The January 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.
Dr. Lisa Korteweg, Associate Professor, has been appointed as an external advisor on a national “Editorial Circle” panel for the Federal government’s new Indigenous Learning series.
The Indigenous Learning Series is being created to ensure that public servants have awareness and capacity to develop and implement public policies, programs, and services relevant to and reflective of Indigenous realities. It will include events, videos, facilitated online courses, workshops, armchair discussions, case studies, learning resources, and job aids for all levels of the public service.
As a member of the Editorial Circle, Dr. Korteweg will advise the Indigenous learning series' policy makers, curriculum designers, and program facilitators.
"I am very honoured to have been appointed to this national panel at this critical time of responding to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action, and ensuring reconciliation is an educational and institutional priority of the Federal government," says Dr. Korteweg.
The series is being developed in partnership with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.
Professor Emeritus Dr. Bob Jickling has co-edited a newly published book: Post-Sustainability and Environmental Education: Remaking Education for the Future.
The publisher, Palgrave Studies in Education and the Environment, notes that the book “provides a critique of over two decades of sustained effort to infuse educational systems with education for sustainable development. Taking to heart the idea that deconstruction is a prelude to reconstruction, this critique leads to discussions about how education can be remade, and respond to the educational imperatives of our time, particularly as they relate to ecological crises and human-nature relationships. The book might, thus, serve as an introductory reader for remaking 21st century education.”
Dr. Jickling co-edited the book with Dr. Stephen Sterling (Professor of Sustainability Education at the University of Plymouth, UK).
On November 10, Lakehead University’s Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario provided a unique opportunity for curious high school students to learn through doing.
Local students gathered at Lakehead University to participate in the 8th annual Science Olympics, a one-day event that challenged Grades 9-12 students to apply their knowledge of science, engineering and math in creative ways. Exciting events run by university professors and students added a competitive nature to the experience.
“Science Olympics events are not easy, that’s why they promote teamwork – each team must apply their scientific knowledge and skills to achieve success,” said Dr. John O’Meara, Dean of the Faculty of Education.
Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario is a joint venture by Lakehead’s Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science and Environmental Studies, and Faculty of Engineering. For more details and photos, see the Science Olympics Northwestern Ontario Facebook page.
Keri-Lyn Durant, a PhD student, puppeteer, and volunteer for Hospice Northwest, developed the idea for a video project to help teach children about death and dying.
The video, produced by Hospice Northwest, won a $5,000 TBaytel Good Community award based on the number of votes it received in an online competition.
Entitled “Die-alogues: Talking to Kids About Death,” the one-minute video features Phoebe, an inquisitive sloth puppet (see picture below), voiced by Keri-Lyn, who talks to a child about the death of a grandparent.
Keri-Lyn, whose PhD research is focused on the importance of death education, says the video is aiming to “fill a gap in the Ontario elementary curriculum. We’re not teaching our kids to cope and deal with death, dying and loss. Our program is going to invite members of the community to come and discuss how we can better serve our children.”
Matthew O’Reilly, a visual artist and current Masters of Education student with a Social Justice specialization, is featured in the October issue of The Walleye magazine.
The article, entitled “Matthew O’Reilly: Merging Art and Education with Social Justice,” explains that Matthew explores social and environmental justice themes in his artistic work, including climate change, mass consumption, and racial tension. Painting, ceramics, and pottery are his specializations.
"The MEd program helps me connect to the artwork I produce by versing me in a whole body of literature that supports and is relevant to my content," he says.
"When one creates art, they also create a learning experience for the viewer. So creating artwork is a lot like creating a lesson plan or lecture, and I would like to leave viewers (learners) thinking critically about the world around them."
Dr. Wayne Melville, Professor of Science Education in the Faculty of Education, has been named a Co-editor of the Journal of Science Teacher Education (JSTE), the flagship journal of the Association for Science Teacher Education. Joining him as Co-editors are Dr. Todd Campbell of the University of Connecticut, and Dr. Geeta Verma of the University of Colorado at Denver. Their appointment begins January 1, 2019.
As the only English-language journal focused exclusively on science teacher education, JSTE disseminates research and theoretical position papers concerning pre-service and in-service education of science teachers, including articles offering ways to improve classroom teaching and learning; professional development; and teacher recruitment and retention at pre-K-16 levels. It is published online eight times a year and in print on a quarterly basis by Taylor & Francis.
While environmental and sustainability rating systems (ESRS) have assisted the development, improvement, and implementation of “green” technology and more efficient practices in the building industry around the world, other industries — including heavy industrial, oil and gas, infrastructure, manufacturing, transportation, mining and energy — beg to have such systems adopted. Sustainability Assessment: A Rating System Framework for Best Practices (2017, Emerald Insight) shows how this can be done.
“The book emphasizes the need for diversifying the design and use of ESRS. Through several years of practical experience, I became aware of not only the different social, economic, environmental, and health impacts carried by projects and organizations, but also the necessity for finding an assessment tool to measure sustainability performance in a consistent manner,” explains Dr. Poveda, who is a current MEd student, a professional engineer, and an independent researcher and consultant.
“ESRS are widely used in the construction building industry. So, I designed a rating system framework that can be adapted to other industry contexts (e.g., mining, oil and gas, energy, heavy industrial). The textbook takes the reader through every stage of the design and adoption of the rating system framework.”
For more information about the book, click here.
PhD student and Aboriginal Education Program Coordinator Bryanna Scott has been awarded a scholarship from Indspire's Building Brighter Futures: Bursaries, Scholarships, and Awards program.
As noted on the charity’s website, “Indspire is an Indigenous-led registered charity that invests in the education of Indigenous people for the long-term benefit of these individuals, their families and communities, and Canada. In partnership with Indigenous, private and public sector stakeholders, Indspire educates, connects and invests in Indigenous people so they will achieve their highest potential.”
Bryanna, a citizen of the Metis Nation of Ontario, has received this national award twice in the past and is honoured that Indspire supports and contributes to the success of many of Canada's Indigenous students across all fields and levels of post-secondary education.
Dr. Connie Russell, Professor in the Faculty of Education, has been awarded the 2017 North American Association for Environmental Education's (NAAEE) “Outstanding Contributions to Research in Environmental Education Award” – the highest honour an environmental education researcher can receive in North America.
The award is presented each year to an individual who has made significant contributions to research in environmental education. As noted on the NAAEE website:
“In nearly three decades as an environmental education scholar, Dr. Russell has made substantive, innovative contributions in numerous dimensions. A leader in the field at local, national, and international levels, Dr. Russell edited the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education for more than a decade and is the co-editor of the Peter Lang book series, (Re)thinking Environmental Education. Dr. Russell is recognized and admired as a generous scholar who has been an inspiring mentor to countless students and colleagues.”
This prestigious award is well-deserved recognition for Dr. Russell's research achievements.