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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
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 Education; Psychology and cognitive sciences; Health sciences; Motor Behaviour (Motor Expertise, Learning, and Development); Human Performance; Physical Activity; Knowledge Translation and Mobilization; Indigenous Physical Activity and Health; Long-Term Athlete Development; Childhood Development
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
Chua, Romeo School of Kinesiology Other natural sciences; Human sensorimotor control; Visual-motor control
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
Cole, Peter Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Indigenous Education Research; Aboriginalizing/indigenizing research methodology; Orality; Narrativity; Environmental thought; Indigenous self-determination and self-governance; Traditional Aboriginal and Indigenous technologies
Corella Morales, Meghan Department of Language & Literacy Education Other languages and literature; Academic Discourse; Children and youth; Discourse Analysis; Language ideology; Sociolinguistics

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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: Cortex
UBC Author(s): Nicola Hodges (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00109452
Volume: 178
Page Range: 18-31
Publication Date: September 2024

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Publication: Learning and Instruction
UBC Author(s): Guofang Li (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 09594752
Volume: 92
Publication Date: August 2024

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Publication: The Lancet Respiratory Medicine
UBC Author(s): Michael Koehle (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 22132600
Volume: 12
Page Range: 509-510
Publication Date: July 2024

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Publication: Cognitive Development
UBC Author(s): Sterett Mercer (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 08852014
Volume: 71
Publication Date: 1 July 2024

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Publication: American journal of physiology. Heart and circulatory physiology
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 327
Page Range: H28-H37
Publication Date: 1 July 2024

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Publication: Philosophical Inquiry in Education
UBC Author(s): Samuel Rocha Perkerwicz (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 31
Page Range: 78-90
Publication Date: 10 June 2024

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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: Health Education Journal
UBC Author(s): Paeivi Kumpulainen (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00178969
Volume: 83
Page Range: 437-449
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Sleep Health
UBC Author(s): Lianne Tomfohr-Madsen (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 10
Page Range: 316-320
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: IRAL - International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching
UBC Author(s): Joanna Cannon (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 0019042X
Volume: 62
Page Range: 1009-1037
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Journal of Applied Biomechanics
UBC Author(s): Kayla Fewster (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10658483
Volume: 40
Page Range: 201-208
Publication Date: June 2024

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Publication: Journal of sport & exercise psychology
UBC Author(s): Erica Bennett (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 46
Page Range: 177-181
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Medicine and science in sports and exercise
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 56
Page Range: 1168-1176
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Journal of applied physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985)
UBC Author(s): Michael Koehle (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 136
Page Range: 1507-1515
Publication Date: 1 June 2024

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Publication: Nordic Journal of Comparative and International Education
UBC Author(s): Cash Ahenakew (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 8
Publication Date: 24 May 2024

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Publication: Circulation
UBC Author(s): Jillianne Code (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00097322
Volume: 149
Page Range: E1176-E1188
Publication Date: 14 May 2024

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Publication: European Journal of Psychological Assessment
UBC Author(s): Jennifer Shapka (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10155759
Volume: 40
Page Range: 195-203
Publication Date: 1 May 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: Canadian Journal of Chemical Engineering
UBC Author(s): Derek Gladwin (Language & Literacy Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00084034
Volume: 102
Page Range: 1688-1704
Publication Date: May 2024

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Publication: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 07493797
Volume: 66
Page Range: 819-831
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 Adolescent Research
UBC Author(s): Anusha Kassan (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 07435584
Volume: 39
Page Range: 571-611
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 cognitive psychotherapy
UBC Author(s): Bruno Zumbo (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 38
Page Range: 169-184
Publication Date: 16 April 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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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
2024 Dr. Aslanimehr conceptualized exile as an internal force carried within, hindering recognition. Her work explored the tension between self-understanding and how others perceive us. Applied within academia, she challenges the theory of recognition by emphasizing attentive listening attuned to the unique experiences that may send the self to exile. Doctor of Philosophy in Human Development, Learning, and Culture (PhD)
2024 Dr. Strich explored students' experiences with place at their school located in the Skagit Valley, Washington State. Students shared stories of meaningful places during walking and stationary interviews. Findings reveal place as a multi-dimensional inquiry, layered perspectives and understandings, and highly contextual to each person and place. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Saito investigated students learning mathematics in English at a Canadian school and in Japanese at a weekend Japanese school. He found that multilingual learners recognize the differences in curricula between the two countries. His study helps us to understand that there are curricular and linguistic differences in mathematics across countries. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Beattie elicited young children's perspectives on outdoor learning, which revealed the importance of acknowledging children's agency, creating physical connections with sticks and other natural objects, and acknowledging place as an agentic teacher to foster meaningful and effective learning across the curriculum. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Baldus' research studies contribute to correspondence and art practices that acknowledge the tension between individual experience and that collective thinking which happens across different kinds of distance and variation. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Bailey examined PATH implementation for individuals with disabilities in a BC secondary school. Findings included, PATH features, accountability, barriers, and positive impacts, with recommendations for improvement and theory-practice integration in future studies. Doctor of Philosophy in School and Applied Child Psychology (PhD)
2024 Dr. Kostandy examined a networked movement of Egyptian public school teachers on Facebook. Her research reveals teachers' material, moral and legal conditions. She proposes a framework to understand the notion of justice in the Global South. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Zhang studied mathematics problem-solving and self-regulated learning in young students participating in after-school robotics programs. He observed that these children approached problem-solving through iterative processes, engaging in experimentation, assessing their ideas, setting goals, and self-correcting their efforts toward finding solutions. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Hardman listens to stories from Indigenizers applying Indigenous Storywork principles and her own Sto:lo teachings to understand deeply and interact with these stories. Storywork Listening shines light on six themes for Indigennizing. We learn that it is not easy but it is possible to Indigenize the Future: One Heart at a Time. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2024 Dr. Heaslip examined the unsolicited help receiving experiences of persons with visual impairments, targeting what is and isn't helpful during these interactions. The prominent themes identified were consent, assumptions, courtesy, consideration and respect. Findings were used to generate recommendations for navigating these complex interactions. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)

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