Riecken, Ted



Phone number: (250) 721-7787
Email: triecken@uvic.ca
Department: Curriculum and Instruction

Research description:

-Participatory action research on issues of health and wellness
-Use of digital technologies with First Nations students
-Digital technologies as new forms of literacy that promote knowledge transfer and alternative forms for the representation of knowledge
Expertise Database
Instruction and curriculum professor Ted Riecken uses his anthropology background as a frame to understand educational needs because it shows him how cultures interact with each other and shape behaviour.

Dr. Riecken works with First Nations communities to get a better understanding of how they interact with Western educational systems and intellectual traditions, and with schools themselves. He has discovered that the use of digital technologies such as film are an excellent way for First Nations youth to express their culture.

He put his research into practice while participating in a project with UVic's Centre for Youth and Society, which sought to prevent injuries leading to death in young people. He had Indigenous students explore healthy lifestyle practices through digital videos. "The project became a celebration of their culture with an eye to health and wellness."

The project allowed Indigenous students from grades 11 and 12 to more effectively engage with their learning because the videos focused on their own cultures, says Dr. Riecken. For some students, the video was the first school project they had completed that year.

"They gained a sense of accomplishment and the opportunity to tell the world who they were," Dr. Riecken says. "When I look back on my career so far, this is the project that I find the most satisfying."

Related Links
Faces of UVic Research: www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPgNiz-w7QY

Health related research:

See above section on interdisciplinary research.

Software development

My research incorporates an exploration of the use of digital video editing and DVD production software as tools for qualitative data analysis.

Community projects

Dr. Riecken does community based research in the Victoria area as part of an interdisciplinary community alliance for health research. This research is done through the Centre for Youth and Society.

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