Background Knowledge: A Broader Understanding of Teacher Education in Early Ed

Backgrounds are what propel Drs. Anna Kirova and Larry Prochner in their Early Childhood Education research. What do children from cultural and linguistic minority backgrounds bring with them to school? What Indigenous values do parents teach in the home? And what underpinnings motivate teachers? What is the role of early childhood teacher education programs in preparing teachers to dovetail children’s preparation for school with meaningful connections to the culture and language of the home community?

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Researching Social Media and its Role in the Management of Knowledge in NPOs

It was a business in India that started Dr. Dinesh Rathi on his research path, but it’s not just large corporations that will benefit from the work he does. Non-profit organizations will, too.

Dr. Rathi is an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) at the University of Alberta. He’s fascinated by Knowledge Management or KM and has research interests in the areas of emerging technologies (social media and open source software), digital libraries, and human computer interactions.

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We Are All Treaty People

By Rochelle Starr

On January 31, 2014 a teach-in on Treaty Rights, Indigenous education, and the First Nation Education Act, was held at the U of A’s Faculty of Education south building.

This teach-in (an informal lecture and discussion on a particular subject of public interest), hosted by I:SSTRIKE, Indigenous Students Strengthening Treaty Relationship through Indigenous Knolwedge and Education, was a complete success.  The room was filled to capacity, people also stood to listen from the hallway.

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Community Service Learning Opportunities

Interested in education that is rooted in the community? Join us on March 5th  for a panel discussion, presented by Community Service-Learning, which will highlight opportunities for students to engage with the community through intentional citizenship and critical engagement. Hear from both current and alumni students of the program to learn about the benefits and the challenges of community-based education, and find out what steps you can take to get involved.

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New Resource Designed to Tackle Transphobic Bullying in Schools

Kristopher Wells receives hate mail and death threats for standing up for what he believes in, but he refuses to be bullied.

He says every time he appears on TV to discuss sexual and gender minority (SGM) rights and issues, detractors come out of the woodwork.

“I always say my job hasn’t been done if a week goes by where somebody doesn’t ask for me to be fired,” says Wells. “There’s never a dull day.”

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Teachers and Students as Cyborgs: A Talk with Dr. Catherine Adams

Dr. Catherine Adams comes by computing science quite naturally—her father, professor Bill Adams, was one of founding members of the University of Alberta’s Computing Science Department. “He taught me how to program when I was five or six years old,” she recalls. She never imagined it would become the focus of her academic career. But during her Bachelor’s degree she took one of her father’s classes and he was such a great teacher, she continued on in computing. “Reflecting back, he helped me to see that children can learn the basic principles of computing science at a young age.”

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Observations on Observation Day

By Peter Boer (current Education student)

If I returned to class on Monday morning, I did so grudgingly, only because I am legally required to complete my degree in order to teach in a school.

The reason for my current disposition is simply this ­– I just want to teach.

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Alumna Devotes Career to Teaching ‘Labeled’ Students

When Carol Fraser graduated from the U of A, Faculty of Education in 1983, job prospects in Edmonton were bleak. She was fortunate enough to secure a teaching position at Kipowtakaw on the Alexander Reservation just one week after convocation.

Located 55-km northwest of Edmonton, Kipowtakaw was the first band-controlled school in Canada (typically, reserve schools are under Federal jurisdiction). Fraser was hired to teach elementary school and, with the help of Elders, develop curriculum from an Aboriginal perspective.

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Arts With Impact: A Talk With Dr. Diane Conrad

The arts are part of our human nature, no matter if we’re skilled at complex mathematical equations, lab experiments, architectural designs, or not. The arts are universal—across time and cultures—and it’s this reality Dr. Diane Conrad utilizes in her research and its dissemination.

“Arts-based research uses the arts in the research process or as a product for knowledge translation. The arts are seen as a way of knowing and making meaning in the world,” explains Dr. Conrad. “Science is the dominant research paradigm, yet scholars are using the arts for their research, too. ”

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