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.

For over half a century the Faculty of Education at UBC 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 also 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.

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. 

Research Highlights

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

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Name Academic Unit(s) Research Interests
Hare, Jan Department of Language & Literacy Education Aboriginal youth mobility, Aboriginal family and community perspectives on early literacy, literature, identity construction and urban Aboriginal youth, Cultural studies, early childhood, first nations education
Haverkamp, Beth Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Counselling Process Research, Ethics and Professional Issues, Research Design
Henry, Annette Department of Language & Literacy Education race, language, culture in education; equity and diversity, Cross-cultural education, feminist studies, gender, international perspectives, multiculturalism, policy studies
Hodges, Nicola School of Kinesiology Psychology - Biological Aspects, action anticipation and observation, coaching, skill acquisition, Motor learning
Holbrook, Cay Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education special education, Special education, education of students with visual impairments, instruction in Braille reading and writing
Hubball, Harry Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Physical Education Program, Strategic Educational Leadership Development in International Research-intensive Settings, Research-informed and Evidence-based Approaches to Learning-centred Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Program Reform, Scholarship of Curriculum & Pedagogical Practices in Higher Education
Hubley, Anita Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Depression, Drug Abuse, Social Determinants of Health, Homelessness and Homeless People, Mental Health and Society, Quality of Life and Aging, Cognitive Neuropsychology of Aging, Social Aspects of Aging, Executive Functions, Dementia, Aging Process, Identity Building, Learning and Memory, Psychological and health measurement, Test development and validation, Adult neuropsychological, personality, and mental health topics and assessment, Research with general community and vulnerable populations (e.g. elderly, homeless, drug addicted)
Hurd, Laura School of Kinesiology Social Aspects of Aging, Social Determinants of Health, Loss of Independence, Identity Building, Participatory research, Quality of Life and Aging, Sexuality, Stereotypes, Aging Process, Aging, health, Gender, body image, embodiment or embodied experience, disability, chronic illness or chronic conditions, Assistive technology, gender identity, sexual orientation, Physical Activity, qualitative methods, LGBTQ older adults, media representation, ageism, heterosexism, ableism, sociology of aging, social gerontology
Hymel, Shelley Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Social Contexts, Social Determinants of Child and Youth Development, Socialization, Violence, Social Networks, Educational Approaches, Learning and Development Approaches, social development, peer relations in children and youth, school violence, bullying and victimization, Social Emotional Learning, mental health and wellbeing, interpersonal relations among children and youth
Inglis, J Timothy School of Kinesiology Exercise science, neurophysiology, biomechanics, stance and balance control, human microneurography, physical therapy and rehabilitation, vestibular system
Irwin, Rita Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Teacher Education, Arts, Literature and Subjectivity, Social Impact of Artistic Education, Education, Arts Education, arts based research, a/r/tography
Ishiyama, Ishu Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Multicultural/Cross-cultural Counselling and Psychotherapy, Multicultural Counselling Competency Development, Anti-discrimination and Prejudice Reduction, Japanese Morita Therapy and Asian Perspectives on Helping and Healing, Social-Cultural Competency Training, Self-Validation Issues in Personal and Cross-cultural Transition and Adjustment, Social Anxiety and Interpersonal Skills Training, Spiritual Issues in Counselling, Help-Seeking and Help-Avoiding, Use of Metaphors in Counselling and Supervision, Clinical Racism Issues in counselling Training and Practice
James, Susan Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Cultural Psychology & Psychotherapy, Immigrant Mental Health & Culture Specific Syndromes, Philosophical Psychology, Spirituality & Psychotherapy
Jamieson, Janet Ruth Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Education of deaf and hard of hearing students
Jenson, Jennifer Department of Language & Literacy Education Digital Cultures and Education, Digital Games, Game-based Learning, Gender, technology, Technology Implementation and integration, Online Learning
Kassan, Anusha Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Child and youth mental health, Social justice, Multiculturalism and diversity, Feminist-multicultural pedagogy, migration experiences across different populations, cultural and social justice competencies
Katz, Jennifer Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Inclusive Education, The Three-Block Model of UDL, Universal design for learning (UDL)
Keenan, Harper Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Educational Context, Teacher Education, Gender, race, sexuality, Colonialism, early childhood and elementary education
Kelly, Deirdre Department of Educational Studies Children and youth, Gender studies, Media and democracy, Social justice, Sociology of Education
Kendrick, Maureen Department of Language & Literacy Education literacy, digital literacy, Children and youth, ESL, international perspectives
Khan, Samia Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy science education, teaching and learning, cognition, digital technology, learning space design, case study, higher education, Educational Technologies, Science Education, Teacher Education
Kindler, Anna Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy art education; artistic and aesthetic development; teacher education
Knight, Vicki Floyd Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Applied Behaviour Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Developmental Disabilities, Single-Case Research, Academic Interventions, Instructional Strategies
Koehle, Michael School of Kinesiology, Department of Family Practice Physiology, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, Environment and Respiratory Diseases, Respiratory System, Exercise physiology, environmental physiology, sport and exercise medicine, air pollution, Sport and Exercise Medicine, Environmental Physiology, Altitude
Kramer, John School of Kinesiology Neuromechanical, Systems Biology, Exercise & Health

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Recent Publications

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


Publication: Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
UBC Author(s): Cynthia Nicol (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14926156
Volume: 20
Page Range: 175-181
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
UBC Author(s): Cynthia Nicol (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14926156
Volume: 20
Page Range: 182-189
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
UBC Author(s): Michael Marker (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14926156
Volume: 20
Page Range: 288-296
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
UBC Author(s): Daniel Cox (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00223018
Volume: 208
Page Range: 510-513
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Journal of veterinary medical education
UBC Author(s): David Anderson (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 0748321X
Volume: 47
Page Range: 250-262
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Journal of strength and conditioning research
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education), Michael Koehle (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 34
Page Range: 1625-1633
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
UBC Author(s): Cynthia Nicol (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education), Susan Gerofsky (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14926156
Volume: 20
Page Range: 190-204
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Journal of Physiology
UBC Author(s): William Sheel (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00223751
Volume: 598
Page Range: 2281-2282
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: JAMA Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Mark Beauchamp (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 2168622X
Volume: 77
Page Range: 555-556
Publication Date: June 2020

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Publication: School Mental Health
UBC Author(s): Sterett Mercer (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education), Jennifer Katz (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 18662625
Volume: 12
Page Range: 323-335
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Educational and Psychological Measurement
UBC Author(s): Bruno Zumbo (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 00131644
Volume: 80
Page Range: 476-498
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment
UBC Author(s): Amery Wu (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 07342829
Volume: 38
Page Range: 389-401
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: Remedial and Special Education
UBC Author(s): Vicki Floyd Knight (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 07419325
Volume: 41
Page Range: 152-164
Publication Date: 1 June 2020

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Publication: BMC Public Health
UBC Author(s): Guy Faulkner (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 20
Publication Date: 27 May 2020

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Publication: Educational Action Research
UBC Author(s): Yuen Sze Michelle Tan (Curriculum & Pedagogy / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 09650792
Volume: 28
Page Range: 443-461
Publication Date: 26 May 2020

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Publication: Canadian Journal of Higher Education
UBC Author(s): Amy Metcalfe (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 50
Page Range: 68-81
Publication Date: 4 May 2020

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Publication: Journal of Visual Impairment and Blindness
UBC Author(s): Kim Zebehazy (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 0145482X
Volume: 114
Page Range: 231-236
Publication Date: 1 May 2020

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Publication: Journal of Applied Physiology
UBC Author(s): Cameron Mitchell (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 87507587
Volume: 128
Page Range: 1346-1354
Publication Date: May 2020

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Publication: Personality and Mental Health
UBC Author(s): Daniel Cox (Educational & Counselling Psychology & Special Education / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 19328621
Volume: 14
Page Range: 227-239
Publication Date: 1 May 2020

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Publication: Journal of Adult and Continuing Education
UBC Author(s): Thomas Joda Sork (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 14779714
Volume: 26
Page Range: 125-148
Publication Date: 1 May 2020

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Publication: Molecular Psychiatry
UBC Author(s): Eli Puterman (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 13594184
Volume: 25
Page Range: 1141-1153
Publication Date: 1 May 2020

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Publication: Journal of Studies in International Education
UBC Author(s): Sharon Rebekah Stein (Educational Studies / Faculty of Education)
ISSN: 10283153
Volume: 24
Page Range: 151-166
Publication Date: 1 May 2020

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Publication: Frontiers in Physiology
UBC Author(s): Jean-Sebastien Blouin (School of Kinesiology / Faculty of Education)
Volume: 11
Publication Date: 24 April 2020

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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
2020 Dr. McBride's research focused on women's experiences of wellbeing during the menopausal transition, shifting the discourse from a biomedical and pathology focused perspective to one of developmental growth and thriving. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Lutz examined the effectiveness of a group therapeutic model to support military veterans and first responders in their transition from active duty to civilian life. His research will inform the development of effective programs that will improve the quality of life for the men and women who have been in service domestically and abroad. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2020 In this study, Dr. Conteh investigated University of Botswana first-year students' instruction and use of digital technologies. Participants' uneven digital literacy skills, as well as various resource challenges, suggest a need for more effective integration of technologies in order to foster students' academic and professional success. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2020 Dr. Gautreaux examined how activist teachers in Chicago are fighting for both education justice and racial justice. She showed how teachers experience tension and disagreement on the topics of race, police violence, and the definition of social justice unionism. Her findings will inform future research in racial justice and social justice unionism. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2020 Dr. Waldman studied the politics of the development of a sport-focused gated community in India. She found that colonial legacies of sport influenced the design of the community, that violent dispossession made land available for development, and that flexible interpretations of law privileged some individuals and land uses over others. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2020 Dr. Mang developed an anti-whiplash car seat that adjusts seat hinge and seatback deformation to mitigate the risk of whiplash injuries following low-speed, rear-end collisions. The anti-whiplash seat reduces occupant head and neck responses evoked by low-speed rear-end collision, paving the way for safer cars in the future. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2019 Applying arts-based methods, Dr. Stooshnov researched the relationship between virtual reality (VR) and drama within literacy learning. He compared VR technology to historical theatre practices by creating a dramatic dialogue between past and future. This work considers the educational possibilities of interactive engagement in a virtual classroom. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2019 Dr. Warner studied the effect of medications on recovery after spinal cord injury. Using secondary data, she performed analyses to identify the beneficial effects of a specific drug, as well as map the progression of pain after injury. Her research contributes to the search for treatments after spinal cord injury and their potential clinical applications. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Wu researched on the theory of Poetic Inquiry and conducted a poetic inquiry of his own experience in language. Poetic Inquiry is seemingly about ourselves, but it extends to people around us and the world. Poetic inquirers write about themselves to explore the nature of being human. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2019 Dr. Zhao designed a 3D virtual learning environment to facilitate participants' acquisition of cultural competence and explored the participant experiences in this environment. This study assists us in understanding the process of cultural competency acquisition and how to facilitate cultural competency acquisition effectively in the 3D virtual environment. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)

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