Dr. Michael Hoechsmann and Co-Editors Publish New Book: Democracy 2.0: Media, Political Literacy and Critical Engagement

Participatory media, which allow us all to produce and circulate information to limitless online audiences, have radically shifted public life. Democracy 2.0: Media, Political Literacy and Critical Engagement (Brill, 2018) explores this shift through “a series of evocative, international case studies that document the impact of alternative and community use of media, in general, and Web 2.0 in particular.”

Co-edited by professors Paul R. Carr (Université du Québec en Outaouais), Michael Hoechsmann (Lakehead University), and Gina Thésée (Université du Québec à Montréal), the volume examines some of the potentials and also limits of interactive media for democratic participation.

As the authors explain: “Democracy requires a functioning, critically-engaged and literate populace, one that can participate in, cultivate and shape, in meaningful and critical ways, the discourses and forms of the society in which it exists. Education for democracy, therefore, requires not only political literacy but also media and digital literacies, given the ubiquity and immersiveness of Media 2.0 in our lives.”

In his Afterword to the collection, renowned critical pedagogue Peter McLaren refers to the book as “one of the best media literacy texts in the field” and one that “has arrived at a precipitous moment in world History.”

Other Lakehead University contributions to the book include a co-edited chapter, “Engagement with the Mainstream Media and the Relationship to Political Literacy,” co-authored by Lakehead Orillia Assistant Professor Gary Pluim, and former Lakehead Orillia student Lauren Howard. 

The collaboration between the three editors continues with a follow-up book underway called Education for Democracy 2.0: Changing Frames of Media Literacy.

Dr. Sonja Grover Publishes New Book: Child Refugee Asylum as a Basic Human Right: Selected Case Law on State Resistance

Dr. Sonja Grover, Professor in the Faculty of Education, has published a new book with Springer titled Child Refugee Asylum as a Basic Human Right: Selected Case Law on State Resistance.

The book discusses the child's right to asylum as a basic human right; the scope of the child's right to asylum given the child's privileged status under international human rights and humanitarian law, and considers relevant international and domestic case law concerning child refugees and child asylum seekers.

Dr. Grover provides recommendations for modifications of child refugee policy and state law to further compliance with international law requirements in regards to child refugee asylum seekers.

Dr. Ann Kajander and Co-Editors Publish New Book: Teaching and Learning Secondary School Mathematics

Bridging the gap between mathematics education research and practice is a key focus of the recently published Teaching and Learning Secondary School Mathematics (2018, Springer).

Co-edited by Associate Professor Dr. Ann Kajander (Lakehead University), Dr. Jennifer Holm (University of Alberta), and Dr. Egan Chernoff (University of Saskatchewan), the volume – featuring a roster of Canadian and international authors – provides a synopsis of recent research about secondary level mathematics teaching and learning.

As stated on the Springer website: “The chapters address topics of broad applicability such as technology in learning mathematics, recent interest in social justice contexts in the learning of mathematics, as well as Indigenous education. The voices of classroom practitioners, the group ultimately responsible for implementing this new vision of mathematics teaching and learning, are not forgotten. Each section includes a chapter written by a classroom teacher, making this volume unique in its approach.”

Mathematics educator Dr. Ann Kajander, who has taught mathematics at the secondary and post-secondary level, says the book is designed to fill a gap in the literature and includes a uniquely Canadian perspective, situated in an international context. She reports that the editorial team was particularly thrilled with the book’s Forward, written by Indigenous mathematician and educator Edward Doolittle, in which he observes that “many of the chapters of this book are directly about Indigenous mathematics education” and that he was pleased to find some “connections to Indigenous cultures, issues, and peoples” in every chapter of the book.

Each of the book’s six sections is introduced with a Preface (or two) by senior Canadian mathematics education scholars or mathematicians. The final Commentaries in each section situate the chapters in an international context, including eight commentaries from scholars representing five different continents.

Dr. Gerald Walton Wins Canadian Association of Foundations of Education 2018 “Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award”

Dr. Gerald Walton, Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, was awarded the “Outstanding Advising and Mentoring Award” from the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (CAFE) in May.

The award is presented each year to a CAFE member whose “dedication and commitment to excellence in undergraduate and/or graduate advising or mentorship has made a significant contribution to the professional growth of students working in the area of educational foundations,” as noted on the CAFE website.

Dr. Walton’s nominator described him as someone who “provided me with sound advice in my growth as a scholar but also helped me through personal challenges and hurdles … held high expectations … provided important guidance … a valued mentor whose guidance truly enriched my graduate studies experience.”

Dr. Walton notes that he was "delighted to have received this award at the CAFE Banquet in Regina. This award, in particular, means a lot to me because working with students and guiding them on what interests them academically is a huge privilege and the best part of my job, hands down. I remember professors who did the same for me when I was a student. It is very enjoyable to pay it forward and a thrill to watch students reach their potential.” 

The award was presented at the Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Association of Foundation of Education in Regina.

Pictured below: Dr. Gerald Walton (centre) receives award from Dr. Kurt Clausen (President, CAFE) and Dr. Shirley Van Nuland (1st Vice President, CAFE and Chair, Awards Committee).

Tikkun Indigenous Youth Research Project Featured in Chronicle-Journal

Dr. Lisa Korteweg’s research project, the recently completed Tikkun Indigenous Youth Project, was featured in the Chronicle-Journal’s Research into Action series. This SSHRC-funded project – an international project with five research sites, including Thunder Bay – explores the factors that encourage youth, aged 16-25, to become drivers of change in their own communities.

"The Tikkun Indigenous Youth project site has helped to create safer spaces in Thunder Bay schools so that northern First Nation youth can buffer and navigate ongoing cultural differences while sharing positive experiences and building community with their Indigenous peers,” Dr. Korteweg explains in the article.

As part of the project, drop-in sessions were held at four high schools where data was collected from Indigenous students on how conditions could be improved as more welcoming and inclusive, and how students could become more engaged in community and school events.

In the third year of the Tikkun Thunder Bay site, a land-based, well-being retreat at Kingfisher Outdoor Education Centre was designed and implemented with 20 youth participants, 4 teacher candidates, and 4 Lakehead Public School Board teachers. At the camp, Master of Education student Jacky Chan, research assistant with the project, worked with the Indigenous youth as part of his research into play-based, laughter-yoga community building (see photo below), and mental health leadership.

 

May Issue of Education Exchange Newsletter Published

The May 2018 issue of our Education Exchange newsletter has been published. This newsletter brings our current and former students as well as our educational partners together to share news, successes, and innovations.

To access our Education Exchange newsletter, click the following link:

Education Exchange Newsletter (May 2018)

To see previous issues of the newsletter, visit the newsletter archives.

Lakehead University Professor Pauline Sameshima renewed as Canada Research Chair

Lakehead University’s Dr. Pauline Sameshima has been renewed as a Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies.

“Research helps build the life we want now and for future societies,” said Dr. Sameshima, a professor in the Faculty of Education. “Imagination allows researchers to construct narratives, stories, and mythologies of the kind of world we wish to occupy. As we think and imagine, we construct a new society.

“The knowledge economy has been replaced by the creative economy, bringing to the forefront worldwide studies that link weak creativity development at work and school to unhealthy economic and societal well-being,” she said. “Advances in Canada’s creativity will depend on broader audiences being able to participate in active learning and making at all levels. Creativity is not relegated to artists.”

The Canada Research Chairs program, which attracts world-class researchers to universities, has positioned Canada as an international leader and destination of choice in research and development. The research has potential benefits for Canadians and their families, businesses, practitioners and policy-makers. 

Dr. John O’Meara, Dean of Lakehead’s Faculty of Education, said Dr. Sameshima will continue working with partners and faculty in Thunder Bay, other parts of Canada, and internationally to develop creative ways of exploring and expressing research.

“We are proud to have Dr. Sameshima renewed as a CRC and look forward to seeing her research reach broad audiences through the arts,” Dr. O’Meara said.

Dr. Sameshima's research projects include the implementation of creativity propulsion theories, community-engaged research, prenatal education access, dementia studies, and designing teaching and learning models. Her position, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, has been renewed for five years.

Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place Wins Outstanding Book Honorable Mention Award

A recent book of poetry edited by Dr. Pauline Sameshima, professor and Canada Research Chair in Arts Integrated Studies in the Faculty of Education, has received a 2018 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Honorable Mention Award.

Poetic Inquiry: Enchantment of Place was co-edited by Dr. Sameshima, Dr. Alexandra Fidyk (University of Alberta), Dr. Kedrick James (University of British Columbia), and Dr. Carl Leggo (University of British Columbia). The book celebrates poetry and poetic voices – theorizing and exploring poetic inquiry as an approach, methodology, and/or research method.

Dr. Sameshima extends a thank you to “Holly Tsun Haggarty and Maria Vasanelli, Education PhD students, whose work along with others in this book have made this possible.”

An awards ceremony was held at the annual meeting of the Society of Professors of Education at the American Educational Research Association meeting in New York.

For more information on the book, see here.

Bachelor of Education Student Samantha Hill Recognized During National Volunteer Week (April 15-21)

Concurrent Education (PJ) student Samantha Hill was recognized by Frontier College for her volunteer achievements in the Northern Ontario Region. As a volunteer and intern, she supported children's programs through STEM and Homework Clubs.

Master of Education Student Jacky Chan Selected as Canadian Delegate to Attend University Scholars Leadership Symposium

Master of Education student Jacky Can has been selected as a Canadian delegate to attend the 9th University Scholars Leadership Symposium at the United Nations in Bangkok next August. The week-long conference invites outstanding university students who demonstrate leadership ability and commitment to effecting positive change across the globe. 

Hosted by Humanitarian Affairs Asia and the United Nations Development Programme, the event is a leadership conference on social development for emerging world leaders. Delegates have the opportunity to explore what it means to give back to the community, and how they can respond to the needs of the marginalized with greater knowledge, skills, acts of kindness and unconditional service.

The symposium selected Jacky as a leader-delegate from Canada based on criteria of outstanding character, excellence in academics, and extracurricular strengths. 

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