Faculty of Education

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Faculty of Education

November Research

Researchers at the Queen’s Faculty of Education are producing exciting and innovative research. In order to share the results and ideas stemming from this work, we are launching a monthly research update ranging from articles and books to keynotes and public lectures. Our first update covers work ranging from Dr. Lee Airton’s new book Gender: Your Guide to Dr. Lindsay Morcom’s articles on building non-Indigenous allies.

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Dr. Liying Cheng says policy-makers need better training on how to properly interpret test scores in We all put too much emphasis on test scores and Dr. Christopher DeLuca and Dr. Volante (Brock) explore the current trend towards university practices to adjust grades for admission decisions, pointing to a larger systemic issue of grade inflation in Educators must commit now to tackle grade inflation.

Articles, Books, and Chapters

Word painting: using a musical technique to enhance vocabulary

Drs. Pamela Beach & Benjamin Bolden

This article details a vocabulary-building strategy. “Word painting” invites students to illustrate new and interesting words in a way that communicates how a musicalized performance of the word should sound. The activity supports vocabulary development by engaging students’ creativity as visual artists and music composers, with no prior experience required!

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Gender – Your Guide: A Gender-Friendly Primer on What to Know, What to Say and What to Do in the New Gender Culture

Dr. Lee Airton

An authentic, accessible guide to understanding and engaging in today’s gender conversation. Check out related media at www.genderyourguide.com and Dr. Airton’s appearance on CTV’s Your Morning.

Niinwi-Kiinwa-Kiinwi: Building Non-Indigenous Allies in Education through Indigenous Pedagogy

Dr. Lindsay Morcom and Dr. Kate Freeman (ATEP)

This article approaches reconciliation though the lens of Indigenous philosophy. First, we look at the Anishinaabemowin language to see what it teaches us about how to build community. Then, we examine reconciliation through the lens of the medicine wheel and the Seven Grandfather teachings.

Canadian Journal of Education

What do First-Year University Students in Ontario, Canada, Know About First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples and Topics?

Schaefli, Godlewska, Korteweg, Coombs, Morcom, & Rose

This article discusses results of the Awareness Questionnaire, disseminated to first-year cohorts at 10 Ontario universities in 2014. Statistical analysis of the responses indicates that first-year students who graduated from Ontario high schools lack knowledge of Indigenous peoples and topics. The results are indicative of gaps in curriculum and teacher preparedness and have implications for teacher education and curriculum development.

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Eye tracking methodology for studying teacher learning: A review of the research

Dr. Pamela Beach

Eye tracking methodology offers insights into attention and decision-making processes and has the potential to provide important information about teachers’ learning experiences. This article analyses existing studies that use eye tracking methodology for studying teacher learning. Emergent themes resulted from the review: information processing, multimedia learning, learning tools and resources, expert-novice knowledge construction.

The de/politicization of pronouns: Implications of the No Big Deal Campaign for gender-expansive educational policy and practice

Dr. Lee Airton

This article analyzes responses within queer and transgender networks to the No Big Deal Campaign in support of transgender peoples’ pronouns and proposes a framework of ‘beneficiaries’ vs. ‘audiences’ as a way to design gender diversity educational interventions within and outside of K-12 or higher education.

Gender and Education
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Preparing teachers for assessment in schools: The influence of teacher educators

Dr. Chris DeLuca

In Innovation and Accountability in Teacher Education: Setting Directions for New Cultures in Teacher Education. Set against the context and climate of educational accountability, in this chapter, DeLuca, Coombs and Sherman consider the power of teacher education and teacher educators to influence the assessment literacy of beginning teachers.

Mathematical mindsets for the teaching and learning of mathematics

Dr. Jamie Pyper

In Teaching and Learning Secondary School Mathematics: Canadian Perspectives in an International Context. This chapter invites preservice teachers to think more broadly, and more closely, at what knowing mathematics could be, and about mathematical mindsets and mathematical habits of mind. What does it mean to know mathematics, and what underlies mathematical thinking? This chapter provides examples of what it might mean to know mathematics, and explores mathematical mindsets and how knowing mathematics can be supported by mathematical habits of mind.

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Keynotes, Public Lectures and Workshops

Alberto Hurtado’s Reading of Dewey’s Educational Theory at the Intersection with Theological Tendencies Growing Outside the Vatican’s Walls

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Dr. Rosa Bruno Jofré

Dr. Rosa Bruno Jofré presented a keynote Alberto Hurtado’s Reading of Dewey’s Educational Theory at the Intersection with Theological Tendencies Growing Outside the Vatican’s Walls at the conference Catholic Social Thought in the Era of Pope Francis: Roots in the Work of Saint Alberto Hurtado hosted by Boston College. At the conference Globalizing the Student Rebellion in the Long 68 at University of Valencia, Spain, she presented a keynote The ‘Long 1960s’ in a Global Arena of Contention: Re-defining Assumptions of the Self, Morality, Race, Gender, and Justice and Questioning Education. Dr. Bruno Jofré also gave a public lecture, La disputa política y social en la arena global de los “largos años sesenta”: redefiniendo el yo, la moralidad, nociones de justicia, raza y género, y cuestionando la educación, invited by the Civic Culture and Educational Policies Research Group, Faculty of Education, Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Sala de Conferencias.

High-Quality Classroom Assessment in Times of Change: From Purposes and Uses to Tasks and Environments

Dr. Liying Cheng

Dr. Liying Cheng gave a keynote at the Asian Conference on Education, High-Quality Classroom Assessment in Times of Change: From Purposes and Uses to Tasks and Environments. This plenary highlighted the context dependence of classroom assessment in relation to large-scale testing and discussed the intricate relationship between assessment and instruction through assessment tasks and environment in supporting student learning.

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Understanding Gender Dynamics and Welcoming Gender Diversity in Pre-K Spaces

Dr. Kristy Timmons and Dr. Lee Airton

Drs. Timmons and Airton engaged early childhood educators from Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington Kristy Public Health in a workshop on October 1st on “Understanding Gender Dynamics and Welcoming Gender Diversity in Pre-K Spaces.”