Areas of expertise

Education researchers explore a very broad range of topics. Find a researcher by browsing through our 12 areas of expertise and associated keywords.


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Curriculum and Instruction

Name Area Contact
Assistant Professor, Additional Language Learning
TESOL/Applied linguistics, Language socialization, Second-language writing, Chinese as an additional language, Internationalization of higher education, Case study as a research method
Office: MacLaurin A524
Professor, Language & Literacy
Acting Chair of the Department
Secondary English language arts, literacy, visual literacy and media, literacy and health
Office: MacLaurin A549
Professor, Science Education & Curriculum Studies
Theory and philosophy of science education curriculum, Science education methodology, Aesthetics in/of science education, Ethics and curriculum development, Curriculum history and theory, Post-structuralism and curriculum change
Office: MacLaurin A566
Associate Professor, Art Education
Creative play strategies and collaborative research with children, children's visual experience of school, art as self-directed therapy, artists collectives and community, visual narrative forms in research including photonovela as multimodal inquiry and expression, photography as an art form, , lens media and communication, visual and arts-based methodologies
Office: MacLaurin A196
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Secondary mathematics methodologies, elementary mathematics methodologies, mathematics curriculum, assessment as/for/of learning in mathematics,
development and use of iOS apps for learning mathematics
Office: MacLaurin A527
Professor, Social Studies & Curriculum Studies
Curriculum theory, arts-based research, aesthetics and knowing, social studies and geography education, notions of identity and place, poststructural perspectives, poetic representation in writing and research
Office: MacLaurin A558
Assistant Professor, Educational Technology
Educational Technology, Technology Integrated Learning, Digital Literacy, Networked and Open Learning, Open Education, Distributed online, blended, and multi-access learning, Learning Theories, Theories of Technology Adoption and Educational Change, Learning Design, Inquiry-based Learning, Assessment, Accessitiliby, K-12 and Higher Education, Teacher Education
Office: MacLaurin A568
Assistant Teaching Professor,
Art Education
Art education, Visual inquiry, Arts based research, Digital and studio art practices
Office: MacLaurin A197
Associate Professor, Philosophical Foundations
Philosophy of Education, Moral Education, Dissent and Minority Rights, Independent and Separate Schools, Catholic Education, Religion/Spirituality in Schools
Office: MacLaurin A556
Associate Professor in Science Education and Research Methodologies
Teacher Preparation - Elementary; Science Education - Elementary; Educational Measurement, Quantitative methods
Office: MacLaurin A554
James Nahachewsky
Associate Dean Undergraduate Programs
Associate Professor, Language & Literacy, Curriculum Studies
21st century literacies, Teacher education, Curriculum theory, e-Readers and reading processes
Office: MacLaurin A247
Assistant Professor, Educational Technology
Technology integrated learning design, Digital literacies of educators, Open education resources and practices, Open source software in education, Knowledge management, Learning analytics, Innovation in education, Emerging technologies to support research
Office: MacLaurin A552
Professor, Language & Literacy
Children's and young adult literature, Response to literature, Literature-based literacy programs, Language and Literacy, Visual Literacy, Multimodality
Office: MacLaurin A364
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education
Mathematics education, applications of technology in education, assessment, and development of educational apps.
Office: MacLaurin A528
Professor, Drama Education
Theatre, Teacher preparation elementary, Curriculum studies, Aesthetic Philosophy, Drama/Theatre Education (K-12 & Postsecondary), Applied Drama/Theatre, Curriculum Studies/Theory/Philosophy, Performance Theory/Performance Studies, Arts-based Qualitative Research Methods
Office: MacLaurin A523
Assistant Professor, Music Education
Music education, Rural education, Indigenizing music education, Sociology of music education, Diversity in education, Culturally responsive pedagogy, School-community music education partnerships, Place-based/conscious education, Social capital, Praxialist and pragmatist music education philosophies, Qualitative and Indigenous methodologies and methods
Office: MacLaurin A564
Associate Professor, Social Studies
Teacher & educational leadership preparation, Indigenous/countercultural education, Education for ecological restoration, Education for the advancement of human rights and happiness, Educational policy and governance, Peace education, Governance simulations and youth leadership
Office: MacLaurin A561
Associate Professor, Historical Foundations

Social and Historical Foundations of Education in British Columbia, Aboriginal/ Indigenous Education, Multicultural/ Anti-Racist Education, Education Policy Studies, First Nations and Minority Education, Educational Reform

Office: MacLaurin A365
Professor, Social Studies
Teacher preparation elementary, Aboriginal education, Curriculum studies, Educational change and innovation, Technology in education, Participatory research
Office: MacLaurin A532
Lansdowne Professor, Applied Cognitive Science
Workplace studies (aviation, software design), cultural-historical activity theory, conversation analysis, semiotics, gesture studies, applied cognitive science, phenomenology, human-computer interaction, interaction analysis, representation in scientific practice discourse analysis, research methods (quantitative and qualitative)
Office: MacLaurin A567
Professor, Language & Literacy
Teacher education, New literacies, Learning through video games, Gender and pedagogy, Assessment, Electronic portfolios, Community-based engagement, Museum and library education, Qualitative research methodologies
Office: MacLaurin A526
Assistant Professor, Art Education

Art Education, Studio practices, Painting, Arts-based research, Artistic inquiry, Elementary Teacher Education

Office: MacLaurin A199
Dean, Faculty of Education
Adult and Higher Education, International and Comparative Education, Literacy, Research Methods
Office: MacLaurin A243
Assistant Professor, Language & Literacy, Early Childhood Education
Early Childhood Education, Literacy & Multimodality, Family & Community Literacies, International Education, Outdoor & Environmental Education, Indigenous Knowledge
Office: MacLaurin A559
Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations and Teacher Education
Transformative Inquiry, Pre-service teacher development, Cross-cultural understanding, Indigenous learning and teaching, Holistic education, Early childhood education, Mindfulness in education, Generous listening
Office: MacLaurin A353
Associate Professor, Mathematics Education & Curriculum Studies
Mathematics education and curriculum studies; Theories of cognition and mathematical understanding; Collective learning; Spatial, numeric and geometric reasoning; Ecological, (em)bodied and culturally responsive forms of teaching, learning, and research
Office: MacLaurin A530
Associate Professor, Language & Literacy
Elementary English language arts, instructional practices for struggling literacy learners, differentiated instruction
Office: MacLaurin A557
Assistant Professor, Art Education
Assessment in art (studio assessment, self assessment, theory assessment), leadership in the arts, arts program reform curriculum development, developing creativity
Office: MacLaurin A198

Indigenous Education

Assistant Professor
Indigenous Education
Indigenous education, Diversity a social justice, Second language acquisition, Indigenous early childhood education, Teacher education, Arts-based and place-based education, Formal and non-formal education, Community-engaged scholarship.
Office: MacLaurin A270
Associate Professor
Indigenous Education
The NEȾOLṈEW̱: ‘one mind, one people’ project aims to deepen the understanding of best practices of adult Indigenous language learning (AILL), how adult Indigenous learners contribute to passing on their language to others in their communities and families, in addition to how language is linked to health and well-being.
Office: MacLaurin A463
Professor and Chair
Indigenous Education
Indigenous education, Indigenous worldviews, online learning, Indigenous research, teacher education, Indigenous knowledge, Indigenous pedagogy, Indigenous student success
Office: MacLaurin A260
Associate Professor
Indigenous Education
Indigenous language revitalization; Indigenous epistemologies; Indigenous language learning and teaching; language immersion; mentor-apprentice; Kwak’wala

Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education

Exercise physiology; pediatric sport performance; women and exercise; health benefits of exercise in cancer patients; occupational physiology; fitness and testing
Office: MCK 128
Girl-friendly physical education; team building in physical education; authentic assessment in physical educations
Office: MCK 131
Associate professor; BEd Secondary Curriculum programs leader
School integrated teaching education; teacher games for understanding and electronic portfolios; action research and qualitative research genres; social constructivism and complexity theories
Office: MCK 127
Associate professor
Neural control of human movement and motor rehabilitation with aging and after injury and disease (e.g., stroke or Parkinson’s disease); neural control of balance during walking and coordination of limbs and trunk during rhythmic movement; assistive devices and technologies related to mobility and mobility measurement
Office: MCK 134
Associate professor
Biomechanics and motor control of human movement in sport; exercise and rehabilitation
Office: MCK 135
Associate professor
Neuroeconomics, learning, decision-making, motor learning and control
Office: MCK 187
Assistant Teaching Professor
Effects of exercise on health and disease outcomes in cancer patients; exercise assessment and prescription; clinical exercise physiology
Office: MCK 135
Associate professor
Teacher wellness; college and university student health and wellness; worklife balance; leadership
Office: MCK 126
Assistant Professor
Chronic disease prevention and management; eHealth/mHealth; big data and health surveillance; physical activity; health promotion
Office: MCK 124
Assistant professor; director
Management, marketing, and service quality; understanding human relationships and the attachment to people, places and activities in a health, leisure, sport or community context
Office: MCK 122
Professor; Graduate advisor
Socio-ecological and setting-based approaches to health promotion; obesity and chronic disease prevention; dissemination, knowledge translation/exchange; implementation and organizational capacity
Office: MCK 0024b
Inclusion of people with disabilities in leisure pursuits
Office: MCK 130
Psychology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour
Office: MCK 189
Assistant professor; Kinesiology program leader
Exercise hematology and immunology; occupational physiology; development of pre-employment physical abilities tests; children and exercise; exercise prescription
Office: MCK 132
Professor; Recreation & Health Education program leader
Physical activity among individuals with special needs and young children; motor skills
Office: MCK 133
Associate professor
Indigenous community health and development with a focus on the social and cultural determinants associated with resilience, sport, leisure, education, wellbeing and healing.
Office: MCK 188
Neural control of rhythmic human movement; co-ordination of the arms and legs during locomotion; neuromuscular plasticity and motor recovery after stroke
Office: MCK 191

Educational Psychology and Leadership Studies

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Counselling Psychology
Office: MacLaurin A449
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology (Learning, Development, and Instructional Sciences)
Office: MacLaurin A452
Assistant Teaching Professor
Educational Psychology (Special Education)
Office: MacLaurin A425
Leadership Studies
Office: MacLaurin A455
Associate Professor
Leadership Studies
Office: MacLaurin A466
Associate Professor and Graduate Advisor
Leadership Studies
Office: MacLaurin A470
Professor and Graduate Advisor
Educational Psychology (Learning, Development, and Instructional Sciences)
Office: MacLaurin A461
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology (Special Education)
Office: MAC A464
Assistant Professor
Educational Psychology (Learning, Development, and Instructional Sciences)
Office: MacLaurin A468
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology (Special Education)
Office: MacLaurin A427
Associate Professor 
Leadership Studies
Office: MacLaurin A243
Assistant Teaching Professor
Currently on Leave
Counselling Psychology
Office: MacLaurin A454
Associate Professor
Educational Psychology (Special Education)
Office: MacLaurin A357
Associate Professor
Counselling Psychology
Office: MacLaurin A462
Educational Psychology (Learning, Development, and Instructional Sciences)
Office: MacLaurin A467