Jennifer Branch-Mueller, PhD, MLIS, B.Ed., B.A.

Professor & Associate Chair - Undergraduate, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Associate Chair-Undergrad, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education

Pronouns: she, her, hers

Contact

Professor & Associate Chair - Undergraduate, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Email
jennifer.branch@ualberta.ca
Phone
(780) 492-0863
Address
951 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Associate Chair-Undergrad, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Email
jbranch@ualberta.ca

Overview

About

I am a professor in the area of teacher-librarianship education and the interim Associate Chair for the Elementary Program in the Faculty of Education. I am also the President of International Association of School Librarianship. My service contributions include General Faculties Council (GFC) as well as the GFC Programs Committee and the GFC Governance and Procedural Oversight Committee.


Research

My areas of research focus on several aspects of the education and further education of teacher-librarians. I have investigated the experiences of students in our online teacher-librarianship program and, more specifically, in our required technology class. I am interested in how our teacher-librarians learn about new and emerging technologies and how courses and experiences transform their practice.

I am also interested in further professional learning and how this happens when teacher-librarians often work in isolation and have unique professional learning needs as compared to other teachers in a school.

I continue to be interested in how children and young adults find and use electronic information. From my doctoral research, I developed an interest in the Think Aloud method as a way to gather process data from children and young adults. I continue to be quite interested in the Think Aloud method as it is used in research practice.


Teaching

Classes Taught

EDES 540

EDES 542

EDES 544

EDES 549

Courses

EDEL 542 - Theory and Practice of Inquiry-Based Teaching and Learning

Explores and critically evaluates the nature and culture of inquiry and the integration of inquiry in teaching and learning. Note: Not open to students with credit in EDES 542. 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.


EDEL 660 - Advanced Research in Education

This is a required course for doctoral students in the Department of Elementary Education. Provides students with opportunities to explore issues in educational research from a philosophical and historical perspective. Prior to choosing methods and data sources, a researcher must first be aware of and be able to defend their theoretical framework which is based on an understanding of ontology, epistemology, methodology and ethics. The purpose of this course is to expose students to the perspectives, issues and questions in these four areas so that they may begin to develop a philosophical understanding of the research process. Prerequisite: EDEL 567 or consent of the Department.


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