Hiatus

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

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

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

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

People We Know and New Book

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

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

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Western Libraries has amazing academic librarians

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

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

Additionally, we found out:

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

And, in other good news:

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

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

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

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Top 7: Education Research Databases

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


  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO


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

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

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

Here are the top research tools:


  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

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

The Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

New Service Launched at Western: Ask Copyright

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

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

People We Know ~ Kathy Hibbert

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

Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

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

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

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

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

Music Library Keyboard (nope, not KeyWORD) News!

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

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

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

Spirit Horse arrives at Western's Faculty of Education

In an email communication we learned:

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

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

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

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3MT

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Symposium Co-ordinator: Marianne Larsen

Symposium Organizer: Jennifer Kozak

Opportunities and Information from Western Heads East:

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We still have a number of excellent international internship positions available with Western Heads East for May 2015. We very much need your assistance to identify students who would be interested and benefit from the experience and have extended the deadline to March 30, 2015.

As many of you may know, Western Heads East is a collaboration between Western staff, students, faculty and African partners using probiotic food to contribute to health and sustainable development. For the past 12 years, Western Heads East has provided internship opportunities for Western students with our African partners. Students gain valuable international experience while contributing to real needs as defined by the universities, hospitals and NGOs with whom we work. Senior undergraduate and graduate student applications are welcome from a range of faculties.

The opportunities include:

Aga Khan University (AKU) and Aga Khan Foundation (AKF) are seeking four Western interns in Nairobi, Kenya. The AKU Hospital CEO and Director of Human Resources are interested in two interns: 1. Financial Analyst: Help with determining bundle payment for various projects based on activity-based accounting principles and perform capitation analysis in emerging markets/economies. 2. Operations Management Intern: mapping of the existing processes and proposing re-engineering solutions.

AKF is looking for two interns to conduct a feasibility study of the probiotic yoghurt community kitchen as a hub for health information and a source of income for Community Health Educators in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, while increasing health and nutrition with the probiotic yoghurt.
DEADLINE MARCH 30, 2015

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has taken a strong lead with the probiotic yoghurt program and has implemented a yoghurt kitchen on campus under the direction of the Food and Nutrition and Business Faculties. Students from these and other academic programs will work with faculty to make and sell the yoghurt on campus, provide education on nutrition and the health benefits of the probiotic yoghurt, and use proceeds to start community kitchens in the area around the campus in Nairobi, Kenya. The university will provide training, support and quality control to ensure the sustainable development of the community programs. JKUAT is seeking a team of six interns from business, social science, food and nutrition, science and health sciences to work with the student and faculty team on the many elements involved in getting this program off to a strong start.
DEADLINE MARCH 30, 2015

Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences (CUHAS) Public Health Program is looking for six student interns (to comprise two multi-disciplinary teams of three) to research, develop and implement health promotion campaigns on two significant public health and safety concerns in Mwanza, Tanzania. One team will address the high rate of motor vehicle accidents modelling after a GPS warning system and the other team will address an increase in rabies infection. Both teams will be comprised of students from various faculties such as Information and Media Studies, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, and business. WHE interns will be paired with students in the Masters of Public Health program at CUHAS.
DEADLINE MARCH 30, 2015

St. Augustine University of Tanzania (SAUT) seeks six student interns to work on four projects with different local NGOs. 1) The evaluation of an anti-violence program with report and recommendations for the Kuvulini Women's Rights Organization (two interns); 2) Research and development of a tour guide training manual for Mwanza City with an NGO called Makono Yetu; 3) Marketing campaign for products developed by an NGO called Education for Better Living which engages young mothers in entrepreneurship and computer training; and 4) Evaluation and report on the sustainability needs of nine probiotic yoghurt kitchens in Mwanza following the end of donor funding for people living with HIV/AIDS (two interns).
DEADLINE MARCH 30, 2015

Easter Long Weekend

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

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Spring Fling

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Creative Commons

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


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

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


♪ ♫ Have a listen and get happy! ♪ ♫

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Happy Birthday, Magna Carta!

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

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

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All about SPARC

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

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

Western University is a full member of SPARC.

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

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

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Sad News ~ Right Reverend Charles Robert (Bob) Townshend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gentle Reminder

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

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Scholarship@Western

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

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

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

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

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

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

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

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New Service Launched at Western in February 2015: Ask Copyright

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

New Open Access Policy for Research Unveiled in February 2015

Announced on Friday February 27, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract:

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

Journal Article ~ The Struggle to Make Sense of Doctoral Study

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

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

Journal Article ~ A Meditation on the Poetics of Doctoral Writing

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH


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

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

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

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

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

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

Easter Long Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teaching Quality Indicators: Enhancing Quality Teaching

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

Researcher Team:

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


Information:

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

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

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

March Break Hours of Opening

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Future Library In Progress, but not without you!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March Break Hours of Opening

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

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

Journal mission

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

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

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

Conference details:

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

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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:


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

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

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

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

New Open Access Policy for Research

Announced today Friday February 27, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Research Guides on Western Libraries Website

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

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Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research

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

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  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

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


Top 7: Research Databases for Education

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

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  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO

Online Access Available ~ Knowledge Management for School Education

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

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

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

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

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

Online Access Available ~ Emerging Issues in Smart Learning

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

New Service Launched ~ Ask Copyright

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

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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Faculty Mentor Session: The Sabbatical Leave


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

The Sabbatical Leave

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

Easy Online Access to Books is Available via the Library Catalogue

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

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

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The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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

This information is from the publisher's website:


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

This information is from the publisher's website:

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

People We Know ~ Lynn Dare

We got this very good news via email this afternoon:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Copyright@Western

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

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

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

eBooks are Available to Read Online through the Library Catalogue

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

Research Guides ~ Begin Your Research Here!

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

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

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


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

Online Access is Available: Change Leadership in Higher Education

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

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

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

Lamott has described why she writes:

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

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Video: Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

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

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

Citation Management Software Comparison Chart and Quick Start Guides

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

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

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

Here are the top research tools:

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



Top 7: Research Databases

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

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


At Saturday's Winter Institute Linda Darling-Hammond's work was mentioned in the context of educational leadership.

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Here is some more information for you:

Short Biography: Linda Darling-Hammond is Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at Stanford University where she is Faculty Director of the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. She is a former president of the American Educational Research Association and member of the National Academy of Education as well as the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Her research and policy work focus on issues of educational equity, teaching quality, and school reform. She has advised school leaders and policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. In 2008, she served as director of President Obama's education policy transition team. Her book, The Flat World and Education: How America's Commitment to Equity will Determine our Future, received the coveted Grawemeyer Award in 2012. Among her most recent books are Getting Teacher Evaluation Right: What Really Matters for Effectiveness and Improvement (2013) and Beyond the Bubble Test: How Performance Assessments Support 21st Century Learning (2014). Read more!


And, keep up with Linda's research and writing by reading her BLOG.

Western's Campus Master Plan - Feedback Opportunities

Information about feedback opportunities on Western's Campus Master Plan from Gitta Kulczycki:

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As Western University strives to achieve the goals set out in its strategic plan Achieving Excellence on the World Stage, the University will need to continually develop its unique physical infrastructure to attract the brightest students, faculty and staff from across Canada and around the world.


Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Research Videos

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

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


RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries has developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version.

Western Libraries has also provided Quick Start Guides for more information!

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

Open Access by Peter Suber


Overview of Peter Suber's Book, Open Access:

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The Internet lets us share perfect copies of our work with a worldwide audience at virtually no cost. We take advantage of this revolutionary opportunity when we make our work "open access": digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Open access is made possible by the Internet and copyright-holder consent, and many authors, musicians, filmmakers, and other creators who depend on royalties are understandably unwilling to give their consent. But for 350 years, scholars have written peer-reviewed journal articles for impact, not for money, and are free to consent to open access without losing revenue.

In this concise introduction, Peter Suber tells us what open access is and isn't, how it benefits authors and readers of research, how we pay for it, how it avoids copyright problems, how it has moved from the periphery to the mainstream, and what its future may hold. Distilling a decade of Suber's influential writing and thinking about open access, this is the indispensable book on the subject for researchers, librarians, administrators, funders, publishers, and policy makers.


Researchers at Western have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website. It is listed in the alphabetical list of DATABASES on the Western Libraries website.

For more information about Open Access, including we recommend reading Peter Suber's Overview of Open Access. Peter Suber is the acknowledged expert on Open Access.

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The Academic Librarians at Western have created GETTING STARTED RESEARCH GUIDES to support almost every research interest on our campus. You will find these Guides very useful.

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ASK: Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a free and convenient ASK: Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Scholarship@Western

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

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.

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

RHO is currently listed in the DATABASES BY TITLE list on the Western Libraries website.

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015.

Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to the Education Library's Academic Librarians: Christena McKillop and Denise Horoky. Contact us here!

Copyright@Western

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

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News from CMEC:

Provinces and territories are hard at work on preparations for the 5th International Summit on the Teaching Profession (ISTP 2015), to be held this March 29 and 30 in Banff, Alberta.

ISTP has emerged as one of the most important forums in the world for dialogue on education transformation. Held annually, it brings together education ministers and leaders of teachers' unions and associations from countries and regions with high-performing and rapidly improving education systems to discuss education policy and practice and the teaching profession. Individual teachers, education experts, and a variety of Canadian education stakeholders will also be in attendance.

This is the very first time that the summit will be held in Canada. The Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and The Learning Partnership are hosting the event in partnership with OECD and Education International.

The Heat Is On!

The heat has been restored to the Education Library and we will OPEN on Wednesday February 18, 2015 with regularly scheduled hours. Fines will be waived on any books that were due today. Books and other resources can be dropped off in the Education Library's outdoor book drop near the exterior doors of the Education Library. See you tomorrow!

Education Library CLOSED on Tuesday February 17, 2015

The Education Library has no heat and a decision was made at 10:00 am on Tuesday February 17, 2015 to CLOSE for the day.


We are monitoring the situation and we will notify if the Education Library is closed on Wednesday February 18, 2015. Of course, our electronic resources NEVER close so all of our wonderful research resources are still available through our website!


The Research Librarian - Denise Horoky - is still available by email.
Contact info is available here!

ERIC database continues to be problematic

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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
6. PsycINFO

Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School

In case you missed this Western News article:

With the closing of the Mary J. Wright University Laboratory School on June 30, Western Education officials are now working on a new opportunity to benefit children in the London community and to build on the legacy of the school's legendary namesake.

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"I am so thrilled the Faculty of Education has been given a mandate to carry forward the powerful vision of Mary J. Wright, a vision strongly embedded in the belief that early intervention services have the potential to make positive differences in the lives of vulnerable children and families," said Vicki Schwean, dean of Western's Faculty of Education.

The Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

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

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

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

List of Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, thesis proposals, 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:

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

2. Dissertations and Theses

3. ERIC (still some problems with ERIC - use with caution!)

4. Education Research Complete

5. ProQuest Education Journals

6. Professional Development Collection

7. And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO


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Happy Searching!

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

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.


You will find Education Research Complete on the Western Libraries alphabetical list of databases.

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Western has an amazing collection of books, journals and electronic resources. However, some time a book or journal will not be available at Western. In that case, you can request the item through our free Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service. The software used is called Rapid Access to Collections by Electronic Requesting or RACER. Instructions for setting up a free RACER account and instructions on using the service are available HERE!

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Success! Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund

This good news was shared with the Western Libraries community by Catherine Steeves via email:

I am very happy to share the news that Western Libraries' Education Library has been successful as a partner and leader in a grant application for the Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund in support of the development of Academic Literacies and Research Skills Learning (ALARS) Modules for graduate students in the social sciences. Although not officially confirmed we anticipate a $75,000 award to support the development of the learning modules.

Melanie Mills was instrumental in this success. She engaged Dr. Elan Paulson from the Faculty of Education to act as the project lead and established a collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto OISE Library and the Education Library of Queen's University in the project. Melanie pulled together a diverse project team of faculty, information technology and instructional design staff, and librarians from across four academic units at three institutions to build a strong proposal. Denise Horoky is also a key contributor to the proposal and a member of the eight person project team. The Teaching Support Centre also contributed to the quality of the application, and its ultimate success, by providing feedback and support to the team.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Paulson, Melanie, and Denise on their success. If you have any questions about the project, I am sure Elan, Melanie and Denise will be thrilled to fill you in.

Catherine Steeves
Vice Provost & Chief Librarian

The Education Library's Academic Librarian is here to help you - in person, online, by phone or by email. For the convenience of our growing number of online students at the Faculty of Education we make it very easy to contact your Academic Librarian online. Here is the contact information.
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The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

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

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015.

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

ASK: Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a free ASK: Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Gentle Reminder

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

There are many calls these days, from industry and from universities, for children of all ages to learn to code (as in computer programming). In fact, starting in the Fall of 2014, the new UK curriculum mandated learning to code for all students, starting from grade 1. What does coding for young children look like? How does it link to or support other subject areas? Where does in fit in teaching (in schools and in teacher education) and in research?

FOCUS ON GRADUATE EDUCATION Conference ~ Tuesday February 10, 2015

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies and the Teaching Support Centre (TSC) invite you to join us for the FOCUS ON GRADUATE EDUCATION Conference on Tuesday, February 10, 2015. Here is more information and registration!

Focus on Graduate Education Conference

(The conference is open to all faculty members at Western)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
Room 147, University Community Centre (UCC)

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This information is from the publisher's website:


Inspired by the idea of documentation as a valuable tool for making learning visible, pedagogical narration offers an opportunity to move beyond checklists and quick answers to a more complex understanding of how children learn, and how teachers might facilitate and support that learning in innovative ways. The authors use stories they collected during a collaborative study to offer a range of possibilities for alternative childhood pedagogies. Cutting edge, yet practical; detailed in its analysis, yet inspiring, this book is a boon to the field of early childhood and primary education studies.

People We Know ~ Barb MacQuarrie

Such good news came to our email this morning:

Barb MacQuarrie, researcher with the Faculty of Education and community director for the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children, has joined an elite group of individuals by being appointed to the Order of Ontario.

The appointment is the province's highest official honour. Created in 1986, the Order of Ontario recognizes any current or former long-time resident of Ontario who has demonstrated a high level of individual excellence and achievement in any field benefiting the people of Ontario, or anywhere in the world.

MacQuarrie was given the honour for her tireless advocacy and work in the fields of violence against women, human rights and social justice on a provincial, national and international basis.

"I am honoured and truly humbled to have received such a high commendation," said MacQuarrie. "Though I don't do any of this vitally important work alone - this award belongs to my colleagues, community partners and my family."

MacQuarrie's career in advocacy has spanned more than 30 years. In that time she has worked internationally, advocating for civilians who were threatened by military violence in war-torn regions of the world; spearheaded a number of provincial and national initiatives to raise awareness about domestic violence; and helped pave the way for education and policy changes in the Canadian workforce through leading the largest study of its kind on the effects of domestic violence in the workplace.

"Barb is an accomplished, intelligent, and profoundly compassionate person," said Vicki Schwean, Dean of the Faculty of Education. "Her work has changed the lives of countless numbers of people; we are very privileged to have her as part of our faculty and simply thrilled she has received this outstanding recognition."

The Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, officially appointed MacQuarrie and 25 other appointees to the Order of Ontario yesterday evening at a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto.

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This information is from the publisher's website:
Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years offers early childhood teacher educators, professional development providers, and early childhood educators in pre-service, in-service, and continuing education settings a thought-provoking guide to effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology with young children. This book provides strategies, theoretical frameworks, links to research evidence, descriptions of best practice, and resources to develop essential digital literacy knowledge, skills and experiences for early childhood educators in the digital age.

Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years puts educators right at the intersections of child development, early learning, developmentally appropriate practice, early childhood teaching practices, children's media research, teacher education, and professional development practices. The book is based on current research, promising programs and practices, and a set of best practices for teaching with technology in early childhood education that are based on the NAEYC/FRC Position Statement on Technology and Interactive Media and the Fred Rogers Center Framework for Quality in Children's Digital Media. Pedagogical principles, classroom practices, and teaching strategies are presented in a practical, straightforward way informed by child development theory, developmentally appropriate practice, and research on effective, appropriate, and intentional use of technology in early childhood settings. A companion website (http://teccenter.erikson.edu/tech-in-the-early-years/) provides additional resources and links to further illustrate principles and best practices for teaching and learning in the digital age.


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This information is from the publisher's website:
Writing in Social Spaces addresses the problem of making time and space for writing in academic life and work of the professionals and practitioners who do academic writing'. Even those who want to write, who know how to write well and who have quality publications, report that they cannot find enough time for writing. Many supervisors are unsure about how to help postgraduates improve their writing for thesis and publication. Whilst the problem does presents through concerns with 'time', it is also partly about writing practices, academic identities and lack of motivation.

This book provides a research-based, theorised approach to the skill of writing whilst retaining a link to writing practices and giving immediate yet sustainable solutions to the writing problem.

Using case studies and vignettes of writing in social spaces to illustrate the theory in practice, This book is a valuable resource for academics, scholars, professionals and practitioners, as well as researchers at all stages of their career, and in all disciplines.


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

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This information is from the publisher's website:
The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics provides a comprehensive survey of the core and current language-related issues in educational contexts. Bringing together the expertise and voices of well-established as well as emerging scholars from around the world, the handbook offers over thirty authoritative and critical explorations of methodologies and contexts of educational linguistics, issues of instruction and assessment, and teacher education, as well as coverage of key topics such as advocacy, critical pedagogy, and ethics and politics of research in educational linguistics. Each chapter relates to key issues raised in the respective topic, providing additional historical background, critical discussion, reviews of pertinent research methods, and an assessment of what the future might hold.

This volume embraces multiple, dynamic perspectives and a range of voices in order to move forward in new and productive directions, making The Routledge Handbook of Educational Linguistics an essential volume for any student and researcher interested in the issues surrounding language and education, particularly in multilingual and multicultural settings.

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

ASK: Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a free Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Reminder ~ Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

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This information is from the publisher's website:
This accessible text will show students and class teachers how they can enable their pupils to become critical thinkers through the medium of picturebooks. By introducing children to the notion of making-meaning together through thinking and discussion, Roche focuses on carefully chosen picturebooks as a stimulus for discussion, and shows how they can constitute an accessible, multimodal resource for adding to literacy skills, while at the same time developing in pupils a far wider range of literary understanding.

By allowing time for thinking about and digesting the pictures as well as the text, and then engaging pupils in classroom discussion, this book highlights a powerful means of developing children's oral language ability, critical thinking, and visual literacy, while also acting as a rich resource for developing children's literary understanding. Throughout, Roche provides rich data and examples from real classroom practice.

This book also provides an overview of recent international research on doing 'interactive read alouds', on what critical literacy means, on what critical thinking means and on picturebooks themselves.

Lecturers on teacher education courses for early years or primary levels, classroom teachers, pre-service education students, and all those interested in promoting critical engagement and dialogue about literature will find this an engaging and very insightful text

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This information is from the publishers website:
This book presents a collection of thematically focused articles addressing culture-specific features of academic communication, with a particular focus on communication conducted in English as an Additional Language and directed at multicultural audiences. It comprises papers arranged in four sections: Expert writers, Novice writers and readers, Conference participants, and Non-research academic genres. The book explicitly addresses and is centred upon the concept of a research niche understood as a space to be captured and populated, as a temporary location to move or grow out of in the course of individual professional development from novice to expert, and as a space to consciously reach beyond, delimited by one's linguistic, cultural, educational, and geopolitical background. Here the niche is approached as a frame of reference for discussion of what is culture-bound, culture-sensitive, and culture-free in the academic community and its practices.

Attention Researchers ~ Trial of Routledge Handbooks Online (RHO)

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

Hurry! Do not wait to try it and provide us with feedback because the trial ends on March 12, 2015. Researchers in the Faculty of Education: Send your feedback to the Education Library's Academic Librarians.

Reminder

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

Bring your laptops...a light lunch will be provided. This free workshop is sponsored by the Faculty of Education and Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC).

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There are many calls these days, from industry and from universities, for children of all ages to learn to code (as in computer programming). In fact, starting in the Fall of 2014, the new UK curriculum mandated learning to code for all students, starting from grade 1. What does coding for young children look like? How does it link to or support other subject areas? Where does in fit in teaching (in schools and in teacher education) and in research?


This free lunch-and-learn session will offer:

• examples of young children in grades 1-8 using coding to explore mathematics concepts
• brief video interviews with grades 1-8 Ontario teachers who use coding in their teaching
• opportunities to write your own computer program(s) using drag-and-drop code blocks
• an introduction to the concept of computational thinking and its cross-curricular connections
• a discussion of how coding may connect across curriculum areas in schools and in teacher education, and to research


Join us for this FREE session on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm in Room1139 at Western's Faculty of Education.

The Art of Educational Leadership: Who You Are Is How You Lead

Educational leaders, take time away from your "to-do's" to invest in yourself as a LEADER. Save the dates for "this interactive professional learning series, facilitated by professional leadership. READ MORE and register today!

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Don't forget about the early bird registration date (this Saturday, January 31, 2015) to get a discount rate for registering for the Friday, March 27, 2015 Symposium on International Service Learning: Engaging Host Communities.

Details about the Symposium, including the link for registration, can be found HERE!

We have speakers from Lesotho, Haiti, Dominican Republic and Nicaragua who will share their experiences and insights about hosting North American university students in their communities. ISL practitioners and researchers will share their case study research and ideas on how to engage ethically with host communities in the 'Global South'.

Good News!

This good news was shared by Catherine Steeves via email:

I am very happy to share the news that Western Libraries' Education Library has been successful as a partner and leader in a grant application for the Ontario Online Institute (OOI) Online Course Fund in support of the development of Academic Literacies and Research Skills Learning (ALARS) Modules for graduate students in the social sciences. Although not officially confirmed we anticipate a $75,000 award to support the development of the learning modules.

Melanie Mills was instrumental in this success. She engaged Dr. Elan Paulson from the Faculty of Education to act as the project lead and established a collaborative partnership with the University of Toronto OISE Library and the Education Library of Queen's University in the project. Melanie pulled together a diverse project team of faculty, information technology and instructional design staff, and librarians from across four academic units at three institutions to build a strong proposal. Denise Horoky is also a key contributor to the proposal and a member of the eight person project team. The Teaching Support Centre also contributed to the quality of the application, and its ultimate success, by providing feedback and support to the team.

Please join me in congratulating Dr. Paulson, Melanie, and Denise on their success. If you have any questions about the project, I am sure Elan, Melanie and Denise will be thrilled to fill you in.

Catherine Steeves
Vice Provost & Chief Librarian
Western University

The Librarian is reading...

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Book Summary from the publisher's website:

The rapid development of the Web and Web-based technologies has led to an ongoing redefinition of reference services in academic libraries. A growing diversity of users and the need and possibility for collaboration in delivering reference services bring additional pressures for change. At the same time, there are growing demands for libraries to show accountability and service value. All of these trends have impacted the field and will continue to shape reference and research services. And they have led to a need for increasingly specialized professional competencies and a literature to support them.

In order to reimagine reference service for twenty-first century learning environments, practitioners will need to understand several focal areas of emerging reference. In particular, collaboration with campus partners, diverse student populations, technological innovations, the need for assessment, and new professional competencies, present new challenges and opportunities for creating a twenty-first century learning environment. Librarians must not only understand, but also embrace these emerging reference practices. This edited volume, containing five sections and fourteen chapters, reviews the current state of reference services in academic libraries with an emphasis on innovative developments and future trends. The main theme that runs through the book is the urgent need for inventive, imaginative, and responsive reference and research services. Through literature reviews and case studies, this book provides professionals with a convenient compilation of timely issues and models at comparable institutions. As academic libraries shift from functioning primarily as collections repositories to serving as key players in discovery and knowledge creation, value-added services, such as reference, are even more central to libraries' and universities' changing missions.

Upcoming RICE Presentation at Western's Faculty of Education

The Faculty of Education's RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) Group is sponsoring a talk by Vilma Páez Pérez, University of Holguín (Cuba) professor, on the UWO-University of Holguín partnership agreement.

The talk will take place on Thursday, February 5th from 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm in Room 1010.


Please join us! Bring your lunch and learn all about the history, background and future plans for the long-standing partnership agreement between our two universities.

People We Know ~ Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel

Congratulations to Professor Emeritus, Ron Hansen and Catharine Dishke Hondzel, PhD graduate, on their recent publication.

"The Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO) has published a new report that examines the development, implementation, and efficacy of the Apprentice Retention Program (ARP), a program developed by Western University and Fanshawe College in collaboration with several other organizations. The ARP comprises 9 hands-on and 2 online workshops on topics including workplace learning, communication, and employer expectations. 26 apprentices receiving in-class training at Fanshawe participated in the study. Most ARP participants agreed that the program provided them with valuable information, especially around employer expectations and budgeting. Participants indicated that they felt they would benefit from additional face-to-face support from Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) employment and training consultants, and that they would appreciate more information on available support services. The authors of the report said that their research indicates a need for multi-faceted interventions to improve retention rates, and that programs should incorporate assistance programs as part of the core curriculum or pre-apprenticeship training offered at PSE institutions.


Read more! HEQCO Summary | Full Report

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For your reading convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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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.


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For your reading and research convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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For your reading and research convenience this book is now available to read online through the library catalogue.

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For your reading and research convenience online access to this book is now available through the library catalogue.



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For your reading and research convenience, The Handbook of LGBT Communities, Crime and Justice, is available to read online through the library catalogue.

Education Research Databases

Looking for research journal articles for your assignments, funding requests, grant applications, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies, thesis proposals, 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 searching 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 consult with 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

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

Education initiative to unify mental-health help for children

Starting in February, the Faculty of Education will begin Phase One of the Single Ceiling initiative, a project designed to put all child-focused mental-health systems under one roof, making it easier for area children to get the help they require.

Organizers hope the initiative ends the practice of moving children from expert to expert.

It's not rare that children get referred to "10, 11 or even more places" until they find the right help, said Vicki Schwean, dean of Western's Faculty of Education. "Putting that into the context of poverty, for example, access for the family becomes significantly reduced. Eventually, people just drop out of the system.

"By default, schools have to provide treatment for the children, but they are not well equipped to do so."

Upcoming Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

"Scholarship@Western and Open Access: What's in it for me?"

Please join us for an information session about Scholarship@Western and Open Access publishing, by Joanne Paterson, Coordinator, Scholarship@Western and Metadata Management Librarian, Western Libraries.

Publishing in an open access repository gives your research global reach. Wide dissemination of your work can mean more citations and more impact. Getting your scholarly work published is as easy as uploading a paper to a website. Find out how Scholarship@Western can benefit you and how it can help you meet the requirements of funding agencies for open access.


When: Friday, January 30th

Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm (A light lunch will be provided.)
Location: Western's Faculty of Education Community Room (1139)

People We Know: Gavan Watson

Technology has always played a prominent role in Gavan Watson's world.

He remembers his first laptop in 1996, and being immediately drawn to what he could accomplish with the tool. As a PhD student at York University, he created an online learning management tool for the classes he taught. And recently, as an educational developer at the University of Guelph, he utilized technology to support curriculum development and graduate students in their journey to become university educators.

In August 2014, Watson joined Western as the university's first associate director (e-learning). Read MORE!

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Bell today launched the 2015 Bell Let's Talk campaign in support of Canadian mental health, leading up to the fifth annual Bell Let's Talk Day on January 28. National spokesperson Clara Hughes is again leading the campaign to invite all Canadians to talk, text and tweet about mental health and help build a Canada free of the stigma of mental illness.

The Art of Educational Leadership: Who You Are Is How You Lead

Educational leaders, take time away from your "to-do's" to invest in yourself as a LEADER. Save the dates for "this interactive professional learning series, facilitated by professional leadership coaches, is designed to connect research to practice. Keynote Speakers will be Dr. Katina Pollock and Bill Tucker."

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Western Libraries find million ways to educate the world

Western Libraries hit a big milestone at the beginning of the New Year, with the one-millionth download from the Electronic Thesis and Dissertation (ETD) hub of the Scholarship@Western repository.

The ETD was designed to provide a free, open-access way for people around the world to view a variety of materials created or endorsed by the Western community. On Jan. 3, the master's thesis of Western graduate Kaylen Wheeler, Representing Game Dialogue as Expressions in First-Order Logic, was accessed and, as close as library staff can tell, became the one-millionth download since the ETD went live in January of 2011. Read more about this remarkable milestone!


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Dissertations and Theses Database

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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 research work within the context of the research 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 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 your cursor 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 your Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library.

Western's United Way Announcement on Tuesday January 27, 2015

Campus community members are invited to join President Chakma on Tuesday, January 27, at 11:15 a.m. as we announce our campus community's contribution to this year's United Way campaign. This special announcement is being held in The Wave located in the University Community Centre.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)


Researchers at Western have access to the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) through the Western Libraries website.

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Aims & Scope

The aim of the DOAJ is to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly journals, thereby promoting their increased usage and impact. The DOAJ aims to be comprehensive and cover all open access scientific and scholarly journals that use a quality control system to guarantee the content. In short, the DOAJ aims to be the one-stop shop for users of open access journals.

Save the Date! "Scholarship@Western & Open Access: What's in it for me?"

Please join us for an information session about Scholarship@Western and Open Access publishing, by Joanne Paterson, Coordinator, Scholarship@Western and Metadata Management Librarian, Western Libraries.

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Publishing in an open access repository gives your research global reach. Wide dissemination of your work can mean more citations and more impact. Getting your scholarly work published is as easy as uploading a paper to a website. Find out how Scholarship@Western can benefit you and how it can help you meet the requirements of funding agencies for open access.


When: Friday, January 30th
Time: 12:00 - 1:30 pm (A light lunch will be provided.)
Location: Faculty of Education Community Room (1139)


A gathering for educators, administrative and support staff, parents and students

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Date: Tuesday, March 10 - Wednesday, March 11, 2015
Location: Faculty of Education Building, Western University,
1137 Western Rd
London, ON

We will:

- Learn and share about the legacy of residential schools;
- Strengthen relationships between Indigenous and settler people throughout our local communities
- Share strategies for respectful communication and collaboration
- Identify culturally responsive approaches and resources to increase educator's comfort and skill level in teaching about Canada's Indigenous people
- Support teachers with resources to address the newly revised social studies, history and geography curriculum

The ACRL publication Value of Academic Libraries: A Comprehensive Research Review and Report is a review of the quantitative and qualitative literature, methodologies and best practices currently in place for demonstrating the value of academic libraries, developed for ACRL by Megan Oakleaf of the iSchool at Syracuse University. The primary objective of this comprehensive review is to provide academic librarians with a clearer understanding of what research about the performance of academic libraries already exists, where gaps in this research occur, and to identify the most promising best practices and measures correlated to performance. READ MORE!

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Family Day Long Weekend

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday February 14, Sunday February 15 and Monday February 16 to celebrate the Family Day long weekend. Enjoy!

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This journal article, written by Paul Tarc and Luke Beatty, appeared in the Canadian Journal of Education (Volume 35, Issue Number 4, 2012):

Abstract:

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program (IBDP), created in the field of international schools in the late 1960s, has made considerable in-roads into publicly-funded schooling in many educational jurisdictions of the Anglo-West. Although the IBDP did not enter into the Ontario public system until 1991, there are now forty-four (and growing) publicly-funded schools offering the IBDP in Ontario. With the growth of IBDP schools and the increasing transnational policy presence of IB, academic research on the International Baccalaureate (IB) is emerging, albeit the Ontario context has not yet appeared in the research literature. This paper outlines how the phenomenon of IB is beginning to be used as an object of academic research and describes the geographic diffusion of IB. It then reports on a pilot study aimed to understand students' perceptions on the impacts of the IBDP at one Catholic secondary school in Ontario, particularly around how well the IBDP supports academic development and 'international mindedness.' As with previous studies, most students are quite positive about the IBDP experience, particularly in terms of academic preparation for university. How well the IBDP supported students' 'international mindedness' remains uncertain. This paper concludes with some recommendations for future research.


Chat with a Librarian Service

Western Libraries participates in a Chat with a Librarian service with the goal of providing more library services and support online.

Mental Health and Wellness Support at Western

Mental Health can be defined as "the capacity to feel, think and act in ways that enhance our ability to enjoy life and deal with the challenges we face." (Public Health Agency of Canada)

We have a campus population of over 35,000 people between Western's students, staff and faculty combined, and the prevalence of mental health issues is likely higher than we know. Wellness in mind, body, and spirit are essential to academic success and job performance. The most important things you can do the maintain good mental health, are to pay attention to sleep, exercise and nutrition. Find out more!

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The Ontario Education Research Symposium 2015 Schedule and Speakers list looks fabulous!

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NEW UNESCO REPORT ~ Global Report on Out-of-School Children

Adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as primary school-age children, according to a new joint report from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and UNICEF, Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All: Findings from the Global Initiative on Out-of-School Children.

Funded by the Global Partnership for Education, the report serves as a roadmap to improve data, policies and research to catalyse action to reach the 121 million children and adolescents denied their right to education.

This very interesting presentation was found in Scholarship@Western:

Abstract:

Citation errors and plagiarism are often caused, in part, by a fundamental lack of understanding of the research process. Using my background in applied linguistics, I encouraged my students to take a discourse analysis approach to their sources in order to deepen their understanding of research. In this session, I will give a brief overview of the theoretical background to my project, demonstrate some of the activities I developed, and discuss future research directions. Read more!

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

NEW! Browse Online Journals using BrowZine

Western Libraries now subscribes to BrowZine, a bookshelf-style app for your iOS or Android mobile device that enable members of the Western community to browse, download, read and monitor many of the library's scholarly journals in a format optimized for a tablet or smartphone.

Items found in BrowZine can be easily synced with Zotero, Mendeley, Dropbox to help keep all of your information together in one place.

BrowZine organizes articles from many of Western Libraries' major ejournals from both major publishers and open access publications. The articles are consolidated into complete journals on a virtual bookshelf. The result is an easy and familiar way to browse, read and monitor scholarly journals across all disciplines.

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Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC) at Western

The Statistics Canada Research Data Centre at Western University, with branch at the University of Windsor, provides access to detailed data for research, promotes the use of data through associated training, and assists in the dissemination of research results. The RDC@Western opened in 2004 and is part of a network of 26 Statistics Canada Research Data Centres and associated Branches in Canadian universities.

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RefWorks Access is Ending at Western University


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RefWorks access is ending at Western. However, other citation management software is available. Western Libraries has developed a comparison chart for three popular systems (EndNote Basic, Mendeley, and Zotero) that all provide a free version. See our Quick Start guides for more information.

This journal article appeared in the July 2014 issue of Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education (Volume 14, Issue Number 3).

Abstract:

The rapid diversification of communities in Ontario has necessitated the provincial government to reevaluate public school curriculums and policies to make schools more inclusive and reflective of its diverse population. This article critically analyzes the content of the latest revised science curricula for Grades 1 to 10 and assesses the degree to which multiculturalism, including antiracism, principles found in provincial equity and inclusive policies are implemented. Though small progress has been made to support multicultural science education in the current compulsory science curricula, very little changes were observed in curriculum expectations, knowledge that students are required to acquire.

Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy

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The Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy (CJEAP) is a peer reviewed online journal based at the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. All work - submission, review, revision and distribution - is carried out by electronic mail. Any article may be reproduced freely, provided that the author and Journal are credited and copies are not sold.

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

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

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Western Libraries' Digital Delivery service is a free 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.

Click HERE to learn more (and step-by-step instructions) about this wonderful service!

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Videos

Ah, winter has arrived with snow and arctic-like temperatures. Hot chocolate now becomes the beverage of choice of many. Before your thoughts turn to skiing, snow shoeing and snowboarding, put on your cozy sweats, pour your favourite beverage, curl up in your comfortable chair and watch ... the Education Library's "Getting Started" videos!

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Copyright@Western

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