With extensive expertise in problems of academic labour, including academic freedom, Stephen served on the Executive of the Faculty Association of UBC for four years and is currently a Candidate for Vice President. Most recently, with E. Wayne Ross, Stephen published a trenchant analysis of anti-Black racism at UBC.
At this time (March 2022), he is focusing on philosophy of media & technology for children & youth. In 2021, Dr. Paula MacDowell and I were awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant, “PMT4CY” @ $194, 031 to proceed with this profound research. We are benefitting from the advanced insights of graduate students, including Vicente Regis. Stephen’s expertise also includes the philosophy of research, as opposed to methodology.
For fifteen years, Stephen and an amazing team of colleagues & graduate researchers have been focusing onhow we learn media & technology across the lifespan. HWL focuses especially onhow children, youth, and adults innovate in classrooms, labs, workshops, makerspaces, virtual spaces, home spaces, and workplaces. As a team of environmental activists, we also research learning by ecodesign and natural spaces.
Stephen has recently published in the International Journal of Game-Based Learning, Journal of Military History, Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography, European Journal of STEM Education, Hacking Education in a Digital Age, Critique in Design and Technology Education, and British Journal of Educational Technology. Recent chapters have been published in Pedagogy for Technology Education, the Handbook of Mobile Teaching and Learning, and the Handbook of Research on Teaching with Virtual Environments and AI.
Awarded $2.6m in competitive research grants and contracts to date, three current grants are indicative of funding awards, most of which support graduate research assistants and underwrite infrastructure: (SSHRC IG, “PMT4CY” @ $194, 031; SSHRC IG, “HWL” @ $371,406; SSHRC IDG, “Critique of M&T” @ $40,033; Mitacs, “Case Study Scenarios and Videos for Intercultural Competence Acquisition” @ $165,000). Stephen is a member of the Cool Tools cluster for climate change education ($1m+).
He has authored or co-authored 150+ publications, including 45 Refereed articles and 46 chapters and proceedings.
Stephen has supervised 140 graduate students to completion, including 8 Ph.D. students, and is current Supervisor and Committee Member for 10 doctoral and masters students. He has also served as Supervisor of 7 Postdoctoral students and mentor to a range of faculty members. Students within and graduating from the Media & Technology Studies program excel in scholarly productivity and career transitions.
Petrina, S. & Zhao, J. J. (2021). 3D Virtual learning environment for acquisition of cultural competence: Experiences of instructional designers. In G. Panconesi & M. Guida (Eds.), Handbook of research on teaching with virtual environments and AI (pp. 17-42). Hershey, PA: IGI.
Petrina, S. (2021). Designerly ways, means, and ends: From STEM to STEAM to STEAMD. In D. Anderson, M. Milner-Bolotin, R. Santos, & S. Petrina (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International STEM in Education Conference (STEM 2021) (pp. 466-471). University of British Columbia.
MacDowell, P. & Petrina, S. (2021). Philosophy of technology for children and youth II. In D. Anderson, M. Milner-Bolotin, R. Santos, & S. Petrina (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International STEM in Education Conference (STEM 2021) (pp. 263-269). University of British Columbia.
Forde, K. & Petrina, S. (2021). Design of the preservice teacher’s digital self. In D. Anderson, M. Milner-Bolotin, R. Santos, & S. Petrina (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International STEM in Education Conference (STEM 2021) (pp. 446-452). University of British Columbia.
Petrina, S., Alam, M., & Feng, F. (2021). SOUL (slow online & ubiquitous learning): Analysis and regulation of instructional time. In D. Anderson, M. Milner-Bolotin, R. Santos, & S. Petrina (Eds.), Proceedings of the 6th International STEM in Education Conference (STEM 2021) (pp. 324-330). University of British Columbia.
Petrina, S. (2020). Philosophy of technology for children and youth. In P. J. Williams & D. Barlex, (Eds.), Pedagogy for technology education in secondary schools (pp. 311-323). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.
Ralph, R. & Petrina, S. (2019/2020). Mobile devices for preschool-aged children. In Y. A. Zhang & D. Cristol (Eds.), Handbook of mobile teaching and learning (pp. 809-824). Berlin, GE: Springer.
Petrina, S. (2019). “The best known couple” in educational psychology: Luella W. Cole, Sidney L. Pressey, and the limits of auto/biography, 1918-1933. Vitae Scholasticae: The Journal of Educational Biography. 30 pp.
Petrina, S. (2019). “Scientific Ammunition to Fire at Congress:” Intelligence, reparations and the US Army Air Forces, 1944-1947. Journal of Military History, 83(3), 795-829.
Petrina, S. (2019). Review of Our Germans: Project Paperclip and the National Security State. Journal of Military History, 83(3), 951-952.
Ralph, R. & Petrina, S. (2018). Social learning with mobile devices in preschool classrooms. European Journal of STEM Education, 3(2b), 1-15.
Lee, Y.-L. & Petrina, S. (2018). Hacking minds: Curriculum mentis, noosphere, internet, matrix, web. In N. Ng-A-Fook, S. Pratt, B. Smith, & L. Radford (Eds.), Hacking education in a digital age: Teacher education, curriculum, and literacies (pp. 15-36). Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing Inc.
Petrina, S. (2017). Critique of technology. In P. J. Williams & K. Stables (Eds.), Critique in design and technology education (pp. 31-49). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.
Petrina, S. (2017). From crit to social critique. In M. J. de Vries (Ed.), International handbook of technology education (pp. 39-50). Dordrecht, NL: Springer.
Wang, Y., Petrina, S. & Feng, F. (2017). Designing VILLAGE (Virtual Immersive Language Learning Environment): Immersion and presence. British Journal of Educational Technology, 48(2), 431-450.
Petrina, S., Mathison, S. & Ross, E. W. (2015). Threat convergence: The new academic work, bullying, mobbing and freedom. Workplace, 24, 58-69.
Petrina, S. & Ross, E. W. (2014). Critical university studies: Workplace, milestones, crossroads, respect, truth. Workplace, 23, 62-71.
Petrina, S. (2014). Postliterate machineries. In J. Dakers (Ed.), New frontiers in technological literacy: Breaking with the past (pp. 29-43). New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
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.