This workshop is designed to introduce the UBC VIEW (Virtual Immersive Education World) to the faculty and students. VIEW is a 3D animated virtual world for educational use only. It is free for K-12 and higher education. Both instructors and students are welcome to use VIEW for their teaching, learning, and research. VIEW is good for face-to-face education, online education, and hybrid education (flexible learning.) VIEW is also a bridge to an international connection.
On April 30th, 2013 23 teams of students gathered at Playland in order to participate in the 8th BC Brightest Minds Physics Competition. The event is a collaborative effort of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at UBC and of PNE. This year the students were asked to solve three physics problems related to different rides and a group of UBC volunteers have marked the problems to determine the winners. We had a very tight race to the top and the team from Point Grey Secondary School won it. The event was organized by Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin and Dr.
On a sunny Saturday, March 9th, more than 400 students and teachers from all over BC came to UBC in order to participate in the 35th Physics Olympics: http://physoly.phas.ubc.ca/ This year, the event drew a record of 56 teams from all corners of BC (from Terrace to Penticton to Vancouver Island and to Lower Mainland). This day-long competition is historically a collaborative effort between the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Saturday, May 11, 2013, 8:30am – 1:30pm
Neville Scarfe Building, UBC
Please join us for IOP 2013, co-sponsored by the Faculty of Education and the BC Teachers’ Federation. Practicing teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and university educators from different educational contexts will convene in the Scarfe Building to share their investigations, understandings and questions.
Virtual Education Commons (VEC) is a virtual environment for educational use only. This environment is a standalone Open Sim virtual world, and the server is located in UBC.
This environment invites K-12 and higher education educators to participate. Educators are welcome to conduct research and to teach in the VEC. Currently, there are six regions in the VEC. Educators are welcome to request specific region for their own education related purpose.
The program runs for six Saturdays from January 26th to March 2nd, 2012, 10:00-11:30am.
Classes are open to children ages 5 to 10 and are held in the Neville Scarfe Education Building, Room 1128 on the main UBC campus. Children will participate in workshops that explore a variety of methods of creating art, including drawing, painting, print making, collage etc.
Bad weather did not deter hundreds of children and adults to participate in the Third Family Mathematics and Science Fair on Saturday, October 27, 2012. Science and math enthusiasts of all ages gathered at the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy for mathematics and science celebration. The event, UBC Mathematics and Science Fair at the Faculty of Education (http://blogs.ubc.ca/mmilner/outreach/family-math-science-fair-at-ubc-faculty-of-education/ ) became a tradition.
The 2013 Peru Summer Institute: Ecology, Technology & Indigeneity in the High Amazon will take place at the Sachamama Center in Lamas, Peru.
On May 1st, 2012, twenty one teams from all over Lower Mainland gathered to participate in the 7th annual BC Brightest Minds competition that took place at Pacific National Exhibit (PNE). The event initiated by the UBC Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and PNE 7 years ago is a team physics competition where the students have to explain their PNE ride experiences using physics. It has been a truly collaborative effort between UBC students and faculty and PNE staff.
Don Krug collaborates with teachers (K-16) in formal and informal settings to conduct research and create virtual social media spaces. His research examines relationships of education and technologies within the contexts of emerging forms of pedagogy (learning, literacies, teaching), curriculum, cognition, leadership, technologies, social media, and professional learning communities.
Figure 1: A physics teacher’s view of the Canadian Flag
My research interests reside in two areas. The first is interdisciplinary and sits at the intersection of history of education and history of book and print culture. My research focuses on the politics and economics of educational publishing, situating it in the context of global capital and Canadian nationalism, industry, and culture. See Conversations on Curriculum & Pedagogy (#4), edited by Dr. William Pinar, on this website, for more about this work.
On Saturday, November 5th, Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy had a very successful Faculty of Education Mathematics and Science Fair. The event took place as part of the UBC Celebrate Learning Week 2011. Over the course of 3 hours we had more than 200 guests from Vancouver, Delta, Vancouver Island, Chilliwack, North Van, New Westminster, Surrey, Abbotsford, Richmond, as well as South Korea, USA, China, Greece, France, Mexico and many other countries. More than 40 volunteers many of whom are teacher candidates, our own grad students, faculty and staff made the event possible!
Samia Khan builds novel educational technologies and also studies them. Her latest simulation for learning science incorporates multiple representations of it with animated analogies. Collaborative research has revealed that interactions with this kind of simulation helps students to understand difficult topics. This digital technology has also been associated with significant gains for historically lower achieving students.
The Intergenerational Landed Learning Project is an initiative of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy, directed by Dr. Jolie Mayer-Smith that offers urban youth authentic, out-of-the-classroom learning opportunities, as they work with a diverse group of people of many ages who have spent their lives learning from the land.
Members of EDCP have just returned from Dadaab Refugee Camps in Northeast Kenya, the largest refugee camp in the world (close to 400,000 people). Dr. Samson Nashon, Dr. Karen Meyer, Dr. Lisa Loutzenheiser, Dr. Marina Milner-Bolotin and Dr. Cynthia Nicol are working on an exciting project with teams from UBC's Faculty of Education, Moi University in Kenya, Windle Trust-Kenya and teachers in Dadaab Refugee Camps to design and offer a two-year diploma program for refugee teachers.
I find the idea of visual sociology both intriguing and exciting. Let me share briefly why.
A week yesterday, I returned from Germany. It was the first time I had re-visited Germany since I taught there between 1967 and 1969. The Germany I once knew had changed, almost beyond recognition. I want to use aspects of my most recent lived experience there to illustrate how visual sociology is meaningful to me as a scholar.
This poster is an attempt to visually summarize my evolving approach to designing and enacting effortful and engaging courses which seek to introduce students to a new area of inquiry, in this specific case, curriculum studies for mathematics for teaching (M4T). I call this scalable heuristic model a ‘kumbla’. The enacted philosophy is a “Mindful Awareness of the Complexities and Intervulnerabilities of Learning Bodies.” This final concept refers to the inter-related co-evolutionary dynamics of the differentiated embodiments of a disciplinary field in t
Stellenbosch, South Africa, April 5-9, 2011
Figure: Members of the Canadian delegation: S. Ghose, L.-H. Xu, M. Steinitz, R. Austin and M. Milner-Bolotin (from left to right), A. Dasgupta (not in photo.)
In the current context of sustainability, described by some as a discourse of modernity (e.g. Cheney, Nheu & Vecellio, 2004), there is renewed interest in outdoor recreation, understood to be an important avenue to ‘re-connect’ humans and nature. Outdoor recreation is increasingly understood as a means to enhance the level of environmental awareness in students such that they become more conscious of how their own actions affect local and global environments (Louv, 2005).
On Saturday October 30, 2010 more than 150 children and adults from all over Vancouver gathered at the Scarfe Building (UBC Faculty of Education) to celebrate the First Family Science Day at the Faculty of Education at UBC. The event was part of the UBC Celebrate Learning Week. The success of the Family Science Day was assured by the tremendous support of the faculty, staff and student volunteers from the Faculty of Education: especially from the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy and the Teacher Education Program.
Considering the allegiances and alliances of technologies and global capitalism, as well as their rearrangements of time, space, bodies, and ecologies, my research works to encourage equitable, socially just, culturally inclusive and environmentally responsible technology discourses in education. For example, researching with students in Canada and the USA, we explored technologies associated with the domestic sphere and Indigenous Peoples as equivalent conversations to the multimedia and industrial technology discourses offered in schools. A book based on this research
Contrary to popular belief, music is not a universal language. The Solesmes’ reasons for intoning Gregorian chants near Sablé sur Sarthe, France, have little in common with the Tuvans’ motivations for throat singing in Siberia. The Carnatic vocal music of southern India has scant relation to North American hip hop. Different musical practices reflect cultural differences throughout the world and within contemporary societies. In fact, different musics usually serve the people who engage with them as important means of psychological and soci
“BC’s Brightest Minds” Competition is born out of Drs. David Anderson’s and Samson Nashon’s SSHRC funded collaborative research study about students’ metacognition and learning across contexts. The study investigated students’ metacognition as they solved novel physics problems related to experiences on the Amusement Park Rides at Vancouver’s Pacific National Exhibition (PNE).
Dr. Joy Butler’s current research is investigating how Inventing Games (IG), a physical education (PE) program where groups of students create their own games, might support the development of principles of ethical actions in students as they learn collaboratively. IG is an extension of the Teaching Games for Understanding (TGfU) curriculum model which moves PE pedagogy further into democratized learning whilst sharing TGfU’s constructivist epistemology.
My research in mathematics education takes an interdisciplinary approach. I work with mathematics education through the arts, language and embodiment, particularly through genre and gesture analysis.
The research and practice of Dr. Harry Hubball, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, focus on the scholarship of curriculum and pedagogy in higher education and futsal contexts. In 1998, for example, he developed the 8-month UBC Faculty Certificate on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education: SoTL Leadership Program. Harry is Co-Chair of this program which has since graduated over 250 faculty members from UBC, Canadian and International universities.
Since early 2006, a partnership between the Centre for the Study of Historical Consciousness and a private, non-profit foundation has promoted the development of historical thinking as a foundational element of history curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Perhaps what is most unexpected is the apparently broad acceptance of the reform effort, in a jurisdictional arena where history—more than any other school subject—is jealously guarded by the provinces.
Over the last 3 years Drs. Nashon and Anderson have been implementing a SSHRC-funded research project in East Africa, where they are investigating “East African students’ Ways of Knowing” (WOK) in science through case studies of select Kenyan high schools. Ways of knowing in science are the tools that learners use to construct their worldviews of science. WOK are inherently laden with the values and assumptions that manifest in learners’ development and interpretation of scientific knowledge.
Intergenerational Landed Learning on the Farm for the Environment is an initiative of the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy that provides urban children and adults with an authentic food growing experience on UBC’s Point Grey campus. The project was initiated in 2002 to advance understanding of sustainable living, learning, and practice through environmental education programs and research.
Linda Farr Darling, Associate Professor in the Department of Curriculum & Pedagogy, has been appointed to the Eleanor Rix Professorship for Rural Teacher Education, a position made possible by the Rix family's recent donation of two and a half million dollars to the Faculty of Education. Dr. Rix named the Professorship after his wife who was a British Columbia teacher with a strong commitment to the future of K-12 education in the province.