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

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 Having been a high school teacher for seven years in Beijing China, Dr. Ma brought her passion for education to UBC. Her research built dialogues among Aristotelian and Confucian wisdom traditions and sought to go beyond them. Her research makes significant contributions to re-conceptualize teaching in ethical-educational dimensions. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Overmars explored Indigenous peoples' experiences in the workplace, identifying factors that help and hinder wellbeing. This research highlights unique considerations for Indigenous people, such as connection to culture at work, and provides a perspective that challenges negative narratives of Indigenous peoples' experiences at work. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Lin examined how web-based news media constructs international students and a public imaginary of society and citizenship. She developed an anticolonial and decolonizing content analysis to disrupt colonial gazes as operationalized in virtual spaces. Her research raises awareness of the need for the host society to recognize the continuing logic of racism, hegemony and dominance in BC's international education phenomenon. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Stiegler utilized mobile methodological lenses to explore innovative ways of moving, thinking, and writing alongside trans, queer, and genderqueer youth in New York City. This work ensures their lives are animated in ways that make central the knowledge young people produce about themselves and how they are able to move through social worlds. Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Darvin examined how migrant Filipino youth in Vancouver, of contrasting social classes, are socialized into unequal digital practices. He identified critical issues that emerge from the integration of technology in education and designed a framework for digital literacy instruction. His work will help students navigate online spaces in empowering ways. Doctor of Philosophy in Language and Literacy Education (PhD)
2019 Dr. Yoon examined the communication, politics and social inequalities surrounding an Olympic-related environmental issue, and its underlying power struggles. She sought out various responses to this controversy as a way to challenge dominant representations and show how crises could be a site for imagining alternative politics and futures. Doctor of Philosophy in Kinesiology (PhD)
2019 Dr. Alemu studied Ethiopian public intellectuals in Canada and the United States. He adapted the narrative methodology to write an original novella that explored academic freedom. His writing described the tensions between inevitable silences and the necessity of speaking out that mark the realities of many scholars of the African diaspora. Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Studies (PhD)
2019 Teaching relevant and meaningful science is a challenge to most high school science teachers. Dr. Winston's research demonstrated how linking school science with local manufacturing in Tanzania can create relevant and meaningful science learning. His findings have implications for the ongoing curriculum and instruction reforms in Tanzania Doctor of Philosophy in Curriculum Studies (PhD)
2019 Dr. Surtees investigated English language learning, focussing on conversations between study abroad students and their peers. Her findings highlight factors that help and hinder abilities to build peer networks in English as well as the important role that previous international experience plays in facilitating interaction and relationship building. Doctor of Philosophy in Teaching English as a Second Language (PhD)
2019 Dr. Rozworska's research showed that mothers who support their daughters emotionally and can manage their own emotions, have daughters with fewer eating disorder difficulties. She concluded that teaching mothers strategies for emotional support can be a beneficial addition to traditional therapies for eating disorders in youth. Doctor of Philosophy in Counselling Psychology (PhD)