Stephen Petrina specializes in Media and Technology Studies (MTS), Science and Technology Studies (STS), and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics education (STEM). He is a cultural historian with current interests in the philosophy of research, as opposed to methodology. Critical Educator and Professor (Media & Technology Studies), he is in the Department of Curriculum and Pedagogy at the University of British Columbia. Actively researching academic freedom, he is co-founder and co-Director, with Sandra Mathison and E. Wayne Ross, of the Institute for Critical Education Studies and co-Edits the Institute's flagship journals Critical Education and Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor. With Sandra and Wayne, he blogs at the ICES and Workplace blogs.
In addition to the metaphysics of research, he is exploring the interconnections between digital media and learning within a how we learn media & technology (across the lifespan) framework. The emphasis is on design and engineering cognition. Other projects include books titled Technology, Religion, Spirituality and the Sacred, Techontologies: The Critical Ontology of Media and Technology, Twentieth Century Learning, and Education, Medicine, and the Psy-ences. This fourth book includes a major article titled “Medical Liberty” published in the December 2008 issue of the Journal of Medical Humanities. Recent major articles or chapters include an analysis of the critique of critique (a la Latour and Ranciere) in The New Critiquette and Old Scholactivism: A Petit Critique of Academic Manners, Managers, Matters, and Freedom and an entirely new paradigm for new media and technologies in "Postliterate Machineries." This latest chapter basically spells the end of new literacies. Dr. Petrina has also published a popular textbook titled Advanced Teaching Methods for the Technology Classroom (2007) and a collection of essays on the critical theory of design and technology education. Recent articles appear in the History of Education Quarterly (e.g., "Preschools for Science," award winning article with Penney Clark and Mona Gleason), History of Psychology, Technology and Culture and the International Journal of Technology and Design Education.
*On sabbatical 1 July 2012 - 30 June 2013
NOTE: Links to articles and chapters are for UBC course packets.
Petrina, S. (2013). “Scientific Ammunition to Fire at Congress:” Intelligence, reparations and the US Army Air Forces, 1944-1947. Vulcan: International Journal of the Social History of Military Technology, 1(2).
Petrina, S. (2013). Postliterate machineries. In J. Dakers (Ed.), Defining technological literacy. New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
Clark, P., Gleason, M. & Petrina, S. (2012). Preschools for science: The Child Study Centre at the University of British Columbia, 1960-1997. History of Education Quarterly, 52(1): 29-61. *Awarded the Canadian History of Education Association's 2012 Founders' Prize
Petrina, S. (2012). The New Critiquette and Old Scholactivism: A Petit Critique of Academic Manners, Managers, Matters, and Freedom. Workplace: A Journal for Academic Labor, 20, 17-57.
Petrina, S. (2010). Design and engineering cognition. In P. A. Reed & J. LaPorte (Eds.), Research in technology education. Reston, VA: Council on Technology Teacher Education.
Petrina, S. & Rusnak, P. (2010). Technology. In C. Kridel (Ed.), Encyclopedia of curriculum studies (pp. 876-878). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Park, H., Khan, S. & Petrina, S. (2009). ICT in science education: A quasi-experimental study of achievement, attitudes toward science, and career aspirations of Korean middle school students. International Journal of Science Education, 31(8), 993-1012.
Guo, R. X., Dobson, T. & Petrina, S. (2008). Digital natives, digital immigrants: An analysis of age and ICT competency in teacher education. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 38(3), 235-254.
Petrina, S., Bartosh, O., Guo, R. & Stanley-Wilson, L. (2008). ICT literacies and policies in teacher education: A survey of preservice teachers at the University of British Columbia, 2001-2004. In T. Di Petta (Ed.), The Emperor’s new computer (pp. 89-109). Amsterdam: Sense.
Petrina, S. & Weir, L. (2008). Commercializing academic freedom: R&D, technology transfer, patents, and copyrights. In S. Krishna (Ed.), Technology transfer: Intellectual property rights (pp. 76-88). Hyderabad, India: Amicus Books, ICFAI University Press. (Reprint of article).
Petrina, S. & Guo, R. (2007). Developing a large-scale assessment of technological literacy. In M. Hoepfl & M. Lindstrom (Eds.), Assessment of technology education (pp. 157-180). New York: Glencoe-McGraw Hill.
Brennan, K., Feng, F., Hall, L. & Petrina, S. (2007). On the complexity of technology and the technology of complexity. In. B. Davis (Ed.), Proceedings of the Fourth Complexity Science and Educational Research conference, 47-73.
See our Designerly Ways of Being, Knowing, Doing & Learning Symposium at the Technological Learning and Thinking: Culture, Design, Sustainability, Human Ingenuity conference.
Petrina, S., Feng, F., Gutica, M., Rusnak, PJ, Teja, F. & Wang, Y. (under review, 2010). Designerly ways of being, knowing, doing and learning. Special issue of International Journal of Technology and Design Education.
Petrina, S. & Feng, F. (under review, 2010). Making meaning and meaning making in technology. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-24.
Teja, F. & Petrina, S. (under review, 2010). Youth learning to design, build and program robots: A study of distributed cognition. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-28.
Rusnak, PJ, Petrina, S., Feng, F. & Wang, Y. (under review, 2010). Being@play. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-22.
Gutica, M. & Petrina, S. (under review, 2010). Emotional design: Perspectives of IT designers. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-29.
Wang, Y. & Petrina, S. (under review, 2010). Designing Chatbot Technologies: A Virtual Agent for Stimulating Adults' Oral English Practices. International Journal of Technology and Design Education, 1-18.
Downloads for Students and Teachers:
Download history & geography resource book: Change and Technology in the United States: A Resource Book for Studying the Geography and History of Technology.
Download media studies grades 11-12 text: Media Studies 11-12 Textbook (2010).
Download media studies grades 11-12 text: Media Studies 11-12 Textbook (2011).
For descriptions of Research projects, see the HWL blog