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Faculty of Education Offices Closed all afternoon on Friday, August 11

Faculty of Education Offices Closed on the Afternoon of Friday, August 11

The Faculty of Education’s offices will be closed starting at noon on Friday, August 11 in order for faculty and staff to attend the service for Dr. John Freeman. In the event of an emergency, please contact the Provost Office 613-533-2020 or by emailing provost@queensu.ca. Queen’s School of English classes will be running as scheduled.  



University remembers John Freeman

The Queen’s community is remembering John Freeman, a professor in the Faculty of Education, who died Tuesday, Aug. 1. He was 61.

Dr. Freeman was a vital part of the Faculty of Education for more than 20 years and was a dedicated teacher and mentor to many graduate students, a role he loved. Dr. Freeman was much beloved by the students he worked with, both for his dedication and his guidance, and he was often nominated for teaching and mentorship awards.


PhD Student Wei Yan on Grad Chat

Listen to PhD Student Wei Yan discuss his research

August 2, 2017 

On the latest episode of Grad Chat, listen to PhD student Wei Yan discuss his research that investigates the key determinants of Chinese students' academic success as indicated by their first semester GPA and credit hours earned in Korean universities with a focus on the relationship between language proficiency and students' academic success. 


Math-E-Motion: an embodied activity for improving spatial skills

Researchers from around the world have made efforts to improve students’ performance in STEM disciplines. However, emerging countries like Brazil still occupy very low ranking positions in global exams such as the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). One of the explanations might be students’ substantial deficiency in spatial skills. In fact, the National Curricular Parameters, an official educational guideline issued by the Brazilian government, does not even mention spatial skills. In my master's thesis, I have designed an embodied cognition activity called Math-e-motion that aims to improve students’ spatial thinking. This activity is carried out on a tiled floor made with cheap material and involves reasoning about cartesian coordinates. Preliminary results have shown that Math-e-motion can improve perspective changing, which is an essential skill to several fields of STEM disciplines.

Student Experiences: Graduate Research

July 17, 2017
By: Cindy Deyu Xing

Cindy Deyu Xing, who recently graduated from the Faculty of Education, was an international student who completed her Master of Education. Her research looked at how Chinese students with limited spoken English experienced Canadian universities. Using narrative inquiry, she interviewed Chinese students at mid-sized universities to listen to their study stories. Her thesis involves not only the traditional narrative writing but she also used music to re-tell the students stories - meaning her thesis includes a musical representation of the students' experiences. Find out more about her research by listening to the Grad Chat episode she was featured on in May!

Student Experience: A PhD's experience as a TA 

June 27, 2017
By: Michael Pitblado

One of the most rewarding opportunities graduate students are offered in the Faculty of Education is the chance to work directly with our TCs as teaching assistants. Last year I had the pleasure of assisting with two Professional Studies courses in the summer, followed by Ted Christou’s Introduction to Teaching History (CURR 335) in the fall and Rosa Bruno-Jofre’s Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education
 (FOUN 102) in the winter. Interacting and supporting TCs as they navigate the Bachelor of Education program allowed me to play a small part in their growth as teachers.

Student Experiences: Taking kindergartners outside for class

June 15, 2017
By: Zoe Arnold

During my most recent practicum, I was placed in a kindergarten classroom here in Kingston. Before I started, I emailed my associate teacher to introduce myself, and asked about whether I could take the class outdoors a few times during my lessons. I was surprised by the enthusiasm of her response. She asked if I would take it further and incorporate daily outdoor learning activities for the students, using the school grounds, and the local community. I was so excited (and a little nervous to be honest) to get started.

Zoe Arnold with kindergarten student outdoors