Research in Focus is a new series hosted by the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University. This series focuses on in-depth interviews and discussions with Faculty members on their research activities and the impacts of their work locally and internationally.
Dr. Heng Hartse and Dr. Fazel on Remote Learning Experiences and Predatory Academic Publishers
In this episode, Dr. Joel Heng Hartse and Dr. Ismaeil Fazel speak about two projects focused on academic literacy with one on remote learning experiences and the other on learning to identify and understand predatory academic publishers. Remote learning has become the norm during this particular time in our history and both researchers are seeking to understand and learn more about how stakeholders are taking on the new realities of higher education. Aligning with their research interest in academic literacy, Dr. Hartse and Dr. Fazel are advocates in educating students and scholars about predatory academic publishers.
Dr. Carolyn Mamchur - On Writing, Engagement and Meaningful Learning
This episode with Dr. Carolyn Mamchur is a walk down the memory line where she reflects on her becoming a writer. She discusses her approaches toward writing and suggests to be open, to contemplate and to engage with the writing process as the best product in writing comes from the unconscious. Her teaching involves and encourages finding oneself in their writing, rather than consciously trying to be a good and 'perfect' writer.
Dr. Heesoon Bai -On Teacher Education, the Soil of Our Soul and Cultivating a Contemplative Practice
This past Spring, Dr. Heesoon Bai’s delivered a research seminar at UBC on Soil, Soul Society: Regeneration from the Vital Core. Many of the ideas covered in this seminar came out of the collective experience of a group of educators that Dr. Bai formed. The group met continuously to do inner work as educators over 12 years.
In this episode, we interview Dr. Bai and discuss some of the concepts covered in her seminar including a proposal that all teachers should take what is akin to a Hippocratic Oath and cultivating a contemplative practice.
Dr. Huamei Han - On the Intersection of Language, Religion Identity and Migration
This episode is about Dr. Huamei Han’s research in 1)language, religion and immigrant settlement, 2) youth & multilingual study and 3) African-China trade migration. Dr. Han also provides an exciting overview of an issue of Language Ideology, Christianity, and Identity: Critical Empirical Examinations of Christian Institutions as Alternative Spaces which features 5 articles by scholars around the world.
Dr. Michelle Pidgeon - On Indigenous Research Ethics and Indigenous Student Success
Dr. Pidgeon introduces herself and her work studying higher education, including her look at research ethics and her work studying Indigenous student experience in higher education. She describes some of her international and inter-university collaborations as well the holistic methodological approach that informs her choices in research. She also speaks to SFU Education's new five year plan and how we might respond to the Faculty's newest calls for Indigenous initiatives in the university.
Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko - On Vygotsky and His Theories of Learning and Development
Dr. Natalia Gajdamaschko describes the context and history of the school of developmental psychology in which she works, cultural historical activity theory, as well as some roles that she's played in so far in that history. She also describes highlights of her recent work with the new BC curriculum and some of her hopes for the future.