L Laidlaw

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education

Contact

Professor, Faculty of Education - Elementary Education
Phone
(780) 492-0884
Address
638 Education Centre - South
11210 - 87 Ave NW
Edmonton AB
T6G 2G5

Overview

About

Ph.D - York University, 2001 (Language, Culture, Teaching)
Dissertation title: Travelling by Text: An Inquiry into Writing, Learning, and Human Experience

M.A. - Simon Fraser University, 1997 (Curriculum/Language Arts)
Thesis title: Dangerous Writing: Life, Death and Curriculum

B.Ed. - University of Toronto, 1989, (Primary/Junior)
Dean’s Honor List

B.A.
- University of Victoria, 1984 (Child and Youth Care)
First Class

Professional Qualification: Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate (British Columbia, Ontario certification)

Research

Research Interests:
Early literacy and the education of young children; diversity; adopted children and schools; drama education; ecological approaches in curriculum and research; teacher education.

Work In Progress:
Longitudinal study of international adoption and normative structures in education; use of complexity science to reframe curriculum practices,; using drama to explore 'writerly' texts.

Media Interviews:

June 3, 2016 - Calgary Herald - U of A professors say early coverage overreacted about risk to kids using smartphones, tablets

June 1, 2016 - CBC Radio Active - “This is your brain on devices”, research presented at CSSE

September 2, 2014 - Global News - Technology in the Classroom

August 27, 2014 - Metro Edmonton - Edmonton students urged to “Bring Your Own Device” for new school year

Teaching

Graduate Courses Taught (University of Alberta)

2014 Summer EDEL 599 – Capstone Exercise
- Spring 2015
2015 Winter EDEL 561– Process of Curriculum Development (Online)
2014 Fall EDEL 660 – Advanced Research in Education
2014 Summer & Fall EDEL 599 – Capstone Exercise
2014 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Online)
2014 Winter EDEL 567 – Introduction to Educational Research (Online)
2013 Summer EDEL 567 – Introduction to Educational Research (Online)
2013 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Blended Instruction)
2012 Winter EDEL 561– Process of Curriculum Development (Online)
2012 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2010 Spring EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Blended Instruction)
2009 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2005 Summer EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2004 EDEL 900 – Graduate Capping Project Seminars (both semesters)
2003 Fall EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2003 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2002 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development

Undergraduate Courses Taught (University of Alberta)

2011 Fall EDEL 411—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
2009 Fall EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2009 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School
2009 Winter EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School
2006 Fall EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2005 Fall & Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2005 & 2006 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School
2004 Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2003 Fall EDEL 411 – Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
(Blue Quills Aboriginal Teacher Education Programme)
2003 Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2002 Fall EDEL 305 – Language Arts in the Elementary School
(Blue Quills Aboriginal Teacher Education Programme)
2002 Winter EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School
2001 Fall EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School

Undergraduate/Graduate Combined Courses Taught

2016 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School/
EDEL 515 – Developing Writing Abilities
2013 Fall EDEL 411/595—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
2012 Fall EDEL 411/595—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature

Courses

EDEL 408 - Writing in the Elementary School

Topics include the development of children's writing abilities, the nature of the writing process, organizing an environment for instruction in writing, teaching strategies, the reading-writing connection, writing across the curriculum, and the assessment of writing. Prerequisite: An introductory curriculum and instruction course in language learning; or consent of Department.


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 at an increased rate of fee assessment; refer to the Tuition and Fees page in the University Regulations sections of the Calendar.


EDEL 605 - Theories and Models of Language

Provides an advanced and in-depth examination of theories and models of language acquisition and development. The characteristics, purposes, and limitations of language theories and models are explored through the critical study of a range of theoretical perspectives. Prerequisite: EDEL 505 or consent of Department.


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