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, 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||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|
|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||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, 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|
|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 & 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
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)
Assessing teachers' knowledge and confidence of spelling instruction (Special Education - MA)
Neuromechanics of neck muscles : implications for whiplash injury (Kinesiology - PHD)
Making sense of organizational and occupational identities of management and professional staff at the University of British Columbia (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Wellbeing in the workplace among Indigenous people : an enhanced critical incident study (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Predictors of self-esteem in adults who are homeless or unstably housed (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Motor learning through a social lens (Kinesiology - PHD)
Mount Gariwang : an Olympic casualty (Kinesiology - PHD)
An experimental investigation of group processes in witnessing bullying (School Psychology - PHD)
Interpersonal problems and social adjustment : comparing avoidant and borderline personality disorder symptoms (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Stories of success in career decision-making : listening to Indigenous women (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Educators of young children and knowledge of trauma-informed practice (Early Childhood Education - MA)
Beyond the binary : how secondary students express gender-variant identities (Educational Studies - MA)
A case for complexity : contextualizing places of learning in early childhood education for sustainability (Educational Studies - MA)
Marketing childhood : a Foucauldian discourse analysis of elementary dress codes (Educational Studies - MA)
Intentional and unintentional injuries : an analysis of child and youth injuries as body, mind, and context for the determination of intent (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
Toward responsive participatory art museum practices (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
To be broken open : a critical inquiry into international service learning and global engagement (Educational Studies - PHD)
Esfarrapados : a Freirean study (Educational Studies - MA)
Processes of academic source-based writing in graduate school : a socio-pedagogical approach to students' interactions with source texts (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Welcome to Dr. Lindsay Gibson
July 2, 2019 We are delighted to welcome a new tenure-track appointment to the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Dr. Lindsay Gibson comes to us as an Assistant Professor of Social Studies Education from the University of Alberta. His research focuses on various aspects of history and social...
CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chairs
The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support in-depth investigations in the field of sex and gender science by promoting a cadre of discipline-specific Chairs to increase visibility and drive innovation in their respective fields. The initiative will grow the science across health...
The Whitworth Award
The Whitworth Award for Education Research was first presented in 1967, and was made possible through a generous financial donation by Dr. Fred Whitworth, a former Director of the Canadian Council for Research in Education. It has, since then, recognized individuals who have made a sustained and...
Syllabus Service—New Service for Processing Course Reserves (Fall, 2019 – Winter, 2020)
June 6, 2019 UBC Library is pleased to offer a Syllabus Service in conjunction with Library Online Course Reserves (LOCR). The Syllabus Service allows you to submit your syllabus directly to UBC Library so we can add your readings and other learning resources to LOCR, which is integrated with...
Congratulations to John Nanson for winning the 2019 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award!
May 29, 2019 The Dean of UBC Faculty of Education, Dr. Blye Frank announced Mr. John Nanson as the winner of the 2019 UBC Faculty of Education Alumni Teacher Award. John Nanson has been the Community School Coordinator at Edmonds Community School since 2016 and before that he was the Access...
Welcome to LLED, Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos!
May 30, 2019 The Department of Language and Literacy Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Valia Spiliotopoulos will be joining LLED on August 1, 2019, as a tenure-track Instructor. Dr. Spiliotopoulos has a wide range of experience and expertise in education, and will focus her teaching and...