Faculty of Education

Faculty of Education
Faculty of Education

Lunch & Learn with Dr. Sharon Friesen

Powerful Designs for Learning

Date: Monday, March 12, 2018
Time: 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Vernon Ready Room

While the status quo in education has many protectors, new designs for learning are emerging for students, teachers, and leaders. This presentation will highlight the work and findings of a number of longitudinal design-based research studies which sought to create and study learning environments that made learning central, encouraged intellectual engagement, and promoted connectedness with the world outside of school.

Dr. Sharon Friesen is the Vice Dean of the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She is also the President of the Galileo Educational Network. Her research interests include the ways in which K-12 educational structures, curriculum and learning need to be reinvented for a knowledge/learning society. She draws upon the learning sciences to study: (i) the promotion of deep intellectual engagement, (ii) the ability to create learning environments that require sustained work with ideas (iii) the pervasiveness of networked digital technologies that open up new ways of knowing, leading, teaching, working and living in the world. Her experience as a teacher includes kindergarten, elementary, junior high and high school. From the outset she has systematically created, studied and published first from within her own classrooms (K – Graduate students) and more recently from within the work of the Galileo Educational Network which she co-founded and from where she, along with a team of consultants, support teachers, and school and district leaders. She has co-authored four books. Sharon has received numerous awards, for her research and teaching practice.

RSVP to Hailey Murphy at hailey.murphy@queensu.ca