Denyse Hayward

Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept


Professor, Faculty of Education - Educational Psychology Dept
(780) 248-2019
6-123H Education Centre - North
8730 - 112 St NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5



I began my professional career as a speech-language pathologist working in clinical and educational settings to support young children with speech and language delays. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Alberta (Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine) specializing in narrative comprehension in young children with and without language impairments. Following my doctorate, I completed two post-doctoral fellowships. The first with Dr. Ron Gillam in the Dept. of Communication Disorders at the University of Texas at Austin and the second with Dr. Linda Phillips in the Dept. of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta.


1.  Assessment and Instruction for Vulnerable Populations

A predominant thread of my research agenda aims to develop theoretically derived, evidence- based, and bias-reduced assessment protocols for students from vulnerable populations.

I’m not lazy, I’m exhausted!” Developing a measure of fatigue for Deaf and Hard of Hearing students. (Insight Development Grant, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council).

Unfortunately, the most frequently used fatigue assessment instruments were developed to measure workplace fatigue or fatigue related to an illness or injury and lack items related to fatigue associated with hearing loss in school contexts. Natalia Rohatyn-Martin (MacEwan University) and I have just begun a multi-phase program of research on this topic. Our Phase 1 study aims to develop and pilot an instrument to assess fatigue related to hearing challenges (i.e., physical, cognitive, and auditory) faced by students who are deaf and hard of hearing in educational settings.

Comparison of Conventional and Dynamic Measures of Phonological Awareness

In this study I examine the contributions of an alternative assessment model, referred to as Dynamic Assessment, to the assessment and instruction of phonological awareness skills in beginning readers from non-mainstream backgrounds.

2. Perceptions of Students with Disabilities.

I am currently involved in two studies that focus on teachers’ perceptions of students with disabilities. Expectations and achievement of students with disabilities are known to be impacted by teacher perceptions. Thus, the successful inclusion of children with disabilities in general education classrooms depends upon the attitudes and beliefs teachers have about disabilities. Our university training programs are an optimal time to address concerns and unexplored beliefs and attitudes of preservice teachers toward students with disabilities.

Pre-service teachers’ attitudes, beliefs, and concerns about teaching students with mild, moderate and severe disabilities in inclusive education settings.  (Support for the Advancement of Scholarship, Faculty of Education, University of Alberta).

The first study aims to examine preservice teachers’ attitudes, beliefs and concerns about teaching students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities. The knowledge gained from this study will allow university instructors to directly address areas of concern and to change attitudes and beliefs where necessary before preservice teachers begin their teaching careers.

Integrating theory and practice to enhance inclusive education in an undergraduate teacher education program. (Research Partnership Program, Alberta Education).

The second study, a partnership with the Edmonton Public School Board (Kyla Cleator and Owen Livermore), focusses on a long-standing challenge of preservice teacher education programs, that is, the connection between knowledge acquired within university courses, commonly referred to as “theory,” and knowledge acquired during in-field practicums, commonly referred to as “practice.” The study aims to provide important insights as to the perspectives of three front-line stakeholder groups (undergraduate preservice teachers, mentor classroom teachers, and university instructors) with respect to inclusive education theory-practice connections within an Alberta teacher education program. The evidence gained will enhance understanding of the theory-practice challenges related to inclusion that can be addressed into undergraduate courses and in professional development for mentor teachers.


EDPY 301 - Introduction to Inclusive Education: Adapting Classroom Instruction for Students with Special Needs

This course provides an introduction to teaching students with diverse learning support needs within the inclusive education context. Course content focuses on adapting classroom instruction and classroom environments to enhance learning for all students. May contain alternative delivery sections; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations section of the Calendar.

EDU 597 - Special Seminar in Educational Studies: Selected Topics

Content varies from term to term. Topics announced prior to registration period. The student's transcript carries title descriptive of content. May be repeated. Prerequisite: Registration in Master of Education in Educational Studies Program. Sections may be offered at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.

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Featured Publications

Children with additional challenges and auditory-verbal therapy

Ritter, K., Hayward, D.V., Kenely, N., Hogan. S., & Estabrooks, W.

In W. Estabrooks, K. MacIver-Lux, & H, McCaffrey Morrison (Eds.), Auditory-Verbal Therapy Science, Research and Practice. San Diego, CA: Plural Publishing.. 2020 January;

Other Ways of Seeing Inclusive Education

Hayward, D.V.

Dubuque, IA:Kendall/Hunt Publishing (ISBN 9781524995386). 2019 January;

Using learning analytics to explore self-regulated learning inflipped blended learning music teacher education

Montgomery, A. P., Mousavi, A., Carbanaro, M., Hayward, D.V., & Dunn W.

British Journal of Educational Technology. 2019 January; 50 (1):114–127

Phillips, L.M., & Hayward, D.V.

Victoria, BC: Friesen Press.. 2017 January;

Beyond the total score: A preliminary investigation into the types of phonological awareness errors made by first graders

Hayward, D.V., Annable, C.D., Fung, J.E., Williamson, R.D., Lovell-Johnston, M.A., & Phillips, L.M.

Early Childhood Education Journal, . 2017 January; 45 (6 ):809-820

The challenge of fatigue for students who are deaf or hard of hearing in inclusive classrooms

Rohatyn-Martin, N. & Hayward, D.V.

The International Journal of Learner Diversity and Identities . 2016 January; 23

The Sound Access Parent Outcomes Instrument (SAPOI): Construction of a new instrument for children with severe multiple disabilities who use cochlear implants or hearing aids

Hayward, D.V., Ritter, K., Mousavi, A., & Vatanpour, S.

Cochlear Implants International. 2016 January; 17 (2):81-89

Test of Early Language and Literacy (TELL)

Phillips, L.M., Hayward, D.V., & Norris, S.P.

Toronto, ON: Nelson Education.. 2016 January;

Blending for student engagement: Lessons learned for MOOCs and beyond

Montgomery, A., Hayward, D.V., Dunn, W., & Carbonaro, M.

Australasian Journal of Educational Technology. 2015 January; 31 (6):657-670

Sound Access Parent Outcomes Instrument (SAPOI).

Ritter, K. & Hayward, D.V.

Edmonton, AB: Alberta Health Services.. 2015 January;

Analysis of phonological and phonemic awareness content in pre-service textbooks on the teaching of reading

Hayward, D.V., Phillips, L.M., & Sych, J. E.

Canadian Journal of Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. 2014 January; 38 (1): 6-24

Phillips, L.M., Norris, S.P., Hayward, D.V., & Lovell, M.A.

Literacy Information and Computer Education. 2013 January; 2 (1):1225-1229

Schneider, P., Dubé, R., & Hayward, D.V.

Edmonton, AB.. 2005 January;