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.
Creative Learning through Play: A Conversation with Dr. Yumiko Murai
Join us in this enlightening episode where Dr. Yumiko Murai, an Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, delves into the transformative role of play in education. She shares her unique perspective on integrating play with learning, especially in the context of educational technology and maker spaces. Drawing from her diverse background as a musician turned educator, Dr. Murai uncovers the powerful impact of playful learning and creative thinking in shaping future educational practices and experiences. - This episode is produced by The Children's Table podcast team, and supported by the Research Hub.
Empowering Voices: A Discussion with Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee on Podcasts and Youth Development
Dive into a thought-provoking conversation with Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee, Assistant Professor at Simon Fraser University, as she unveils the impact of podcasting on youth development. This episode examines the unique ways podcasts contribute to children's moral and social growth, highlighting their role in enhancing critical thinking and empathy. Dr. Ilten-Gee’s expertise in narrative and media education shows how podcasts can be transformative educational tools, enriching young minds and fostering a deeper understanding of social justice. Discover the empowering potential of podcasts in shaping future generations. - Produced by The Children's Table podcast team, and supported by the Research Hub.
Podcasts and Pedagogies: An Introduction
On March 30, 2023 FOE faculty at the Harbour Centre campus participated in a Podcasts and Pedagogies Symposium organized by Elizabeth Marshall. This interdisciplinary international event included a dialogic roundtable with Hannah McGregor (co-host of Witch, Please & host of Secret Feminist Agenda), Am Johal (host of Below the Radar), and Anna Mae Duane, Kate Capshaw and Victoria Ford Smith (co-hosts of The Children’s Table) as well as a conversation with Suzanne Smythe and Robyn Ilten-Gee on using podcasting with youth as social justice pedagogy. We are delighted to share one of the outcomes of that symposium — podcast interviews conducted by the Children’s Table podcast team with Robyn Itlen-Gee and Yumiko Murai. This first episode provides an overview of the symposium and highlights from the interviews.
Dr. Carolina Bergonzoni on Dancing-Reading-Writing: An embodied ABR practice
Explore Dancing-Reading-Writing (DRW) as a dynamic and ever-evolving ABR practice that fuses bodily engagement with research. Dr. Carolina Bergonzoni delves into the synergy of dance, reading, and writing, emphasizing how DRW transcends traditional research approaches. Her personal reflections, photos, and poetic writing exemplify ways in which dance guides understanding and generates insights. DRW challenges the notion of fixed research, advocating for a continuous process of inquiry and underscoring how this process leads to unexpected discoveries. DRW encourages educators, artists, and researchers to integrate embodied experiences and creativity into their research journey.
Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee on Fostering Civic Reasoning Through Journalism Education
To navigate our digital world, educational researchers argue that we need a new form of reasoning. With increasing inequities, digital dilemmas, and more complex global relationships, it is more critical than ever to equip students with the necessary skills to tackle these challenges. In this episode, Dr. Robyn Ilten-Gee discusses her research project, which focuses on fostering civic reasoning through journalism education. Her study explores the role of journalism education in cultivating civic reasoning, highlighting the importance of attending to identity and moral development, and fostering conceptual change in young individuals.
Dr. Nesbit and Dr. Doleck on Publishing Scholarly Papers in the Learning and Data Sciences
Many early career researchers and graduate students are looking to publish their research findings in journal articles, conference proceedings, book chapters, and other formats. In this episode, Dr. John Nesbit and Dr. Tenzin Doleck share their experience and recommend strategies for productive publication. The conversation covers six themes: finding an appropriate journal, types of publications and their perceived value, publication strategies, popular topics vs. niche topics, the peer review process, and maintaining productivity. Although speaking primarily to researchers in the learning and data sciences, the episode will also interest scholars working in other fields of educational research.