M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto)
Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy
Phone: 613-533-6000 x 78026
- Elementary reading and writing instruction
- Online professional development
- Teacher cognition and learning
- Early literacy
- Critical literacy
Pamela Beach is currently an Assistant Professor in Language and Literacy at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. Pamela completed her M.A. in Child Study and Education at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study, University of Toronto and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto.
Pamela has nearly a decade of elementary classroom experience, teaching a range of grades and subject areas from junior kindergarten to seventh grade. Her background as an elementary teacher has influenced her research which centres on the dissemination of research-informed literacy practices in online environments. Pamela’s work explores how online resources can be used in teacher education and professional development. She has been involved in the development of a multimedia website for K-6 literacy teachers called The Balanced Literacy Diet: Putting Research into Practice in the Classroom (www.LitDiet.org). Pamela is currently examining the use of internet technologies in teacher education and how online resources influence literacy practices at the elementary level.
Beach, P. (2017). Self-directed online learning: A theoretical model for understanding elementary teachers’ online learning experiences. Teaching and Teacher Education, 61, 60-72.
Beach, P., & Willows, D. (in press). Understanding teachers’ cognitive processes during online professional learning: A methodological comparison. Online Learning Journal.
Beach, P., & Cleovoulou, Y. (2014). An inquiry-based approach to critical literacy: Pedagogical nuances of a second grade classroom. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 60 (1). Available at http://hdl.handle.net/10515/sy56h4d66
Beach, P., & Willows, D. (2014). Investigating teachers’ exploration of a professional development website: An innovative approach to understanding the factors that motivate teachers to use Internet-based resources. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 40 (3). Available at https://journals.library.ualberta.ca/cjlt/index.php/cjlt/article/view/26278
Beach, P. (2014). Virtual classroom visits in teacher education: An innovative and motivating approach to teaching and learning. In G. Sheppard (Ed.), Creating circles of hope in teacher education (pp. 52-61). Sudbury, Laurentian E-Press. Available at https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/dspace/bitstream/10219/2185/3/circles%20of%20hope%20e-book.pdf
Beach, P. (2012). Virtual classroom tours as an interactive online professional resource for elementary teachers and administrators. In S. Van Nuland & J. Greenlaw (Eds.), Social media and teacher learning (pp. 3-14). Oshawa, Ontario: UOIT E-Press. Available at http://shared.uoit.ca/shared/faculty/fed/documents/Social%20Media%20and%20Teacher%20Learning.pdf