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|
|Shi, Ling||Department of Language & Literacy Education||ESL, language education, writing and reading|
|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|
|Talmy, Steven||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Bilingualism and Multilingualism, Language Acquisition and Development, Teacher Education, English language learners (K-12), Language ideology, Critical applied linguistics, Linguistic racism, Linguicism|
|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|
|Tierney, Robert||Department of Language & Literacy Education||Education, Literacy education, Educational assessment, Learning technologies, Teacher education, Asia/Pacific, cross-cultural education, media, technology|
|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|
|Vanwynsberghe, Robert||Department of Educational Studies||Citizenship and democracy, Social justice, Sustainability; Sustainability; Environmental Education; Theory and Method|
|Vertinsky, Patricia||School of Kinesiology||social and cultural history of the body, gender relations, health, sport and exercise, social history of women and health, social/cultural aspects of sport and physical activity, health education, promotion and policy, Social and cultural history of sport and physical activity, gender, race, aging and disability, modern olympics|
|Walker, Judith||Department of Educational Studies||Adult education, Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, International Comparative Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, Medical Education, Policy, Workplace learning|
|Walter, Pierre||Department of Educational Studies||environmental education, literacy, comparative education, gender and development, Southeast Asian studies., Adult education, International and Comparative Education, Sustainability|
|Wang, Fei||Department of Educational Studies||Education and Training Management, Leadership, Social Contract and Social Justice, Ideology and Social Policy, Educational administration and leadership, social justice and diversity, comparative policy studies, the role of the school principals|
|Warburton, Darren||School of Kinesiology||cardiovascular physiology, clinical exercise rehabilitation, interactive video games, , Sport cardiology and clinical exercise rehabilitation, elite athletic performance, childhood health, treatments for patients with chronic disease, cardiac rehabilitation|
|Webb, P. Taylor||Department of Educational Studies||Thought Schools (education), Education policy and social theory, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Neoliberalism, Governmentality, Micropolitics , Biopolitics, Subjectivity|
|Weber, Barbara||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education|
|Wernicke-Heinrichs, Meike||Department of Language & Literacy Education|
|Wilson, Brian||School of Kinesiology||Cultural studies and sociology with focus on media, consumer culture, youth, social inequality, social movements, the environment, qualitative methods, and sport and leisure studies|
|Wright, Handel||Department of Educational Studies||Transcultural Studies, Educational Approaches, (post)multiculturalism and multicultural education, cultural studies, youth studies, Critical Race Theory, identity, citizenship and belonging, Africana studies, postcolonialism and decolonization|
|Wu, Amery||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Development of new psychometric methods (e.g. reliability of complex assessment designs, validation methods using structural equation modeling or item response theory); methodology for group comparison in item responses (e.g. detection of differential option functioning in multiple choice tests); understanding response processes; large-scale educational assessment and English Language assessment|
|Young, Richard||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||parent-adolescent interaction (conversations); career development, particularly as a function of family influence, Vocational Psychology|
|Zappa, Sandra||Department of Language & Literacy Education||academic discourse socialization of (international) English language learners in higher education, examining the literacy socialization trajectories and the role their individual networks of practice (INoPs, a concept I coined) in becoming aware of the host culture values and expectations; projects examining the intercultural competence development of foreign language teachers studying abroad; foreign language-learning through peer exchange programs; academic English coaching for university-level English language learners; collaboration between language and subject specialists; and student perceptions of academic English language development in CBI courses.|
|Zebehazy, Kim||Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology, and Special Education||Assessment, Instructional Strategies, Problem Solving, Visual Impairment|
Graduate Student Profiles
Alumni on Success
Recent Thesis Submissions
Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening : [supplementary material] (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Career decision-making of immigrant young people who are doing well : helping and hindering factors (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Cancer's margins : sexual and gender marginality and the biopolitics of knowledge (Language and Literacy Education - PHD)
Is what’s mine also yours? financial integration in non-married cohabiting adults : a phenomenological study (Counselling Psychology - MA)
Will’s Notebook : the art of learning from experience and listening (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Dialogue in radical hospitality : creating meaning of democratic education through dialogic cooking (Curriculum Studies - PHD)
Using activity theory and expansive learning to co-construct understandings of competencies in K-12 education in British Columbia (Educational Leadership and Policy - EDD)
Restorying the wounds of education : vulnerability, hope, and the (queer) child (Curriculum Studies - MA)
Parent relational processes with coaches and athletes in early specialization sport (Counselling Psychology - PHD)
Exchanging stories : a narrative ethnography of immigrant seniors’ English language learning experiences. (Teaching English as a Second Language - PHD)
Genetic essentialism, cognitive functioning, and leadership behaviour (Kinesiology - MA)
Subjectivity in the folds : education, media practices, and environmental activism amongst more-than-human pleats (Cross-Faculty Inquiry in Education - PHD)
Learning taqwa : a mother's search for stories for her daughter (Educational Studies - MA)
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)
Seeking alternative pathways : an exploration of school engagement from the perspectives of marginalized youth (Human Development, Learning, and Culture - MA)
New at UBC Education Library
Sept 19, 2019 Updates and Announcements for 2019/2020: Practicum Loans: This year, teacher candidates will be able to borrow items in the Education Library for the entirety of their extended practicum period. Look for official opening and closing dates for practicum loan borrowing to be announced...
Scholarship Stories: Dr. Kedrick James
September 18, 2019 In episode 3 of the Scholarship Stories, we sit down with Dr. Kedrick James, Senior Instructor, Deputy Department Head and Director of the Digital Literacy Centre here inside LLED. His research interests include arts-based research and activism, critical media and digital...
Public Humanities Hub Launch – Call for Slideshow Submissions
For the official launch of the Public Humanities Hub (PHH) in October, celebrating recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. For the official launch event in October, the PHH would like to celebrate recent works by members of UBC’s faculty in the humanities. One of...
LLED Scholarship Stories: Dr. Ryuko Kubota
September 11, 2019 For the second episode of the Scholarship Stories series we are happy to introduce Professor Dr. Ryuko Kubota. Her research focuses on critical approaches to culture, race, and pedagogy in language education. Her many publications have appeared in Applied Linguistics, Critical...
Vanessa Andreotti elected to Royal Society of Canada
September 11, 2019 Congratulations to Dr. Vanessa Andreotti, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies (EDST), who was recently elected to Royal Society of Canada as a member of the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists. Founded in 2014, the College is a handpicked selection of...
Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on receiving the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral) Award
[ September 10, 2019 Congratulations to Simangele Mabena on being awarded the SSHRC CGSD (Canada Graduate Scholarships – Doctoral)! Simangele Mabena – PhD in LLED, Supervisors: Dr. George Belliveau and Dr. Maureen Kendrick Congratulations, Simangele! Learn more about the award here. Read more