Faculty Awards Gala celebrates excellence in teaching and research

“My identity as a teacher has been within me from a very young age,” says Faculty of Education sessional instructor Robyn Shewchuk. “Teaching is not what I do; it is who I am.”

Her former students would no doubt agree with her.

Before Clive Hickson, Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Services, presented Shewchuk with the 2016 Sessional Undergraduate Teaching Award at the recent Faculty of Education Awards Gala, he read out some glowing testimonials from undergraduates.

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Award honours UAlberta researcher probing beliefs, attitudes about teaching and technology

A question often pondered by education researchers and scholars is what impact technology has on teaching and learning. But a researcher in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education says teachers’ beliefs and attitudes toward teaching and technology may be just as important as the technologies used in teaching.

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Heeding the Calls to Action

Since Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) released its report last year containing Calls to Action to redress the legacy of residential schools and advance the process of Canadian reconciliation, post-secondary institutions have sought ways to respond to these recommendations. Dwayne Donald suggests one consideration that should inform these efforts.

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It’s never too early to start learning about math

Lynn McGarvey believes it’s never too early to start learning about math, but that doesn’t mean children at preschools should sit around doing sums. She says opportunities to expose young children to mathematical concepts abound in their earliest classroom experiences.

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Lucky 13: Q & A with a first-time drag king

It’s been three years since the first official University of Alberta Pride Week was celebrated on campus. In human years, it’s still a toddler. But the Annual OUTreach Drag Show, which will kick off UAlberta Pride Week 2016 this Saturday, has been around for 13 years. Consider it the spirited older sister that paved the way for its younger sibling.

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Looking at the classroom as a microcosm of the world

Amidst the devastation and chaos of the Syrian conflict, the successful relocation and settlement of refugees in Canada and other receiving nations offers a glimmer of hope in a seemingly dire, intractable situation.

But these newcomers still face many challenges in integrating with and accessing the benefits of the societies they’re joining. One such challenge is obtaining an education, especially given their unique needs beyond cultural differences, language deficits and the customary challenges faced by other migrants.

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Social justice by the book

Literature presents a way for the reader to see the world from unique perspectives, but can it help create a fairer, more just society?

Ingrid Johnston, professor emerita in the University of Alberta’s Department of Secondary Education, is researching how texts taught in school can open students’ eyes to racial, cultural and other kinds of difference, as well as to social issues such as poverty and addiction, as a way of cultivating empathy and global citizenship.

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