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 & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Creativity, imagination and metaphors|
|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/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 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, Assessment, Intercultural communication, Reading|
|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 & Counselling 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, 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|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
A pedagogy of water : restorying the Rio Grande/Rio Bravo (Educational Studies - PHD)
Pornography, spectatorship, and sex education in the VCR era (Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education - PHD)
Supporting athletes' well-being in their competing journeys : identifying factors that promote positive body image (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Postural threat modulates human perceptions of balance-related movement (Kinesiology - PHD)
An autoethnographic exploration of being human through teaching and learning (Educational Studies - MA)
Bildung, psychoanalysis, and the formation of subjectivity in educational experience (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Sex differences in diaphragmatic fatigue (Kinesiology - PHD)
Quality of life, functional outcomes, and depression : 3 years following the onset of bipolar disorder. (Counselling Psychology - MA)
hiił kʷiiʔił siƛ (bringing something good from way back) : a journey to humanize post-secondary education (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Tracking changes in glutamate in response to prolonged noxious stimulation (Kinesiology - MSC)
A peer-mediated intervention for middle school students with autism spectrum disorder (Special Education - MA)
Learning digital citizenship in publics of practice : how adults learn to use activist hashtags on Twitter (Educational Studies - MA)
Beyond the Dusky Maiden : Pasifika women's experiences working in higher education (Educational Studies - PHD)
Phenomenological experiences of relationships among Indian females in caste-endogamous choice marriages (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Bridging the rural divide : an exploratory study of a medical school's rural applicants (Educational Studies - MA)
STEM outreach facilitation as a catalyst for 21st century teacher education (Science Education - MA)
Counsellors' attitudes towards working with clients with substance use disorders (Counselling Psychology - MA)
First year university student persistence : what helps and hinders, in their own words (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Examining early childhood gross motor skill proficiency in children born preterm (Kinesiology - MSC)
Visualizing visual literacy (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Is motivation enough? Confidence as a predictor of outcome in inpatient treatment for eating disorders (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Vestibular perception in adolescents with Idiopathic Scoliosis (Kinesiology - MSC)
The influence of sensorimotor loop delays in maintaining upright stance (Kinesiology - MSC)
LLED and UBC Education Library Book Drive 2018
November 16, 2018 – December 14, 2018 This year LLED has chosen an amazing local non-profit charity that strives to provide books for children in need, Books for Me! Literacy Foundation. In an effort to raise awareness of this organization and have a larger impact, we have received the...
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Trans-Atlantic Platform 2018 Social Innovation Call for Proposals
Note: Interested applicants please contact Robert Olaj in the ORE by November 23 to discuss proposal development support. The Trans-Atlantic Platform’s 2018 Social Innovation Call for Proposals, supports international projects that can contribute to increasing our understanding of societal...