Western students, staff and faculty ~ You have online access to 5 Essential Skills for Successful School Leaders: Moving from Good to Great through the library catalogue.
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Electronic Access Available ~ Reframing Transformational Leadership

Western students, staff and faculty have online access to Reframing Transformational Leadership: New School Culture and Effectiveness through the library catalogue.
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Journal of School Leadership

Are you reading the Journal of School Leadership?

Western students, staff and faculty have online access to the full text of the articles in the Journal of School Leadership through the online catalogue.

Electronic Access ~ The School Leadership Playbook

Western students, staff and faculty have online access to The School Leadership Playbook: A Field Guide for Dramatic Improvement through the library catalogue.
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Western students, staff and faculty have online access to Higher Education Administration with Social Media through the library catalogue.
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Western students, staff and faculty have electronic access to Immigrant Students and Higher Education through the library catalogue.
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Electronic Access Available ~ Doctoral Education

Faculty of Education students, staff and faculty:

You have access to Doctoral Education: Research-Based Strategies for Doctoral Students, Supervisors and Administrators through the library catalogue.

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Graduate Students ~ You have access, through the library catalogue, to Educational Administration and Leadership: Theoretical Foundations edited by David Burgess and Paul Newton

From the press release:

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) has received $1,008,271 from the Public Health Agency of Canada to become the national Knowledge Hub for supporting the health and wellbeing of victims of domestic violence and child abuse.

CREVAWC, located at Western's Faculty of Education, will use the funding to connect and enhance the work of all community-based projects in Canada that support victims of violence from a health perspective, and are funded though the Public Health Agency of Canada. The Knowledge Hub will help to maximize and consolidate learning across the various projects, and build further capacity in communities to deliver and test trauma-informed health promotion to families impacted by violence.

"We're delighted to be working with the Public Health Agency of Canada. This is a wonderful opportunity to work at the national level with leading community organizations, health professionals and researchers who are developing innovative practices and research on trauma-informed health promotion," said CREVAWC Learning Director, Linda Baker.

The Knowledge Hub will support funded projects that focus on areas including peer support programs, healthy relationships and social and emotional health for young children who have been exposed to intimate partner violence. To date, four projects have been funded across Canada, with many more expected to receive funding and begin operating in the coming months.

"We know there's an impact on the health and wellbeing of survivors of family trauma and child abuse, and they need the most effective interventions to help them recover, to heal and to enjoy better health again. As the National Knowledge Hub, we are looking forward to playing a key role in that process," said Peter Jaffe, CREVAWC academic director.

The Knowledge Hub will form a community of practice across the projects and share knowledge and results online and through education sessions. The Hub will help empower projects to succeed in their respective communities while at the same time sharing results more broadly to help establish a Canada-wide approach.

As an additional component of the Knowledge Hub, CREVAWC plans to establish a database of researchers and experts in the field as a resource for communities looking to evaluate their projects.


Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume 1


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Education Library's "Getting Started" Videos

The Academic Librarians (Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky) at the Faculty of Education created three GETTING STARTED research videos. They are short (4 minutes or less) introductory guides to the research tools. Have a look!

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Electronic Access Available ~ Educational Leadership

Electronic Access to New Books

Help with the ProQuest Education Journals Database

Help with choosing the right keywords for your topic of interest is available by using the THESAURUS tool within the ProQuest Education Journals database. You will also find the SEARCH TIPS tool very useful.

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ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN

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Online students find our ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN a very useful service. Give it a try! Please note: This service is now on summer hours of operation in July/August and longer hours will resume in September.

Summer 2015 Hours and Upcoming Civic Holiday (Monday August 3)


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The Education Library is now on SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with no weekend hours. We will be CLOSED on Monday August 3, 2015 to celebrate the Civic Holiday

Western Libraries Locations

Each location within the Western Libraries system has a website devoted to their specialized services and collections:

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In mid-July 2015 the Western Libraries website was refreshed with a new look. The default search option is still Summon. Summon is a single-box search engine that helps you discover relevant information from the Western Libraries on any topic supported by our university. Western Libraries' website defaults to a Summon search (as illustrated below).

Summon quickly searches through our collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, theses and more! There are helpful ways to modify or refine your search results and direct links to full text journal articles and ebooks.

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NEW ~ Faculty Support

We have just launched a refresh of the Western Library website. Faculty and graduate students may be interested in the information now available under the FACULTY SUPPORT tab. Scroll down through our Blog to see some further details about these new pages.

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NEW ~ Research Data Management (RDM) and Research Data Plans (RDP)

Research Data Management (RDM) is the process of organizing, describing, cleaning, enhancing and preserving data for future use by yourself or other researchers. A Data Management Plan (DMP) describes the data and metadata gathered through a research project. It includes information about the data files, plans for data storage, and rules for sharing data. Much more information found on the Western Libraries new Research Data Management information page!

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NEW ~ Resarch Impact

There are many different ways to determine research impact or "impact factor". Impact can be measured for whole journals or individual researchers. This chart provides a brief introduction to the different metrics available and what they mean. It is important to note that each metric often has its own problems. The best way to evaluate the quality of research output is to have it read and judged by experts in the discipline (peer review) and combine these traditional metrics with new altmetrics.

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Many authors of scholarly articles do not realize that journals and publishers require that one's copyright be signed over to them to publish one's work. Signing away your copyright may prevent you from posting your own work on personal websites or electronic course reserves. Know your rights!

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NEW ~ Open Access Information Page

This new Open Access page is now available under the SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING tab of the Western Libraries website:

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NEW ~ Scholarly Publishing Information Page

Have a look at this new Scholarly Publishing page on the Western Libraries website:

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Western says good bye to RefWorks in August 2015

Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. For over a decade, Western Libraries has supported the RefWorks citation management software.

In a couple of weeks RefWorks access is ending at Western. If you have a Western RefWorks account you will have received a number of emails alerting you to all the information you need to move your RefWorks citations to another citation management software.

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Other citation management software is available.

Western Libraries Academic Librarians have developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version, and Quick Start Guides for each of them

Here is the info you need. If you have any questions please contact the Education Library staff:

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages.

Please join us online!

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Summer Hours

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The Education Library is currently enjoying SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with no weekend hours.

Research Help is Available!

Contact us by phone, email, set up a research consultation appointment or drop in for an office visit. We are here to help you!

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New Media Consortium (NMC) Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition

What is on the five-year horizon for K-12 schools worldwide? Which trends and technologies will drive educational change? What are the challenges that we consider as solvable or difficult to overcome, and how can we strategize effective solutions?

These questions and similar inquiries regarding technology adoption and transforming teaching and learning steered the collaborative research and discussions of a body of 56 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report > 2015 K-12 Edition, in partnership with the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN). The NMC also gratefully acknowledges ISTE as a dissemination partner. The three key sections of this report -- key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in educational technology -- constitute a reference and straightforward technology planning guide for educators, school leaders, administrators, policymakers, and technologists. It is our hope that this research will help to inform the choices that institutions are making about technology to improve, support, or extend teaching, learning, and creative inquiry in K-12 education across the globe.

iTEC ~ Designing the Future Classroom

In iTEC (Innovative Technologies for Engaging Classrooms, 2010-2014), European Schoolnet worked with education ministries, technology providers and research organisations to transform the way that technology is used in schools.

Over the course of the project, educational tools and resources were piloted in over 2,500 classrooms across 20 European countries, with the goal of providing a sustainable model for fundamentally redesigning teaching and learning. The project involved 26 project partners, including 14 Ministries of Education, and funding of €9.45 million from the European Commission's FP7 programme. The project ended in August 2014.

Edukata


I first came across the word "Edukata" in the Executive Summary of The NMC Horizon Report: 2015 K - 12 and my professional curiosity was instantly piqued. So, I decided to find out more:

Edukata is based on a research-based design approach, developed by the Learning Environments research group in Media Lab Helsinki, in Aalto University, Finland, lead by professor Teemu Leinonen. The approach has been successfully used to design digital tools for learning. Edukata is an adaptation of that method for educators to design learning activities for their own educational context. Learn more about Edukata.

Electronic Access to New Books

New Service ~ Ask Copyright

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If you have copyright questions, give this new service a try!

Electronic Access to New Books

InterLibrary Loans using RACER software

Western has an amazing collection of books, journals and electronic resources.

However, some time during your research process a book or journal will not be available at Western. This service is especially useful for online students requesting journal articles.

In that case, you can request the item through our FREE Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

The software used is called Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting or RACER.

Instructions for setting up a free RACER account and instructions on using the service are available HERE!

Your local public library will also process interlibrary loan requests. Check with your local public library for further details.

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WorldCat ~ Where in the world is that book?

Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

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ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN service

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Online students find our ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN a very useful service. Give it a try! Please note: This service is now on summer hours of operation in July/August and longer hours will resume in September.

Video ~ Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

Managing a list of references or citations for a written project, thesis or dissertation can be a frustrating and lengthy process. Fortunately, there is a solution! Citation management tools like Mendeley, EndNote, Zotero, and others can help you save time. Western support for the RefWorks citation management software ends in August 2015 but other options are available.

Instead of going back to trace all the sources you used in your paper once you are done, citation tools help you manage your bibliographical information while you research. This can save you a lot of time and energy, and better yet, it keeps your citations organized and accessible.


Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. For over a decade, Western Libraries has supported the RefWorks citation management software.


But, later this summer RefWorks access is ending at Western.
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However, other citation management software is available.

Western Libraries Academic Librarians have developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version, and Quick Start Guides for each of them.

Electronic Access to New Books

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Research Videos

The Academic Librarians at the Faculty of Education created three GETTING STARTED research videos. They are short (4 minutes or less) introductory guides to the research tools. Have a look!

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. Researchers at Western University have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website. It is listed under D on the alphabetical list of DATABASES.

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Students love eBooks but...

One of the most frequently asked question in the Education Library is:

I am taking/teaching an online course. eBooks are very convenient for me because I cannot come into the Education Library to get the book so can I print the entire eBook?

Quick Answer is NO. Publishers will have a statement similar to this one when it comes to printing eBooks:

"eBooks are intended to be read in electronic format. That means on your PC, laptop, mobile device or on an eBook reader. Any other use of these files is copyright infringement. We have set these files up with limits on the printing of pages to ensure that the author's copyright is respected."

Contact Information for Your Education Research Librarian

We are here to help you! Denise Horoky is your Research Librarian with an office at the Education Library in Western's Faculty of Education. Denise Horoky is reachable in a multitude of ways (onsite and online)!

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Mandate and Objectives

Under the Statistics Act, Statistics Canada is required to collect, compile, analyse, abstract and publish statistical information relating to the commercial, industrial, financial, social, economic and general activities and conditions of the people of Canada.

Statistics Canada has two main objectives:


1. To provide statistical information and analysis about Canada's economic and social structure to:


  • develop and evaluate public policies and programs

  • improve public and private decision-making for the benefit of all Canadians.

2. To promote sound statistical standards and practices by:


  • using common concepts and classifications to provide better quality data.

  • working with the provinces and territories to achieve greater efficiency in data collection and less duplication.

  • reducing the burden on respondents through greater use of data sharing agreements (sources used include annual tax records, monthly employee payroll records and customs records)

  • improving statistical methods and systems through joint research studies and projects.


Introducing Education Researchers to Grey Literature

The official definition of Grey Literature from the International Conference on Grey Literature is:

"Information produced on all levels of government, academia, business and industry in electronic and print formats not controlled by commercial publishing i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body"


Grey literature includes but is not limited to:

Bulletins
Reports
Committee Reports
Position Papers
Working Papers
Conference Proceedings
Government Documents
Non-Profit Advocacy/Foundation Groups Information
Unpublished Works

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This short video created by Western Libraries staff introduces you to grey literature and how it can help researchers. The ERIC database, among many other sources already listed in the video, is often used by education researchers to find grey literature. As social media is now frequently used within academia grey literature can be found on websites, blogs and other social media platforms.

Scholarship@Western

Scholarship@Western is a multi-functional portal that collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials (e.g., published articles, books, book chapters, theses and dissertations, working papers, etc.) created or sponsored by Western University.

Scholarship@Western aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western's academic excellence by providing open access to Western's intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western's scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies' Open Access (OA) policies.

Abstract: This study explores non-Aboriginal teachers' accounts of ways in which they integrate Indigenous knowledge and perspectives into their teaching within the parameters set by the Ontario official curriculum. Ontario policy-makers and educational stakeholders have acknowledged the need to incorporate Aboriginal perspectives and content into curriculum and school communities, as reflected in documents such as the Ontario First Nation, Métis, and Inuit Education Policy Framework (2007). Nevertheless, non-Aboriginal educators continue to seek opportunities to advance professional growth and vocational clarity regarding their practice. Utilizing narrative inquiry within a case study approach, the study provides a space in which Aboriginal learners inform secondary school educators about their schooling experiences and discusses ways in which non-Aboriginal teachers approach the task of facilitating Aboriginal perspectives in the classroom. The findings indicate that non-Aboriginal secondary school educators are working to incorporate Indigenous knowledge into their pedagogical practice more now than in the recent past. Nevertheless both students and teachers are concerned with the overall reach and impact given its limited incorporation across subject areas other than history or social studies. More investment still needs to be made to ensure Indigenous knowledge and its pedagogies both in a local and broader context are identified as a valuable knowledge system. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: Adolescent development involves changes in self-concept and identification with different groups or cultural norms. Many First Nations adolescents have additional difficulties due to disconnections with family, schooling and cultural background, as a legacy of colonisation and social marginalisation. The present study used data from the First Nations Regional Longitudinal Health Survey, Youth, Phase 2 to test the hypothesis that connectedness to social and cultural factors would predict lower rates of reported depression in First Nations youth, using a logistic regression analysis. The findings indicated that connectedness to family and school, as well as having a sense of control over one's life did predict wellness. However, spiritual balance, and the rating of local communities as having strengths in the areas of First Nations language use and availability of traditional, cultural events predicted greater instances of depression. These findings are discussed in relation to previous research, and recommendations for further investigation are made. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: First Nations youth are a growing population at risk for multiple outcomes that affect their well-being. The effects of colonization and the residential school legacy continue to impact First Nations communities today, creating a cycle of intergenerational trauma to affect the next seven generations. As First Nations youth are at a social and economic disadvantage for maintaining balance in well-being, the purpose of this study was to identify through the Medicine Wheel teachings 1) what youth saw as contributors to well-being, 2) their vision for well-being, and 3) ways to achieve their vision. Using a qualitative approach, the results described the reality of wellness amongst First Nations youth in a holistic, cultural view. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with five First Nations youth in a rural First Nations community in Northern Ontario. Five themes emerged that were related to their experiences with wellness, including Balance Strategies and Challenges, Coping Strategies, Emotional Balance, Worldview, and Motivation, using a qualitative content analysis procedure. It was determined that the voices of First Nations youth are powerful, significant, and must be listened to. If an imbalance continues to affect the lives of First Nations youth, the imbalance will also be reflected in Canadian society. Further initiatives are needed to support and empower our First Nations youth on their journey to becoming tomorrow's leaders. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: This study investigates Aboriginal student experiences in an Aboriginal transition program that was co-developed by the student-participants. Data was collected from participants in the study through a focus group, journals, and surveys. The results show that adding Aboriginal cultural activities to the curriculum improved the experience of students in the transition program. Students felt that their contributions were important and valued, that they learned more about their traditional culture, and that their contributions enhanced their experience in the program. Allowing Aboriginal students to participate in their own education empowers them and improves their overall educational experience. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: Canada has a reputation for diversity and acceptance and of late has made significant strides in formalizing apologies for the maltreatment of Aboriginal populations (Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada, 2010). The purpose of this study was to investigate Inuit educators' perceptions of education in Nunavik. While multiple studies consider concerns regarding Inuit education and low graduation rates (Brady, 1996; Walton, 2012), few studies consider the role that Inuit educators can play in assuring the optimal success of Inuit students. This study, situated in Nunavik, the Inuit homeland located within Northern Quebec, fills that gap. Using qualitative methodology and a decolonizing framework, 36 Inuit educators were interviewed. To ensure balanced data collection both an interview guide and conversational interview approach were utilized. Critical theories, including critical race theory, transformative multiliteracies pedagogies, and a focus on linguicism, were used to support the data analysis. With the transcripts, and using the above mentioned theories, four significant themes were defined: caring in education, relationships, racism, and language choice. The research suggests that Inuit educators have suffered from a "master narrative" that frames them in a deficit perspective; additionally, a Eurocentric focus on education (bound within a goal of English or French competence in Canada) has eroded the educational, cultural, and linguistic roles that Inuit educators play within the schooling of Inuit students in Nunavik. These factors, coupled with pervasive systemic racism, create a challenging environment for Inuit educators. The results of this study suggest that shifting leadership practices, creating more equity between Inuit and Qallunaat (non-Inuit) educators, and adjusting language policies may support both Inuit educators and students. By constructing their own counter narratives, the Inuit educators within this study take significant steps towards disrupting the status quo and creating a new story. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: The purpose of the study was to identify the emotional and spiritual challenges faced by Aboriginal foster parents. Interviews were conducted with a total of 83 Aboriginal foster parents in a central Canadian province. The interviews were conducted over the phone and participants were asked two questions: "What are the emotional challenges that would cause you to consider quitting fostering?" and "What are the spiritual challenges that would cause you to consider quitting fostering?" Responses to the questions were sorted by participants and analyzed using multidimensional scaling and cluster analysis. Seven concepts emerged in response to the first question including: 1) Defending Integrity, 2) Loss of Hope, 3) Unresolved Conflict, 4) Abuse, 5) Fear for Safety, 6) Burnout, and 7) Resentment. Three concepts emerged on response to the second question including: 1) Meaninglessness, 2) Being Alone, and 3) Religious Restrictions. The concepts were compared to and contrasted with the fostering literature. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Abstract: This critical policy analysis of the texts of the Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development's inquiry into the state of Aboriginal postsecondary education in Canada in 2006 examines the positions taken by witnesses with respect to the context of the policy discussion and the definition of the policy problem. The analysis also examines the policy positions taken by the Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development in its summative report, No Higher Priority, and in the Harper government's response to the Committee's report. The results of the analysis indicate that the minority Harper government applied its own definition of the policy problem to all stages of the policy cycle, and thus establishing itself as the legitimate authority responsible for reviewing the policy, and effectively silencing the voice of the witnesses and the Committee itself in the policy discussion. Read the full text of this thesis through Scholarship@Western.

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

There are several formal and informal networks available to Indigenous students studying at Westerns at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We encourage you to get involved with the Aboriginal community on campus.

SAGE Western is a peer-based support network for Indigenous graduate students at Western University aimed at facilitating transition, retention and completion of Indigenous students in graduate studies.

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Using Library Resources Off-Campus

If you are doing research from an off-campus location please be sure to sign in through the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS with your Western Identity username and password. This will ensure full access to all of the library electronic resources including the full-text of journal articles and access to ebooks:

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Summon Search

Summon is a single-box search engine that helps you discover relevant information from the Western Libraries on any topic supported by our university.

Western Libraries' website defaults to a Summon search (as illustrated below).

Summon quickly searches through our collection of books, scholarly journals, newspaper articles, e-books, dissertations, theses and more! There are helpful ways to modify or refine your search results and direct links to full text journal articles and ebooks.
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Video: Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

Managing a list of references or citations for a written project, thesis or dissertation can be a frustrating and lengthy process. Fortunately, there is a solution! Citation management tools like Mendeley, EndNote, Zotero, and others can help you save time.

Instead of going back to trace all the sources you used in your paper once you are done, citation tools help you manage your bibliographical information while you research. This can save you a lot of time and energy, and better yet, it keeps your citations organized and accessible.


Top 7: Education Research Databases

Here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, complete papers, assignments, literature review, annotated bibliographies and your research portfolios. We recommend you search the following:


1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

2. Dissertations and Theses

3. Education Research Complete

4, ERIC

5. ProQuest Education Journals

6. Professional Development Collection

7. PsycINFO


These research databases and many, many more are listed on the Western Libraries website. Have a look!

Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research

There are several research tools provided by the Western Library system that will help you as you define your research interest, construct researchable questions, conduct literature reviews, write papers or annotated bibliographies, narrow the scope of your Problem of Practice (PoP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

Here are the Top Seven Research Tools:

1. Library Catalogue

2. Summon

3. Research Guides

4. Research Databases

5. Western Libraries Website

6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).

Free Service ~ Digital Delivery of Full Text Journal Articles


Western Libraries' Digital Delivery service is a free journal article scanning service that is offered to Western faculty, staff and students. This service delivers the full text of journal articles directly to your computer.

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PLEASE NOTE: Only journals with the location "STORAGE - Use Request Item" status as seen in the library catalogue are eligible for this service.

MORE GOOD NEWS: Throughout the academic year of 2014-2015 we have been transferring the Education Library's bound journal collection to STORAGE so that all of this collection is now eligible for the document delivery service. We are now (Summer 2015) in the completion stage of that transfer project.

This is an amazingly convenient way for our online graduate students to get journal articles that are not found in the research databases delivered right to their computing device.

Good Bye, RefWorks!

Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. For over a decade, Western Libraries has supported the RefWorks citation management software.


But, later this summer RefWorks access is ending at Western.
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However, other citation management software is available.

Western Libraries Academic Librarians have developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version, and Quick Start Guides for each of them.

Research Guides

The Research Guides listed on the Western Libraries website are a good place to start your research. Have a look:

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages. Please join us online!

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Western has an amazing collection of books, journals and electronic resources.

However, some time during your research process a book or journal will not be available at Western.

In that case, you can request the item through our FREE Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service.

The software used is called Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting or RACER.

Instructions for setting up a free RACER account and instructions on using the service are available HERE!

Summer Hours


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The Education Library is now on SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

Monday to Friday 9:00 am - 4:00 pm with no weekend hours.

Where in the world?

Find what you want in a library near you with WorldCat, a global catalog of library collections.

WorldCat.org lets you search the collections of libraries in your community and thousands more around the world. WorldCat grows every day thanks to the efforts of librarians and other information professionals.

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APA Style Help

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision. APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world.

On the APA Style® site, you will find tutorials, FAQs, Blog, free Ask An APA service and other resources to help you improve your writing, master APA Style, and learn the conventions of scholarly publishing.

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Research Help is Available

Contact us by phone, email, set up a research consultation appointment or drop in for an office visit. We are here to help you!

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The Education Library provides electronic access through the library catalogue for the following title:

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The Education Library has electronic access to the following new book through the library catalogue:

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The Education Library provides book and electronic access through the library catalogue to the following title:

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New Book ~ Continuing to Disrupt the Status Quo?

The CALL NUMBER for this new book is LB2332.32.C66 2014 and it is currently NOT available as an e-book.

Online Students: If you wish to borrow this book from the Education Library please contact your academic librarians, Denise H. or Christena.

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The Education Library now provides electronic access through the library catalogue to the following title:

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The Education Library is now providing both book and online access to the following title:

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Electronic Access Available ~ Educational Leadership Relationally

The Education Library provides online access through the library catalogue to the following title:

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The Education Library provides both book and online access to the following title:

The Education Library is now providing electronic access through the library catalogue to the following title:

Media Release from Western's Faculty of Education:

A study of physical education curriculum across Canada has found that while the curriculum's stated aims are focused on healthy active living through physical activity, the actual learning outcome statements focus primarily on movement skills, games and sport techniques.

Spring and Summer Hours

Here are the Education Library's Spring and Summer Hours of Opening.

Retirements ~ Greg Dickinson and Allan Pitman

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The objective of this policy is to improve access to the results of Agency-funded research, and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results.

This policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward.

While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.


Update ~ Canadiana Héritage Project

The Héritage Project is a 10-year initiative to digitize and make accessible online some of Canada's most popular archival collections, encompassing roughly 60 million pages of primary-source documents. Chronicling the country and its people from the 1600s to the mid-1900s, the completed collection will be a vast and unique resource for Canadian historians, teachers, students, and genealogists.

May 2015 Update:

Work on the Heritage Project continues to progress.

As of May 1, 2015 36.4 million images have been scanned, and 22.2 million of these are now online at the Héritage Discovery Portal. Finding aids have been transcribed for 78 collections, and Canadiana continues to work on linking the metadata from the transcription with the actual scanned images to which they relate.

Canadiana is also in the midst of developing a new platform, which will bring all Canadiana content, including the Heritage Project and Early Canadiana Online, onto one central access point. More details will be provided as the project progresses.

Save the Date ~ Visiting Speaker Talk ~ Friday July 24, 2015

Mark your calendars and join us!


The speaker is Dr. Karen Weston, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Education, Columbia College (Missouri).

Talk Title: "Toward a capacity-building framework for teachers' professional learning related to mental health promotion and the support of mental health challenges"


Date and Time: Friday July 24, at 12:30 pm

Room and Other Details: TBA

People We Know ~ Dr. Ken Meadows

Those of you who have had the good fortune to work with Ken Meadows will be delighted to learn that he has won STLHE 2015 Christopher Knapper Volunteer Award.

From the Western News:

Ken Meadows, Western Teaching and Learning Services, has been named the winner of the 2015 Christopher Knapper Outstanding Volunteer Award, the Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE). The award recognizes society members who have gone beyond the call of duty for an extended period of time by providing volunteer service to the organziation.


Meadows has served as the managing editor of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning since its inception. He has been instrumental in helping STLHE create this unique vehicle for the promotion and development of the scholarship of postsecondary teaching, both in Canada and internationally. He was described by his nominators as the "linchpin" of the journal and the "glue" that holds the enterprise together.

Congratulations, Ken, and well deserved!

Hiatus

The Education Library Blog is going on hiatus for April, May and June 2015. Scroll down through our older entries for researching tips and tricks.

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) is an annual event that is organized by graduate students at the Faculty of Education. The theme of this year's event is Research Innovations in Education: Implications for Practice and Learning. This year the event is being celebrated on Wednesday April 1, 2015.

The Symposium provides Western University graduate students the opportunity to share their education-related research with the wider community. Presentation formats include posters, round tables, papers, and creative formats such as song or art. Unable to attend the Symposium in person? As with the previous two years, we are excited to offer Western University graduate student the option to present virtually. Find out MORE!

The Education Library is pleased to again take part in this wonderful event. Look for our Library as Research Partner display!

People We Know and New Book

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When you see the LOCATION code as EDU STACK in the library catalogue it means you will find that book in our lower level book stacks. Ask the staff at the main floor Service Desk of the Education Library if you need help finding a book.

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Sometimes a professor will put a book "on reserve" their course and this means the book has a shortened loan period, and it can be retrieved from the main floor Service Desk at the Education Library. In this example, this book has been assigned a one day loan period:

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Western Libraries has amazing academic librarians

The recipients of the CARL 2014 Research in Librarianship Grants were announced and part of that announcement read:

"CARL is very pleased to support Deborah Meert, (Western University), John Costella (Western University), and Nazi Torabi (McGill University) for their project 'The comparative reporting practices of the literature searching component of systematic reviews with and without Information Professional (i.e. Librarian) involvement'."

Additionally, we found out:

Qinqin Zhang, Maren Goodman, and Shiyi Xie have had their paper "Integrating Library Instruction into the Course Management System for a First Year Engineering Class: An Evidence-Based Study Measuring the Effectiveness of Blended Learning on Students' Information Literacy Levels" accepted for publication in College & Research Libraries - the preprint is available online: http://crl.acrl.org/content/early/recent

And, in other good news:

Robin Keirstead gave the Keynote Address at the ARMA Southwestern Ontario "Info Veritas" event, in Niagara-on-the-Lake on March 27, 2015.

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Western has an amazing collection of books, journals and electronic resources. However, some time during your research process a book or journal will not be available at Western.

In that case, you can request the item through our FREE Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. The software used is called Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting or RACER. Instructions for setting up a free RACER account and instructions on using the service are available HERE!

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Top 7: Education Research Databases

Here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, literature review and your research portfolio. Please search:


  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO


These research databases and many, many more are listed on the Western Libraries website. Have a look!

Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research Work

There are several research tools that will help you as you narrow your Problem of Practice (POP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

Here are the top research tools:


  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

  7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating professional online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).

The Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages forming strong and global online communities of practice with our education and our librarianship colleagues. The content on each of these social media platforms is unique.

Please join us at Western's Faculty of Education for this presentation, Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching, by Ken Meadows, PhD, Teaching and Learning Services and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD, Huron University College, on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 10:30 - 11:30 am in Room 1010 of the Faculty of Education. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

New Service Launched at Western: Ask Copyright

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If you have copyright questions, give this new service a try!

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When a book you need is signed out, you can use the REQUEST ITEM option from the top
of the catalogue record.

People We Know ~ Kathy Hibbert

Dr. Kathy Hibbert has been invited to the Cambodia Development Resource Institute as a Visiting Professor in May 2015. Kathy will be providing consultative services in helping the CDRI establish a strategy to build curriculum and policy research in education; build research capacity through the training of junior researchers in educational research methodologies, and continue collaborative narrative research on the experience of cancer care in Cambodia. As we all know, such Visiting Professorships say a great deal about the reputation of an individual. Kathy's exemplary contributions over the years make her an excellent candidate for this Visiting Professorship. Congratulations!

Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

Announcing the second issue of Weave Journal of Library User Experience is now available.

Weave is an open access, peer-reviewed journal published by Michigan Publishing.

This issue features articles on Service Design for Libraries, Bluetooth Beacons for better UX, and an engaging discussion about UX practice with a slew of library UX professionals: http://weaveux.org

The next and third issue will be out in October, so be sure to send us an article or a pitch.

Music Library Keyboard (nope, not KeyWORD) News!

We received this joyful news from our colleagues at Western's wonderful Music Library:

We in the Music Library would like to share some exciting news with our Western Libraries service colleagues. This week saw the installation of 2 new electronic piano keyboards (with headphones!) in the Music Library for the use of library patrons. The keyboards will be a great aid in reading through unfamiliar scores, analyzing musical works in depth, or just "doodling" in a creative way. One keyboard is set in a relatively public spot, the other is more secluded to allow for private study.

Feel free to pop by to try them out yourselves and share the news with any patrons looking for a keyboard on campus.

Spirit Horse arrives at Western's Faculty of Education

In an email communication we learned:

The halls of the Faculty will be alive with the sound of children's voices on Monday, March 30 and Tuesday, March 31, as Roseneath Theatre, in partnership with the Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario and Western's Faculty of Education, presents the play, Spirit Horse.

Spirit Horse is a play about two First Nations young people who are caught between two worlds--the traditional ways and the modern ways of the city. It deals with themes of racism and understanding. It is an adaptation by well-known Indigenous writer, Drew Hayden Taylor, of the Irish play, Tir Na N'Og by Greg Banks. More information about the play and related FNMI teaching resources can be found at http://spirithorse.ca/

The play will tour throughout south-western Ontario and is beginning here with four performances. A special launch event is being held Monday afternoon and the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario will be visiting the Faculty along with Regional Chief Stan Beardy from the Chiefs of Ontario and Grand Chief Gord Peters from the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians and other distinguished guests.

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3MT

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3MT (Three Minute Thesis) is a research communication competition where graduate students have 3 minutes or less to present their research and its impact to a panel of non-specialist judges and peers.

Preliminary Heat for Western's Faculties of Education, Arts and Humanities, FIMS, Music will be held on:

Thursday, April 2, 2015 9:30am
International & Graduate Affairs Building, Room 1N05

The Symposium will bring an inter-disciplinary, international group of individuals who research and facilitate ISL programs, as well as those who host North American ISL university students in their communities in Central America and Eastern Africa. international-service.jpg


Anyone interested in ISL, including university students, staff and faculty, as well as outside community members who are involved in ISL programming are welcome to attend.

Presenters will share their experiences and research on ISL and host communities.

Today will begin with an a key-note panel of community members from Central America and Southern Africa who have hosted North American ISL students to hear their perspectives on the benefits and challenges of being involved in these programs. Symposium participants will then choose from a number of smaller break-out sessions led by presenters to learn more about recent ISL research and developments. The day will end with a keynote panel bringing together international experts on research on ISL and host communities to share their research and insights from the symposium.


Symposium Co-ordinator: Marianne Larsen

Symposium Organizer: Jennifer Kozak

Opportunities and Information from Western Heads East:

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Easter Long Weekend

The Education Library is CLOSED on Friday April 3, Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 to celebrate the Easter long weekend.

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Spring Fling

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Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a non-profit organization that promotes and enables the sharing of knowledge and creativity throughout the world. The organization produces and maintains a free suite of licensing tools to allow anyone to easily share, reuse, and remix materials with a fair "some rights reserved" approach to copyright.


Creative Commons Canada is the affiliate that supports Creative Commons in Canada. As a collobarative initiative between the Samuelson Glushko Canadian Internet Policy and Public Interest Clinic (CIPPIC), BCcampus, Athabasca University and all of our volunteers and supporters, we work to promote the Creative Commons mission of sharing. Our organizational structure consists of our affiliate organizations, project leads at these organizations, an advisory board providing guidance and direction, and our hand-working volunteers.

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From Rolling Stone magazine: After years of high-profile musical collaborations, Pharrell Williams has partnered with the United Nations Foundation, fittingly, to promote the organization's International Day of Happiness, held each year on March 20th.


♪ ♫ Have a listen and get happy! ♪ ♫

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Happy Birthday, Magna Carta!

MAGNA CARTA is the most important document in British history. A peace treaty to which King John was forced to append his seal by a group of rebellious barons in 1215, it has gone on to become a symbol of liberty and individual freedoms through the ages and around the world. Only three of the 63 original clauses in this "great charter" remain in force in Britain today, but its declaration that everyone has the right to justice according to the rule of law has ensured continuing relevance. This year marks the 800th anniversary of that first sealing.

International Francophonie Day strives to create a space of solidarity, one based on the principles of humanity, democracy, and respect for cultural and linguistic diversity of all. This day was first initiated by the International Organization of La Francophonie (IOF) and celebrates the signing of the Niamey Convention in Niger on March 20, 1970. The convention established the Agence de Coopération Culturelle et Technique, a precursor to the International Organization of La Francophonie. This is an organization comprised of countries and/or regions where French is the first language, where there is a significant association with the culture of France, and where a large section of the population is comprised of French speakers or francophones.

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All about SPARC

SPARC®, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition, is an international alliance of academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC believes that faster and wider sharing of the outputs of the scholarly research process increases the impact of research, fuels the advancement of knowledge, and increases the return on research investments. SPARC focuses on taking action in collaboration with stakeholders - including authors, publishers, and libraries - to build on the unprecedented opportunities created by the networked digital environment to advance the conduct of scholarship.

As a catalyst for action, our pragmatic agenda focuses on supporting the emergence of new scholarly communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries and create a more open system of scholarly communications. SPARC's strategy focuses on reducing barriers to the access, sharing, and use of scholarship. Our highest priority is advancing the understanding and implementation of policies and practices that ensure Open Access to scholarly research outputs. SPARC's primary focus is on journal literature, but our evolving strategy reflects an increasing focus on Open Access to research outputs of all kinds - including digital data and open educational resources (OER).

Western University is a full member of SPARC.

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ACRL Video: Sharon Mader, ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy, presents on the next steps for the Framework for Information Literacy. Presentation recorded for the Q&A webinar on March 11, 2015.

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We're just a week away from CMEC's 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession which is being held in Banff, Alberta, on March 29-30, 2015! You can read the media advisory here!

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Sad News ~ Right Reverend Charles Robert (Bob) Townshend

The following information was conveyed to us at the Faculty of Education by our Dean:

Colleagues, it is with much sadness that we inform you of the death of Right Reverend Charles Robert (Bob) Townshend on Saturday, March 14th.

Bishop Townshend was a retired Suffragan Bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Huron. He was ordained deacon on May 13,1962, and priested on May 19,1963. He was consecrated bishop on September 12, 1984, and served as the Bishop of St. Clair and later the Bishop of Georgian Bay. Before becoming bishop, Bishop Townshend served the parishes of St. George's, London; Grace Church, Bothwell, St. John's-in-the-Woods, Aughrim and St. Matthew's, Florence; St. James the Apostle, Sarnia; Holy Trinity, Chatham and St. George's, Owen Sound. From 1974-1984, he served as Archdeacon of the Saugeens.

In addition to diocesan service, he served as a member of the Executive and Planning Committee of Provincial Synod and chair of the Social Outreach Programme Commission. He was a member of the Council of General Synod and chair of the General Synod Administration and Finance Committee and the Pension Committee. He served on and is a lifetime member of the Executive Board and Corporation of Huron University College and as a member of the Executive Boards of Renison University College and Canterbury College.

Bishop Townshend made significant contributions in areas related to serving children, for twelve years as a Trustee of the Boards of Education in Sarnia, Chatham and Owen Sound. He is a past Director of the Ontario Public School Trustees Association as well as Chairman of the Community and Family Services in Chatham. He was deeply committed to serving the Scottish Rite, beginning in 1973. Bishop Townshend served as Grand Prior from 1994-2003, and was honoured to serve as Sovereign Grand Commander from 2003-2006. He served as President of the Scottish Rite Charitable foundation of Canada from 2012-2014.

Many of us in the Faculty of Education knew Bishop Townshend in relationship to the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education, a graduate award he and his family established in memory of his father and conferred on numerous of our distinguished students.

The Faculty of Education has made a donation to the London Scottish Rite Learning Centre in memory of Bishop Townshend.

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Gentle Reminder

Just a friendly and gentle reminder that the Education Library and the entire Faculty of Education building is a scent-free working environment.

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Scholarship@Western

Scholarship@Western is a multi-functional portal that collects, showcases, archives, and preserves a variety of materials created or sponsored by The University of Western Ontario community (hereinafter called Western).

Scholarship@Western aims to facilitate knowledge sharing and broaden the international recognition of Western's academic excellence by providing open access to Western's intellectual output and professional achievements. It also serves as a platform to support Western's scholarly communication needs and provides an avenue for the compliance of research funding agencies' Open Access (OA)policies.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

DOAJ is an online directory that indexes and provides access to quality open access, peer-reviewed journals. Researchers at Western University have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website. It is listed under D on the alphabetical list of DATABASES.

The Western Libraries Open Access (OA) Fund was created to provide eligible researchers at Western University with financial assistance for publishing in peer-reviewed open access publications (journals, monographs, and book chapters) that charge a publication fee in exchange for releasing the funded work online for free public access immediately upon publication. The Fund aims to support Western researchers who wish to accelerate knowledge sharing and increase the impact of their research by enabling free online access to their published scholarly works.

We are one week away from the International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities Symposium, which will be taking place on Friday, March 27th at Western's Faculty of Education. This event will bring together an inter-disciplinary, international group of individuals who research and facilitate ISL programs as well as those who host North American ISL students in their communities in Central America. Please join us!

The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide. Find out MORE!

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New Service Launched at Western in February 2015: Ask Copyright

Western's newly launched Ask Copyright service is designed to assist Western faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large, in finding answers to questions about copyright at Western. Give it a try!

New Open Access Policy for Research Unveiled in February 2015

Announced on Friday February 27, 2015:

Canadians will have free online access to research funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR

Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians. Increased access to the results of publicly-funded research can spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and support the economy.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), unveiled the new policy as part of a wide-ranging speech on the government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy in a speech to the Economic Club in Toronto.

The harmonized Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires all peer-reviewed journal publications funded by one of the three federal granting agencies to be freely available online within 12 months.

Canada's three federal granting agencies are: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy will require NSERC and SSHRC funded researchers to comply with the policy for all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. The policy will not change current compliance requirements for CIHR funded researchers since a similar policy with the same requirements has been in effect since 2008.

In developing this policy, the three agencies held an online consultation, receiving feedback from over 200 individuals and groups from the research community, institutional libraries, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers, and journals.

The granting agencies will continue to work closely with stakeholders to support and facilitate the transition towards greater open access. READ MORE!

This journal article appeared in the March 2015 issue of Studies in Higher Education (Volume 40, Issue Number 2):

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The educational doctorate (EdD) is being re-envisioned as a distinct professional degree. Today's EdD graduates are envisioned as scholarly practitioners. Given this it may be reasoned these individuals have unique identities comprised of several layers. In this study, we examined how 18 entering students and 17 graduating students from an EdD program viewed themselves as learners, leaders, and action researchers. Data were obtained using a questionnaire with closed- and open-ended items, follow-up interviews were conducted with 12 incoming students and 12 graduates, and dissertations were also examined. Data were analyzed using quantitative and qualitative procedures. Questionnaire results indicated no significant differences between groups, but qualitative results showed students new to the program held strong identities as learners and leaders, but not as action researchers. Graduates held stronger views of each layer and their views were aligned to the program's vision. From these findings implications are provided for program developers and students.

Journal Article ~ The Struggle to Make Sense of Doctoral Study

This journal article appears in the April 2015 issue of Higher Education Research & Development (Volume 34, Issue Number 2):

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Semi-structured, qualitative interviews conducted with an ethno-culturally diverse group of 27 doctoral students in one Canadian university department produced narratives that often featured stories of stress and struggle. Two interrelated themes emerging from the data are highlighted here: surviving financially and dealing with divisions and diversity. The context is one where student bodies have become more diverse and the academic labour market less geared to full-time tenured positions. We argue that the commonplace notion that doctoral study means elite students being socialized into academic futures de-emphasizes the material conditions and interpersonal tensions that actually characterize everyday student life.

Journal Article ~ A Meditation on the Poetics of Doctoral Writing

This journal article appeared in the December 2014 issue of Higher Education Research & Development (Volume 33, Issue Number 6):

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The article presents the author's views on the poetics of doctoral writing. The author says that there is a trend in higher education scholarship, and social science more broadly, whereby intense emotional phenomena are privileged over quietly unfolding ones. The author opines that using poetry might enable him to contemplate the mundane, quotidian practices of my doctoral writing and life.

This journal article appeared in the January 2015 issue of Journal of Humanistic Psychology (Volume 55, Issue Number 1):

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The disclosure of gay identity is considered an important step in the process of gay identity development. However, disclosure--especially to parents--is stressful for sexual minority individuals. Research suggests that most parents respond negatively to the news of their son's gay identity, and that such negative reactions pose significant risks to that child's well-being. In this article, the author presents selected findings from his dissertation research, a poetic inquiry into the lived experience of facing negative parental reactions to the disclosure of gay identity. The article begins with a review of the gay identity development, sexual minority stress, and family disclosure literature. Next, the author describes his selected method, poetic inquiry, as an approach to research that aligns with humanistic psychotherapy. In the results section, six poetic transcriptions detailing four participants' narratives about postdisclosure interactions with parents provide an in-depth look at the challenge gay men face when negotiating negative parental reactions. Finally the article concludes with a brief summary and a discussion of the reasons that poetic inquiry was chosen for research on this topic

This journal article appeared in the March 2009 issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education (Volume 30, Issue Number 1):

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This paper draws on research on masculinities to examine poetry as a socially and culturally gendered genre. Situated in the context of the current 'crisis' around boys' underachievement in school, attention is drawn to the problematic understanding of poetry as an unsuitable genre for boys. Attention is further drawn to the way in which poetry, when offered up to boys, is often imbued with traditional and outdated definitions of masculinity. We illustrate the extent to which hegemonic versions of masculinity are implicated in discourses about poetry as an unsuitable genre for boys. This is accomplished by undertaking a critical analysis of various sources such as Odean's (1998) Great Book for Boys, and Scieszka's (2005) Guys Write for Guys Read, as well as Iggulden and Iggulden's (2006) The Dangerous Book for Boys. Historical perspectives which highlight the role of sexologists in forging an association between poetry and effeminacy are also used to illuminate the legacy associated with the treatment of poetry somehow discordant with dominant understandings about boys' developing masculinity. In this way, we provide a richer understanding of poetry and its discursive relationship to masculinity.

This journal article appeared in the September 2011 issue of the Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy (Volume 55, Issue Number 1):

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The article discusses the attitudes of preservice teachers regarding the teaching of poetry, using a wiki to provide a learning community for the teachers. This collaboration is said to have increased student teacher confidence regarding poetry pedagogy. Topics discussed include the impact of negative teacher attitudes regarding poetry on students, the preconception that poetry is solely for the literary elite, and the notion that poetry is inaccessible to readers. Also mentioned are the idea that poetry is inessential, teacher perceptions that student poetry is hard to grade, and the concept that analysis of poetry is central to studying it.

April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH


For National Poetry Month, The League of Canadian Poets is celebrating Food & Poetry with live readings across the country and online conversations across platforms!

Social Media Coverage: Follow along on our NPM blog at www.poets.ca/blog or on twitter @CanadianPoets and join in on the fun by using the hashtags #eatingpoetry & #NPM15.

This year we encouraged poets and hosts to explore and savour the theme of Food and Poetry. Inspired by Rachel Rose's inaugural speech as Vancouver's Poet Laureate, we want to investigate the ways in which "food is personal, political, sensual and powerful". Food nourishes, grounds and connects us, much like poetry. Without food as without poetry, we go hungry. There is so much that can be spoken of and written about food and one's experience with it. Imagine your city alive with the energy of poetry shared over picnics, at food drives, in vegetable gardens or orchards.

"Everyone has something to say about food, whether it is the activist challenging the cruelties of conventional farming, the exile remembering the waft of spices on lost streets, or the child writing about the sockeye salmon she buys at Granville Island. Food is personal, political, sensual, and powerful. It concerns every one of us. It's time to write hymns to dumplings, sonnets to community gardens, love lyrics to beekeepers, odes to the food banks that fed your family while you were sick, pantoums to the lost spices of home now that you are an exile, fierce free verse about conventional chicken farming, performance poetry about guerilla gardens, hymns to the feasts your grandmother prepared, incantations about poverty and food insecurity and bohemian rhapsodies about dumpster diving." - Rachel Ro

This journal article appeared in the October 2014 issue of the Curriculum Journal (Volume 25, Issue Number 4) which was a special themed issue on Assessment for Learning:

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Many schools and school systems have been deliberately working towards full implementation of Assessment for Learning for more than a decade, yet success has been elusive. Using a leader's implementation of Assessment for Learning in one school as an illustration, this article examines eight positional leaders' experiences as they implemented both the 'spirit and the letter' of Assessment for Learning at all levels. This longitudinal qualitative research study draws on the experiences of leaders from Alberta, British Columbia, Germany, Georgia, Hawai`i, Manitoba, New Zealand and Ontario. The authors identify five findings that show how positional leaders use Assessment for Learning as the focus for system-wide change, as well as the change process itself

Easter Long Weekend

The Education Library is CLOSED on Friday April 3, Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5 to celebrate the Easter long weekend.

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This journal article appeared in the July 2012 issue of Gender & Education (Volume 24, Issue Number 4):

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This article uses three frames of analysis, each with gendered implications, to interpret the author's narrative of experience as a department chair (head of department) in a Canadian university from 1999 to 2002. The narrative is based not only on memory but on transcripts of interviews conducted with the author at various points during her term as chair. The three frames are: (1) learning leadership; (2) surviving organisations; and (3) performing leadership. The methodology is an unusual one, a mix of personal narrative with theory and literature, an approach that demonstrates the relative merits of different theoretical perspectives when applied to an account of experience as well as the difficulty of settling on one 'true' analysis. Throughout the discussion, a 'critical incident' is repeated several times in slightly varied ways, in order to illustrate how different analytical frames can lead to different interpretations. The conclusion considers the implications of the analysis for understanding the gendered experience of academic leadership

This journal article appeared in the March 2015 issue of Educational Management Administration & Leadership (Volume 43, Issue Number 2): Educational Management Administration & Leadership.gif

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The effect of critical incidents on school principals has been marginally investigated. Principal leadership has many pleasures, but it is often replete with problematic circumstances. The skilled school-based leader requires rationality and diplomacy to manage conflict successfully. This study examined the perceived effects of a critical incident, the closure of their school, on the professional and personal lives of principals. The investigation employed a narrative analysis approach in the Province of British Columbia, Canada. Narratives from two superintendents and six principals generated the evidence used to study the professional and personal complications associated with a principal living through a school closure. The investigation generated understandings of the impact of this critical event. Principals were aware of their precarious position of having dual allegiances to both district and school community. The emotionally-charged environment manifested professional and personal concerns, anxieties and resultant health concerns in the life of the school leader. The study provides publics affected by a school closure with understandings and knowledge regarding communication issues and approaches in closure considerations. Principals benefit from both enhanced discourse and administrative practices. School districts profit from in-depth perspectives and improved preparedness for critical events

This journal article appeared in a 2014 issue of International Studies in Educational Administration (Volume 42, Issue Number 3):

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The inaugural Canada's Outstanding Principal's (COP) programme was held in Toronto, Ontario in 2005. The Learning Partnership, in association with the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management and the Canadian Association of Principals, initiated this annual leadership development programme to celebrate, encourage and support principals. The research question addressed is: How does COP strengthen the relationship between transformational leadership and principal efficacy? An exploratory analysis of the relationship between transformational leadership and collective principal efficacy is also presented. A concurrent, equal status mixed-methods design is applied with data generated from online surveys and telephone interviews. Principal efficacy was identified as a prerequisite for transformational leadership, with the core transformational leadership practice of developing people driving the other core transformational leadership practices. Over time, the relationship between transformational leadership and principal efficacy appears to become more reciprocal. However, a network of individuals with high principal efficacy does not necessarily result in collective principal efficacy.

This journal article appears in the April 2015 issue of Educational Administration Quarterly (Volume 5, Issue Number 2): education administration quarterly.gif

Abstract:

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to investigate how aspiring principals in the United States are prepared for social justice leadership, by focusing particular attention on equitable leadership for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, and questioning (LGBTIQ) persons as a measure of the preparation program's commitment to social justice. Research Method: The research design involved a cross-sectional survey instrument completed by 218 full-time faculty teaching in 53 different University Council for Educational Administration university principal preparation programs. We performed descriptive analysis of Likert-type scale responses with cross-tabulation of selected survey questions and constant comparative analysis of open-ended questions. The descriptive analysis provides a one-moment-in-time snapshot of the perceptions of particular education leadership faculty. As such, the data are illustrative of certain patterns evident across the national sample rather than definitive of these programs. Findings: Findings indicate that LGBTIQ identities and themes are only marginally integrated into U.S. principal preparation programs, inclusive of those identified as social justice programs. Social justice programs that do address LGBTIQ identities frequently depend on one faculty member or course to do so, rather than being integrated throughout the program. Implications for Research and Practice: Strategies are clearly needed for integrating LGBTIQ equitable leadership into U.S. principal preparation. More fundamentally, the study challenges the manner in which social justice discourses are constructed. It suggests that the quality of social justice preparation is appropriately measured, in part, and enhanced by the form of communal engagement with identities and experiences marginal within the social justice discourse itself.

Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching

Please join us for this presentation: Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching by Ken Meadows, PhD, Teaching and Learning Services and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD, Huron University College, on Thursday, April 2, 2015, from 10:30 - 11:30 am in Room 1010 of the Faculty of Education. All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.

Researcher Team:

Debra Dawson, Ken N. Meadows, Catharine Dishke Hondzel (Western University); Erika Kustra, Florida Doci, Samantha Burton, Carly Del Pup, Hoda Eiliat, Kaitlyn Gillard (University of Windsor); Lori Goff, Danielle Gabay (McMaster University); Paola Borin (Ryerson University); Donna Ellis (University of Waterloo); Jill Grose (Brock University); Peter Wolf (University of Guelph); and Sandra Hughes (Wilfred Laurier University).


Information:

The Teaching Quality Indicators project is a research partnership between eight universities in Ontario to develop a means for post-secondary institutions to examine and, ultimately, enhance the culture of teaching at their institutions. In the first phase of the project we developed faculty and student versions of a survey, the Teaching Culture Perception Survey, based on an extensive review of the relevant literatures to examine the extent to which participants agreed that certain indicators of a quality teaching culture were evident at their institutions and the importance that they placed on these indicators. The surveys were pilot tested with faculty and undergraduate and graduate students at Western University, McMaster University, and the University of Windsor. Focus groups were also conducted to help triangulate and validate the findings of the surveys.

Four subsequent phases to the research are planned and funding is being sought to support the continuation of this research project. More information about the research is available at http://qualityteachingculture.wordpress.com/

The project was funded in part by the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities.

March Break Hours of Opening

Next week is March Break and the Education Library has shortened Hours of Opening.
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Western Libraries' is currently writing a new Strategic Plan, and we welcome your participation. You are cordially invited to be a part of this exciting discussion. Faculty members, graduate students and campus partners can help us by completing this short survey.

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Attention Education Researchers ~ Trial of Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) is happening NOW ~ Have a look and provide us with feedback today!

Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO) brings together the world's leading scholars to provide a cutting-edge overview of classic and current research and future trends in the Social Sciences and Humanities, while at the same time providing an authoritative guide to theory and method, the key sub-disciplines, and the primary debates of today. Every title within RHO is surrounded with meaningful metadata and abstracts at a chapter level, making it fully searchable and browsable, providing a functionality of greater value to the student and researcher.

Hurry! It is listed on the list of databases on the Western Libraries website.
Try it today and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015.

Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to either of the Education Library's Academic Librarians.

There is a display of teaching and learning resources available in the Education Library to support the It Matters to Us! Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools. All participants of the conference are encouraged to drop by the Education Library and browse. The display will be in place for the rest of this week. Enjoy!

This 2014 thesis was written by Abhilasha, Duggal at Western University and is available to read online.

Abstract: Elementary school students have diverse learning needs and their academic learning, in particular, varies between students - especially so for those students from culturally non- dominant backgrounds. This study investigated the following research questions: What teaching strategies can be used to support diverse students' academic learning process within the classroom setting? What are the perceptions and practices of teachers, principals, and vice principals in relation to the academic learning opportunities for encouraging multicultural education? What are teachers', principals', and vice principals ' perceptions of multicultural education in the curriculum today and to what extent they are satisfied with current Program Policy Memorandum No. 119, which was created to support multiculturalism, diversity and inclusive education in schools? The data gathered consisted of semi-structured interviews with principals, vice principals, and teachers, document analysis, and observations of teachers. The following themes were identified: Teaching as a service-oriented career; changes in the teaching profession; teacher assumptions about race and class; social categorization ("an us versus them" culture); multicultural education at Sunflowers Elementary School; and multicultural education at Carnations Elementary School. An exploratory qualitative case study research paradigm was adopted, supported by a modified version of constant comparative method of data analysis. The findings from this study have the potential to illuminate teaching approaches that are ultimately intended to create inclusive classrooms for students and more broadly, further contribute to the development of culturally sensitive teaching and curriculum in elementary schools, teacher education and multicultural education in Ontario.

creating space.jpg Verna J. Kirkness grew up on the Fisher River Indian reserve in Manitoba. Her childhood dream to be a teacher set her on a lifelong journey in education as a teacher, counsellor, consultant, and professor. Her simple quest to teach "in a Native way" revolutionized Canadian education policy and practice. Kirkness broke new ground at every turn. As the first cross-cultural consultant for the Manitoba Department of Education Curriculum Branch she made Cree and Ojibway the languages of instruction in several Manitoba schools. In the early 1970s she became the first Education Director for the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs) and then Education Director for the National Indian Brotherhood (now the Assembly of First Nations). She played a pivotal role in developing the education sections of Wahbung: Our Tomorrows, which transformed Manitoba education, and the landmark 1972 national policy of Indian Control of Indian Education. These two major works have shaped First Nations education in Canada for more than 40 years. In the 1980s she became an assistant professor at the University of British Columbia where she was appointed Director of the Native Teacher Education Program, founded the Ts''Kel Graduate Program, and was a driving force behind the creation of the First Nations House of Learning. Honoured by community and country, Kirkness is a visionary who has inspired, and been inspired by, generations of students. Like a long conversation between friends, Creating Space reveals the challenges and misgivings, the burning questions, the successes and failures that have shaped the life of this extraordinary woman and the history of Aboriginal education in Canada.

This journal article, written by Amy Feiker Hollenbeck, appears in the April 2015 issue of International Journal of Research & Method in Education (Volume 38, Issue Number 2) International journal of research & method in education.jpg

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Reflection on subjectivity in the qualitative research process is fundamental to the methodology. Although much attention is paid to what to do (identify subjectivities), there is much less emphasis on how one should do this. Furthermore, a researcher engaged in an intimately familiar setting, such as a typical American classroom, faces the unique challenge of sifting through vast stores of prior knowledge and beliefs that influence perceptions of observed instruction, including experiences as a K-12 learner and classroom teacher. As a novice qualitative researcher and former special educator drawn to questions involving instructional practice in reading comprehension, I struggled to balance my emotional responses to observed instruction with my need to understand teachers' decision-making. I begin by sharing my own experiences as a novice researcher, brought forward from artefacts of that time. Moving to the present, I reflect on my early misperceptions, and conclude with recommendations for working with subjectivity in the research process.

Future Library In Progress, but not without you!

Western Libraries' strategic planning process, FLIP, is now underway. FLIP STRATEGIC PLANNING LOGO.jpg

Students, faculty, and campus partners are invited to get involved and help shape Western Libraries' future.

Whether you attend a focus group, answer a short online survey, contribute your opinion through various in-library events taking place this month, or share your perspective through social media, this is your chance to help us better understand what you expect, need, and want in the future from Western Libraries.

Further details will be announced starting this week on the Western Libraries strategic planning website.

In the meantime, tweet us your feedback to @westernulibs using our project hashtag #wlflip to tell us your vision for the library, and what services, facilities, technologies, collections, and spaces you need to succeed at Western!

This journal article written by Kurt Clausen and Anthony Easton appears in the January 2015 issue of Religion & Education (Volume 42, Issue Number 1) religion & Education JOURNAL.jpg

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When the landmark education report Living and Learning (colloquially known as the Hall-Dennis Report) was presented to the Ontario Legislature in 1968, it outlined a series of recommendations advocating numerous child-centered reforms (such as open classrooms, special education, and the abolition of corporal punishment). Although the report did view the child as a "spiritual" being, it also carefully avoided any specific mention of most religious issues or sectarian divisions within the province. This stood in contrast to the fact that about a fifth of the briefs heard by the Hall-Dennis Committee were from groups representing various organized religions. The present study examines the role that these groups did play in advising the committee, and the modifications that were made to these recommendations by the committee in order to harmonize them with an increasingly secular society.

This journal article written by Sue Winton and Stephanie Tuters appears in the March 2015 issue of Educational Studies ((Volume 41, Issue Nmber 1-2). educational studies journal.jpg

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As the prevalence and negative effects of bullying become widely known, people around the world seem desperate to solve the bullying "problem". A sizeable body of research about many aspects of bullying and a plethora of anti-bullying programmes and policies now exist. This critical policy analysis asks: how does Ontario, Canada's bullying policy support and/or undermine critical democracy; and how does it reflect, support and further the interests of neoliberalism and/or neoconservatism? Findings indicate that the policy constructs the problem of bullying as a problem of individuals and a "behaviour for learning" problem. The policy also prescribes standardised responses to bullying incidents. We explore ways in which these constructions are undemocratic and unjust. The findings are particularly concerning because bullying policies are often viewed as innocuous by practitioners. This paper offers more than just critique by providing suggestions for how research and policies can become more just and equitable and how bullying policy may be enacted to support critical democracy.

March Break Hours of Opening

Next week is March Break and the Education Library has shortened Hours of Opening.

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Great news for Western's Faculty of Education: Julie Byrd Clark has just been named Editor in Chief, along with Fred Dervin, University of Helsinki, and Regis Machart, Universiti of Putra Malaysia of the International Journal of Bias, Identity, and Diversities in Education.

Journal mission

IJBIDE investigates critically the positioning of diverse individuals in formal and informal contexts of education - from kindergarten to adult education, but also lifelong learning. Diversities refer here to different identity markers such as ethnicity, religion, gender, social class and language. IJBIDE is clearly positioned within a non-essentialist and non-culturalist perspective. IJBIDE also aims to promote original research methods by linking up macro- and micro-approaches. The journal is fully blind peer reviewed by the best experts in the field and publishes empirical and conceptual research and case studies from around the world.

The London Area Truth and Reconciliation Committee, in collaboration with local indigenous and non-indigenous educational and community partners, is hosting It Matters to Us: Transforming the Legacy of Residential Schools at Western's Faculty of Education March 10 - 11.

More than 150,000 First Nations, Métis, and Inuit children attended Canada's residential schools. Though the last school closed in 1996, the ongoing impact of the schools continues to be felt throughout generations and throughout local communities. This conference will bring together more than 250 people from across the province in order to strengthen relationships between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, and raise awareness about the legacy of residential schools.

Conference details:

Tuesday, March 10
7 - 9 p.m. - An evening with Susan Aglukark, Dan and Mary Lou Smoke, and The
 Sisters of All Nations Singers

Wednesday, March 11
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. - Educator's conference
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. - Keynote address, Wab Kinew
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. - Educator's conference

Location
Western's John George Althouse Faculty of Education Building
1137 Western Road, London, ON

Members of the media are invited to speak with conference organizers and Susan Aglukark following her Tuesday evening performance, and are welcome to attend Wednesday's educator's conference.

This information is from the publisher's website:

stories of men and teaching.jpg This book investigates the dynamic relationship between masculinity, fiction and teaching answering one central question. How are male teachers influenced by fictional narratives in the construction of masculinities within education?

It achieves this in three major steps: by describing a methodological system of narrative analysis that is able to account for the influence of a fictional text alongside a reading of interview data, by focusing on a specific cohort of male teachers in order to measure the influence of a fictional text and the literary tropes they contain, both widening and restricting perceptions of teachers and teaching.

The book demonstrates how fictional narratives and their encompassing ideologies can become a powerful force in the shaping of male teachers professional identities. The book focuses on a collection of 22 fictional narratives drawn from the teacher text genre. Each text describes the world of teachers and teaching from differing perspectives, in differing forms including, literary texts; dramatic works such as plays or musicals; feature films; and television and radio series. The teacher text is a popular and prolific genre.

As part of the analysis the book pilots an innovative methodological process that reconciles the structural and textual differences between fictional texts and interview data in an effort to find points of commonality and mutual influence. Stories of Men and Teaching reveals how teaching professionals utilise tropes found in fictional texts in chaotic and unstructured ways to manage points of professional intensity as they arise. Key features such as legacy, fear, belonging, reparation and violence are identified as themes that occupy male teachers most when considering their own identity and professional performance, and each is also represented in the fictional teacher text canon.

This information is from the publisher's website:

POLICY AND GAY.jpg This book addresses policy research on homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools. It covers quantitative and qualitative research into policy impacts for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender and intersex students. It draws on a large-scale Australian study of the impacts of different kinds of policy at the national, state, sector and school level. The study covers over 80 policies, interviews with key policy informants and survey data from 3,134 GLBTIQ students. Since new guidelines were released by UNESCO, homophobic and transphobic bullying in schools has become a key area of interest around the world. There has been much pressure on educational leadership to engage with these issues since the UN released international human rights legislation on sexual orientation and gender identity that have implications for student rights.The book presents statistically significant correlations between specific types of state and school level education policies that explicitly named homophobia/ GLBTIQ student issues, and lowered incidence of homophobic bullying, lowered risk of suicide and self-harm for these students. It includes stories from policy makers on how the policies came to be (through lawsuits, ministerial inquiries and political activism), right through to the stories of students themselves and how they individually felt the impacts of policies or policy lacks. International contexts of homophobic and transphobic bullying are discussed, as well as recent transnational work in this field. The book considers the different types of collaborations that can lead to further policy development, the transferability of the research and some of the benefits and problems with transnational policy adoptions.

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local drivers for improvement.jpg This book presents systematically six types of schools, with different improvement capacities. Different schools have different capacities for school improvement, depending on the school infrastructure, norms and routines for the improvement process, improvement roles, and improvement history. The organisation of the improvement capacity is understood on the basis of sensemaking processes among teachers and school leaders. The book focuses on the challenges for each type of school in their improvement work, and which situations and circumstances they need to take into account. The school types are illustrated with detailed descriptions of six schools, coming from an evaluation of a Norwegian school development program. The book fills a need in school organisations to have concrete illustrations from similar schools of how teacher teams are organised, how leadership is exercised and processes are organised in their efforts of improving the organisation and building a complex and effective capacity. Schools' improvement capacity has become an important feature in school management and leadership as well as in research as western states have decentralised governance to the local level. The expectations on school leaders as well as on teachers are high when it comes to improve their schools to raise student outcome. Accounts of professional school cultures and professional learning communities often describe in an overall perspective the ideal school where such an improvement capacity is in work. However, accounts of the many ways of organising the capacity which perhaps are not all in all ideal or effective also contribute to the knowledge of the local school process.

This information is from the publisher's website:

knowledge management for schools.jpg This book introduces the application of knowledge management (KM) theories, practices, and tools in school organization for sustainable development. Schools in Asia Pacific have long faced a variety of challenges in terms of sustainable development under the education reforms and curriculum reforms to meet the demands of a knowledge society. Schools are inevitably expected to develop human capital for the knowledge society within the competitive global economy, and to interact with its policy environment and know how to leverage pedagogical knowledge. The high speed of expansion change and expansion of knowledge have dramatically influence the development of flexibility of teacher and school works. The nature of teacher work becomes increasingly less routine, more analytical, and disruptive yet often come with a sense of urgency and need to be more collaborative. Teachers not only require data and information, but also knowledge and experience of individual, they also need to collaborative task execution, decision making and problem solving. Helping school leaders and teachers to manage their knowledge and become "know how" to cope with the change is important.

This information is from the publisher's website:

interactive multimedia learning.jpgThis book introduces new concepts and mechanisms regarding the usage of both social media interactions and artifacts for peer education in digital educational games. Digital games in general, and digital educational games in particular, represent an area with a high potential for interdisciplinary innovation, not only from an information technology standpoint, but also from social science, psychological and didactic perspectives.

This book presents an interdisciplinary approach to educational games, which is centered on information technology and aims at: (1) improving digital management by focusing on the exchange of learning outcomes and solution assessment in a peer-to-peer network of learners; (2) achieving digital implementation by using forms of interaction to change the course of educational games; and (3) providing digital support by fostering group-formation processes in educational situations to increase both the effects of educational games and knowledge exchange at the individual level.

In addition to a systematic analysis of the relationship between software architecture, educational games and social media applications, the book also presents the implemented IT systems' architectures and algorithmic solutions as well as the resulting applicable evaluation findings from the field of interactive multimedia learning.

This information is from the publisher's website:


student voice.jpgThe issue of teacher quality is increasingly seen as being central to education policy development and this emphasis highlights the role teacher professional development plays in improving teacher effectiveness and the quality of learning in the classroom. This book describes a large-scale research program which investigated the feasibility of using student perceptual measures as the basis for teacher development and classroom improvement.

The book describes how teachers' use of the student feedback, as part of an action-research process, was used to guide improvements to their respective classrooms which in turn provided them with increased opportunities for teacher development and growth. In addition to this, it reports the efforts of one school which purposefully linked the involvement of their teachers to their school improvement initiatives.

This book would be of interest to a range of audiences including researchers, teachers and school leaders. Its attractions include its far-reaching implications for educational systems concerning the ways in which student feedback can be used to facilitate teacher development and growth.

The book also reports the use of a multi-method research design in which quantitative and qualitative methods were successfully employed simultaneously within two concurrent and interrelated investigations.

New Open Access Policy for Research

Announced today Friday February 27, 2015:

Canadians will have free online access to research funded by NSERC, SSHRC and CIHR

Making research results as widely available and accessible as possible is an essential part of advancing knowledge and maximizing the impact of publicly-funded research for Canadians. Increased access to the results of publicly-funded research can spur scientific discovery, enable better international collaboration and coordination of research, enhance the engagement of society and support the economy.

The Honourable Ed Holder, Minister of State (Science and Technology), today unveiled the new policy as part of a wide-ranging speech on the government's updated Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy in a speech to the Economic Club in Toronto.

The harmonized Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications requires all peer-reviewed journal publications funded by one of the three federal granting agencies to be freely available online within 12 months.

Canada's three federal granting agencies are: the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC).

The policy will require NSERC and SSHRC funded researchers to comply with the policy for all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. The policy will not change current compliance requirements for CIHR funded researchers since a similar policy with the same requirements has been in effect since 2008.

In developing this policy, the three agencies held an online consultation, receiving feedback from over 200 individuals and groups from the research community, institutional libraries, scholarly associations, non-governmental organizations, publishers, and journals.

The granting agencies will continue to work closely with stakeholders to support and facilitate the transition towards greater open access. READ MORE!

Research Guides on Western Libraries Website

Research Guides listed on the Western Libraries website are a good place to start your research. Have a look:

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Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research

There are several research tools that will help you as you define your research interest, narrow your Problem of Practice (POP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

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  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

  7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).


Top 7: Research Databases for Education

Here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, literature review and your research portfolio.

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  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO

Online Access Available ~ Knowledge Management for School Education

knowledge management for schools.jpgThis book introduces the application of knowledge management (KM) theories, practices, and tools in school organization for sustainable development. Schools in Asia Pacific have long faced a variety of challenges in terms of sustainable development under the education reforms and curriculum reforms to meet the demands of a knowledge society.

Schools are inevitably expected to develop human capital for the knowledge society within the competitive global economy, and to interact with its policy environment and know how to leverage pedagogical knowledge. The high speed of expansion change and expansion of knowledge have dramatically influence the development of flexibility of teacher and school works.

The nature of teacher work becomes increasingly less routine, more analytical, and disruptive yet often come with a sense of urgency and need to be more collaborative.

Teachers not only require data and information, but also knowledge and experience of individual, they also need to collaborative task execution, decision making and problem solving. Helping school leaders and teachers to manage their knowledge and become "know how" to cope with the change is important.

early childhood education in THREE CULTURES.jpgThis book, written by an international team of experienced researchers, investigates unique and dynamic approaches to key issues in policy transformation, curriculum reforms and teacher training in three cultures - China, Japan and the United States - in a globalized world. By examining their respective policy choices and evidence-based practices, the authors show how best to provide for young children based on their needs and interests, and the three countries' strategies for doing so. This book provides the latest information on the rapid developments already underway and further changes to be expected in these diverse cultures.

Online Access Available ~ Emerging Issues in Smart Learning

engagin issues in smart learning.jpgThis book provides an archival forum for researchers, academics, practitioners, and industry professionals interested and/or engaged in the reform of the ways of teaching and learning through advancing current learning environments towards smart learning environments. The contributions of this book are submitted to the International Conference on Smart Learning Environments (ICSLE 2014). The focus of this book is on the interplay of pedagogy, technology and their fusion towards the advancement of smart learning environments. Various components of this interplay include but are not limited to: Pedagogy- learning paradigms, assessment paradigms, social factors, policy; Technology- emerging technologies, innovative uses of mature technologies, adoption, usability, standards, and emerging/new technological paradigms (open educational resources, cloud computing, etc.).

New Service Launched ~ Ask Copyright

Western's newly launched Ask Copyright service is designed to assist Western faculty, staff and students, as well as the community at large, in finding answers to questions about copyright at Western. Give it a try!

3mt_logo01.jpgThe Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is a competition for graduate students in which participants present their research and its wider impact in three minutes or less to a panel of non-specialist judges. The challenge is to present complex research in an engaging, accessible and compelling way, using only one slide.

The 3MT® competition provides graduate students with an opportunity to refine skills that can be transferred after graduation to diverse career paths. Distilling research into a clear form, without over-simplifying or making it overly-complex, and highlighting the wider implications of the research are important skills to carry into post-graduate employment and public service.

The competition also enables students to showcase their research to a wider audience, across disciplines within the university and to the broader public. The competition is open to the public, and is advertised within the community. The 3MT® is a unique opportunity to communicate the innovative and significant research undertaken by our graduate students.

This information is from the publisher's website:

Young Children and Family in the Information Age.jpgThis edited book presents the most recent theory, research and practice on information and technology literacy as it relates to the education of young children. Because computers have made it so easy to disseminate information, the amount of available information has grown at an exponential rate, making it impossible for educators to prepare students for the future without teaching them how to be effective information managers and technology users.

Although much has been written about information literacy and technology literacy in secondary education, there is very little published research about these literacies in early childhood education. In 2012 the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College published a position statement on using technology and interactive media as tools in early childhood programs.

This statement recommends more research "to better understand how young children use and learn with technology and interactive media and also to better understand any short- and long-term effects." Many assume that today's young children are "digital natives" with a great understanding of technology. However, children may know how to operate digital technology but be unaware of its dangers or its value to extend their abilities.

This book argues that information and technology literacy include more than just familiarity with the digital environment. They include using technology safely and ethically to demonstrate creativity and innovation; to communicate and collaborate; to conduct research and use information; and to think critically, solve problems and make decisions.

This information is from the publisher's website:

assessing mathematical literacy.jpgAssessing Mathematical Literacy: The PISA Experience describes the design, development, delivery and impact of the mathematics assessment for the OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). First, the origins of PISA's concept of mathematical literacy are discussed, highlighting the underlying themes of mathematics as preparation for life after school and mathematical modelling of the real world, and clarifying PISA's position within this part of the mathematics education territory. The PISA mathematics framework is introduced as a significant milestone in the development and dissemination of these ideas. The underlying mathematical competencies on which mathematical literacy so strongly depends are described, along with a scheme to use them in item creation and analysis. The development and implementation of the PISA survey and the consequences for the outcomes are thoroughly discussed. Different kinds of items for both paper-based and computer-based PISA surveys are exemplified by many publicly released items along with details of scoring. The novel survey of the opportunity students have had to learn the mathematics promoted through PISA is explained. The book concludes by surveying international impact. It presents viewpoints of mathematics educators on how PISA and its constituent ideas and methods have influenced teaching and learning practices, curriculum arrangements, assessment practices, and the educational debate more generally in fourteen countries.

It is only a month away until the International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities Symposium, which will be taking place on Friday, March 27th at Western's Faculty of Education.

This event will bring together an inter-disciplinary, international group of individuals who research and facilitate ISL programs as well as those who host North American ISL students in their communities in Central America. Please be sure to register as soon as possible. (Bonus: The registration fee includes all refreshments and food for the day!)

what really works in special education.jpgAs teachers around the world deal with the challenges of inclusive education, they must find effective ways of enhancing their classroom teaching methods. What Really Works in Special and Inclusive Education presents teachers with a range of evidence-based strategies they can immediately put into practice in their classrooms.

This unique book will be an invaluable resource for educators who may not have the time or the inclination to engage with theory-heavy research, but who wish to ensure that their teaching strategies are up-to-the-minute and proven to be the most effective best practices. Each of the 27 strategies that this book comprises has a substantial research base, a strong theoretical rationale and clear guidelines on their implementation, as well as cautionary advice where necessary.

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teaching information fluency.jpgTeaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information.

The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person's performance is adequate only about 50% of the time.

The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency.

Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation.

Faculty Mentor Session: The Sabbatical Leave


Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC) presents a Faculty Mentor Session for tenured and pre-tenure faculty on:

The Sabbatical Leave

Friday, March 20, 2015
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre (TSC)
Room 122, The D. B. Weldon Library

Easy Online Access to Books is Available via the Library Catalogue

Online programs are supported by online resources. The Education Library has been increasing the eBook and online access to books for many years now. You can easily look up titles in the library catalogue and read the books online.

Our collection, supporting all of the programs of the Faculty of Education, is growing every day! We showcase the research electronic resources on this Blog. So, scroll down through this Education Library Blog to take a look at some of the research resources now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) is an annual event that is organized by graduate students at the Faculty of Education. The theme of this year's event is Research Innovations in Education: Implications for Practice and Learning. This year the event is being celebrated on Wednesday April 1, 2015.

The Symposium provides Western University graduate students the opportunity to share their education-related research with the wider community. Presentation formats include posters, round tables, papers, and creative formats such as song or art. Unable to attend the Symposium in person? As with the previous two years, we are excited to offer Western University graduate student the option to present virtually. Find out MORE!

The Education Library is pleased to again take part in this wonderful event. Look for our Library as Research Partner display!

This research report appears on the Atlantic Institute for Market Studies (AIMS) website:


Certifying teachers and regulating the teaching profession is emerging as a critical public policy issue-and one that urgently needs addressing in the interests of students as well as taxpayers in Nova Scotia and a few other provinces. Establishing and maintaining professional standards in Canada has, in practice, been delegated to provincial teachers' unions and federations. Nova Scotia demonstrates how that approach can be particularly loose and mostly ineffective, virtually guaranteeing "spotless records" for teachers.

This AIMS' research report asks, "Whatever happened to teaching standards?" and then tackles the question with an analysis of teacher regulation in Nova Scotia compared with best practices in other Canadian provinces.

Paul W. Bennett and Karen Mitchell, a former member of the Ontario College of Teachers Governing Board from 1997 to 2005, provide a revealing look at the absence of regulatory oversight and the feeble enforcement of teaching standards. Utilizing Nova Scotia as an example, the AIMS' policy paper makes the case for adopting a more robust provincial policy regime to ensure the highest teaching standards as well as to weed out underperforming teachers and so-called "bad apples" who pose risks to students.

This information is from the publisher's website:

educational leadership and moral literacy.pngWhat makes a moral person moral? Who decides what morality means? What makes leadership practice moral? In today's schools, what stands as moral leadership? These are questions that reflect the complexity integral to the calculus of human morality, especially in a world that is defined daily by its variant meanings of morality, its acts of immorality.

The school as an educational setting is or should be a decidedly moral center of the society; it is the natural intersect between the family and the multi-dimensional nature of public life. Educational Leadership and Moral Literacy addresses these questions, situating the reader in a conversation that examines the meaning and nature of moral leadership through the lens of moral literacy and the dispositional aims of moral leadership in educational settings. The contributing authors extend an argument that the work of leader educators and practitioners alike must continuously be re-articulated around the dispositional aims aligned with a moral, democratic education. Educators must be concerned with developing the moral, intellectual, and aesthetic dimensions of the educational leader as a "moral person."

This information is from the publisher's website:

mad mothers.jpgWhen a mother kills her child, we call her a bad mother, but, as this book shows, even mothers who intend to do their children harm are not easily categorized as "mad" or "bad." Maternal love is a complex emotion rich with contradictory impulses and desires, and motherhood is a conflicted state in which women constantly renegotiate the needs mother and child, the self and the other.

Applying care ethics philosophy and the work of Emmanuel Levinas, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, and Simone de Beauvoir to real-world experiences of motherhood, Sarah LaChance Adams throws the inherent tensions of motherhood into sharp relief, drawing a more nuanced portrait of the mother and child relationship than previously conceived. The maternal example is particularly instructive for ethical theory, highlighting the dynamics of human interdependence while also affirming separate interests. In this book, LaChance Adams particularly focuses on maternal ambivalence and its morally productive role in reinforcing the divergence between oneself and others, helping to recognize the particularities of situation, and negotiating the difference between one's own needs and the desires of others. She ultimately argues maternal filicide is a social problem requiring a collective solution that ethical philosophy and philosophies of care can inform.

This information is from the publisher's website:

sustainable learning.jpgIn an era of globalization, technological innovation, and social transformations, universities face the challenge of training students with the competencies needed to meet the demands of the market and to successfully integrate into today's workforce. Sustainable Learning in Higher Education looks at the university as a dynamic source of essential competencies and explores various skill management models, methodologies and innovations applied by educational institutions around the world.

The demands of today's society represent a major challenge for universities and their teaching staffs. Professors need to adapt their teaching methods to meet these new challenges. For example, universities need to prepare new generations of students with the ability to select, update and use knowledge, rather than processing facts and formulas. Students need to be capable of learning in different contexts and modalities throughout their professional careers and learn to adapt their knowledge to new situations. In response, a conceptual and methodological change has taken place in the university organizational culture and in student curriculums. This book presents a variety of cases and observations on the competencies developed in the curriculums of universities around the world, with the aim to assure that graduates leave fully prepared to face the challenges of the new economy.​​

This information is from the publisher's website:


engaging with student voice in research.jpgThe purpose of Engaging with Student Voice in Research, Education and Community is to interrupt much of the current rhetoric regarding the engagement of children and young people as consultants on the social and pedagogical practices of schooling. It argues that often giving students a voice in schooling is little more than requiring them to legitimate existing practices as a means of enhancing the marketability of the given school. The text does not limit itself to conditions of school education alone, but broadens the horizons to take in students in higher education, as well as young people in their interactions with cultural institutions and the wider community. It sees its mission as having a liberatory, democratic function engaging young people as active and knowledgeable agents in a wide series of social enterprises. It draws upon a range of cases and includes a range of practical examples for practitioners and researchers.

This information is from the publisher's website:

nature of childrens wellbeing.jpgThe Nature of Children's Well-Being: Theory and Practice presents new findings that deal with different facets of the well-being of children and their relevance to the proper treatment of children. The well-being of children is considered against the background of a wide variety of legal, political, medical, educational and familial perspectives. The book addresses diverse issues from a range of disciplinary perspectives using a variety of methods. It has three major sections with the essays in each section loosely organized about a common general theme. The first section focuses on issues concerning the relation between children's well-being and autonomy or agency. The second section deals with child well-being insofar as the limits of parental authority are concerned. The third section has a more applied orientation and addresses a variety of public policy controversies involving the interpretation of children's well-being.

This memo recently went out to all senior administration at Western, and now we taking this opportunity to engage everyone at Western in the newly launched Western Libraries' Strategic Planning Initiative:


FLIP STRATEGIC PLANNING LOGO.jpg It is with great anticipation that we announce that the Western Libraries strategic planning process, FLIP - Future Library in Progress, is officially underway. It is time we create a plan to articulate how we will advance the vision and strategic priorities outline in Western's Strategic Plan, Achieving Excellence on the World Stage.

Over the next three months, we will explore the role of Western Libraries in the 21st century, a time dominated by change and innovation in higher education and research.

We will answer questions like: How can we have a more profound impact on learning and research outcomes? How can we help students to thrive and achieve their potential in the 21st century? And, what will we do to transform the library experience and how our users interact and partner with Western Libraries?

As part of FLIP, our strategic planning process, we will revisit Western Libraries vision for the future and craft our strategic directions and goals. We will establish short and long-term priorities, define what success looks like in the future and determine how we will measure progress and performance.

We will chart our future by engaging and involving library staff and our user communities, including students, researchers and faculty, as well as, campus and community partners.

Led by our Strategic Planning Steering Committee, we will ensure there are ample opportunities to imagine, collaborate, reflect and learn so that we can identify opportunities and priorities for Western Libraries to advance student success, research excellence, community engagement and scholarly communication.

As we move forward on this journey, watch for updates and information on how to get involved and help create Western Libraries' future.

People We Know ~ Lynn Dare

We got this very good news via email this afternoon:

Congratulations to Lynn Dare on her forthcoming article on "Conceptualizing Concurrent Enrollment: Why High-Achieving Students Go For It," to be published in Gifted Child Quarterly. GCQ is the leading journal in gifted education, and a Q1 journal in Education, representing a research impact in the top quartile of journals in its field. Lynn completed this research for her Master's thesis, with Elizabeth Nowicki as her supervisor. For this project, Lynn also won the Dunlop Award for best Canadian Masters thesis in educational psychology. Lynn is now enrolled in the PhD program in Education Studies here at Faculty of Education.

The Leadership Identity Journey takes readers on a breathtaking, all-consuming, transformative journey. leadership identity journey.jpg

The invitation is to think of your life as a journey that follows a mythic path.

By doing so, new possibilities emerge for thinking about leadership identity and preparation, as well as artistic research and the education field. The perspectives described in this book are supported by school leaders' insights into powerful iconic photographs relative to the five mythic life phases: the human condition, trials in life, human triumph, human transformation, and human crossing, with the addition of leadership as a dimension of the life-journey model.

The authors conducted their study using selected photographs framed by the universal mythic framework inspired by mythologist Joseph Campbell.

The Power of Teacher Leaders provides a comprehensive resource for understanding the ways that teacher leaders foster positive change in their schools. Distinct from school administrators, teacher leaders are professionals who remain in the classroom and use their specialized knowledge and skills to improve student achievement, influence others, and build organizational capacity.power of teacher leaders.jpg

Written by leading educational researchers, each chapter of The Power of Teacher Leaders describes a different way that teachers are leading. Moving beyond the question of why teacher leaders are important and how such work is implemented, the contributing scholars to this collection offer a critical examination of the field by presenting original research, case studies, and programs in practice. Topics covered include how teachers become leaders, their wide-ranging leadership roles, and the effects of teacher leadership on student academic success and school communities. A cohesive edited collection, this book demonstrates how teacher leaders play an increasingly active role in the improvement of student learning, teacher professional development, and school climate.

Unmasking School Leadership: A Longitudinal Life History of School Leaders is a longitudinal life history of the lives and work of primary school principals in Ireland. unmasking school leadership.jpg

It provides a unique opportunity to peer inside the realities of leading schools in changing times. In a system that until recently did not prepare principals for the onerous roles and responsibilities, a small system with limited mobility, inter-personal relationships emerge as critical, frequently privileged over professional relationships. Consequently, principals struggle to bring about change, to build trust in order to cultivate a transformative leadership agenda, while several aspects of systemic structures and processes emerge as constraints on leadership capacity building. In the absence of comprehensive leadership portfolio development, classroom teachers, catapulted into the principal's office, tend to be cautious and careful in ways that tend to perpetuate the status quo while putting a premium on the exercise of soft power and an over-reliance on the good will of colleagues. Several of the 'leadership lessons' that emerge from this in-depth analysis concur with an increasing international consensus that due to complexity and increasingly performative policy demands, learning about leadership for all is an absolute necessity. However, care must be taken to avoid overly scripted programmes. Critical to the cultivation of a professionally responsible leadership disposition, rather than capitulation to 'technologies of control,' is professional renewal cultivated through adequate attention to the Zone of Proximal Distance.

Copyright@Western

Researchers ~ Do not struggle with copyright questions or concerns. There is a team of academic professionals (including Academic Librarians) here at Western who can assist you. The Copyright@Western website provides useful information for researchers. Please send any questions about copyright to the email address provided on the Copyright@Western website.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

In addition to this Blog, the Education Library maintains active, professional and academic Facebook and Twitter pages forming strong and global online communities of practice with our education and our librarianship colleagues.

eBooks are Available to Read Online through the Library Catalogue

Online programs are supported by online resources. The Education Library has been increasing the eBook and electronic access to books for about three years now. Our collection, supporting all of the programs of the Faculty of Education, is growing every day. We showcase the research electronic resources on this Blog. So, scroll down through this Education Library Blog to take a look at some of the research resources now available to read online through the library catalogue. Scroll-down-benefits.gif

Research Guides ~ Begin Your Research Here!

The Academic Librarians at Western have created Getting Started RESEARCH GUIDES to support almost every research interest on our campus.

You will find these Guides very useful as starting points for your research and when you are writing your research proposal that must include a literature review. Here is a link to the Education Library RESEARCH GUIDES. All Faculty of Education graduate students will benefit from both the Academic and Professional program research guides.

Contact information for Academic Librarians is also provided on the Research Guides. The Academic Librarian for the Faculty of Education is Denise Horoky. You will find Denise's contact information on the guides. Please contact Denise if you have any questions about the research tools provided by Western Libraries, about selection of appropriate keywords for database searching or database searching tips, techniques and strategies.


teaching reflective learning.jpgTeaching Reflective Learning in Higher Education: A Systematic Approach Using Pedagogic Patterns is about understanding the nature and application of reflection in higher education. It provides a theoretical model to guide the implementation of reflective learning and reflective practice across multiple disciplines and international contexts in higher education. The book presents research into the ways in which reflection is both considered and implemented in different ways across different professional disciplines, while maintaining a common purpose to transform and improve learning and/or practice. (This information is from the publisher's website)

Online Access is Available: Change Leadership in Higher Education

We have purchased electronic access to this book so you can read it online. This description information is from the publisher's website:

change leadership in higher education.jpgChange Leadership in Higher Education is a call to action, urging administrators in higher education to get proactive about change. The author applies positive and creative leadership principles to the issue of leading change in higher education, providing a much-needed blueprint for changing the way change happens, and how the system reacts. Readers will examine four different models of change and look at change itself through ten different analytical lenses to highlight the areas where the current approach could be beneficially altered. The book accounts for the nuances in higher education culture and environment, and helps administrators see that change is natural and valuable, and can be addressed in creative and innovative ways

Written by the amazing Anne Lamott.
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Anne Lamott is an American novelist and non-fiction writer. She is also a progressive political activist, public speaker, and writing teacher. Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, her nonfiction works are largely autobiographical. Marked by their self-deprecating humor and openness, Lamott's writings cover such subjects as alcoholism, single-motherhood, depression, Christianity and spirituality. (Wikipedia) I have heard Anne speak about her life and read from her books, and it really was an amazing experience.

Lamott has described why she writes:

"I try to write the books I would love to come upon, that are honest, concerned with real lives, human hearts, spiritual transformation, families, secrets, wonder, craziness--and that can make me laugh. When I am reading a book like this, I feel rich and profoundly relieved to be in the presence of someone who will share the truth with me, and throw the lights on a little, and I try to write these kinds of books. Books, for me, are medicine."

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Video: Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

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Managing a list of references or citations for a written project can be a frustrating and lengthy process. Fortunately, there is a solution. Citation management tools like RefWorks, EndNote, Zotero, and others can help you save time.

Instead of going back to trace all the sources you used in your paper once you are done, citation tools help you manage your bibliographical information while you research. This can save you a lot of time and energy, and better yet, it keeps your citations organized and accessible. FIND OUT MORE!

Citation Management Software Comparison Chart and Quick Start Guides

RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries Academic Librarians have developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version, and Quick Start Guides for each of them.

Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research Work

As mentioned at the Faculty of Education Winter EdD Institute held on Saturday February 21, 2015, there are several research tools that will help you as you narrow your Problem of Practice (POP) to form a research problem and attendant questions, and as you create your Research Portfolio and move through the research process.

Here are the top research tools:

  1. Catalogue
  2. Summon
  3. Research Guides
  4. Research Databases
  5. Western Libraries Website
  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog
  7. Social Media: Currently you may not be a fan or consumer of Social Media but many educators are joining, especially Twitter, and creating online communities of practice. Social Media use in education, and especially in educational leadership bears some watching and reflecting).



Top 7: Research Databases

As mentioned at the Faculty of Education's One Day Winter Institute for Year One EdD students here are the Top 7 databases to search as you prepare your proposal, literature review and your research portfolio. Please search:

  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
  2. Dissertations and Theses
  3. Education Research Complete
  4. ERIC
  5. ProQuest Education Journals
  6. Professional Development Collection
  7. PsycINFO


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