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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 Comparative and cross-cultural education; Decolonizing philosophies of education, Development education, Critical research methodologies,; Human rights 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, 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; Investigating counselling and psychotherapy as Western cultural healing practices; Counselling psychology disciplinary and professional issues in Canada; Heterodox issues in counselling psychology that challenge its dominant narratives and sacred ideas; Counselling/psychotherapy/mental health with Punjabi/Sikh individuals; Neglected topics in the Psychology of Men and Masculinity
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; Art museum education; Art education
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
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
Cloth, Allison Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Adolescence, Adolescent development, Child and Family Counseling in School Settings, Interventions, Mentoring, Program Evaluation, Social Justice, Young People Placed
Code, Jillianne Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Curriculum, pedagogy and didactics; Specialized studies in education; Educational Context; Educational Technologies; Formative assessment; Immersive learning; Learner agency; Learning and Memory; Learning design; Self-efficacy; Self-regulated Learning; Situated and embodied cognition; Virtual augmented and mixed reality for learning; Virtual learning environments

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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: Advances in physiology education
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 48
Page Range: 238-251
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Acta Psychologica
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00016918
Volume: 245
Publication Date: May 2024

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Publication: Teaching and Teacher Education
UBC Author(s): Kerry Renwick (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 0742051X
Volume: 142
Publication Date: May 2024

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Publication: Journal of Transport and Health
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 22141405
Volume: 36
Publication Date: May 2024

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Publication: Journal of Affective Disorders
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 01650327
Volume: 351
Page Range: 231-242
Publication Date: 15 April 2024

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Publication: Pain Reports
UBC Author(s): Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 9
Page Range: E1137
Publication Date: 7 April 2024

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Publication: Adapted physical activity quarterly : APAQ
UBC Author(s): Andrea Bundon (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 41
Page Range: 205-228
Publication Date: 1 April 2024

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Publication: Vocations and Learning
UBC Author(s): Alison Taylor (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 1874785X
Volume: 17
Page Range: 1-19
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Perceptual and Motor Skills
UBC Author(s): Desmond McEwan (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00315125
Volume: 131
Page Range: 568-588
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 21973792
Volume: 11
Page Range: 815-825
Publication Date: April 2024

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Publication: Body Image
UBC Author(s): Erica Bennett (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 17401445
Volume: 48
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
UBC Author(s): Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 01468693
Volume: 49
Page Range: 195-206
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Sociology of Sport Journal
UBC Author(s): Liv Yoon (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 07411235
Volume: 41
Page Range: 68-80
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Qualitative Inquiry
UBC Author(s): Marla Buchanan (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10778004
Volume: 30
Page Range: 318-332
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: eNeuro
UBC Author(s): Hyosub Kim (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Mental Health and Physical Activity
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 17552966
Volume: 26
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Early Childhood Literacy
UBC Author(s): Paeivi Kumpulainen (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14687984
Volume: 24
Page Range: 3-19
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of physical activity & health
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 21
Page Range: 294-306
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Applied physiology, nutrition, and metabolism = Physiologie appliquee, nutrition et metabolisme
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 49
Page Range: 405-410
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Physical Activity and Health
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 15433080
Volume: 21
Page Range: 256-265
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of Employment Counseling
UBC Author(s): Chan Jeong Park (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00220787
Volume: 61
Page Range: 2-17
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: Journal of counseling psychology
UBC Author(s): Daniel Cox (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00220167
Volume: 71
Page Range: 115-125
Publication Date: 1 March 2024

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Publication: Current Psychology
UBC Author(s): David Anderson (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10461310
Volume: 43
Page Range: 11411
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: TESOL Quarterly
UBC Author(s): Ron Darvin (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00398322
Volume: 58
Page Range: 334-362
Publication Date: March 2024

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Publication: International Journal of Education Through Art
UBC Author(s): Rita Irwin (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 17435234
Volume: 20
Page Range: 69-89
Publication Date: Mar 2024

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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
2023 The Squamish Nation afforded Dr. Nelson a collaborative community project exploring how youth identify and access support for mental health and wellness. Concrete examples of what youth do to support themselves through engagement in Indigenous practices and the use of Western strategies help us learn how to provide more responsive support to youth. Doctor of Philosophy in School and Applied Child Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Fuchs examined how secondary science teachers engaged in and with research as forms of professional development. Focusing on socio-scientific issues like climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, his work offers frameworks for promoting social responsibility in science learning contexts. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Chen combined experimental and probability-based computational approaches to study how the brain integrates motion sensations into perceived self-motion. His research advanced our knowledge in sensory processing at both the individual neuron and sensory organ levels, offering insights for future works in neuro-prosthetics and rehabilitation. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Baitz examined the relationship between early experiences of trauma and later relational problems in young adulthood, such as cyber dating violence, insecure attachment, limerence, and internalizing symptoms. Her work informs therapeutic practice by illustrating how early trauma influences young adult relationships in the context of technology. Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD)
2023 Dr. Ahmadian investigated the potential cardiovascular benefits of breathing low oxygen in a rodent model of spinal cord injury. His works lay the foundation for future translational hypoxia therapies to help restore blood pressure control in individuals living with spinal cord injury. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Huang explored the transition experiences of military veterans as they pursued post-secondary studies. The findings from the research are intended to nurture cultural awareness for the unique needs of this population, as well as to enhance practices and policies on Canadian campuses towards better supporting this student population. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2023 Dr. Schrewe examined medical education policies to understand how physicians are formed to work for health equity in Canada. Based on these findings, he argued that the training system be re-designed to educate physicians as medical citizens who use their medical expertise to work for the equitable distribution of the public good of health care. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Kwon's research focused on the education of students who are deaf and hard of hearing with disabilities. She investigated considerations of parents and teachers regarding educational eligibility, placement, and intervention. Her studies increase knowledge and understanding of how to effectively support these learners, their families, and schools. Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education (PhD)
2023 Sanctioned by First Nation organizations in BC, Dr. Padam's pioneering work in online Indigenous educational technology programs led to in-person knowledge sharing with 90 of the 203 Indigenous communities throughout BC. His autobiographical research reflects upon past and current local BC Indigenous realities as exemplified nationally by the TRC. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2023 Dr. Gendron explored gay, bisexual, and queer men's narrative positioning in sexual stories using an innovative reflective storytelling method. Focusing on perceived possibilities and pleasures in sex, Dr. Gendron's research offers a critical response to existing frameworks that regulate sex between men and socialize men away from connection. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)

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