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.

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
Petrina, Stephen Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Adolescent Issues, Artistic and Aesthetic Development, Arts Education, Children & Youth, Cultural Studies, Curriculum Studies, Educational Technologies, Environmental Education, Higher Education, History of Education, Literacy, Media, Semiotics, Text Studies, Metacognition and Learning, Music, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Research Design and Method, Science Education, Social Cognition, Social Studies Education, Sociological Issues, Subcultures, Technology
Phelan, Anne Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Curriculum Studies, Feminist Studies, Pedagogy, Philosophy, Teacher Education
Pinar, William Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Education Systems, History
Poole, Wendy Department of Educational Studies Educational leadership and administration; Organizational change in education (reform of schooling); Teachers’ work; Teacher unions and teacher unionism; role of teacher unions in education, Leadership and organizations, Social justice, Teaching and Practice
Puterman, Eli School of Kinesiology Health Psychology, Stress physiology, Acute exercise, Exercise interventions, Physical Activity, Physical literacy, cellular aging, telomeres, chronic stress
Renwick, Kerry Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Teacher Education, Familial Contexts, Human and Social Ecology, Critical Pedagogy, Educational Policy, Home Economics, Health Education, Public health
Rocha Perkerwicz, Samuel Department of Educational Studies Philosophical Traditions in Education, philosophy of education
Rogers, Theresa Department of Language & Literacy Education Educational Approaches, Education, Literacy, Youth Studies, Children's and Adolescent Literature, Digital Literacies
Roman, Leslie Department of Educational Studies Ethnography, Cultural studies, Disability studies, Sociology of Education
Ross, E. Wayne Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Political Contexts, Social Contexts, Educational Approaches, Teacher Education, Curriculum Studies, Critical Pedagogy, Social Studies Education, Social Justice in Education
Ruitenberg, Claudia Department of Educational Studies Philosophical Traditions in Education, Educational Approaches, Social Impact of Artistic Education, Professional Ethics, Political Contexts, Political education; discourse and translation, Environmental philosophy and education
Schnellert, Leyton Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Community Research, Literacy, Literacy Education, Adolescent Literacy, Literacy Reading, Metacognition and Learning, Middle Years, Teacher Education Research, Teacher Professional Development, Practitioner Inquiry, Pedagogy, Rural Education, Inclusive education (Learning And Teaching), Culturally relevant pedagogy, Self-regulated Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Inquiry Based Learning, Learning Strategies, Transformative learning
Schonert-Reichl, Kimberly Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Children’s social and emotional development, empathy, moral development, bullying, risk and resiliency, adolescent stress and coping, transition to school, transition to adulthood (emerging adulthood), social and emotional learning in school, Social, emotional, and moral development of children and adolescents with an emphasis on identifying the processes and mechanisms that promote positive development
Shan, Hongxia Department of Educational Studies Adult education, Equity, Gender Studies, International and Comparative Education, Lifelong Learning, Policy, Research methodologies, Social justice, Teaching and Practice, Workplace learning
Shapka, Jennifer Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education Affective and Emotional Development, Cognitive Development, New Technology and Social Impacts, Technology, Media, Social Media, Adolescents, Cyberbullying, Self-regulation, Online Privacy
Sheel, William School of Kinesiology exercise science, Exercise science, exercise physiology, respiratory and cardiovascular physiology, athletic performance, cardiovascular
Shi, Ling Department of Language & Literacy Education Academic Writing, Second Language Writing, Teaching English as a Second Language Writing
Sork, Tom Department of Educational Studies Adult education, Lifelong learning, Teaching and Practice
Stack, Michelle Department of Educational Studies Adult Education and Continuing Education, Media and Society, Educational Context, university rankings, media education, Knowledge translation, student engagement, social justice and equity
Stein, Sharon Rebekah Department of Educational Studies Higher Education, Indigenous studies, International and comparative education, Political economy of Higher Education, Post-colonial studies, Race/ethnicity, Social and Cultural Foundations of Education, Social justice, sustainability, Pedagogy and education, Educational theory, International education, Global education
Talmy, Steven Department of Language & Literacy Education Teacher Education
Tan, Yuen Sze Michelle Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy Science Education, Outdoor Education and learning, collaborative teacher inquiry, and teacher education; equipping teachers (both pre- and in-service teachers) with innovative pedagogical tools to support learning, both for science learners and beyond the domains of science; teachers
Taylor, Alison Department of Educational Studies Social Contexts, Political Contexts, Educational Context, Social Policies, Education, Knowledge and Skills
Tom, Allison Department of Educational Studies
Vadeboncoeur, Jennifer Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education cultural-historical psychology, child/parent relationships, student/ teacher relationships, play and performance based learning, bridging school and out of school contexts for learning, Alternative schooling and pedagogies, Critical theory, Discourse and critical discourse analysis, ethnography, Qualitative research, Socially constructing knowledge and identity, Sociocultural approaches to learning and teaching, Young people placed


Graduate Student Profiles

Recent Publications

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

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
2019 Dr. Fice studied neck muscle activity during simulated car crashes when the volunteers braced or turned their head before impact. He found increased pre-impact muscle activity and altered head motions that help explain these situation's increased neck injury risks. His results will help improve computer models of humans and lead to safer vehicles. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Buckler examined physical literacy training programs for early childhood educators. Her findings support the effectiveness of these programs and argue the need to offer training and ongoing support to educators. Her work has implications on early childhood education, training curriculum and professional development. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Murphy's research examines the use of creative production for the development of an arts-based approach to understanding and improving educational experience. Through personal stories, subjective reflection, and soundscape composition the relationships between experience and learning are developed. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Mathew studied the career decision-making of immigrant young people who self-defined as doing well. He identified the roles of personal, interpersonal, experiential, and cultural factors that contributed towards their success. His work will help counsellors and career practitioners focus on the identified contributors of success. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Shankar applied an innovative method to study how a measure is used between two individuals. Her research extracts data that goes beyond traditional investigations of cognitive processes to include actions, emotions and motivation. Dr. Shankar's work provides a new way forward to help advance the future of validity and measurement research. Doctor of Philosophy in Measurement, Evaluation and Research Methodology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Wall studied parents' relational involvement in competitive figure skating. She conducted a study of the parent-coach relationship and a second study of parent-skater interactions that extended across a year. Her findings showed unique aspects of these relationships and illuminated how parents nurture their child's personal development in sport. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Younk examined the process by which a group of educational leaders from BC co-constructed their understandings of competencies in K-12 education. This study provides insight into how two current learning theories, activity theory and expansive learning theory, help us understand the complexities of systemic change. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2019 Dr. Vered explored how the management and professional staff at UBC make sense of their occupational and organizational identities. This research examines the positioning and challenges experienced by these employees and how more inclusive policies and practices can be developed and implemented within higher education. Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy (EdD)
2019 Dr. Grain studied the impacts of service-learning (an educational approach that combines learning objectives with community service) in Kitengesa, Uganda. She found that participants reinforce efforts of local community leaders to enhance education, financial literacy and human rights. This work informs relational politics in global engagement. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Lekhi researched international students' views of scientific knowledge and their experiences in first-year undergraduate chemistry courses. Her work revealed the importance of active learning techniques in transforming student views towards those that are more aligned with the tenets of science. These views tended to manifest better academic behaviours. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)