The Western Cares Food Drive, in conjunction with the city-wide Business Cares Food Drive in support of the London and Area Food Bank, launched today. This year the campus drive will run from Monday, Dec. 1 to Monday, Dec. 15, 2014.

There many reasons individuals and families access the services of the London and Area Food Bank. Most people only use the food bank as a last resort. In fact, in 2013, 32% of families came to the food bank only once in the year for help.

Thanks to your support, last year Western and its affiliate university colleges combined with a wide variety of local organizations and businesses to collect a record 281,000 lb. of food.

We'd like to beat that this year and your support will be more important than ever. The London and Area Food Bank provides emergency food items for 3,870 families monthly - 42% of them children - and more than 30 other social service agencies in the London area. Usage of the food bank has increased nearly 2% from last year.

Please consider bringing in food donations into work to support this food drive. The Donation box and/or shopping cart will be located in the Faculty of Education's front lobby each day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

Library Catalogue Provides Electronic Access to Books

Christmas Holiday Hours

The Education Library switches over to Holiday Hours of Opening in mid-December with no evening and weekend hours. Check HERE for full details.

The Education Library is closed from Wednesday December 24, 2014 - Sunday January 4, 2015. We re-open on Monday January 5, 2015.

International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2013)

News from CMEC:

Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador made the grade in the first-ever administration of the International Computer and Information Literacy Study (ICILS 2013), the results of which were published this morning in Amsterdam.

ICILS 2013 was administered to a random sample of approximately 60,000 Grade 8 students from about 3,300 schools in 20 countries, including two Canadian provinces -- Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador.

The study investigates the ways in which young people understand and use information and communication technology (ICT) in the digital age and is the first of its kind to assess Grade 8 students' acquisition of computer information literacy (CIL) skills using an international comparative research perspective.

ICILS is coordinated by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA), an independent cooperative of research institutions and governmental agencies of which Canada is a participating member. ICILS 2013 was funded in Canada by participating provinces under the aegis of CMEC.

Key findings:

- No country had a significantly higher achievement than Ontario. Newfoundland and Labrador outperformed close to three quarters of participating countries/regions.

- The percentage of students achieving the highest levels of proficiency for both Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador is higher than the average percentage of students across all other participating countries.

- Girls performed significantly better than boys in Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador as well as in most participating countries.

- In Ontario, students enrolled in the English majority-language school system performed better than students enrolled in the French minority-language system.

- In Ontario, there is a significant difference in the results between students with at least one parent born in Canada and students with both parents born in another country.

- In both provinces, students whose parents are in the highest occupational status category performed better than students whose parents are in the lowest category.

- In Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, students are more confident in doing basic computer tasks when compared to the international average.

- Teachers in both provinces have a more positive opinion about the value of using ICT for teaching and learning than teachers in other participating countries on average.

You can access the international report and the report for Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador here:

Preparing for Life in a Digital Age: The IEA International Computer and Information Literacy Study International Report

ICILS 2013--Preparing for Life in a Digital Age: Results for Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador

This may be on interest to some of you and help build our shared knowledge base in the area of Indigenous education. Instructors might consider sharing this learning opportunity with all their students.

UBC Faculty of Education is delivering a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), a free 6-week course titled Reconciliation Through Indigenous Education that begins on January 27, 2015.

It is facilitated by Dr. Jan Hare. Jan Hare is an Anishinaabe from the M'Chigeeng First Nation. She holds the Faculty of Education's new Professorship in Indigenous Education for Teacher Education at UBC. Her research interests include the social practices of literacy in Aboriginal families, schools and communities. She has a particular interest in Aboriginal early learning and youth issues. She is mentoring doctoral students working on Aboriginal language revitalization and Aboriginal education.

Participants will learn about Indigenous Education through the lens of reconciliation, and will engage with educational leaders and resources that provide direction for how education programs and teaching practices can be modified in order to meaningfully integrate Indigenous knowledge worldviews and pedagogies in classrooms, schools and communities.

Each topic of the 6-week course is structured with: lectures, conversations with Elders and knowledge keepers; dialogues with educators and scholars that inform practice; teaching examples; and curriculum and educational resources

Explore Statistics Canada's new beta site and provide your feedback

Here is a news release invitation to explore Statistics Canada's new beta site and provide feedback about it:


Statistics Canada is testing a new way to organize its statistical information. Our goal is to make sure that our products are user friendly and easy to find on our website.

On behalf of Statistics Canada, I invite you to explore our new beta website. We want to know what you think. You can rate individual pages and give your feedback, or join the online conversation to share your comments in the discussion forum. Your feedback will help us to improve the new website before we officially launch it.

The beta site is a snapshot of Statistics Canada's current site, so its content is limited and data may not be up-to-date. You will also see features that are under construction.

The online consultation runs from November 12 to December 12, 2014.

For more information, please contact Statistics Canada's Statistical Information Services at 1-800-263-1136 or 514-283-8300 (infostats@statcan.gc.ca) or visit the Consulting Canadians web page.

December and Holiday Hours for the Education Library

The Education Library switches over to Holiday Hours of Opening in mid-December with no evening and weekend hours. Check HERE for full details.

The Education Library is closed from Wednesday December 24, 2014 - Sunday January 4, 2015. We re-open on Monday January 5, 2015.

Holiday Hours for the Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Just a reminder that Ask a Librarian chat service will CLOSE for the Winter Break at 5pm on Friday Dec. 12 and will re-open at 10am on January 5, 2015.

News Release:

Western University's Faculty of Education has joined a select group of international academia by becoming part of the first international University Network on Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, launched by UNESCO and the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations.

Established in 2012, the network is comprised of 12 universities from every United Nations (UN) region of the world. It seeks to help develop active, informed citizens on a global scale by developing and disseminating policies, resources and research on media and information literacy, and by encouraging people to use media and information technologies to participate in discussions in their communities and in communities around the world.

Western is the first Canadian university to join the network and the only one to be represented by its Faculty of Education.

"Media and information literacy is an emerging field of human rights in a digital, interdependent world that is integral to the right of freedom of expression," said Carolyn Wilson, instructor with Western's Faculty of Education and a leading expert on media literacy. "Being an informed, media literate citizen is central to active citizenship, tolerance and cooperation and we are thrilled to be part of this important effort."

Western's Faculty of Education will provide expertise to the network on curriculum development and educational best practices as UNESCO plans to disseminate the University Network's policies, resources and materials globally.

Involvement in the network will also yield the opportunity for the Faculty of Education to attract and participate in more international partnership opportunities than ever before.

"At Western's Faculty of Education, our staff and Faculty are dedicated to taking charge of the future and creating a better world for future generations," says Dr. Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education. "We are delighted to represent Western University, and Canada, in UNESCO's efforts to spread media literacy, improve global engagement and develop a more active, informed world population."

You are cordially invited to this Faculty of Education Presentation:

Presentation Topic: Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Presenter: Dr. Susan Rodger, Associate Professor & Psychologist, Faculty of Education

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm


Location: Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road), Room 1139 (Community Room)


*Free Parking Will be Available*


Summary of presentation:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the 'front lines' of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

The Librarian is reading...

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Information about Dear Nel: Opening the Circles of Care (Letters to Nel Noddings):

This collection is a moving tribute to Nel Noddings, a fascinating and influential scholar who has contributed greatly to numerous fields, including education, feminism, ethics, and the study of social justice and equity. Dear Nel: Opening the Circles of Care presents contributors from renowned teachers, educators, and activists, such as David Berliner, Jim Garrison, Madeline Grumet, Denis Phillips, William H. Schubert, Barbara Thayer-Bacon, Christina Igoa, Eva Feder Kittay, Riane Eisler, and Sara Ruddick. Each provides a personal tribute to Noddings, highlighting stories of her lived experience and drawing on her writing and teaching. This unique volume includes an interview with Noddings by Lynda Stone that provides historical context for Noddings' work and that imagines possible future spaces for her legacy.

Featuring a personal and engaging format, Dear Nel offers insights, commentary, and reflections on the extraordinary life work of a major scholar. And, most importantly, it will serve to expand the circles of care that is Nel's work.

The CALL NUMBER for this book is LC268.D34 2012 and it can be found in the Education Library's lower level STACKS.


The Changing Nature of Principals' Work Final Report, October, 2014

Western study finds majority of Ontario school principals feel they don't have necessary support

A recent Western University-led study of the work of principals in Ontario's school system has found that while 90 per cent of principals find their positions rewarding and fulfilling, only one third of them feel they have the support and training necessary to do the job to the best of their ability.

The study, led by Katina Pollock from Western's Faculty of Education, examined the daily lives of principals in relation to all elements of their work duties, and involved feedback from more than 1,400 principals. According to Pollock, the results reflect the ways in which the daily work of school principals has evolved to include a number of additional tasks and responsibilities.

"We've found principals are now responsible for taking a greater role in areas such as engagement with increasingly diverse cultural communities, parental engagement, mental health support for teachers and students, and student health and well-being," explains Pollock. "Some of the best instructional specialists in schools are being put into the role of principal, but they need support in these other areas in order to have the greatest likelihood for experiencing success."

Principals identified four main areas of support and skill development in which they feel additional professional learning opportunities would be beneficial: relationship building, instructional leadership, communications skills and mental health and wellness.

Pollock hopes her findings will help provide a clearer understanding of the realities of the role of Ontario's principals and lead to constructive discussions in the province about additional supports that may be implemented to help principals succeed.

"Increased supports for principals will help them to better fulfill their roles as leaders and ultimately lead to an improved education system in Ontario, benefiting the province now and in the future," says Pollock.

The study, The Changing Nature of Principals' Work, was funded by the Ontario Principals' Council.

Teaching Support Centre (TSC) Newsletter

Research in Action: Western Education's Research Report

Western University's Faculty of Education would like to extend a warm welcome to three new researchers and faculty members, Claire Crooks, Isha DeCoito and Shannon Stewart.


This exciting forum, Innovate, Collaborate & Act, is a free event and open to the public TONIGHT Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 pm) in the H.B. Beal Secondary School auditorium. Please join us!

The Association of College and Research Libraries' (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education Task Force seeks feedback on the third draft of the association's proposed Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, released on November 12, 2014. Read the document and welcome message highlighting major changes since the June second draft then provide your feedback via an online form by 5pm Central on Friday, December 12, 2014.

Holiday Hours for the Ask a Librarian Chat Service

Just a reminder that Ask a Librarian chat service will CLOSE for the Winter Break at 5pm on Friday Dec. 12 and will re-open at 10am on January 5, 2015.

University graduates with lower levels of literacy and numeracy skills, 2012

This article examines the share of adults aged 25 to 65 with a university degree who were in the lower range for literacy skills, numeracy skills, or both, and the factors most likely to be associated with lower levels of literacy or numeracy among university graduates. In this article, individuals in the lower range for literacy and numeracy are defined as those who scored at level 2 or below (out of 5 levels) in tests administered to survey respondents who participated in the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). Here is more information from Statistics Canada news release The Daily!


Click here to access the study released today Tuesday November 4, 2014: http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/75-006-x/2014001/article/14094-eng.htm

Dear colleagues:

I am very pleased to let you know that, for the second year in a row, Western has been named one of Canada's Top Employers. The announcement was made this morning in a special supplement in the Globe and Mail newspaper.

We are proud of the teaching, research, scholarship and service that takes place at Western, and grateful to all of those who work together in pursuit of our vision to be a destination of choice for the world's brightest minds seeking the best learning experience.

Western provides employment for more than 13,000 people, and each individual plays an important role in our mission to benefit society through the work we do together, and to graduate global citizens who serve the public good.

Whether you spend your days assisting clients, tending our gardens, providing a great cup of coffee, solving research puzzles with global impact, teaching our students, or ensuring our residences run smoothly, your contributions are important.

Western is a great place to work and study and we will endeavour to continue to attract and retain Canada's finest faculty and staff members. Please join me in celebrating our shared success and this national recognition as one of Canada's Top 100 Employers.

Sincerely,

Amit Chakma

President & Vice-Chancellor

In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada

Summary:

With a focus on Canada, this collection provides a historical and current perspective regarding the unionization of academic librarians, an exploration of some of the major labour issues affecting academic librarians in a certified and non-certified union context, as well as case studies relating to the unionization of academic librarians at selected institutions. Topics addressed include the history of academic librarian labour organizing in Canada, academic status, academic freedom, leadership in academic staff associations, collective bargaining, and recent attacks on the rights and occupational interests of academic librarians at Canadian universities. The volume includes a broad representation of academic librarian labour activists from across Canada. Little in the way of documentation exists on academic librarian union activism and participation in Canada and this work will contribute to original research in this area. Serving as both history and handbook it will be of interest to librarians and labour historians alike.


Save the Date ~ "Let's Talk About Education"

Presentation Topic: Working together for child and youth mental health: teachers, schools and families

Presenter: Dr. Susan Rodger, Associate Professor & Psychologist, Faculty of Education

Date & Time: Wednesday, November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Location: Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road), Room 1139 (Community Room) *Free Parking Will be Available *


Summary of presentation:

The statistics indicate that 1 in 5 Canadian children will experience a mental health disorder, and many more will experience mental health distress. One of the greatest challenges is access to care: only 1 in 5 children who need mental health care will receive it through the health care system. Having good mental health is important for good outcomes at home and at school, and schools and teachers are now on the 'front lines' of mental health. In this session we will talk about some of the challenges and opportunities for schools, teachers and families to work together to support child and youth mental health, and explore the ways in which we can all participate in creating powerful and positive relationships that can help make a difference.

People We Know ~ Dr. Luigi Iannacci

Fostering Vibrant School Communities: An Asset Oriented Endeavour

"As a result of my experiences as an elementary school teacher, an educational researcher and a professor of education, it has become clear that fostering school communities requires a paradigm shift in our collective thinking about students, parents/guardians and the community context in which schools are located."


People We Know ~ Dr. Katina Pollock, Dr. Fei Wang and Cameron Hauseman

Dr. Katina Pollock,with Dr. Fei Wang and Cameron Hauseman

Purpose of the Study:
The work of school principals is changing. This research explores what principals do, providing a more accurate picture of school principals' work than any other available research. It examines how school principals approach their work, how they spend their
time, and explores the challenges and possibilities principals' work presents to them. The intended outcomes of this study include:

•A more comprehensive understanding of the changing nature of principals' work.
•A compilation of what contemporary principals actually do in their work.
•An increased awareness of the challenges school principals face in their work.
•A knowledge base to better inform potential principals of what to expect of administrative work.
•New insights to assist the Ontario Principals' Council (OPC) in providing appropriate supports and professional learning opportunities for practicing administrators.

Dissertations and Theses Database

Graduate (Online and on-site) Students: You have full text and online access to thousands of dissertations and theses through the Dissertations and Theses database. This database is important because it will help you situate your work in the context of the work already done in the field. It also helps you answer that all important question: Has anyone written my thesis already?

It is also important because dissertations and theses have robust LITERATURE REVIEWS that you can use to move your own research work forward. Always check the REFERENCES section of a relevant thesis in your area to see who they have cited in their paper.

You have access to this database (and 100's of other research databases) from the Western Libraries' website. When searching the library website from off campus, please first type in your Western Username and Password in the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS link on the Western Libraries website. This will ensure that you have full-text access to all of the online resources!

You will notice a RESEARCH tab at the top of the Western Libraries website.

Hover on that RESEARCH tab and you will get a list of helpful research resources including a link to all of Western's research DATABASES.

Choose D from the alphabetical list of databases, and then choose Dissertations and Theses from the list.

Happy Searching! If you have any questions about searching the research databases please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Starting Your Research with the Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, capstone projects and/or upcoming papers?

As a student (online or on-site) at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student (online or on-site) you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

ERIC (PLEASE NOTE: There are ongoing access problems with the ERIC database. You will miss a significant amount of scholarly journal articles if you are ONLY search ERIC. You must search the other education databases to complete a thorough literature review. Some PDF documents (e.g., those identified with an ED number) may be temporarily not available in full-text online format - please talk to the Education academic librarian if you need these documents.

Education Research Complete

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

All education graduate students should also use the Dissertations and Theses database for a thorough literature review.

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Videos

Ah, fall is in the air. Temperatures continue to get cooler. The leaves are changing colours and falling copiously. Delicious Pumpkin Spice lattes are offered everywhere. It is that time of year to put on your cozy sweatshirt, to pour your favourite beverage, to curl up in your comfortable chair and watch ....the Education Library's "Getting Started" videos!

ICYMI ~ Copyright at Western in the news...

...The Western News to be exact. Read all about it!

ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss many significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

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

EXCITING NEWS ~ Ask A Librarian Chat service is expanding this year and will now support questions in French. This pilot project is made possible through grant funding and a collaboration between the University of Ottawa Library, Laurentian University Library and the Glendon campus library at York University. The service will be called 'Clavardez avec nos bibliothécaires'

People We Know ~ Wayne Martino and Goli Rezai-Rashti

Congratulations to Dr. Wayne Martino and Dr. Goli Rezai-Rashti, Editors of the now up-and-running book series - Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education - showcases scholarly work over a wide range of educational topics, contexts and locations within gender and sexuality in education.

The series welcomes theoretically informed scholarship including critical, feminist, queer, trans, postcolonial, and intersectional perspectives, and encourages creative and innovative methodological approaches. Proposals dealing with critical policy analysis, as it relates to gender and sexuality studies in education, are also invited. The series is committed to publishing scholarly monographs, both sole and co-authored, and edited collections.

For more information see the Facebook page for Routledge Critical Studies in Gender and Sexuality in Education.


Additionally, Martino and Rezai-Rashti are working with an editor from Routledge in New York and are in the process of securing book contracts for Routledge from across the globe - very exciting!

After a successful inaugural conference in 2013, King's is hosting its 2014 edition of "Technologies and Pedagogies" with a specific focus on High-Impact Learning. This conference will be held on Thursday October 30, 2014 at "Bessie" Labatt Hall at King's University College. See you there!

For your convenience electronic access to Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime, and Justice is available through the library catalogue.

Electronic Access Available ~ Critical Topics in Family Therapy

For your convenience electronic access to Critical Topics in Family Therapy is available through the library catalogue.

Electronic access to Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry is now available through the library catalogue.

For your convenience print and electronic access is now available through the library catalogue for Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Choosing the Right Approach.

Electronic Access Available ~ Refocusing School Leadership

For your convenience print and electronic access are available through the library catalogue for Robert J. Starratt's book Refocusing School Leadership: Foregrounding Human Development throughout the Work of the School.

For your convenience the Education Library provides print and electronic access to The Sage Handbook of Educational Action Research through the library catalogue.

People We Know ~ Alan Leschied

Western University-led study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system


A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly complex disorders.

The study, led by Alan Leschied from Western's Faculty of Education, is the single largest review of foster care ever conducted in Canada. With a purpose to better understand the challenges facing the recruitment and retention of foster parents, the two-year study involved input from 941 foster parents representing every province and territory in the country.

The findings showed an overall shortage of available care providers in Canada, as well as a lack of adequate training and support for providers who must often care for foster children with serious mental health issues as a result of trauma, neglect or abuse.

"This report sheds light on the challenges to organizations and foster parents that are charged with caring for an ever-increasing number of children and youth, who are arguably the most vulnerable members of society," explains Leschied, considered one of Canada's leading experts on the subject of foster care. "Recruitment and retention of care providers has become more challenging. Our society asks these people to take on herculean responsibilities, but without adequate support and training to properly support the children for whom they are providing care. This so often becomes overwhelming and is simply not sustainable."

The study, Rescuing a Critical Resource: A Review of the Foster Care Retention and Recruitment Literature and its Relevance in the Canadian Child Welfare Context, was funded by the Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) as part of its Every Child Matters initiative. The study was released in Ottawa today at 11 a.m. as part of Foster Family Week, which runs from Oct 19-25.

Results of the study will be made available online at http://www.cwlc.ca/en/projects both as a national report, as well as by individual province and territory.

Leschied anticipates the study will be a catalyst for discussion at the local, provincial and federal level on how to better equip existing foster care providers with knowledge and resources to support children and youth, as well as to develop new strategies for recruitment and retention of foster care givers.

On Saturday October 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm at Museum London the Honourable James K. Bartleman who will be giving a talk entitled, "The Aboriginal Canadian as Outsider" featuring a discussion of his first two novels, As Long as the Rivers Flow (2011) and The Redemption of Oscar Wolf (2013). Bartleman will also discuss his forthcoming novel, Exceptional Circumstances, which deals with international terrorism and will be released by Dundurn next spring, but is now available for pre-order on Amazon. On one level, this third novel is a fast paced story of love and espionage. On another, in the words of one review, "it brings us face to face with crucial current debates about torture, national security, citizenship and standing up for human rights in the post-9/11 world." Here is much more information about this presentation!

This talk is generously sponsored by Indigenous Services at Western University!

Counting down the days until the end of RefWorks at Western

Western Libraries' RefWorks subscription is ending on August 15, 2015 and so the "countdown clock" has been activated! Take the time now to decide which citation management software you will use as a replacement for RefWorks and begin the migration of your work well in advance of this deadline.

As part of our process towards the end of RefWorks at Western, Western Libraries will be disabling RefWorks account creation on December 17, 2014.

Users who have already established RefWorks accounts will continue to be able to use them, but it will not be possible for users to create a new RefWorks accounts after that date.

Replacing RefWorks

As you know Western Libraries is phasing out RefWorks by spring/summer 2015. Regular users of RefWorks have been receiving email messages keeping them appraised of the transition process.

There are several systems that can help you manage your citations and your collection of article PDFs. This table compares three of the most popular ones, all of which provide a FREE option that is usually good enough for most users.


RefWorks Migration Guide

Leaving RefWorks to move to a different citation management system is not complicated, but it can be labour intensive, especially if you have a lot of folders or if you have saved a lot of PDFs into your RefWorks account. We have created a RefWorks Migration Guide to assist you with this process.

News from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

CMEC has just published an Assessment Matters! research note that looks at data from different large-scale assessments to explore the relationship between homework and student achievement.

Assessment Matters! is a series of policy-oriented research notes designed to explore educational issues in Canada and Canadian jurisdictions. The notes are based on the results of international and national assessment programs, including the Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP), the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), and the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS).

Ask a Librarian Chat Reference Service available at Western

Amazing news especially for all of our online students: Western Libraries participates in an ASK A LIBRARIAN reference chat service. Find out more including hours of availability!

The Librarian is reading...

To celebrate Open Access Week I am re-reading The Access Principle: The Case for Open Access to Research and Scholarship written by John Willinsky (also available at The D. B. Weldon Library and the CALL NUMBER is Z286.O63W55 2006).

Publisher's Summary:

Questions about access to scholarship go back farther than recent debates over subscription prices, rights, and electronic archives suggest. The great libraries of the past--from the fabled collection at Alexandria to the early public libraries of nineteenth-century America--stood as arguments for increasing access. In The Access Principle, John Willinsky describes the latest chapter in this ongoing story--online open access publishing by scholarly journals--and makes a case for open access as a public good.


A commitment to scholarly work, writes Willinsky, carries with it a responsibility to circulate that work as widely as possible: this is the access principle. In the digital age, that responsibility includes exploring new publishing technologies and economic models to improve access to scholarly work. Wide circulation adds value to published work; it is a significant aspect of its claim to be knowledge. The right to know and the right to be known are inextricably mixed. Open access, argues Willinsky, can benefit both a researcher-author working at the best-equipped lab at a leading research university and a teacher struggling to find resources in an impoverished high school.

Willinsky describes different types of access--the New England Journal of Medicine, for example, grants open access to issues six months after initial publication, and First Monday forgoes a print edition and makes its contents immediately accessible at no cost. He discusses the contradictions of copyright law, the reading of research, and the economic viability of open access. He also considers broader themes of public access to knowledge, human rights issues, lessons from publishing history, and "epistemological vanities." The debate over open access, writes Willinsky, raises crucial questions about the place of scholarly work in a larger world--and about the future of knowledge.

Researchers ~ ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

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

For your convenience print and electronic access are now available through the library catalogue for Robert J. Starratt's book Refocusing School Leadership: Foregrounding Human Development throughout the Work of the School.

How big data is reshaping the future of digital scholarship in Canada

When things seem disorganized, we sometimes like to suggest that the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. According to Canada's leading funding agencies for digital research, however, the problem may simply be too many hands trying to grapple with too much information.

Recently the Tri-Council Agencies -- along with the Canada Foundation for Innovation and Genome Canada, or TC3+ -- launched a public consultation on what they call "digital scholarship." Research projects that get funded by these agencies could lead to major breakthroughs in user-experience design, gamification and interactive display, but they will all likely generate and collect significant amounts of information. While the IT industry has been filled with excited discussions about the promise and perils of big data, though, the TC3+ are suggesting our research community needs a strategic framework to ensure they make the most of it:

Canada is well placed to both take full advantage of the social and economic potential of the data deluge, and discover new ways of ensuring confidentiality, privacy and the protection of public interests . . . A coordinated approach to policy formulation; personnel training; development of infrastructure and analytical tools; and managing, conserving and providing access to research data would help ensure that Canadians derive greater and more long-term benefit, both socially and economically, from the extensive public investments that are made in research.

People We Know ~ Le Chen

News from Western's Faculty of Education:

As a result of deliberations by the Award judges, I am pleased to announce that Le Chen has been selected as the recipient of the Fall 2014 John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award. The John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award is presented annually to a graduate student in the Faculty of Education whose research investigates an aspect of literacy development. Le was nominated for the John Dearness Memorial Graduate Award by her supervisor, Dr. Shelley Taylor. Dr. Taylor noted:

"For Le's doctoral research, she intends to draw on aspects of academic literacies theory (Lea & Street, 2006) and multiliteracies theory (Kalantzis & Cope, 2012). Specifically, Le will draw on academic literacies theory to investigate discipline-specific aspects of international university students' academic writing. She intends to adopt a multiliteracies lens for its capacity to account for social media and technology as an integral part of the learning process, and to account for interrelationships between academic literacies, language, power and identity negotiation"

My thanks to Judges Drs. Jason Brown, Elizabeth Nowicki, and Paul Tarc for the thoroughness and care exercised as they considered this highly impressive nominee field.


On behalf of the Faculty of Education, congratulations Le!

This journal article appears in the March?April 2014 issue of Online Searcher (Volume 38, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

During the past 10 years, open access (OA) has moved from the domain of disruptive technology to an increasingly adopted approach to research dissemination. Within the publishing world, OA journals are becoming so widely accepted, even some long-established players are moving OA from the sidelines to the heart of their strategies for the future. The common model which has emerged for many OA Journals, particularly within STEM (Science, Technology Engineering, Mathematics) fields, is via article processing charges or the "author-pays" model. Open access and challenges to the status quo within scholarly publishing have highlighted issues due to using impact factor as a proxy for quality. While individual researchers can choose to publish in OA journals or deposit their manuscripts in OA repositories, the real growth of OA has occurred through mandates at all levels -- by universities, funding agencies, research organizations, regional and national governments.

This journal article appears in the 2014 issue of Australian Academic and Research Libraries (Volume 51, Issue Number 1).

Abstract:

Researchers are experiencing intense pressures to publish and increase research outputs. Recently, many research funders have introduced policies and mandates related to open access, which have contributed to the increasing popularity of open access journals. Dubbed gold open access, open access journals offer researchers another publishing option. However, some publishers with questionable practices and journals of dubious quality have emerged exploiting the 'author pays' open access model and researchers' need to publish. Hence, an ability to publish research outputs through the most appropriate outlet for a particular field is crucial for researchers in order to maximise the impact of their research. This paper argues that scholarly publishing literacy should be treated as an extension of information literacy delivered through a broader research support framework. This paper presents a research librarian's perspective, and draws on literature and the author's practice to illustrate key points.

This journal articles appears in the 2014 issue of Online Information Review (Volume 38, Issue Number 3).

Abstract:

Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine academics' awareness of and attitudes towards Wikipedia and Open Access journals for academic publishing to better understand the perceived benefits and challenges of these models. Design/methodology/approach - Bases for analysis include comparison of the models, enumeration of their advantages and disadvantages, and investigation of Wikipedia's web structure in terms of potential for academic publishing. A web survey was administered via department-based invitations and listservs. Findings - The survey results show that: Wikipedia has perceived advantages and challenges in comparison to the Open Access model; the academic researchers' increased familiarity is associated with increased comfort with these models; and the academic researchers' attitudes towards these models are associated with their familiarity, academic environment, and professional status. Research limitations/implications - The major limitation of the study is sample size. The result of a power analysis with GPower shows that authors could only detect big effects in this study at statistical power 0.95. The authors call for larger sample studies that look further into this topic. Originality/value - This study contributes to the increasing interest in adjusting methods of creating and disseminating academic knowledge by providing empirical evidence of the academics' experiences and attitudes towards the Open Access and Wikipedia publishing models. This paper provides a resource for researchers interested in scholarly communication and academic publishing, for research librarians, and for the academic community in general.

Journal Article ~ Disseminating Research with Web CV Hyperlinks

This journal article appears in the August 2014 issue of the Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (Volume 65, Issue Number 8).

Abstract:

Some curricula vitae (web CVs) of academics on the web, including homepages and publication lists, link to open-access (OA) articles, resources, abstracts in publishers' websites, or academic discussions, helping to disseminate research. To assess how common such practices are and whether they vary by discipline, gender, and country, the authors conducted a large-scale e-mail survey of astronomy and astrophysics, public health, environmental engineering, and philosophy across 15 European countries and analyzed hyperlinks from web CVs of academics. About 60% of the 2,154 survey responses reported having a web CV or something similar, and there were differences between disciplines, genders, and countries. A follow-up outlink analysis of 2,700 web CVs found that a third had at least one outlink to an OA target, typically a public eprint archive or an individual self-archived file. This proportion was considerably higher in astronomy (48%) and philosophy (37%) than in environmental engineering (29%) and public health (21%). There were also differences in linking to publishers' websites, resources, and discussions. Perhaps most important, however, the amount of linking to OA publications seems to be much lower than allowed by publishers and journals, suggesting that many opportunities for disseminating full-text research online are being missed, especially in disciplines without established repositories. Moreover, few academics seem to be exploiting their CVs to link to discussions, resources, or article abstracts, which seems to be another missed opportunity for publicizing research.

Open Access Week is occurring during the week of October 20th - October 26th, 2014. It is in its 7th year and is a global event. It is celebrated everywhere!

Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge to users and with minimal copyright and licensing restrictions
Why Open Access?

Open Access seeks to return scholarly publishing to its original purpose: to spread knowledge and allow that knowledge to be built upon. Price barriers should not prevent students (or anyone) from getting access to research they need. Open Access, and the open availability and searchability of scholarly research that it entails, will have a significant positive impact on everything from education to the practice of medicine to the ability of entrepreneurs to innovate. (http://www.righttoresearch.org/learn/whyOA/index.shtml)

Western Libraries and the Graduate Resource Centre in FIMS are hosting a series of Open Access events during Open Access Week: including experts speaking on the Open Access Publication Fund, a movie showcase and a SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and World Bank Webinar.

People We Know ~ Beryl Cohen

New from Western's Faculty of Education:

We are very pleased to announce that Beryl Cohen has been selected as the 2014 Fall winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

The W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education is in honour of the Late Bishop Townshend of London, Ontario, and is awarded at each convocation to an M.Ed. student who has achieved the highest academic standing in his/her program of study.

Here are some comments from Beryl regarding her area of research:

With a focus on place-based education, qualitative methods of inquiry, and A/r/tography, this participatory eco-arts based research project called upon students and community members to collaboratively build an art garden. Rich narratives and visual images are interwoven to portray human actions and experiences within the framework of Environmental Inquiry. The community comes to understand their sense of place as they consider their relationship to the natural world, while the researcher seeks to understand her role within the community as an artist/researcher/teacher committed to teaching, learning, and creating as a part of her living inquiry. The a/r/tographer (researcher) shares her inner experiences both visually and textually as she explores how eco-art making can improve her practice, her students participants' understanding, and how experiential learning within an art garden can provide insights about learning.


On behalf of the Faculty of Education, congratulations for this fine achievement, Beryl!

Video: Generation Open - Open Access Week 2014

Let's celebrate Open Access Week (October 20-26) together with this very short informational video called "Generation Open"

Scholarship@Western: Sub-Disciplines in Education

Have a look at Scholarship@Western's Education pages - they are very interesting!

Scholarship@Western: Electronic Theses & Dissertation

This part of Scholarship@Western will be of particular interest to the Faculty of Education's Graduate Students:

Welcome to the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies' Electronic Theses & Dissertation site. These pages are dedicated to help you find all the information you might require in order to format and successfully submit your graduate thesis for examination and publication electronically.

Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) are prepared as text-based PDF files. ETDs can contain non-text elements such as sound, video, and hypertext links. ETDs are available through Scholarship@Western, Western's digital library repository, and also released to the world-wide web with priority in many search engines, enabling scholars worldwide to locate, search, and download Western's ETDs

Scholarship@Western: Online Journals

Scholarship@Western: International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ)

The International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ) is a peer-reviewed, policy-relevant research journal addressing issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples throughout the world. An editorial and advisory board made up of 31 experts in Indigenous issues leads this peer-reviewed journal. Regionally, they represent North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.The International Indigenous Policy Journal is part of the Berkley Electronic Press and DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals.


Scholarship@Western: Barriers to Education in Homeless Youth

Solomon, Michelle S., "Barriers to Education in Homeless Youth" (2013). University of Western Ontario - Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Repository. Paper 1201.
http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/1201

Abstract:

Most homeless youth in Canada have not completed high school. Lack of education is a critical issue that affects pathways to gainful employment, financial security, and positive health. Several risk factors affect their ability to succeed in school; however, there has been limited research in Canada that identifies the most influential factors. This study is a secondary analysis of the Youth Matters in London: Mental Health, Addiction and Homelessness study in London Ontario. It is guided by Bronfenbrenner's ecological theory of human development. The effects of several environmental factors on the academic achievement of 187 homeless youth with mental health and addiction issues were assessed using logistic regression. Results indicated that housing stability was the most significant predictor of academic achievement. This study has implications for affordable, accessible housing and educational program policy that will assist youth with their academic achievement.

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). It 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 policies. Learn more!

Open Access Week ~ October 20 - October 26, 2014

Open Access Week is a global event, now in its 7th year, promoting Open Access as a new norm in scholarship and research. Celebrated everywhere!

IMPORTANT NOTE: ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

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

Creativity Research Journal

Creativity Research Journal, available through the library catalogue, "publishes high-quality, scholarly research capturing the full range of approaches to the study of creativity--behavioral, clinical, cognitive, crosscultural, developmental, educational, genetic, organizational, psychoanalytic, psychometrics, and social. Interdisciplinary research is also published, as is research within specific domains (e.g., art, science) and research on critical issues (e.g., aesthetics, genius, imagery, imagination, incubation, insight, intuition, metaphor, play, problem finding and solving). Integrative literature reviews and theoretical pieces that appreciate empirical work are extremely welcome, but purely speculative articles are not published. Readers are encouraged to send commentaries, comments, and evaluative book reviews."

"The territories lag their provincial counterparts on education and skills performance due to notable gaps in educational attainment between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples, according to a new How Canada Performs Conference Board of Canada report on education and skills performance in the territories." More information!

Researchers ~ Have you tried the EDUCATION RESEARCH COMPLETE database?

Designed for educators, researchers, administrators, and those seeking professional development resources, this bibliographic and full-text database covers scholarly research relating to all areas of education.

Comprehensive Coverage: Education Research Complete covers the areas of curriculum instruction, administration, policy, funding, and related social issues. The database provides indexing and abstracts for thousands journals. Topics covered include all levels of education from early childhood to higher education, and all educational specialties, such as multilingual education, health education, and testing. This database also includes full text for hundreds of books and monographs, and full text for numerous education-related conference papers.



Learning Outcomes: A Toolkit for Assessment

Speakers from within Ontario and other jurisdictions are invited to lead interactive and hands-on sessions and to share their expertise and experience in creating and measuring learning outcomes.

This will be an in-depth learning opportunity for College and University faculty, librarians, deans, senior administrators, staff of teaching and learning centres, and others involved in the assessment of learning outcomes.

VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ProQuest Education Journals
4. Professional Development Collection

Journal ~ Journal of Educational Research

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the Journal of Educational Research through the library catalogue.

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the journal Canadian and international education = Education canadienne et internationale through the library catalogue.

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the Canadian journal of education = Revue canadienne de l'education through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ Journal of Education Policy

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the Journal of Education Policy through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ Educational Action Research

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in Educational Action Research through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ School Leadership & Management

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text articles in School Leadership & Management through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ International Journal of Leadership in Education

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the journal articles in the International Journal of Leadership in Education through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ Thrust for Educational Leadership

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the journal articles in Thrust for Educational Leadership through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ Journal of Educational Change

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the journal articles in the Journal of Educational Change through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ International Journal of Research & Method in Education

Graduate students and other researchers ~ You have ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the International Journal of Research & Method in Education through the library catalogue.

Journal ~ Educational Leadership

Education graduate students and other researchers: You have print and ONLINE access to the full text of the articles in the journal Educational Leadership through the library catalogue.

Counting down the days until the end of RefWorks at Western

Western Libraries' RefWorks subscription is ending on August 15, 2015 and so the "countdown clock" has been activated!

Replacing RefWorks

As you know Western Libraries is phasing out RefWorks by spring/summer 2015. Regular users of RefWorks have been receiving email messages keeping them appraised of the transition process.

There are several systems that can help you manage your citations and your collection of article PDFs. This table compares three of the most popular ones, all of which provide a FREE option that is usually good enough for most users.


RefWorks Migration Guide

Leaving RefWorks to move to a different citation management system is not complicated, but it can be labour intensive, especially if you have a lot of folders or if you have saved a lot of PDFs into your RefWorks account. We have created a RefWorks Migration Guide to assist you with this process.

As part of our process towards the end of RefWorks at Western, Western Libraries will be disabling RefWorks account creation on December 17, 2014.

Users who have already established RefWorks accounts will continue to be able to use them, but it will not be possible for users to create a new RefWorks accounts after that date.

ERIC database continues to be problematic

The ERIC database continues to be problematic. It cannot be the only database you search when looking for information for your literature reviews and assignments as you will miss significant scholarly peer-reviewed journal articles.

You must also search:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ProQuest Education Journals
4. Professional Development Collection

Happy (Canadian) Thanksgiving

The Education Library (the physical bricks&mortar building) will be closed Saturday October 11, Sunday October 12 and Monday October 13 to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, the virtual library is always available to you.


Western Library's electronic/online resources do not "close" for long weekends. You always have easy online access (with your Western username and password) to the research databases, full text journal articles, our Digital Delivery services, our Chat with a Librarian services, our instructional videos, the library catalogue and other online resources like ebooks.

RULA: Privacy and Ebook Access through Adobe Digital Editions

A blog post of interest from Ryerson University Libraries and Archives (RULA) about ebooks and privacy.

"Adobe is gathering data on the ebooks that have been opened, which pages were read, and in what order. All of this data, including the title, publisher, and other metadata for the book is being sent to Adobe's server in clear text." Read more...

A new report released this week offers a detailed portrait of the skills of Canadian youth in Grade 8 (Secondary II in Quebec) in three core learning areas: science, mathematics, and reading.

The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) was first introduced by ministers of education in 2007 to provide robust, comparable data on how well students are doing in provincial education systems. It complements other assessments in each province and territory and ensures that student performance can be compared across the country. PCAP also complements key international studies in which Canada participates, such as OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA).

For PCAP 2013, approximately 32,000 Grade 8 students from over 1,500 schools across all 10 provinces were tested in spring 2013. Science was the major focus of the assessment. Math and reading were also assessed.

The report shows that Canadian youth are managing well in science. At the pan-Canadian level, 91 per cent of students are achieving the expected level of performance for their grade. Moreover, close to half the students are achieving at an even higher level.

In all provinces, without exception, over 85 per cent of students are achieving at the expected level of performance in science -- in some cases, well over 90 per cent!

Read it here: PCAP 2013 Report on the Pan-Canadian Assessment of Science, Reading, and Mathematics

Chat: Ask a Librarian

Western Libraries participates in an ASK A LIBRARIAN reference chat service.

Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend

The Education Library (the physical bricks&mortar building) will be closed Saturday October 11, Sunday October12 and Monday October 13 to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, the virtual library is always available to you.


Western Library's electronic resources do not "close" for long weekends. You always have easy online access (with your Western username and password) to the research databases, full text journal articles, our Digital Delivery services, our Chat with a Librarian services, our instructional videos, the library catalogue and other online resources like ebooks.

Copyright at Western in the news...

...The Western News to be exact. Read all about it!


Digital Delivery is a journal article scanning service that is offered to Western faculty, staff and students that delivers the full text of journal articles directly to your desktop!

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

Indigenous Services, the Indigenous Health and Well-being Initiative, and Western Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies present the World Cafe on Indigneous Graduate Student Engagement on Tuesday Oct 7, 2014 from 1:00 am to 4:00 pm at Western's Green Leaf Café (Somerville House Room 3340) with guest speak Dr. Michelle Pidgeon of Simon Fraser University. Please join us!

Education Library "Getting Started" Videos

Ah, fall is in the air. Temperatures are cooler. The leaves are changing colours. Pumpkin spice lattes are offered everywhere. It is that time of year to put on your cozy sweatshirt, to pour your favourite beverage, curl up in your comfortable chair and watch ....

the Education Library's "Getting Stared" videos!

After a successful inaugural conference in 2013, King's is hosting its 2014 edition of "Technologies and Pedagogies" with a specific focus on High-Impact Learning. This conference will be held on Thursday October 30, 2014 at "Bessie" Labatt Hall at King's University College. See you there!

News from Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

This information is from a CMEC news release:

CMEC will be releasing the results from its latest assessment of the performance of Canadian Grade 8 students (Secondary II in Quebec) on October 7, 2014.

The Pan-Canadian Assessment Program (PCAP) provides Canada with a report card in three core subjects: science, mathematics, and reading. PCAP 2013 tested approximately 32,000 students from over 1,500 schools across the country. Science was the major focus in 2013.

Find out how Canada is doing! You'll be able to access the report here

As you know Western Libraries is phasing out RefWorks by spring/summer 2015. Regular users of RefWorks have been receiving email messages keeping them appraised of the transition process.

There are several systems that can help you manage your citations and your collection of article PDFs. This table compares three of the most popular ones, all of which provide a free option that is usually good enough for most users.


RefWorks Migration Guide

Leaving RefWorks to move to a different citation management system is not complicated, but it can be labour intensive, especially if you have a lot of folders or if you have saved a lot of PDFs into your RefWorks account. We have created a RefWorks Migration Guide to assist you with this process.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

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

The Journal Citation Reports/JCR Web is a resource tool for journal evaluation, using citation data drawn from over 8,400 journals. The Journal Citation Reports/JCR via Web of Knowledge can show you: journal impact factors, highest impact journals, most frequently used journals, hottest journals and largest journals.

Time Flies! Let's Talk about Thanksgiving!

The Education Library will be closed Saturday October 11, Sunday October12 and Monday October 13 to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, the Western Library's electronic resources do not close and you always have easy online access (with your Western username and password) to the research databases, full text journal articles, our Digital Delivery services, the library catalogue and other online resources like ebooks.

Copyright at Western University

ALL questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to the email address noted on the page.

Help with APA Style®

Are your professors suggesting you use the APA Style?

We strongly urge you to start with this APA STYLE Help Page (it has FAQs, videos, direct connection to their Ask an Expert service, and a dedicated Blog!).

If you use Twitter, please consider following their very useful Twitter feed: @APA_Style

Join us at 15:30 (3:30 pm) for a special edition of #KMbChat Twitter chat on September 29, 2014.

We will talk with the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research-Réseau d'échange des connaissances pour la recherche appliquée en éducation) (KNAER-RECRAE) team about effective knowledge mobilization (KMb) practices that support the use of your research by practitioners and other stakeholders and what the future holds for KNAER-RECRAE.

Did you miss a previous #KMbChat? Check out the KNAER-RECRAE archives.

Chat: Ask a Librarian

Western Libraries participates in an ASK A LIBRARIAN reference chat service. Find out more including hours of availability!

This information is provided by the publisher:

Reflective teaching is a continuous cycle of observing, documenting, reflecting and planning. Early childhood educators can use this professional development workbook for individual or group practice on a variety of topics related to reflective teaching. Ten study sessions with guided activities and a thorough explanation of this model are provided to help educators cultivate creative, critical and thoughtful teaching skills. This workbook is designed to be open and inviting to entry-level and experienced early childhood teachers, child care center directors, teacher educations and college students of early childhood education.

This information is provided by the publisher:

In her provocative new book, Stacie Goffin presents a leadership manifesto for the field of early care and education. With an action-oriented frame of reference, she offers a unique point of view on national efforts to improve program quality and developmental and learning outcomes for children.

This information is provided by the publisher:

The skills, knowledge and understanding of the subjects involved in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are vital for all young people in an increasingly science- and technology-driven society.

This book looks at the purpose and pedagogy of STEM teaching and explores the ways in which STEM subjects can interact in the curriculum to enhance student understanding, achievement and motivation. By reaching outside their own classroom, teachers can collaborate across subjects to enrich learning and help students relate school science, technology and maths to the wider world.

Packed with ideas and practical details for teachers of STEM subjects, this book:

-considers what the STEM subjects contribute separately to the curriculum and how they relate to each other in the wider education of secondary school students

-describes and evaluates different curriculum models for STEM

-suggests ways in which a critical approach to the pedagogy of the classroom, laboratory and workshop can support STEM for all students

-addresses the practicalities of introducing, organising and sustaining STEM-related activities in the secondary school

-looks to ways schools can manage and sustain STEM approaches in the long-term.

This timely new text is essential reading for trainee and practising teachers who wish to make the learning of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) an interesting, motivating and exciting experience for their students.

This information is provided by the publisher:

Teacher identity is shaped by recognition or its absence, often by misrecognition of others. Recognition as a teacher, or the strong and complex identification with one's professional culture and community, is necessary for a positive sense of self. Increasingly, teachers are entering educational settings where difference connotes not equal, better/worse, or having more/less power over resources. Differences between discourses of identity are braided at many points with a discourse of racism, both interpersonal and structural.

Teacher Identity and the Struggle for Recognition examines the nature of identity and recognition as social, cultural, and political constructs. In particular, the contributing authors to the book present discussions of the professional work necessary in teacher preparation programs concerned with preparing teachers for the complexities of teaching in schools that mirror an increasingly diverse society. Importantly, the authors illuminate many of the often problematic structures of schooling and the cultural politics that work to define one's identity - drawing into specific relief the nature of the struggle for recognition that all face who choose to entering teaching as a profession.

For your convenience print and electronic access is now available through the library catalogue for Synthesizing Qualitative Research: Choosing the Right Approach.

This information is from the publisher:

In this book, educational consultant and group coach Donna Reid argues that popular vehicles for improving school cultures and student achievement, such as professional learning communities and critical friends groups, too often fail because the participants are unaware or unwilling to make the required changes for successful collaboration and change. To assist facilitators and group leaders, the author presents narrative cases that examine the experiences of teacher leaders, principals, consultants, and parents as they negotiate the difficulties of reluctant team members, hostile colleagues, maintaining group interest, sharing responsibility, using technology, and cultural competency. Each case includes questions for reflection that can be used individually or in small groups to improve facilitation skills.

People We Know ~ Dr. Ajit Mohanty ~ 2014 Visiting Scholar

The Education Library staff have set up a display on the main floor of the library with a selection of Dr. Mohanty's work. Please feel free to drop in and have a look at some of our Visiting Scholar's work.

Save the Date ~ Research Ethics at Western: What You Need to Know

PLEASE JOIN US...

Research Ethics at Western: What You Need to Know


Presented By: Grace Kelly & Vikki Tran, Western's Office of Research Ethics


Education faculty, staff and student researchers all welcome: Ask questions and learn tips about the application process, including what reviewers look for.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

MindShare Learning is pleased to host the 5th Annual Canadian EdTech Leadership Summit in support of our mission to push the 21st Century learning envelope in Canada and strengthen the connection between education and business to support student success.

Join fellow education and industry leaders for this one-day Summit opportunity to learn, connect and gain valuable knowledge from leading global educational technology experts.

Our 5th Anniversary marks a special challenge for every Senior Education and Industry Leader to embrace change and inspire others to innovate. This year's Summit promises to be more engaging and interactive to facilitate networking and creative problem solving in K12 and post-secondary learning environments.

This one-day summit in Toronto, Ontario will focus on current hot topics in the K-12 and post-secondary education technology space, aiming to further engage stakeholders in shaping today's direction of a vital sector.

On Friday, November 21, 2014, Western Libraries' Map and Data Centre will be hosting the second annual GIS Day event. Join us at the Map and Data Centre in The D. B. Weldon Library on main campus for GIS Day, and:

Discover and explore the benefits of Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Showcase the uses of GIS

Celebrate GIS

Win prizes!

Learning Outcomes Symposium, October 16-17, 2014 in Toronto

Interested in learning outcomes? This Council of Ontario Universities (COU) conference, Learning Outcomes: A Toolkit for Assessment, may interest you!


Follow COU on Twitter: @OntUniv

Scheduled Maintenance for OWL ~ Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Dear Students: OWL will be unavailable this Thursday (Thursday, September 25th, 2014) from approximately 6 a.m. EDT until 8:00 a.m. EDT for system maintenance.

People We Know ~ Dr. Ajit Mohanty ~ 2014 Visiting Scholar

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Ajit Mohanty to the Faculty of Education as the 2014 Visiting Scholar. Dr. Mohanty is Professor Emeritus and Chief Adviser of the National Multilingual Education Resource Consortium at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India, and a leading scholar and researcher in the field of Multilingual Education (MLE). He is well known for his innovative intervention, called 'MLE Plus', with mother tongue-based multi-language education among the indigenous population in India.

Dr. Mohanty has earned many honours and awards while holding faculty positions across Canada and India, has held major research grants from UNICEF and Save the Children, and currently holds funding from the Bernard van Leer Foundation in The Netherlands to continue his work on 'MLE Plus.' You can learn more about Dr. Mohanty and his research here: http://ajitmohanty.org/

We are honoured to have Dr. Mohanty with us for the next few weeks, during which time he will speak formally to guests, faculty and students; participate as a guest lecturer in graduate courses; collaborate with colleagues on shared research interests; and meet formally and informally with graduate students and faculty members. I encourage you to visit him in his office in Room 1028 (office hours TBA), and attend any of the scheduled talks below. Please take the opportunity to connect in person with Dr. Mohanty to discuss shared interests and take advantage of his unique knowledge and expertise. (His contact information while at the Faculty will be forwarded soon.)

Scheduled Talks

Tuesday, September 30: Multilingual Education in South Asia and the Burden of the Double Divide: Some Reflections

2:00 pm, Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

Monday, October 6: Languages, Power and Poverty: The Other Side of Multilingualism

10:30 am, Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

Friday, October 17: MLE Policy for Tribal (Indigenous) Children in Odisha (India): Crossing the Rubicon

1:00 pm, Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

Monday, October 20: Growing up in a Multilingual Society: Stages and Strategies in Multilingual Socialization

7:00 pm, Room 1010, Faculty of Education

Electronic access to Participatory Action Research: Theory and Methods for Engaged Inquiry is now available through the library catalogue.

Chat: Ask a Librarian

Western Libraries participates in an ASK A LIBRARIAN reference chat service. Find out more including hours of availablity!

Contact Us!

We make it very easy to Contact Us at the Education Library.

The Journal Citation Reports/JCR Web is a resource tool for journal evaluation, using citation data drawn from over 8,400 journals. The Journal Citation Reports/JCR via Web of Knowledge can show you: journal impact factors, highest impact journals, most frequently used journals, hottest journals and largest journals.

Digital Delivery (directly to your desktop) of Full Text Journal Articles

Digital Delivery is a journal article scanning service that is offered to Western faculty, staff and students that delivers the full text of journal articles directly to your desktop! PLEASE NOTE: Only journals with the location STORAGE- Use 'Request Item as seen in the library catalogue are eligible for this service.

Electronic access through the library catalogue is available for Reinventing Leadership: Making the Connection Between Politics and Business written by Barbara Kellerman.

People We Know ~ Wendy Baker

Some news from earlier this year that you may have missed...

We are very pleased to announce that Wendy Baker has been selected as the 2014 Spring winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

The W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education is in honour of the Late Bishop Townshend of London, Ontario, and is awarded at each convocation to an M.Ed. student who has achieved the highest academic standing in his/her program of study.

Here are some comments from Wendy regarding her area of research:

Within the context of globalization and neoliberal education reform, this study considered the emerging trend which sees the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP)--a 2-year pre-university program--increasingly offered as a curricular choice in Ontario public secondary schools. Findings showed that the adoption of the IBDP is more often due to its ability to attract students for the purposes of boosting enrollment, increasing financial resources, and competing with neighboring schools, than its curricular content or idealist ambitions. While Ontario is home to more IBDP schools than any other Canadian province, analysis of provincial policy documents found it to be the only province without formal recognition of the program as an alternative curriculum. Allowing the IBDP to operate at the local level, with no parameters to guide fees or program requirements, produces a wide array of local interpretations across the province, with the implication that low SES students may be over-looked. Participants lauded the Toronto District School Board policy on funding of the IBDP as being vital to equitable education for all its students. This thesis serves to question the current practice of the IBDP in Ontario, and start a conversation on the social justice implications of the 'policy vacuum' that has been shown to exist.


On behalf of the Faculty of Education, congratulations for this fine achievement, Wendy!

Wait? What? WALS is open?

The Grand Opening of WALS (Western Active Learning Space), Western's newest learner-centred, activity-based classroom was held on Friday, September 5, 2014 in Western's University Community Centre (UCC) Room 66. Guests and visitors experienced the new space, explored the technology, and observed student demonstrations. A great time was had by all at WALS.

People We Know

Message from our Dean:

Colleagues, it is with considerable excitement that we announce the appointment of three new faculty members at Western's Faculty of Education:


Dr. Zheng Zhang, who currently holds an Assistant Professor position at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, has accepted a position of Assistant Professor in Curriculum Studies. Zheng holds a PhD from the University of Western Ontario in the area of Curriculum Studies. She has over 10 years of experience in conducting and publishing research on multiliteracies and transnational literacy curriculum and four years of teaching experience at the University of Shanghai in China, where she was been the recipient of 8 awards for teaching excellence in English as a Second Language, English writing, and English-Chinese interpretation. Zheng has already distinguished herself in the area of research - she has published 14 peer-reviewed articles and six books and reports more than 20 peer-reviewed conference presentations. Zheng's appointment is effective January 1, 2015.

Dr. Stuart Webb, Senior Lecturer at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, will assume a Full Professor position in the area of Applied Linguistics in January 2015. Stuart has held numerous academic positions over the past number of years at various universities (Temple University Japan, Koran Women's Junior College, University of Birmingham, to name a few). He also has extensive experience in English language instruction. Stuart holds a Doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Victoria University of Wellington but of interest, completed a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Western Ontario. Stuart has acquired a reputation as one of the most promising international researchers in the area of applied linguistics. He has published extensively in Tier I journals focusing on second language learning and together with his mentor, authored an internationally acclaimed book in his field of specialization.

Dr. Isha DeCoito, who, at present, is a Course Director in the Faculty of Education, York University and previously held an Assistant Professor position in Science at Wayne State University, will be assuming an Assistant Professor position in STEM effective immediately. Isha impressed the Appointment and Search Committees with her energy, passion, and incredible presentation. In addition to her broad teaching experience, she has been active in research exploring various STEM initiatives and demonstrates significant success in attracting external funding. The number of academic conference presentations she has delivered speaks legions to the respect she holds nationally and internationally for her innovative research, teaching, and service. Isha holds a PhD from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, in the area of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.

Please join us in welcoming these absolutely incredible individuals to our Faculty.

The Centre for Education Research & Innovation (CERI) is a Senate-approved research centre at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry.

The Centre's Annual Research Symposium is a day for the CERI Community to come together to share and celebrate our thriving research community. This all-day event is to be held at the Windermere Manor (200 Collip Circle) on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014, 8:00-4:00 pm . The Annual Weston Lecture in Medical Education, as well as an afternoon workshop, will be given by Dr. Tara Fenwick. Find out more...

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

SAGE Western

SAGE 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.

Research Ethics at Western: What You Need to Know

PLEASE JOIN US: Research Ethics at Western: What You Need to Know

Presented By: Grace Kelly & Vikki Tran, Western's Office of Research Ethics

Education faculty, staff and student researchers all welcome: Ask questions and learn tips about the application process, including what reviewers look for.


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

12:00 - 1:30 pm
Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

People We Know ~ Dr. Julie Byrd Clark and Dr. Fred Dervin

Congratulations to Dr. Julie Byrd Clark and Dr. Fred Dervin (Visiting Scholar at the Faculty of Education in 2012) on the publication of their edited book Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education: Rethinking Multilingualism and Interculturality. The Education Library has provided both print and electronic access to this book for your reading and viewing convenience!

Finally, the first research-based book of sound strategies and best practices to help instructors motivate students to complete their online courses.

Although studies support the effectiveness of learning online, students often fail to complete online courses. Some studies have found that as many as 50-70% drop out of their online courses or programs. Retention is not only a growing expectation and imperative, but it is also as opportunity for faculty members to take the lead in innovating, researching, and implementing new strategies while demonstrating their effectiveness.

Designed for instructors and instructional designers, Motivating and Retaining Online Students is filled with empirical research from the authors' study of motivation and retention strategies that can reduce online learner dropout. Focusing on the most important issues instructors face, such as course design; student engagement and motivation; and institutional, instructional, and informal student support strategies, the book provides effective online strategies that help minimize student dropout, increase student retention, and support student learning.

While helping to improve the overall retention rates for educational institutions, the strategies outlined in the book also allow for student diversity and individual learner differences. Lehman and Conceição's proven model gives instructors an effective approach to help students persist in online courses and succeed as learners.

The Librarian is reading...

As you know my research interests are in the field of adult learning so I was very pleased to see this new book (in print and also with access to the ebook) in the Education Library.

Solidly grounded in theory and research, but concise and practice-oriented, Adult Learning: Linking Theory and Practice is perfect for master's-level students and practitioners alike. Sharan Merriam and Laura Bierema have infused each chapter with practical applications for instruction which will help readers personally relate to the material.

The contents covers:

Adult Learning in Today's World
Traditional Learning Theories
Andragogy
Self-Directed Learning
Transformative Learning
Experience and Learning
Body and Spirit in Learning
Motivation and Learning
The Brain and Cognitive Functioning
Adult Learning in the Digital Age
Critical Thinking and Critical Perspectives
Culture and Context

Discussion questions and activities for reflection are included at the end of each chapter.

New Book ~ Understanding Education Research: A Guide to Critical Reading

This information is provided by the publisher:

Understanding Education Research is designed to help students learn to read educational research articles carefully, systematically, and critically. Students learn to categorize titles, decode abstracts, find research questions, characterize research arguments, break down methods and procedures, explore references, apply analysis strategies, and interpret findings. The book allows them to easily develop the skills they need to be research literate. It offers simple guidelines for qualitative, quantitative, and statistical approaches that help students master the basics behind these often complex and confusing methodologies. The book is accessible for future researchers or for students who simply need to understand research clearly. It is written in a clear and engaging style, with ample concrete examples of each stage, offering exercises for student practice.

New Book ~ Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

This information is provided by the publisher:

For the very first time, the Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership brings together an array of key authors to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of ethical educational leadership. Describing contemporary educational issues that necessitate the practice of ethical leadership, this volume also explores a comprehensive and coherent framework for how ethical educational leadership can be achieved and reviews current theory and research-informed practices. Each chapter contributes to a comprehensive discussion and analysis of the field of ethical educational leadership. Providing practical, philosophical, and experiential insights, this volume is an important resource for the study of ethical leadership.

This information is provided by the publisher:

The New Landscape of Mobile Learning is the first book to provide a research based overview of the largely untapped array of potential tools that m-Learning offers educators and students in face-to-face, hybrid, and distance education. This cutting edge guide provides: An essential explanation of the emergence and role of Apps in education design guidelines for educational Apps Case studies and student narratives from across the US describing successful App integration into both K-12 and Higher Education Robust, research-based evaluation criteria for educational Apps although many believe that Apps have the potential to create opportunities for transformative mobile education, a disparity currently exists between the individuals responsible for creating Apps (i.e. developers who often have little to no instructional experience) and the ultimate consumers in the classroom (i.e. K-20 educators and students). The New Landscape of Mobile Learning bridges this gap by illuminating critical design, integration, and evaluation narratives from leaders in the instructional design, distance education, and mobile learning fields.

This book is written by two Canadian academics,Twyla Gibson and Mark Lipton, who have guided many Canadian students through the process of creating successful research papers and projects that utilize emerging and changing tools and technologies. Unlike many related books in this area, this text actively engages with the digital tools it describes. The authors capture the scope of social media, ensuring that the innovative digital research tools mentioned such as blogging, wiki's, microblogging, social network sites, and podcasts are current and meet the needs of students in the digital world. Helpful tools for readers include case studies, checklists, and a glossary of key terms. An eye-catching, modern design will encourage student participation and enhance readability.

New Book ~ Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research

The information is provided by the publisher:

Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research provides an entry-level introduction to research methods using stories, as data or as a means of presenting findings, that is grounded in published empirical research within the field of language teaching and learning. It discusses basic definitions and concepts in narrative inquiry, explains how and why narrative methods have been used in language teaching and learning research, and outlines the different approaches and topics covered by this research. It also examines the different ways of eliciting, analyzing, and presenting narrative inquiry data. Narrative inquiry offers exciting prospects for language teaching and learning research and this book is the first focused and practical guide for readers who are interested in understanding or carrying out narrative studies

New Book ~ Echoes: Ethics and Issues of Voice in Education Research

This information is provided by the publisher:

Echoes: Ethics and Issues of Voice in Education breaks new ground in the field of education research ethics, by examining different perspectives on the role, influence and importance of voice. Drawing on a variety of philosophical and paradigmatic approaches, Echoes: Ethics and Issues of Voice in Education examines how and the different ways in which researchers conceptualise voice in the context of broader theoretical and methodological issues relating to research ethics. Written by authors working across the globe in a variety of academic contexts, it asks:

1) How might voice in education be re-conceptualised?
2) What factors influence whether or not, and in what ways, voices are heard and/or (re)presented in education research?
3) What implications do (re)conceptualisations of voice have with respect to the ethics of education research?
4) What methods can be used to explore the role, importance and influence of voice in education research from an ethics perspective?
5) How might voices be appropriately acknowledged and represented in education research?

Echoes: Ethics and Issues of Voice in Education invites the reader to join the conversation, as it prompts reflection and discussion about the challenges and concerns inherent in the representation of voice in education research.

New Book ~ Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

This information is provided by the publisher:

Digital Tools for Qualitative Research shows how the research process in its entirety can be supported by technology tools in ways that can save time and add robustness and depth to qualitative work. It addresses the use of a variety of tools (many of which may already be familiar to you) to support every phase of the research process, providing practical case studies taken from real world research. The text shows you how to select and use technology tools to:

-engage in reflexivity
-collaborate with other researchers and stakeholders
-manage your project
-do your literature review
-generate and manage your data
-transcribe and analyse textual, audio and visual data
and represent and share your findings.

The book also considers important ethical issues surrounding the use of various technologies in each chapter. On the book's companion website, you'll find lots of additional resources including video tutorials and activities.

Whether you're a novice or expert social researcher, this book will inspire you to think creatively about how to approach your research project and get the most out of the huge range of tools available to you.

New Book ~ Using Statistics in Small-Scale Language Education Research

This information is provided by the publisher:

Assuming no familiarity with statistical methods, this text for language education research methods and statistics courses provides detailed guidance and instruction on principles of designing, conducting, interpreting, reading, and evaluating statistical research done in classroom settings or with a small number of participants. While three different types of statistics are addressed (descriptive, parametric, non-parametric) the emphasis is on non-parametric statistics because they are appropriate when the number of participants is small and the conditions for use of parametric statistics are not satisfied. The emphasis on non-parametric statistics is unique and complements the growing interest among second and foreign language educators in doing statistical research in classrooms. Designed to help students and other language education researchers to identify and use analyses that are appropriate for their studies, taking into account the number of participants and the shape of the data distribution, the text includes sample studies to illustrate the important points in each chapter and exercises to promote understanding of the concepts and the development of practical research skills. Mathematical operations are explained in detail, and step-by-step illustrations in the use of R (a very powerful, online, freeware program) to perform all calculations are provided.

A Companion Website to this book extends and enhances the text with Power Point presentations illustrating how to carry out calculations and use R; practice exercises with answer keys; data sets in Excel MS-DOS format; and quiz, midterm, and final problems with answer keys

This information is provided by the publisher:

Designed to support both teachers and university-based tutors in mentoring pre-service and newly qualified mathematics teachers at both primary and secondary levels, Mentoring Mathematics Teachers offers straightforward practical advice that is based on practice, underpinned by research, and geared specifically towards this challenging subject area. Developed by members of The Association of Mathematics Education Teachers, the authors draw upon the most up-to-date research and theory to provide evidence-based practical guidance. Themes covered include: the recognition of the importance of pedagogical content knowledge - building upon subject knowledge - developing skills of self-evaluation in order to reflect and develop your own practice - the on-going need to address issues of equity and diversity within the profession - the need for pre-service teachers and their mentors to work together effectively as a partnership - the importance of collaboration, shared goals, mutual benefit and growth. Addressing issues of mentoring for all trainee and practicing mathematics teachers, Mentoring Mathematics Teachers demonstrates both the importance of mentoring in the development of new teachers of mathematics, but also the benefits to all those who involve themselves in this challenging and rewarding task

Max van Manen offers an extensive exploration of phenomenological traditions and methods for the human sciences. It is his first comprehensive statement of phenomenological thought and research in over a decade. Phenomenology of practice refers to the meaning and practice of phenomenology in professional contexts such as psychology, education, and health care, as well as to the practice of phenomenological methods in contexts of everyday living. Van Manen presents a detailed description of key phenomenological ideas as they have evolved over the past century; he then thoughtfully works through the methodological issues of phenomenological reflection, empirical methods, and writing that a phenomenology of practice offers to the researcher. Van Manen's comprehensive work will be of great interest to all concerned with the interrelationship between being and acting in human sciences research and in everyday life.

The Third Edition of Brinkmann and Kvale's InterViews: Learning the Craft of Qualitative Research Interviewing, offers readers comprehensive and practical insight into the many factors that contribute to successful interviews. The book invites readers on a journey through the landscape of interview research, providing the "hows" and "whys" of research interviewing, and outlines paths for students to follow on the way to research goals. Thoroughly updated to account for all recent developments in qualitative interviewing, the New Edition expands its focus on the practical, epistemological, and ethical issues involved in interviewing, while maintaining the fluid and logical structure it has become known for throughout the text.

New Book ~ Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education

Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education: Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice explores the challenges and promises of building queer inclusive pedagogy and curriculum into teacher education. Weaving together theory, research findings, and practical "how-to" strategies and materials, it fills an important gap by offering a clear roadmap and resources for influencing the knowledge, beliefs, and actions of faculty working with pre-service teachers. While the book has implications for policy change, most immediately, readers will feel empowered with ideas for faculty development they can implement in their own teacher education programs. Looking at both the politics and practices of teacher education and the ways in which queer issues manifest in schools, it is hopeful in suggesting that if teachers and pre-service teachers can critically reflect on homophobia and heteronormativity, they can begin to think about and relate to queer youth in a different, more positive and inclusive way. A Companion Website [http://queerinclusion.com] with additional activities and materials for teacher educators and faculty development and a practical guide enhances the usefulness of the book.

Companion Website for Research Methods in Education (Seventh Edition)

Here is the companion website for the 7th edition of Research Methods in Education by Cohen, Manion and Morrison. Here you will find online resources that have been designed to accompany the textbook, in the form of PowerPoint slides, Additional Documents, and Weblinks.

The Education Library's copy of Research Methods in Education (Seventh Edition) has been put ON RESERVE (with a two hour loan period) and can be obtained from the Service Desk on the main floor of the Education Library.

People We Know ~ Dr. Linda Baker

A Message from Vicki Schwean, Dean of Western's Faculty of Education:

I am proud to share that Dr. Linda Baker, Director for the Learning Network at The Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (CREVAWC), www.vawlearningnetwork.ca was asked to speak across Canada this week on CBC Radio about the Ray Rice story. Dr. Baker was invited to work with CBC syndication, the national department that sets up sequential live phone interviews for local shows across Canada with a subject expert, in response to the issues arising out of the story of NFL player Ray Rice and the beating of his then-fiancee, Jenay (Palmer) Rice. She completed interviews for CBC local shows in Iqaluit, Ottawa, Yellowknife, Sudbury, and Cape Breton. Themes included understanding why victims stay in relationships, putting some of the social media commentary into perspective, discussing who is accountable for abusive behaviour, and identifying what could be positive about the publicity surrounding this whole story.

Education Library's Hours of Opening

People We Know ~ Robin Keirstead and the Western Archives

Western University Archivist Robin Keirstead showcases some historic Canadian Tire money from the Canadian Tire Heritage Collection at Western University in London, Ontario as Canadian Tire is updating its loyalty program by adding digital rewards that will work alongside the iconic chain's paper notes. Read more!

Electronic access to this book, Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue.

This annual publication is the authoritative source for accurate and relevant information on the state of education around the world.

Featuring more than 150 charts, 300 tables, and over 100 000 figures, it provides data on the structure, finances, and performance of education systems in the OECD's 34 member countries, as well as a number of partner countries.

Western University will welcome world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall, who will speak to a public audience on Thursday, September 11 at Alumni Hall.

The event, presented by Docs4GreatApes, is open to the public and all proceeds will support the work of the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada and Docs4GreatApes.

Hosted by the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Dr. Goodall will reflect on the extraordinary change the world has seen since she first began her research of chimpanzees in 1960, share stories from the past 50 years, and discuss her reasons for hope in these complex times.

TODAY ~ Monday September 8, 2014 ~ International Literacy Day

The theme of UNESCO's International Literacy Day 2014 is "Literacy and Sustainable Development". Literacy is one of the key elements needed to promote sustainable development, as it empowers people so that they can make the right decisions in the areas of economic growth, social development and environmental integration. Literacy is a basis for lifelong learning and plays a crucial foundational role in the creation of sustainable, prosperous and peaceful societies. Learn more here!

Digital Delivery (directly to your desktop) of Full Text Journal Articles

Digital Delivery is an article scanning service that is offered to Western and Affiliated University College faculty, staff and students.

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

Starting Your Research with the Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies and/or upcoming papers?

As a student at Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases giving you access to many thousands of online journal articles.

As a Faculty of Education student you may be most interested in the education-related research databases. Start your literature review in one of these education research databases:

CBCA Education (for Canadian/Ontario education related journal articles)

ERIC (PLEASE NOTE: There are ongoing access problems with the ERIC database. Some PDF documents (e.g., those identified with an ED number) may be temporarily not available in full-text online format - please talk to the Education academic librarian if you need these documents.

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

All education graduate students should also use the Dissertations and Theses database for a thorough literature review.

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Help with APA Style®

Are your professors suggesting you use the APA Style?

We strongly urge you to start with this APA STYLE Help Page (it has FAQs, videos, direct connection to their Ask an Expert service, and a dedicated Blog!).

If you use Twitter, please consider following their very useful Twitter feed: @APA_Style

Education Library Research Information for Graduate Students

Onsite or online - this GUIDE will help all of our graduate students at Western's Faculty of Education.

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Instructional Videos

These short instructional videos (4 minutes or less) are available on the Education Library's website and are also linked here for your convenient viewing pleasure (so get your favourite beverage, settle into your favourite chair and ENJOY!)


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

3. Education Library - Finding Journal Titles and Articles Using the Library Catalogue

Fall/Winter Hours of Opening


Please Note: The Education Library will be CLOSED for the Thanksgiving long weekend (October 11, 12 and 13, 2014).

Western Library's staff provide a chat service for your library related questions called ASK A LIBRARIAN which is available from the Library's webpages. The service has been closed for the quieter summer months but it begins again on Monday September 8, 2014. This year, for the very first time, the staff of the Education Library is involved in providing this service.


Got library related questions? Give Chat a try!

And, let us know what you think of Western Library's new way of reaching out and answering library related questions of our students, staff and faculty.

Last March Western University appointed Catherine Steeves as university librarian for a five-year term, effective August 18, 2014. Catherine is having her first official visit to the Education Library this morning. We are so pleased to show off our Education Library!


We are so excited to be welcoming the Faculty of Education's incoming counselling graduate students this afternoon. We will have a brief tour of the Education Library resources pertinent to your program and will talk about the library research services available to all of our students.

PhD Student Orientation ~ Thursday September 4, 2014

I was not able to personally welcome the Faculty of Education's new PhD students last Thursday but I do want to take the time encourage all new graduate students to make an appointment to talk about your research interests and how we can help you conduct efficient literature reviews. We are here to help you!

Welcome! My name is Denise Horoky. I am the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Western's Education Library.

I have the world's best job description! It states: Denise answers questions!


And, that is what I happily do for a living!


I am looking forward to seeing our new Masters of Arts and Professional Programs students at our Graduate Orientation session tonight at Western's Faculty of Education.

Here is an electronic copy of the Education Library Research Information Guide for Graduate Students Fall/Winter 2014 that you will receive tonight!

Sites We Like ~ KNAER: Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research

The KNAER-RECRAE (Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research-Réseau d'échange des connaissances pour la recherche appliquée en éducation) was established through a competitive process as a collaborative partnership among the Ontario Ministry of Education, the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario.

The establishment and operation of the KNAER-RECRAE supports the Ontario Ministry of Education's commitment to developing and implementing policies, programs, and practices that are evidence-based, research-informed, and connected to provincial education goals. Systematic identification, widespread dissemination and consistent implementation of effective and promising practices is critical to meeting these commitments to high levels of student achievement, reduced gaps in performance, and increased public confidence in publicly-funded education.

This document just might save your (scholarly) life!

New Book ~ The Sage Handbook of Special Education (Second Edition)

The Education Library has print and electronic access to The Sage Handbook of Special Education (Second Edition) through the library catalogue.

Time Flies! Let's Talk about Thanksgiving!

The Education Library will be closed Saturday October 11, Sunday October12 and Monday October 13 to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend.

However, the Western Library's electronic resources do not close and you always have easy online access to the research databases, full text journal articles, our Digital Delivery services, the library catalogue and other online resources like ebooks.

The School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) Network

Are you a faculty member, instructor, student, graduate student or a teacher candidate who is interested in teacher-based research? Are you looking for opportunities to collaborate and network with teachers, librarians, school administrators, and school board researchers?

The School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) Network is a community for educational researchers that offers a space for teachers, researchers, librarians and administrators to discuss ideas and promote research collaboration with one another.

Denise Horoky, Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library, worked with the fabulous SURE Network team of volunteers to create one of the research-to-practice videos found on the SURE Network website.

OECD's Education at a Glance 2014 Released on Tuesday September 9, 2014

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Education at a Glance 2014 will be out on Tuesday, September 9, 2014 at 5 a.m. EDT.

Here are just some of the key indicators you'll find in the report:


* To what level have adults studied?
* How many students are expected to complete PSE?
* To what extent does parents' education influence participation in PSE?
* How does education attainment affect participation in the labour force?
* What are the earnings advantages from education?
* What proportion of national wealth is spent in education?
* Who studies abroad and where?
* How much time do students spend in the classroom?
* How much time do teachers spend teaching?

2014 Learning Outcomes Symposium, October 16-17, 2014 in Toronto

Interested in learning outcomes? This Council of Ontario Universities (COU) conference, Learning Outcomes: A Toolkit for Assessment, may interest you!


Follow COU on Twitter: @OntUniv

Staffing Change in Education Library ~ Acting Director Appointed

The Director of the Education Library, Christena McKillop, is on a study leave until mid-January 2015. Melanie Mills, from Western's The D. B. Weldon Library, has been appointed Acting Director of the Education Library. Melanie can be found in the Director's Office as you enter the Education Library from the Faculty of Education building. Please stop by and introduce yourself to Melanie if you are in the building.

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Instructional Videos

The Academic Librarians at the Education Library, Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky, have created a series of three "Getting Started" videos.

These short instructional videos (4 minutes or less) are available on the Education Library's website and are also linked here for your convenient viewing pleasure (so get your favourite beverage, settle into your favourite chair and ENJOY!)


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

3. Education Library - Finding Journal Titles and Articles Using the Library Catalogue

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."

Digital Delivery is an article scanning service that is offered to Western and Affiliated University College faculty, staff and students.

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

Electronic access to this book, Single Subject Research Methodology in Behavioral Sciences, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue.

Guide for Placing Course Materials "ON RESERVE" in the Education Library

Attention Faculty Members, Instructors and Teaching Assistants:

Any Photocopied article needed for reserve should be submitted by the professor/instructor to the Education Library by the end of August (or this first week of September) for Fall terms.

Materials will be processed on a "first received" basis. If there is electronic holding of an article in the Western Library Catalogue we will be pleased to add the electronic copy to your course reserve list as well.

If you need Books placed on reserve you can use the Reserve Request Form located on the Western Libraries' website.

Helpful Hints for filling out the Reserve Request Form:

* Make sure that you fill in the required fields on the Reserve Request Form which are RED in colour

* Scroll down the list of libraries and choose the Education Library as your location

* Once you have filled out the required information, click on the "Next" button located at the bottom of the form. This will allow you to access the Education Library Reserve Form ( for book requests only).

* If there are any New Books required for the term, please allow at least 5 weeks for ordering and processing this material.

Research Consultations with the Academic Librarians are Available

The Academic Librarians at the Education Library support the Faculty of Education's students by offering personalized library research consultations. Telephone, online via Skype, email or in-person Research Consultations are available. We are here to help you!

Contact the Education academic librarians by email at eduref@uwo.ca to ask a research question or to make an appointment for a personalized research consultation.

The Western Library's "Chat with a Librarian" service begins again on Monday September 8th and it is another valuable avenue for seeking information about Western Library's collections and services.

Information about The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC)

The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC) is an intergovernmental body founded in 1967 by ministers of education to serve as:

- a forum to discuss policy issues;
- a mechanism through which to undertake activities, projects, and initiatives in areas of mutual interest;
- a means by which to consult and cooperate with national education organizations and the federal government; and
- an instrument to represent the education interests of the provinces and territories internationally.

CMEC provides leadership in education at the pan-Canadian and international levels and contributes to the exercise of the exclusive jurisdiction of provinces and territories over education. Read more...

CMEC's publications are very useful for researchers and scholars.

Electronic access to this book, The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue.

"Ask a Librarian" Chat Service Begins Again on Monday September 8, 2014

Western Library's staff provide a chat service for your library related questions called ASK A LIBRARIAN which is available from the Library's webpages. The service has been closed for the quieter summer months but it begins again on Monday September 8, 2014. Give it a try and let us know what you think of Western Library's new way of reaching out and answering library related questions of our students, staff and faculty.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

While the Education Library Blog was on hiatus through the spring and summer months of 2014, we were busy building useful and relevant content for our students, staff and faculty on the Education Library's other social media platforms, namely Twitter and Facebook. Both of these accounts can be accessed from the Education Library's website. Have a look and give us a LIKE and a FOLLOW.

Electronic access to this book, The Schools We Need: A New Blueprint for Ontario: Final Report, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue.

People We Know ~ Congratulations ~ Barb MacQuarrie and Peter Jaffe

Congratulations to Barb MacQuarrie and her partnership team, including collaborator Peter Jaffe, on their successful SSHRC Partnership Development Grant application, The Impact of Domestic Violence on Workers and Workplaces!

Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving?

The Education Library will be closed Saturday October 11, Sunday October12 and Monday October 13 to celebrate the Canadian Thanksgiving long weekend. But, remember the Western Library's electronic resources do not close and you always have easy online access to the research databases, full text journal articles, the library catalogue and other online resources like ebooks.

Acting Director of the Education Library ~ Melanie Mills

In cased you missed this announcement earlier in the summer:

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Melanie Mills has accepted the appointment as Acting Director of the Education Library. She will begin her new role on July 21, 2014 and her term will end on January 15, 2015. Melanie began working for Western Libraries in 2004 as a Research and Instructional Services Librarian in Weldon Library. Amongst her professional experiences, she served as Manager of the Graduate Resource Centre in the Faculty of Information and Media Studies for an 18 month term, and she has completed a graduate level certificate program in Library Sector Leadership. Melanie also has experience working with the staff in the Education Library, as she worked in this library for a one-year term after she completed her MLIS. Her enthusiasm, experiences, and education will all contribute to her success as she takes on this exciting role. Please join us in congratulating Melanie on this appointment. Drop in and introduce yourself if you are visiting the Education Library.

Help with APA Style®

Using APA Style? We strongly urge you to start with this APA STYLE Help Page (it has FAQs, videos, direct connection to their Ask an Expert service, and a dedicated Blog!).

If you use Twitter, please consider following their very useful Twitter feed: @APA_Style

Electronic access to this book, Introduction to Instructed Second Language Acquisition, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue.

Name Change ~ Research Guides

Attention Online and Onsite Graduate Students: This summer the Western Library PROGRAM GUIDES were updated and underwent a name change. They are now called RESEARCH GUIDES and they can be found on the Western Library's website.

When planning your papers, assignments, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews you will find the RESEARCH GUIDES (especially the ones created for Education Graduate students) a great place to start your research.

Copyright at Western University

Western University has a new copyright information page.

ALL questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to the email address noted on the page.

Electronic access to this book, Case Studies on Diversity and Social Justice Education, is now available through the Western Library's catalogue. Click on the link in the middle of the catalogue record for easy access to this book.

People We Know ~ Lori McKee

Please join us in congratulating Lori McKee, an incoming PhD student in Curriculum Studies on winning the Language and Literacy Researchers of Canada master's research award. Congratulations also go to Rachel Heydon and Kathy Hibbert for their exemplary supervision.

Contact the Staff at the Education Library

We are here to help you! So, we make it easy to contact us. Click HERE for all the contact details.

This summer the staff at the Education Library began a journal transfer project and the promotion of the Western Library's Digital Delivery service. As each journal title is transferred it becomes eligible for this document delivery service which delivers the full text of journal articles right to your desktop.

Digital Delivery is an article scanning service that is offered to Western and Affiliated University College faculty, staff and students. Only journals with the location "STORAGE- Use 'Request Item'" as seen in the library catalogue are eligible for this service.

Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful service!

Fall/Winter Hours of Opening

Here are the Education Library's Fall/Winter (2014-15) Hours of Opening. Today we start evening and Saturday hours. The Education Library is not open on Sunday's.

Our next long weekend closure will be for Thanksgiving (October 11, 12 and 13, 2014).

We're Back!

After our summer hiatus we are back in action on the Education Library Blog. We warmly welcome and welcome back our new and returning students.

Copyright at Western University Information

Western University has a new copyright information page.


ALL questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to the email address noted on the page.

NEW REPORT: Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward. CLA President Marie DeYoung stated that the organization considers this publication as a "definitive learning support that is critical for all Canadian schools."

Leading Learning addresses the impact on education of new technologies. The explosion of digital information calls for new working spaces, new networks, and new approaches to supporting learning. Leading Learning is focused on the concept of the new school library learning commons which responds to the needs of 21st century learners. School libraries are measured by the transformative changes in knowledge and learning they encourage and support. In the document, learning commons are positioned as centres of teaching expertise which is achieved through a combination of resources, technologies, collaborative strategies, and physical and virtual learning spaces that support all learners as they evolve. (This information is from the Canadian Library Association (CLA) website)

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."

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Education Library's Summer Hours of Opening

If you are thinking of visiting the Education Library please note we have switched over to our Summer Hours of Opening. We are open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm with no weekend or evening hours until September.

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