Heather Blair

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Email
heather.blair@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0921
Address
531 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About
Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Language, Reading, and Culture
College of Education, University of Arizona
Dissertation title: Gender and Discourse: Adolescent Girls Construct Gender Through Talk and Text

Master of Education

Indian and Northern Education Program,
College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Thesis title: The Relationship of Demographic Characteristics to Teacher Attitudes Towards the Oral English of Native Canadian and Aboriginal Australian Children

Bachelor of Education

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan
Bachelor of Science in Physical Education
College of Physical Education, University of Saskatchewan

Research

Dr. Blair’s research focuses on the intersections of languages, literacy, culture. and gender. She has worked extensively in two main areas: (a) how both boys and girls take up literacy practices in and out of school and how this impacts the teaching of language arts, and (b) Indigenous languages obsolescence and revitalization. Her work is grounded in socio-cultural theory and ethnographic research practices.

As a co-founder of the Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) at the University of Alberta, she has spearheaded research and development at this one-of-a-kind institute in Canada. She has been involved in extensive research, as well as program and course development


Teaching

Classes Taught

Undergraduate
EDEL 395            Teaching Social Studies in the Middle Years
EDEL 360            Teaching Language Arts in the Middle Years
EDEL 370            Introduction to Teaching in the Middle Years
EDEL 461            Individualizing the Curriculum in the Middle Years Classroom
EDEL 409            Teaching Children’s Literature in the Elementary School
EDEL 407            Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
EDES 401            Interactive Curriculum and Instruction in the Middle Years Classroom
EDEL 496            Teaching Language Arts in the Cross cultural Context
EDEL 496            Ethnography: Understanding the Social Contexts of Language and Literacy

Graduate
EDEL 596            Ethnography: Understanding the Social Contexts of Language and Literacy
EDEL 510            Children’s Literature in the Elementary School
EDEL 505            Theory and Practice in Language Arts
EDEL 595            Policy & Planning in Indigenous Language Education
EDEL 595            Globalization and Indigenous Language Loss
EDEL 595            Teaching Language Arts in the Cross cultural Context
EDEL 595            Teaching Reading in the Elementary school
EDEL 595            Literacy: The Intersections of Social Class, Race, Culture, Ethnicity and Gender

Courses

EDEL 412 - Teaching Language Arts in First Nations, Inuit and Métis Contexts

This course is designed to help prepare teachers to develop learners' oral and written language skills in elementary classrooms, particularly for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis (FNIM) students. It offers an overview, within the Canadian context, of the linguistic, psycholinguistic, and sociolinguistic backgrounds, strengths and needs of FNIM children in elementary classrooms. Topics include language acquisition, bilingualism, bidialectalism, linguistic diversity, language maintenance and loss, teaching Standard English as a second language or dialect, and materials evaluation and development. Prerequisite: EDEL 305 or consent of the Department.

Winter Term 2021
EDEL 505 - Theory and Practice in Language Arts

Examines a variety of theoretical perspectives on language and literacy and explores their implications for work with children. Questions of language acquisition, the role of language in learning, the development of literacy, and sociocultural influences are explored. Prerequisite: Equivalent to *3 in language arts education, or consent of Department. 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.

Fall Term 2020

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Scholarly Activities

Other - Awards

Degrees

Doctor of Philosophy

Department of Language, Reading, and Culture

College of Education, University of Arizona

Dissertation title: Gender and Discourse: Adolescent Girls Construct Gender Through Talk and Text

Master of Education

Indian and Northern Education Program,

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Thesis title: The Relationship of Demographic Characteristics to Teacher Attitudes Towards the Oral English of Native Canadian and Aboriginal Australian Children

Bachelor of Education

College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Bachelor of Science in Physical Education

College of Physical Education, University of Saskatchewan


Academic Fellowships, Scholarships, and Awards

Sharing the Flame National Award of Excellence, Canadian Council on Learning, Ottawa, Canada, 2007

Graduate College Fellowship, University of Arizona, 1992-95

British Council Travel and Study Scholarship, Government of the United Kingdom, 1990

Postgraduate Scholarship, Institute for Northern Studies, University of Saskatchewan, 1982-1983

Saskatchewan School Trustees Grant-in-Aid, 1983

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Grant-in-Aid, 1982


Research - Publications

Books and Chapters

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (2008). Game Boys? Where is the literacy? In K. Sanford & R. Hammett (Eds.), Boys, girls, and the myths of literacies and learning (pp. 199 - 215). Toronto, ON: Scholars Choice Press.

Blair, H. (2007). I used to treat all the boys and girls the same: Gender and literacy in adolescent literacy. In B. Guzzetti (Ed.), Adolescent literacy (pp. 189‑204). Westport, CT: Praeger Press.

Blair, H., & Holland, L. (2006). Dene language revitalization in Northern Canada: A case study of Black Lake, Saskatchewan. In T McCarty & O. Zepeda (Eds.), One voice, many voices: Recreating Indigenous languages communities (pp. 311-344). Tempe, AZ: Arizona State University Press.

Blair, H., Paskemin, D., & Laderoute, B. (2003). Preparing Indigenous language advocates, teachers, and researchers in Western Canada. In J. Reyhner, O. V. Trujillo, R. L. Carrasco, & L. Lockard (Eds.), Nurturing Native languages (pp. 93-104). Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University.

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (2002). Engendering public education: Single-sex schooling in Western Canada. In A. Datnow & L. Hubbard (Eds.), Gender in policy and practice: Perspectives on single-sex and co-educational schooling (pp. 90-108). London: RoutledgeFalmer.

Blair, H. (2001). On the margins of the middle: Aboriginal girls in an urban middle school. In A. Ward & R. Bouvier (Eds.), Resting lightly on Mother Earth: The Aboriginal experience in urban educational settings (pp. 63‑82). Vancouver: Temeron Press.

Blair, H. (1994). Do you hear me? The voice of Indigenous children in literature. In S. Steffey & W. Hood (Eds.), If this is social studies, why isn’t it boring? (pp. 13‑22). York, ME: Stenhouse.

Heit, M., & Blair, H. (1993). Language needs and characteristics of Saskatchewan Indian and Métis students: Implications for educators. In S. Morris, K. McLeod, & M. Danesi (Eds.), Languages and learning: Aboriginal and heritage language education in Canada (pp. 103‑128). Oakville, ON: Mosaic Press.

Major Reports

Blair, H., Okemaw, V., & Zeidler. M. (2010). Review of the research literature on promising programs, practices, curriculum, and teacher development for Indigenous languages education. Report for Meadow Lake Tribal Council Education Authority, Meadow Lake, SK.

Blair, H., Kelly, B., Holland, L., Zeidler, M., & Okemaw, V. (2010) Meadow Lake Tribal Council Indigenous Languages Project: Report on school visits. Report for Meadow Lake Tribal Council Education Authority, Meadow Lake, SK.

Blair, H. (2010). Native Language Education Program review. Report for Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON.

Steinhauer, D., King, A. L., & Blair, H. (2008). How Elders inform Indigenous language instruction. Report for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB.

Blair, H., & Laboucan, B. (2004). Ensuring language learning opportunities for Indigenous children. Report for Alberta Education, Edmonton, AB.

Blair, H. A., Sanford, K., & Walsh, S. (2001). Reading and writing in the content area: Junior and senior high school teachers and students reflect on their literacy practices. Report for the Greater St. Albert Catholic Regional School Division No 29.

Blair, H. (1997). Indian languages policy and planning in Saskatchewan: A research report. Report for Government of Saskatchewan, Regina, SK.

Blair, H., Rolheiser, A., & Reschny, S. (1995). Adolescent girls and classroom discourse. Report for Dr. Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching, Saskatoon, SK.

Ahenakew, F., Blair, H., & Fredeen, S. (1994). Aboriginal language policy and planning in Canada. Submission to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, Government of Canada, Ottawa, ON.

Conference Proceedings

Blair, H., Paskemin, D., & McGilvery, F. (2006). Intergenerational language transmission at the Canadian Indigenous Languages & Literacy Development Institute Cree immersion day camp. In J. Roy (Ed.), Proceedings: AWASIS 2006 Journal (pp. 23-26). Saskatoon, SK: Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation.

Blair, H., Rice, S., Wood, V., & Janvier, J. (2002). Daghida: Cold Lake First Nations work toward language revitalization. In B. Burnaby & J. Reyhner (Eds.), Indigenous languages across the community (pp. 89-98). Flagstaff, AZ: Northern Arizona University.

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (2000). Single gender programs in Canadian public education. Proceedings of the CASWE International Institute Conference, Edmonton, AB.

Blair, H. (1997). Language as resource: Can Aboriginal languages in Western Canada be preserved? In A. Richardson (Ed.), Proceedings of the Canadian Childhood Past, Present, and Future national conference (pp. 220‑225). Edmonton, AB: Kanata Learning.

Blair, H. (1986). Teachers’ attitudes toward the oral English of Indigenous children in Saskatchewan and Queensland. In Proceedings of the Mokakit Indian Education Association Conference. Vancouver: University of British Columbia, Mokakit Indian Education Association.

Refereed Articles

Blair, H., Tyne, J., & Okemaw, V. (2011). Ititwewiniwak: Language warriors: The young women’s circle of leadership. The Canadian Journal of Native Education.34 (1), 89-102.

Blair, H., Filipek, J., Lovell, M., Nixon, N., & Sun, M. (2011). Our journey to becoming ethnographers: An exploration of rhetorical structures as lived experience. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 190(2), 149-159.

Blair, H., & Fredeen, S. (2009). Putting knowledge into practice. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 32(2), 62-77.

Sanford, K., Blair, H., & Chodzinski, R. (2007). A conversation about boys and literacy. Teaching and Learning, 4(1), 4-14.

Blair, H., & Laboucan B. J. (2006). The Alberta Language Initiative and the implications for Indigenous languages. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 29(2), 206-214.

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (2004). Morphing literacy: Boys reshaping their school-based literacy practices. Language Arts, 81(6), 452-460.

Antone, E., Blair, H., & Archibald, J. (2003). Advancing aboriginal languages and literacy. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 27(1), 1-6.

Streitmatter, J., Blair, H., & Marasco, J. (2002). Girls-only classes in public schools: Ambivalence and support. In Changing the faces of mathematics: Perspectives on gender (Vol. 2, pp. 133‑140). Special Issue of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, VA.

Blair, H. (2000). Genderlects: Girl talk in a middle years language arts classroom. Language Arts, 77(2), 315-323

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (1999). TV and zines: Media and the construction of gender for early adolescents. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 45(1), 103-105.

Blair, H. (1998). They left their genderprints: The voice of girls in text. Language Arts, 75(1), 11-18.

Blair, H., & Fredeen, S. (1995). Do not go gently into that good night. Rage, rage against the dying of the light [The case of obsolescing languages in Canada]. Anthropology and Education Quarterly, 26(1), 1‑23.

Blair, H., & Reschny, S. (1995). Girls, girls, girls: The voice of women in adolescent literature. Query, 25(1), 52‑57.

Blair, H. (1982). Canadian Native peoples in adolescent literature. Journal of Reading, 26(3), 217‑221.

Nonrefereed Articles

Blair, H. (2009). Boy talk. In S. Steinberg & M. Kehler (Eds.), Boy culture: An encyclopedia (pp. 177‑178). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Blair, H., & Kelly, B. (2009). Images of violent boys. In S. Steinberg & M. Kehler (Eds.), Boy culture: An encyclopedia (pp. 220‑222). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Kelly, B., & Blair, H. (2009). Magazines. In S. Steinberg & M. Kehler (Eds.), Boy culture: An encyclopedia (pp. 338‑340). Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (2003). Morphing literacy: Boys in Canada. Boys in Schools Bulletin, 6(3), 14-16.

Blair, H., & Sanford, K. (1999). Single-sex classrooms: A place for transformation of policy and practice. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 433 285)

Blair, H. (1997). Weaving the threads: Voices in collaboration. In Touch, 5(3).

Book Reviews

Blair, H., Paskemin, D., & Laderoute, B. (2002). A language of our own: The genesis of Michif, the mixed Cree-French language of the Canadian Métis. International Journal of American Linguistics, 68(4), 242-246.

Blair, H. (1999). Review of systemic violence in education: Promise broken. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 4(44), 428-431.


Research - Research

Refereed Conference Paper Presentations (2007-2012)

International

Blair, H. (2010, June). Why place matters: Planning for your language in your community. Paper presented at the 17th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages symposium, University of Oregon, Eugene.

Blair, H., & Akerman, J. (2010, June). Making a place for young women in the Indigenous language movement. Paper presented at the 17th annual Stabilizing Indigenous Languages symposium, University of Oregon, Eugene.

Fredeen, S., & Blair, H. (2009, March). Supporting Indigenous language activism through education: The Indigenous Languages Community Linguist Certificate. Poster presented at the meeting of the American Association of Applied Linguistics, Denver, CO.

Goodman, K., Smith, R., & Blair, H. (2007, May). Revisiting “On the psycholinguistic method of teaching reading” 35 years after Frank Smith and Ken Goodman wrote it. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Reading Association, Toronto, ON.

National

Blair, H., Okemaw, V., & Zeidler, M. (2010, December). Promising practices in Indigenous languages education. Paper presented at the Gift of Language conference, Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College, Saskatoon, SK.

Blair, H., & Zeidler. M. (2010, December). Planning for Indigenous languages in your community. Paper presented at the Gift of Language conference, Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College, Saskatoon, SK.

Blair, H., & Zeidler, M. (2009, December). Planning for Indigenous language retention and revitalization: Every project and classroom is an important part of your plan. Paper presented at the Gift of Language conference, Saskatchewan Indian Cultural College, Saskatoon, SK.

Blair, B., & Fredeen, S. (2009, May). Creating spaces for Cree immersion. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Ottawa, ON.

Blair, H., & Sun, M. (2009, May). Family, school, and community planning for Indigenous language. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Ottawa, ON.

Blair, H. (2009, March). Planning for Indigenous languages revitalization. Keynote address at the Indigenous Languages Research Table, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, ON.

Blair, H., Maclean, M., & Sun, M. (2009, March). Building capacity for community language revitalization work in your community. Paper presented at the Taking Action for Indigenous Languages conference, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.

Blair, H. (2008, December). Building capacity for community language revitalization work. Paper presented at the First Nations Language Keepers conference, Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Center, Saskatoon, SK.

Blair, H, Settee, P., & King, A. L. (2007, May). The Canadian Indigenous Languages and Literacy Development Institute. Paper presented at the meeting of the Canadian Indigenous and Native Studies Association and Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, Saskatoon , SK.

Blair, H., & Kelly, B. (2007, May). Bridging the gap with boys and literacy: Among researchers, teachers and student teachers. Paper presented at the LLRC preconference, Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Saskatoon, SK.

Blair, H. (2007, May). Boys growing up literate. Paper presented at the annual meeting of Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada, Canadian Society for Studies in Education, Saskatoon, SK

Regional/Local

Blair, H. (2011, May). One White woman’s journey to be a good neighbour in the Indigenous world. Paper presented at the Amigaag conference, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB.

Blair H., Maclean M., & Sun, M. (2009, March). Building capacity for Indigenous language revitalization in your community. Paper presented at the Taking Action for Indigenous Languages conference, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, AB.

Blair, H. (2005, February). How early adolescent boys take up digital literacies. Paper presented at the annual conference of the School of Information & Library Science, Edmonton, AB.


Publications

Ideas for the teaching of reading to Chinese students in the English language arts classroom Alberta voices
Author(s): Blair, H., Fu H., Lin, X., & Wang, N.
Publication Date: 2015
Publication: Journal of English Language Arts Council of Alberta
Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 16-22

Addressing Joshua Fishman’s ideological clarification: Working with pre-service teachers
Author(s): Blair, H., Filipek, J., & Zeidler, M.
Publication Date: 2013

Being Cree in the 21st century through language, literacy, and culture: Iyiniwoskinîkiskwewak (young women) take on the challenges
Author(s): Gardner, E., Blair, H., & LaFramboise-Helgason, S.
Publication Date: 2013

Our journey to becoming ethnographers: An exploration of rhetorical structures as lived experience
Author(s): Blair, H., Filipek, J., Lovell, M., Nixon, N., & Sun, M.
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: International Journal of Qualitative Methods
Volume: 190
Issue: 2
Page Numbers: 149-159

Ititwewiniwak: Language warriors: The young women’s circle of leadership
Author(s): Blair, H., Tyne, J., & Okemaw, V
Publication Date: 2011
Publication: The Canadian Journal of Native Education
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Page Numbers: 89-102