In Brief: Education research news

The Faculty of Education has a proud tradition not only of producing great educators, but great educational research. Here are some recent stories you may have missed about UAlberta education researchers and the important work they do to improve teaching and learning in Alberta, in Canada and around the world.

Two Education faculty named Killam Professors for 2018-19

An early childhood education researcher who works ardently with schools and communities to support the classroom success of newcomers to Canada and an educational measurement expert who envisions a future where students can access instant feedback to support their learning objectives any time are among seven University of Alberta faculty selected as Killam Annual Professors.

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Does mobile tech belong in the classroom? Researcher looks at ways to integrate digital devices into literacy learning

The kinds of mobile technology kids like to use are generally considered distractions in an educational setting, but University of Alberta education researcher Linda Laidlaw is teaming up with colleagues around the globe to examine how these devices are used in and outside the classroom—and how they might be integrated to improve literacy education.

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Trip to Finland fuels student’s passion for empowering Indigenous communities

A trip above the Arctic circle in Scandinavia showed a University of Alberta education student that Indigenous people in distant countries have a lot in common and can support each other in preserving their culture and traditions. Kaitlyn Walcheske says she’s drawing on her first international travel experience to find ways to support Indigenous students at home and to help amplify their voices.

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New study looks at links between school sports and school success

University of Alberta education professor Lauren Sulz and her colleagues are teaming up with a non-profit organization that helps students from low-income households participate in school sports to find out if that participation contributes to success in the classroom.