I returned to Alberta, my “home” province, after seven years in the Department of Educational Administration at the University of Saskatchewan. I completed my doctorate in Educational Administration and Leadership in Educational Policy Studies, and a Masters of Arts in Educational Philosophy at Simon Fraser University. My undergraduate degree is in Secondary Education, also from the U of A. I have taught in rural and northern Alberta, as well as at an international school in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Previous to joining the academic community, I served as district coordinator of the Alberta Initiative for School Improvement (AISI). That three-year project directly influenced my decision to study secondary parents’ conceptualizations of their role in school improvement. I’ve examined parents’ roles in education at the post-secondary level as well. My current research is moving toward an examination of school “community”—a logical extension of my research about parents’ roles. In particular, I am contemplating the discourses that shape the notion of “school community” in light of diversification of families, trends toward radical individualism, and boundary shifting. I am a qualitative researcher, and I particularly enjoy teaching research methodology/methods courses. I have also taught organizational behavior, rural education, educational policy, and legal issues for teacher candidates.
This course will examine the ethical and legal responsibilities of teachers. Among the topics addressed will be the following: punishment and child abuse; freedom of speech and academic freedom in schools; parents' rights and teachers' professional autonomy; issues of quality such as inclusive education and the problems of racism and sexism; fairness in assessment and evaluation; teachers' private lives and public obligations; indoctrination and the teaching of value. It is recommended that students take EDU 100 (EDU 300 for After Degree students), 210, and 211 prior to taking this course. Restricted to third, and fourth year Education students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.Fall Term 2020 Winter Term 2021
Using scholarly and professional research, this course focuses on foundational dimensions of school leadership. Sections may be offered in a Cost Recovery format at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Fees Payment Guide in the University Regulations and Information for Students section of the Calendar.Fall Term 2020