Dr. Ellen Field

Assistant Professor

Office Location: 
Rm. 11 Heritage Place
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: 

I teach in the Faculty of Education at Lakehead University and hold a two-year, SSHRC post-doctoral fellowship, called Pedagogies for Uncertain Times. In this project, I am leading a national review of climate change education curricula, investigating 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, and lastly, documenting transformative climate change classrooms. I am also the lead climate inquiry facilitator for Learning for a Sustainable Future's professional development workshops for teachers, which focus on transdisciplinary, experiential, and inquiry-based strategies and that include developmentally-appropriate instruction.

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. I am a strong collaborator who builds bridges between institutions and has worked with multiple NGO's and research centres to improve educational outcomes in both online and offline spaces.