FACULTY OF

Education

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Rena Upitis

Professor of Arts Education, Graduate Faculty
BA, LLB, MEd (Queen's), EdD (Harvard)

Contact Information

Room: A302
Phone: 613 533 6212
Email: rena.upitis@queensu.ca
Websites: The Studio & renaupitis.com

Research Interests

  • use of digital tools to support arts learning
  • teacher professional development in arts education
  • school architecture
  • development of symbol systems
  • benefits of the arts for students, teachers, and communities.

Recent Publications

Books

Cover of 'Raising a School: Foundations for School Architecture'

Upitis, R. (2011). Arts education for the whole child. Invited monograph for the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario (ETFO). Toronto, ON.

Upitis, R. (2010). Raising a school: Foundations for school architecture. South Frontenac, ON: Wintergreen Studios Press.

Smithrim, K., & Upitis, R. (Eds.). (2008). Listen to their voices: Research and practice in early childhood music. Toronto: Canadian Music Educators Association.

Articles

Upitis, R., Davis, J., Brook, J., Peterson, A., Ogden, H., & Troop, M. (2011). German, Icelandic, and Canadian students’ views of their learning spaces: A Cross-cultural perpective. DESIGN Principles & Practices: An International Journal, 4, 273–286.

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., Patteson, A. (2010). Approaching environmental issues through electronic portfolios & the arts. Journal of the Canadian Ass. of Curric. Studies,8(1), 68–98.

Ogden, H., Upitis, R., Brook, J., Troop, M., Peterson, A., & Hughes, S. (2010). Entering school: The impact of entryways and foyers on teachers and students. Journal of Children, Youth, and Environments (CYE), 20(2), 150–174.

Upitis, R. (2010). As artes perdidas (The lost arts). Transl. Portuguese by M. Prathas Linhares. Revista Profissão Docente, Uberaba, 9(19), 1–15.

Upitis, R., Davis, J., Peterson, A., Brook, J., Troop, M., & Ogden, H. (2010). If I could design my own schools: Students’ perceptions of their learning spaces. UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(5).

Upitis, R., Atri, A., Keely, C., Lewis, A. (2010). Professional development programs in the arts. UNESCO Observatory on Multi-Disciplinary Research in the Arts, 1(5).

Upitis, R. (2009). Developing ecological habits of mind.International Journal of Education and the Arts. Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v10n26/

Conference Proceedings

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., Brook, J., Troop, M., & Catalano, L. (2010). Using ePEARL for music teaching: A case study. In G. Pérez-Bustamante, K. Physavat, & F. Ferreria (Eds.) Proceedings of the International Association for Scientific Knowledge Conference (pp. 36–45). Seville, Spain: IASK Press.

Upitis, R., Patteson, A., & Abrami, P. C. (2010, May). E-learning, ecology, and an arts education institutional partnership. Proceedings of the Canada International Conference on Education (CICE), (pp. 225–230). Toronto, ON.

Upitis, R., Abrami, P. C., & Patteson, A. (2009). Using electronic portfolios to learn about ecology through the arts. In P. Isias, B. White, & M. Nunes (Eds.), Proceedings of the IADIS International Conference on WWW/Internet (Vol. 2, pp. 41–47). Lisbon, Portugal: IADIS Press.