The Faculty of Education at UBC is advancing educational research and understanding in ways that celebrate diversity, equity, and innovation, and welcomes international collaboration in an increasingly borderless world.

UBC’s Faculty of Education, one of the world’s leading education faculties, has served the local, national, and international education community through leadership in research, teaching, service and advocacy for more than 60 years. As the largest Faculty of Education in British Columbia, it plays a critical and influential role in the advancement of education in the province, shaping and participating in education’s possibilities and potential as a social good. 

Today, the Faculty of Education creates conditions for transformative teaching, innovative learning, and leading-edge research guided by the highest standards of scholarship and the principles of collaboration, social justice, inclusion and equity. Offering undergraduate and graduate programs, as well as professional development opportunities, the Faculty of Education enrolls thousands of students each year on two campuses and ranks 10th in the world, according to QS World University Rankings (2021).

UBC’s Faculty of Education prepares more than 45% of the elementary and the majority of secondary educators in British Columbia, and a significant proportion of British Columbia’s school counsellors, administrators, special education professionals, and school psychologists. With more than 57,000 alum located in 100 countries, the UBC Faculty of Education truly is a global entity. 

The Faculty of Education is home to four departments (Curriculum and Pedagogy, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education, Educational Studies, and Language and Literacy Education) and two schools (the School of Kinesiology and the Okanagan School of Education).

Mission
To advance education's role in the well-being of people and communities.
 

Research Facilities

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.

The Faculty’s Education Research and Learning Commons at Ponderosa Commons features technology-enhanced teaching and learning spaces and also informal learning spaces. A number of faculty manage their own research labs, situated throughout campus. 

Many of our PhD students have been selected as UBC Public Scholars and have received other honours.

Research Highlights

https://ivet.educ.ubc.ca/Notable strengths are in literacy education and multilingualism; struggling and marginalized youth; Indigenous education, decolonization, and research; transformational program and curriculum design and inclusive pedagogies for schools, community organizations and higher education; sexual orientation and gender-identity inclusive education; social-emotional learning and well-being; autism; exercise physiology, socio-cultural aspects of health; neuromechanical studies; and multidisciplinary research in diversity, health, early childhood education, and digital media. The School of Kinesiology ranks 1st in Canada and 4th in the world by QS World University Rankings (2021).

UBC’s Faculty of Education is the national leader in the number of education graduate student fellowships received from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). Additionally, the Faculty of Education is home to six Canada Research Chairs, one CIHR chair and nine donor-funded research chairs and professorships. 

Graduate Degree Programs

Research Supervisors in Faculty

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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
Ahmed, Anwar Department of Language & Literacy Education Languages and literature
Anderson, Ann Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Math education
Anderson, David Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Curriculum, pedagogy and didactics; Science, technology and engineering curriculum, pedagogy and didactics; Specialized studies in education; Cultural Institutions (Museums, Libraries, etc.); Informal Learning; Long-term Memory; Metacognition; Museum Education; Nostalgia; Science Education; Visitor Studies
Andres, Lesley Department of Educational Studies Higher education; life course research; international comparative higher education; sociology of higher education
Beauchamp, Mark School of Kinesiology Kinesiology; social determinants of health; Health Promotion; Quality of Life and Aging; Mental Health and Society; Children; Exercise Psychology; Group Processes; Health Psychology; Intervention; Leadership; Older Adults; Physical Activity; Social Cognition; Sport Psychology
Bedi, Robinder Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Counselling psychology; The Contextual Model of Counselling/Psychotherapy / Viewing Psychotherapy as a Cultural Practice; Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues; Counselling/psychotherapy in India; Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Punjabi/Sikh individuals
Belliveau, George Department of Language & Literacy Education Art education, drama education, pedagogy, teacher research
Bennett, Erica School of Kinesiology Sport and exercise psychology; stress, emotion, and coping; Aging; sport; chronic illness; disability; Physical Activity; community and critical perspectives in physical activity psychology
Berard, Marie-France Publics; Artistic and Literary Theories; Social Impact of Artistic Education; Educational Approaches; Emerging Forms of Art; Cultural Industries; Modes and strategies of dissemination
Blouin, Jean-Sebastien School of Kinesiology Kinesiology; sensorimotor integration; Motor System; robotics and automation; Trauma / Injuries; Physiology; Balance robot; Computational approaches; Head and neck; Sensorimotor physiology; Sensory virtualisation; Standing balance; Whiplash injuries
Borgen, William Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Career Counselling, Career/life transitions, Developmental approaches to counselling, Group counselling
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
Brunner, Lisa Higher education; Policy and policy administration; Law and legal practice; Sociology of education; Postcolonial systems and colonialism studies; immigration; Higher Education
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 Kinesiology; Social Contexts; critical disability studies; disability; Paralympics; social media; sociology; sport
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 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
Christensen, Carly Special education and disability; Inclusive education, special education, culturally-responsive special education, transition planning
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

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Recent Publications

This is an incomplete sample of recent publications in chronological order by UBC faculty members with a primary appointment in the Faculty of Education.

 

Publication: Psychology of Sport and Exercise
UBC Author(s): Nicola Hodges (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14690292
Volume: 66
Publication Date: May 2023

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Publication: English for Specific Purposes
UBC Author(s): Ron Darvin (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 08894906
Volume: 70
Page Range: 101-115
Publication Date: April 2023

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Publication: Counseling Psychologist
UBC Author(s): Jan Hare (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education), Marla Buchanan (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00110000
Volume: 51
Page Range: 333-367
Publication Date: April 2023

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Publication: Family Journal
UBC Author(s): George Schanding (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10664807
Volume: 31
Page Range: 296-307
Publication Date: April 2023

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Publication: Health research policy and systems
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 21
Page Range: 18
Publication Date: 2 March 2023

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Publication: Acta Paediatrica, International Journal of Paediatrics
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 08035253
Volume: 112
Page Range: 469-476
Publication Date: March 2023

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Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 20
Publication Date: March 2023

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Publication: Psychodynamic psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Daniel Cox (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 51
Page Range: 114-123
Publication Date: 1 March 2023

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Publication: Journal of Voice
UBC Author(s): Nicola Hodges (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 08921997
Volume: 37
Page Range: 290.e17-290.e24
Publication Date: March 2023

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Publication: International Review for the Sociology of Sport
UBC Author(s): Shawn Forde (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10126902
Volume: 58
Page Range: 411-427
Publication Date: March 2023

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Publication: Mental Health and Physical Activity
UBC Author(s): Robinder Bedi (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education), Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 17552966
Volume: 24
Publication Date: March 2023

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Publication: Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
UBC Author(s): Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 13561294
Volume: 29
Page Range: 59-68
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
UBC Author(s): Eli Puterman (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 16617827
Volume: 20
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Journal of Physiology
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00223751
Volume: 601
Page Range: 669-687
Publication Date: 1 February 2023

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Publication: Journal of Physiology
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education), Michael Koehle (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00223751
Volume: 601
Page Range: 689-702
Publication Date: 1 February 2023

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Publication: Experimental Physiology
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 09580670
Volume: 108
Page Range: 296-306
Publication Date: 1 February 2023

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Publication: Qualitative Inquiry
UBC Author(s): Leyton Schnellert (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10778004
Volume: 29
Page Range: 295-304
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Counseling Psychologist
UBC Author(s): Robinder Bedi (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00110000
Volume: 51
Page Range: 180-209
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Research in Science Education
UBC Author(s): Samia Khan (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 0157244X
Volume: 53
Page Range: 59-79
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: PLoS ONE
UBC Author(s): Mark Beauchamp (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education), Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 18
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Research in Developmental Disabilities
UBC Author(s): Janet Ruth Jamieson (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 08914222
Volume: 133
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Qualitative Inquiry
UBC Author(s): George Belliveau (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10778004
Volume: 29
Page Range: 343-353
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Qualitative Inquiry
UBC Author(s): George Belliveau (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10778004
Volume: 29
Page Range: 267-276
Publication Date: February 2023

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Publication: Journal of Cardiac Failure
UBC Author(s): Jillianne Code (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10719164
Volume: 29
Page Range: 181-192
Publication Date: February 2023

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Recent Thesis Submissions

Doctoral Citations

A doctoral citation summarizes the nature of the independent research, provides a high-level overview of the study, states the significance of the work and says who will benefit from the findings in clear, non-specialized language, so that members of a lay audience will understand it.
Year Citation Program
2022 Dr. Sah examined how policies for English-medium education are created and implemented in multilingual schools. He showed that policymaking processes are not always educational but ideological and political, which perpetuate injustice and inequalities for minority groups. The research highlights implications for a multilingual education policy. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2022 What role do universities play in society beyond education and research? Dr. Wood critically examined the relationship between society and UBC's health faculties, departments and schools. Her research highlights the social contract between the university and society and its potential to play an advocacy role toward its improvement. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2022 Dr. Kanagasingam interviewed social justice-oriented clinicians and their patients to examine how social justice is understood, enacted, and experienced in weight-related clinical care. The study presents an alternative to the dominant approach of treating obesity and offers practice-oriented insights for weight-inclusive and equitable care. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Munro examined relational processes between sexual and gender minority youth and their parents, and how these processes contribute to the youth's identity formation. Findings show a dynamic and goal-oriented identity construction process and provide insight into complex relationship processes that facilitate youth identity construction. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Wolf developed an affective conception of thinking through the work of Gilles Deleuze as a new theory and practice of an education for thinking. Especially in relation to Matthew Lipman's philosophy for children approach, the pedagogical consequence is a thinking that is more inclusive and sensitive to context leading to a richer sensibility. Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD)
2022 Dr. Glick examined how public mass gun violence (PMGV) is linked to histories of colonization. She illustrates how PMGV does not begin the moment the trigger is pulled and provides alternative social practices that could alleviate the violence and promote peace. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2022 Dr. Kluttz studied decolonial learning that takes place in the climate justice movement as non-Indigenous activists work with Indigenous communities in opposition to the fossil fuel industry. She found it to be a process of learning to think, be, and do differently that can only take place in relationship with others and through social action. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2022 Dr. Ryoo studied the question of what it means to act for amor mundi, the love of the world, at the intersections of art, aesthetics, education, philosophy,and politics. Her study invites us to examine commonly held conceptions in these disciplines and in our daily lives to understand our ethical, educational, social, and political responsibilities. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2022 Dr. Rice examined the developmental trajectories of young athletes to understand multi-sport vs. single sport approaches to sport. He found that athletes value and are trying to participate in multiple sports through seasonal specialization, but greater cooperation and harmonizing of messaging is needed between sport bodies. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2022 Dr. Phuong Mai Huynh integrates the Zen views of life unto a pedagogy of home-inquiry that is inner discovery of one's subjective world. Through meditative, eco-poetic inquiry, she presents a pedagogy that reflects the embodied way of being, living, working, and creating in response to one's home-nature. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)

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