Dr. Ellen Field

Assistant Professor

Office Hours: 
By appointment efield@lakeheadu.ca
Academic Qualifications: 

PhD in Education, James Cook University, Cairns, Australia
M. Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto, Canada
B.Ed., Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Canada
B.A., Double Major in Environmental Studies & English, University of Victoria, Canada

Date joined Lakehead: 
September 2017
Research Interests: 

My research interests are in policy and practice of climate change education in the Canadian K-12 system. I have a strong background in survey development and implementation, educational tool development and stakeholder engagement. I am engaged with Ministries, school boards, teachers and community members and co-lead an online community on Climate Change Education in Canada.

I teach Environmental Education (B.Ed) and Climate Change Education (M.Ed) in the Faculty of Education, and have engaged over 800 teachers in professional development workshops in the last several years.

- Associate Editor of the Canadian Journal of Environmental Education 
- Co-Chair of the Canada Regional Hub of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Climate Change Education (MECCE) Project
- Community Advisor for Climate Education Reform British Columbia
- Co-founder and active contributor of professional learning community: Climate Change Education in Canada 

My SSHRC-funded postdoc, was a national review of climate change education curricula, and an investigation of climate change education practice through a comprehensive survey of Canadian teachers and engaging various stakeholders (students, parents, and members of the general public) about their perspectives on climate change education and schooling.

I completed my SSHRC-funded doctoral research at James Cook University in Australia in late 2016. My dissertation was focused on understanding how youth engage in environmental peer-to-peer learning within social media sites and was supervised by Dr. Bob Stevenson. My research portfolio is focused on 'connected learning', an educational approach designed for learning in an ever-changing world, relevant to all populations, to real life contexts (including environmental and social injustices), and the realities of the digital age.