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Heather Nesbitt

PhD in Education
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Program

Ph.D. in Education

Major Field

Cognitive Studies

Minor Field

Curriculum Studies

Supervisor

Dr. John Freeman

Biography

Heather Nesbitt is a doctoral student at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. She holds a M.Ed. degree from Queen’s University, a B.Ed. (primary/junior) from the University of Ottawa, and a B.A. Honours degree in Kinesiology from the University of Western Ontario. Her research interests include student health and well-being, engagement and motivation, and early childhood education. In addition to her graduate studies, Heather works as a research associate with the Social Program Evaluation Group and has been involved in several externally funded research projects, such as the Health Behaviour in School-aged Children (HBSC) study. Before returning to graduate school, Heather worked as a Kindergarten teacher at various accredited international schools in Shanghai, China. She has experience planning and implementing early childhood play-based pedagogy, emergent curriculum, the Project Approach, and inquiry-based learning.

Research Interests

  • Student health and well-being
  • Student engagement and motivation
  • Equity and inclusion
  • Holistic education
  • Nature-based learning
  • Place-based education
  • Early Childhood Education

Select Publications and Presentations

Coe, H. (2014). Peers. In J. Freeman, H. Coe, & M. King (Eds.), Health Behaviour in school-aged children: Trends report 1990–2010 (pp. 37-44). Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada. Retrieved from: http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/hp-ps/dca-dea/prog-ini/school-scolaire/behaviour-comportements/assets/pdf/trends-tendances-eng.pdf

Coe, H. (2014). Substance use and related risk behaviours. In J. Freeman, H. Coe, & M. King (Eds.), Health Behaviour in school-aged children: Trends report 1990–2010 (pp. 73-80). Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

Freeman, J., Coe, H., & King, M. (2014). Health Behaviour in school-aged children: Trends report 1990–2010. Ottawa, ON: Public Health Agency of Canada.

Freeman, J., Vanderlee, M.-L., Horwood, D., & Coe, H. (2012, June). Research Review of Child Care Quality and Program Approaches. Technical report submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Coe, H. (2014). A forest Kindergarten: How four children experience learning and living outdoors. Poster presented at the 2014 Canadian Society for the Study of Education annual conference, St. Catherines, ON.

Coe, H. & Social Program Evaluation Group (2014). Trends found in health behaviour in school-aged children study (1990-2010) among Canadian youth. Poster presented at the 2014 Canadian Public Health Association annual conference, Toronto, ON.

Select Research Experience

Co-Project Manager (2015)
SMOKE-FREE ONTARIO SCHOOL BASED PILOT
Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University, Faculty of Education
Funded by the Ontario Physical & Health Education Association (OPHEA)

Project Manager (2012-2013)
HEALTH BEHAVIOUR IN SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN: TRENDS REPORT 1990-2010
Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University, Faculty of Education
Funded by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC)

Project Manager (2012)
RESEARCH REVIEW OF CHILD CARE QUALITY AND PROGRAM APPROACHES
Social Program Evaluation Group, Queen’s University, Faculty of Education
Funded by the Ontario Ministry of Education

Recent Teaching and Teaching-Related Experience

Head Teaching Assistant
Prof 100/101 – Critical Issues and Policies in Education (Fall 2013 & Fall 2014)

Teaching Assistant
Prof 100/101 – Critical Issues and Policies in Education (Fall 2011 & Fall 2012)

Teaching Assistant
FOCI 255 – Educators Abroad

Kindergarten Teacher (2008-2011)
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai
Hongqiao Campus, Shanghai, China
Curriculum Implementation: Emergent learning; British National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage; Project Approach.

Kindergarten Teacher (2006-2008)
Shanghai Victoria Kindergarten
Pudong Campus, Shanghai, China
Curriculum Implementation: International Baccalaureate; Primary Years Programme.

Membership and Accreditation

  • Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
  • The Canadian Association for Educational Psychology (CAEP)
  • The Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS)
  • Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE)
  • Canadian Association for Research in Early Childhood (CAREC)
  • Ontario College of Teachers, Member in Good Standing (2006-2014)
  • International Baccalaureate Workshop, Primary Years Programme – General Introduction for Teachers (Certification)