queer) child (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Parent relational processes with coaches and athletes in early specialization sport (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Exchanging stories : a narrative ethnography of immigrant seniors’ English language learning experiences. (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Genetic essentialism, cognitive functioning, and leadership behaviour (Kinesiology - MA)
Subjectivity in the folds : education, media practices, and environmental activism amongst more-than-human pleats (Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education - PHD)
Learning taqwa : a mother's search for stories for her daughter (Educational Studies - MA)
Assessment and training of physical literacy in early childhood educators (Kinesiology - PHD)
The story of an idea : moving with a playmaking education (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Navigating family caregiving for dementia : the joint actions and projects of family members (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Exploring a combined instructional and self-regulatory intervention for math anxiety (School Psychology - MA)
Thinking who we are becoming : a collage of possibility for teachers (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Poetic inquiry : my journey in language (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Seeking alternative pathways : an exploration of school engagement from the perspectives of marginalized youth (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Public Humanities Hub Launch – Call for Slideshow Submissions
For the official launch of the Public Humanities Hub (PHH) in October, celebrating recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. For the official launch event in October, the PHH would like to celebrate recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. One of...
LLED Scholarship Stories: Dr. Ryuko Kubota
September 11, 2019 For the second episode of the Scholarship Stories series we are happy to introduce Professor Dr. Ryuko Kubota. Her research focuses on critical approaches to culture, race, and pedagogy in language education. Her many publications have appeared in Applied Linguistics, Critical...
Vanessa Andreotti elected to Royal Society of Canada
September 11, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), who was recently elected to Royal Society of Canada as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Founded in 2014, the College is a handpicked selection of...
Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on receiving the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral) Award
[ September 10, 2019 Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on being awarded the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral)! Simangele Mabena – PhD in LLED, Supervisors: Dr. George Belliveau and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Congratulations, Simangele! Learn more about the award here. Read more
UBC Scholarly Publication Fund
Deadline(s): 4:00 PM October 15, December 15, March 15, and June 15. Purpose The UBC Scholarly Publication Fund is established under the auspices of the Vice-President, Research & Innovation in order to assist UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan faculty members with the costs of scholarly...
SSHRC+CIHR+NSERC Healthy Cities Research Training Platform
DEADLINES December 3: UBC ORS December 10: ResearchNet The Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) are jointly funding a national Healthy Cities Research Training...