Education explores new partnerships, possibilities with UPretoria

This week, the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Education will welcome colleagues from South Africa’s University of Pretoria to Edmonton as part of a partnership formalized last fall.

Pretoria’s Dean of Education Irma Eloff and four distinguished scholars from the University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Education will visit UAlberta from April 21-23. Over the course of their stay, Pretoria’s scholars will be matched with their counterparts in the faculty to forge relationships and explore partnership opportunities.

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SSHRC-funded project delves into Canada’s digital divide

While Michael McNally grew up in the information age and qualifies as a “digital native”, the 33-year-old assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies is not one to take the digital world for granted.

Together with his colleague Dinesh Rathi, McNally is tackling the sticky issue of broadband policy and hopes to influence government regulators as Canada moves forward with providing access to all Canadians.

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Research grant supports collaborative, interdisciplinary project focused on sustainability

Issues around the Earth’s most precious resource are never clear; questions of rights, environment, health, and community ebb and flow. With the help of a new $100,000 grant from the Kule Institute for Advanced Study, Faculty of Education professor Makere Stewart-Harawira and her team will dive deep into the intersections of these elements.

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Aboriginal Teacher Education Program takes holistic approach to teacher education

The Faculty of Education’s Aboriginal Teacher Education Program (ATEP) was launched in 2002 as part of a strategy to increase the number of First Nations, Métis and Inuit teachers and school personnel in Alberta.

It is a collaborative off-campus program that allows students to complete a UAlberta degree at a local college in their community. Students graduate with a Bachelor of Education Degree with a specialization in elementary education and are almost immediately snapped up by local school boards.

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UAlberta professor is recognized internationally for literacy research

A Faculty of Education professor whose work focuses on reading development from a cross-linguistic perspective has been awarded the Richard E. Snow Award for Early Career Contributions in the field of educational psychology.

Dr. George K. Georgiou recently received the award from the American Psychological Association. The award is given to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the field within 10 years of completing their doctoral dissertation.

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Hands-on learning in the spotlight on Maker Day 2014

The days of teachers standing in front of chalkboards and using overhead projectors are long gone.

Today’s educators are often on the cutting edge of new technology that can be used to enhance students’ learning of everything from English language arts to programming logic.

On November 18, 2014, the Faculty of Education celebrated its first Maker Day with a Makerspace Conference for undergraduate students enrolled in EDU 210, Introduction to Educational Technology.

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