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Education Faculty Awarded SSHRC Insight Development Grants- June 2013

UVic Education researchers Dr. Monica Prendergast and Dr. Kevin Runions were each recently awarded a SSHRC Insight Development Grant.  Dr. Monica Prendergast and her research team will be exploring performance studies in education, while Dr. Runions has been funded to conduct research on cyber-aggresssion and cyber-victimization.  Congratulations researchers!

Faculty of Education Research on Video Games, Youth, and Civic Engagement Makes Academica's Top Ten List- June 2013

Congratulations to UVic Faculty of Education researcher Dr. Kathy Sanford. At Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2013, Dr. Sanford presented research findings demonstrating that there may be an upside to video gaming.  In her five-year research project, Dr. Sanford found playing video games allowed youth to develop skills, such as critical thinking, leadership, and ethical decision-making, that could be transferred to their real life school and work experiences.  Video gaming could also help youth to become more active and civically engaged citizens.  Dr. Sanford was interviewed about her research by the Globe and Mail.  This article was then picked up by Academica who included it in their daily digest of the top ten pieces of news affecting post-secondary education in Canada.

Congratulations to Education SSHRC Grant Recipients- May 2013

Congratulations to this year's Faculty of Education SSHRC Grant recipients.  The Faculty of Education's SSHRC rate of success (30%) surpassed both university and national rates.

SSHRC Insight Grant Recipients: Dr. Timothy Hopper, Dr. Helen Raptis

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant Recipients: Dr. Onowa McIvor

Internal Research Grant Recipients: Dr. Kevin Runions, Dr. Monica Prendergast, Dr. Sandra Hundza, Dr. Wanda Hurren, Dr. Natalee Popadiuk, Dr. Sarah Macoun, Dr. Onowa McIvor

UVic and UBC Research Team Awarded CIHR Grant- May 2013

Congratulations to Dr. Kevin Runions (EPLS) who is part of a UBC-based team that has just been awarded a CIHR grant for 2013-2017. The topic of their research is: Adolescent socialization via the internet: An exploration of the social cognitive and contextual correlates of online risk behavior.   Principal Investigator: Jennifer Shapka.  Co-I: Teena Willoughby, Kevin Runions, Danielle Law, Rubab Arim.; Collaborator: Julian Dooley.

CIHR Dissemination Grant Awarded to Education Faculty- March 2013

Drs. Deborah Begoray (PI), Joan Wharf Higgins, Anne Marshall, Elizabeth Banister, and C&I PhD student, Robin Wilmot recently received a CIHR Dissemination Grant for their project Creating and using graphic novels to disseminate understanding of media health messages to Indigenous adolescents. Congratulations!

Congratulations Dr. Larry Yore!- March 2013

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus Dr. Larry Yore who will receive the University of Minnesota Outstanding Achievement Award this year.  This award recognizes graduates who have attained unusual distinction in their chosen field or professions, or in public service, and who have demonstrated outstanding achievement and leadership on a community, state, national or international level.

Congratulations Dr. Carmen Gress! - March 2013

The Faculty of Education would like to congratulate Dr. Carmen Gress on recently being awarded the Queen's Diamond Jubliee Medal.  The award recognizes exceptional British Columbians for the services they have provided to their fellow citizens.  Dr. Gress is a graduate of the University of Victoria's Educational Psychology and Leadership Program.  She was awarded her Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational Psychology in 2007, and worked under the supervision of Dr. John Anderson.

Rod Allen - Perspectives on 21st Century Learning in British Columbia - Dec 2012

Rod Allen, Superintendent of Learning and Achievement for the B.C. Ministry of Education, recently visited the University of Victoria's Faculty of Education to discuss 21st century learning in the context of British Columbia.  The event was widely attended by University of Victoria faculty and students, teachers, and other interested community members.  If you were unable to attend this event you can watch the ~1 hr and 40 min. presentation by selecting one of these video versions: Small (247Mb) - Better (555Mb) - Best (1Gb)

4th Annual Graduate Student Research Day - March 10, 2012

Six students from four different faculties are being recognized for exemplary research in early childhood. This research day will profile their work. The graduate student presenters are: Lesley Baker (SOSC), Erin Fairweather (HUMA), Subilaga Kejo (EDUC), Kathleen Kummen (HSD), Fikile Nxumalo (HSD), and Deborah Thompson (HSD).  Location: Harry Hickman Building, Room 120, 10 AM to 3:30 PM.  Free event.

Lansdowne Professor continues to receive international accolades - Feb 22, 2011

Congratulations to Lansdowne Professor (Applied Cognitive Science) in the Faculty of Education, Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth who continues to receive recognition from around the world for his contributions to science education. The Ring

Faculty of Education centre reaches out to meet the needs of children- Jan 19, 2011

The Centre for Outreach Education (CORE) opened today in the Faculty of Education. UVic News Photos

Faculty of Education - to open new "Centre for Outreach Education" (CORE) - Jan 19, 2011

CORE is a multidisciplinary centre dedicated to enhancing the education of children and youth from our local communities.

Read about it in UVic's newspaper, The Ring.

Dr. Ryan Rhodes– School of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education - Jan 13, 2011

Faculty of Education researcher wins cancer society scientist award

Dr. Ryan Rhodes Rhodes was recently awarded one of only two 2011 Canadian Cancer Society Senior Scientist Awards worth $100,000 a year for five years. CBC News UVic News

Dr. Tatiana Gounko – Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies – Sept 15, 2010

Higher education challenges in Russia and Poland  

Dr. Gounko discusses the problems with access to higher education in Russia and Poland.
University World Wide News

Dr. Jason Price – Curriculum and Instruction – Sept 10, 2010

More families deciding school's out -- forever

This weekend, the Globe and Mail published a major feature on the phenomenon dubbed "unschooling" where parents opt to not only keep their kids out of class but also from the standard curriculum. The national article included comment from assistant professor Dr. Jason Price.   Globe and Mail

EDCI 499 – Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World – July 2010

Canoe a vehicle for Indigenous learning and teaching

 This summer, students are learning about Straits Salish culture, language and ways of life through hands-on participation in the creation of a traditional W’SANEC dugout canoe and individual paddles.  Read about it in “ The Ring,” UVic’s newspaper.

Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond - Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies - July 28, 2010

Kids learn by example to meet the unexpected

UVic special-education specialist Dr. Donna McGhie-Richmond provides some perspective this weekend in a story about children's reactions to encountering those who are "visibly different."  
Times Colonist

Dr. Helen Raptis - Curriculum & Instruction - July 23, 2010

A teacher’s treasure trove

Soon, thanks to a $15,000 grant, artifacts from the careers of Canadian teachers dating to the mid-1800s will be photographed and available for viewing. UVic education professor Dr. Helen Raptis, who’s leading the project, contacted the Lower Vancouver Island Retired Teachers Association five years ago and discovered a treasure trove: 60 boxes of artifacts, everything from posters and photographs to desks and maps.   Oak Bay News

Dr. Lorna Williams - Indigenous Education - June 1st, 2010

Deans sign accord on Aboriginal education

On June 1, members of the Association of Canadian Deans of Education (ACDE) signed an Accord pn Indigenous education at this year's Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences currently underway at Concordia University in Montreal. The Accord lays out a vision, a set of principles, and an extensive list of goals with the aim to create respectful learning environments, inclusive curricula, and to recognize and promote Indigenous knowledge in education.   Maclean’s

Mary Kennedy, Curriculum & Instruction - May 12, 13, 2010, May 30
O Canada! Oh no!
Our Canadian national anthem is proving to be a confounding piece of music for high-school choirs. A study by UVic associate professor Dr. Mary Kennedy found that just two of three students know the words to "O Canada," and less than half can sing the melody. The study has received extensive coverage and the following is only a selection of the many articles and videos.  The National CanWest News (Province)  CanWest News (Vancouver Sun/Times Colonist)  CBC News  National Post  Local Press Group  UVic News

Dr. Ryan Rhodes, School of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education - May 6, 2010

Cancer treatment project focuses on prevention

The Vancouver Sun picked up details from an announcement about two new research projects at UVic related to cancer prevention. UVic exercise psychologist Dr. Ryan Rhodes is specifically mentioned.  Vancouver Sun

Drs. Joan Wharf Higgins & Ryan Rhodes, School of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education - May 5, 2010

Studies Explore Impact of Wii, Wellness and Health

BC researchers will study Interactive video games, health promotion in the workplace and "whole school" healthy lifestyle to see how they can help prevent cancer. Today, the Canadian Cancer Society announced the three new research projects, with faculty members Drs. Ryan Rhodes and Joan Wharf Higgins heading two of them. Newswire.

Drs. Ryan Rhodes and Patty Jean Naylor, School of Exercise Science, Health and Physical Education - March 4, 2010
Bone up on vital health topic
Members of the community were invited to learn more about good bone health at two public events hosted at UVic yesterday.  UVic News

Faculty of Education undergraduate students awarded prestigious research scholarships

Congratulations to Faculty of Education undergraduate students Jonathan Bell (EPHE), Martina Forster (EPHE) and Dallas Hermanson (EDCI), who were recently awarded UVic Undergraduate Research Scholarships.  The winners presented their research findings to the UVic community at a poster session in the Learning and Teaching Centre April 14, 2010.

The new UVic Undergraduate Research Scholarship program was initiated in 2009 by Vice-President and Provost Jamie Cassels as a way to provide undergraduate students with more opportunities to participate in research with UVic's world class faculty researchers.

For more information, or to apply for next year's awards visit the website.

Teacher Education Student wins $5000 from local radio station

Year four teacher education student Jace Meyer will certainly never forget her practicum at Wishart Elementary School in Sooke. Jace and her practicum class of 60 grade six students recently entered the "You Think of Something Contest " sponsored by local radio station The Q FM.  They won!

Jace received a cheque for $5,000 and the opportunity for her contest idea, "Are you Smarter Than Mrs. Meyer's Sixth Graders?" to run on the morning show.  Watch it here.

Victoria listeners can listen each morning.  If they hear a school bell and are the first to call The Q they will be asked a skill testing question.  All questions will be created by one of Wishart Elementary School's grade six students. The question could be from any school subject and must be answered correctly. 

Callers who are successful in answering the skill testing question will be entered into a draw to be part of "The Top of the Class."  Five lucky listeners will then be chosen to go to the front of the class for a skill testing question showdown.  The contestant who answers the most questions will win $5000. 

Faculty of Ed staff member wins President's Distinguished Service Award

Congratulations to Aliki Marinakis, Coordinator of Indigenous Language Programs.  Aliki was recently awarded a President's Distinguished Service Award for "First Five Years - Outstanding Contribution" by UVic President Dr. David Turpin. 

Read the story in The Ring.

Faculty of Education Lab Instructor wins prestigious UVic Alumni Association Award

Congratulations to Stefan Scott, Senior Lab Instructor and Anatomy Coordinator in the School of Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education! Stefan is the winner of the 2009 Gilian Sherwin Excellence in Teaching Award.

Since 1989, the UVic Alumni Association has honoured the outstanding level of teaching offered by the University’s faculty and instructors.

The Gilian Sherwin Excellence in Teaching Award is awarded annually to an outstanding sessional lecturer, lab instructor or senior lab instructor.

Got a spare?

Third year elementary education student, Rose Doerksen will be spending her practicum teaching in the small poverty-stricken village of Ulamba, Kenya, this April. As school supplies are virtually non-existent in Ulamba, Doerksen will be collecting supplies for the local school children who yearn to write.

Please drop off your new or used pencils, erasers or pencil sharpeners to the Elementary Field Experience Office Rm A258 MacLaurin. Remember, "Just one pencil is all it takes, to enable learning in every place!"

Kinesiology Student is a Desjardins Top Eight Academic All-Canadian!

Congratulations to our own Kayla Dykstra (Kinesiology).  Kayla was recently honoured as a Desjardins Top Eight Academic All-Canadian by Canadian Interuniversity Sport.  Read the article.

New Aboriginal Education course - open to undergraduate or graduate students

Honouring Our Gifts - EDCI 499 - Learning and Teaching in an Indigenous World

September 2009 - December 2009

Wednesday Evenings 4:30 - 7:30 pm in the new First Peoples House, Room 160

Instructors Butch Dick and Onowa McIvor welcome you to this new and exciting course where you will learn from cultural knowledge keepers how to care for what has been gifted to us, the Indigenous way. 

  • integrated hands-on activities with theoretical goals
  • experience the principles of traditional Indigenous ways of teaching and learning
  • gain insight into Indigenous pedagogy through respectful practice, community engagement and personal responsibility

RHED grad awarded top prize

Sarah Rinas-Larson, a 2009 graduate from the Recreation and Health Education program in the School of Exercise Science, Physical & Health Education, was recently awarded a 2009-2010 Health Canada Aboriginal Health Career Program Award in the amount of $12,200.00 to enter in the first year of a two-year Masters of Occupational Therapy program at UBC.

Education student rows her way to gold at the Royal Henley Regatta

Congratulations to EPLS graduate student Megan Keilty and fellow UVic rowing partner Sarah Mitchell on their recent victory in the Senior lightweight women's doubles at the 127th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta in Port Dalhousie, Ontario.

Top Faculty of Education 2009 graduate profiles

Gamelle FitzGibbon - Maxwell Cameron Award (Secondary Education)

Jessica Hepting - Maxwell Cameron Award (Elementary Education)

Suzanne Vander Wekken - BC Rec and Parks Association (BCRPA) Student Scholarship Award winner (Recreation and Health Education)

Faculty members Dr. Darlene Clover and Dr. Budd Hall appear on SFU's May episode of "Your Education Matters." 

Interested in the latest on Adult Education? Drs Clover and Hall join SFU Dean of Education Dr. Paul Shaker, Past-Dean of Education at SFU, to look at options for re-training and re-education for those displaced in the workplace as a result of the recent economic downturn.  Watch it here!

Faculty members recognized at the 2009 Faculty Recognition Awards - Friday, March 20, 2009

On March 20, 2009, the Faculty hosted the annual Faculty of Education Recognition Awards at the University Club to honour award-winning faculty members who have received local, national and international recognition as scholars, researchers and contributors to society.

The 2008 Distinguished Educational Alumni Award was also presented to local teacher Mr. Richard Paquette. This award is presented annually to individuals who attended the University of Victoria, either as an undergraduate or graduate student, and who have had a distinguished career in the field of education in British Columbia. 

Congratulations to all!

Dr. David Blades Faculty of Education Award of Teaching Excellence
Dr. Catherine Gaul The Harry Hickman Alumni Award of Excellence in Teaching
Dr. Geraldine Van Gyn 2007 Dr. Graham Branton Research Award
Dr. Michael Emme NAEA/BCATA Provincial Art Teacher of the Year
Dr. Budd Hall 2009 University of Victoria Community Leadership Award
Dr. Joan Wharf Higgins Sport BC President's Award
Richard Paquette 2008 Faculty of Education Distinguished Education Alumni Award
Dr. Wolff-Michael Roth

Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

2009 National Association of Research in Science Teaching Distinguished Contribtion through Research Award

Faculty members and graduate students - 2008 REACH Award Recipients

The 2008 REACH (Research in Early Education and Child Health) awards were recently granted to four Education faculty members and four graduate students.  REACH is the UVic branch of the Human Early Learning Partnership (HELP), a consortium of six BC universities. Congratulations!

Small Grant Award Winners:

Dr. Gina Harrison
Researching the Early Literacy Profiles of Children with Communication Disorders
Dr. Jillian Roberts
The Quality of Life Experiences of Young School Children with Epilepsy: A Pilot Study
Dr. Alison Preece
Building Capacity in early childhood care and development: working across faculties to increase graduates in early childhood degree programs
Onowa Mcivor
Building Capacity in early childhood care and development: working across faculties to increase graduates in early childhood degree programs

Recognition for Exemplary Graduate Research Awards:

Kiera Ogle
Does the Simple View of Reading Explain the Reading Profile of a Child with Autism?
Laurie Kocher
Setting Our Sails: The Disposition to Document
Michele Tanaka
Developing Authentic Learning: Changing Teacher Practice Through Indigenous Ways of Knowing

Thesis Funding Grant:

Rachel Marks Testing the Effectiveness of Interactive Game Bikes on Physical Activity Motivation Among Children in the Home: An Intervention Study

Training Indigenous "water-keepers"

Faculty of Education Professor and his unique "water-keepers" team to provide new instructional tool for the training of Aboriginal small water systems operators in Canada.  Read the article here. 

Pictured below:  (L-R) Drs. Lorna Williams and Don Bergland and intern Buck Nelson (Mount Currie Band).

Month in africa changes education student's life

Teacher Education student, Navi Bhatti returns from a month in Ghana. 

Read her story here.  (Courtesy of Houston-Today.Com)

Professor Emeritus National Award Recipient

Coast to Coast for Physical Education!  Congratulations Tyler Duncan!

On March 31, 2008, Physical Education student Tyler Duncan dipped his 'wheels' into the Pacific at Cadboro Bay's Gyro Park Beach at the launch of his Cross-Canada cycling tour to promote physical activity for Canadian children.

Along the way Tyler spoke with thousands of school children, community groups and policy makers about the need for quality physical education programs for all Canadian children and youth.

7,000 kms later, through wind, rain and snow, (and a few blisters) Tyler successfully completed his incredible journey arriving at Cape Spear, Newfoundland, the most eastern point in North America on June 26, 2008.

To read more, visit Tyler's blog at: 

Faculty of Education Congratulates 2008 Maxwell Cameron Award Winners

Congratuations to education students Hélène Poulin (elementary) and Michelle Couture (secondary) winners of the 2008 Maxwell A. Cameron Awards. These medals commemorate the distinguished life and work of Dr. Maxwell Cameron- professor, administrator and author, and are awarded each year to outstanding education students. 

Congratulations to Dr. Kathy Sanford - New CSSE President  

Dr. Kathy Sanford, Associate Dean Teacher Education, has recently been elected President of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)


Retired Educators' Gift to the Faculty of Education to Benefit Next Generation of Students

Retired professors Drs. Mildred Shaw and Brian Gaines donate over $500,000 to establish the Constructivist Education Resources Network (CER-Net).  Read more.

Left to right: Dr. Brian Gaines, Dr. Mildred Shaw, UVic President David Turpin and Science Venture student Lauren Roberts (seated).

Dr. Jason Price - CBC Interview - "Aboriginal Schools in BC" 

  Listen here!

Dr. Price is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. 

His research interests include:

* Indigenous, "Aboriginal" and schools/education * Educators' conceptions and alternative conceptions of democracy * Children's rights in schools * Deficit thinking in "social, at risk, and "Aboriginal" education * Curriculum for the love of life and all life forms and beings

100 Marathons in 100 Days for Education

When the winter session ends at the University of Victoria next week, not all students will be heading home in search of summer employment, lazing at the lake, or spending time with friends. 

Physical Education student Erin Van Wiltenburg, 21, and fellow UVic history student Reuben Jentink, 19, will be heading off to Africa to run 100 marathons in 100 days.  The pair is hoping to raise awareness of the benefits of education in Africa as well as $500,000 in donations for specific African educational charities. 

Best of luck to both Erin and Reuben!  To learn more about this amazing journey, visit their website.

Dr. Ted Riecken (Dean) and Dr. Jillian Roberts (Associate Dean Administration) bid Erin and Reuben farewell as they prepare for their April 4th journey to Africa.


Aboriginal Education Community Visits – February – April 2008

In many indigenous cultures, it is important that neighbours come together in acknowledgement of each other.  Often, we share our food, our histories and our knowledge.  This is the basis for strong relationship building and peacemaking.

In that spirit, Dr. Lorna Williams, Director of Aboriginal Education, and her dedicated staff offered  Education faculty and staff unique opportunities to meet with members of local Aboriginal communities and organizations in a meaningful and respectful manner through planned weekly visits. These organizations were selected based on the important and dynamic work they do in the areas of child and family services, physical education, adult education and language and cultural revitalization.

These visits culminated on Friday April 11, 2008, with a traditional Coast Salish luncheon at the Tsartlip Cultural Centre with faculty and staff joined with community members, Aboriginal leaders and special guests for an afternoon of debriefing, dialogue and discussion.  ß

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