Press Release ~ Wednesday November 30, 2016 from Western's Faculty of Education:

A new study of Indigenous students in southwestern Ontario public schools shows those who received mentorship from a member of their community had better cultural connectedness, improved mental health and higher school credit accumulation than peers who were not mentored.

The study, published this week in the Journal of Primary Prevention, was led by Western University's Claire Crooks, who serves as director of the Faculty of Education's Centre for School Mental Health. It is the first of its kind in Canada.

In addition to spokesperson interviews about this unique study, media are invited to attend an ongoing mentorship session where interviews and photos are available with select students.

Date: Thursday, December 1
Time: 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.
Location: Aberdeen Public School, 580 Grey Street, London, Ont.

All media interested in this school visit must connect with Western's media relations team in advance of the event to be added to list of invited guests at Aberdeen Public School.

Crooks and her team implemented a mentorship program in the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) where groups of Grade 7 and 8 Indigenous students met once a week with an Indigenous adult mentor. Sessions focused on acquiring skills in areas like stress management and combined them with spiritual, physical, mental and emotional teachings based on the traditional First Nations medicine wheel.

A total of 105 students were followed for a two-year period from 2011-2013. Crooks and her team reviewed student report cards and standardized test scores, annually surveyed and interviewed participating students, and spoke with principals and teachers. Results showed stronger academic success, and a markedly increased sense of cultural awareness and pride among mentored students. The mentoring group also scored higher on positive mental health.

"Knowing who you are is an important task for any youth," says Crooks. "This program was able to help these Indigenous students develop a positive sense of identity tied to their culture. We can now show with real evidence that when they feel better about themselves, know who they are and understand where they came from, there are hugely positive impacts in almost all other areas of their lives."

The mentorship program also had positive impacts on the larger school populations.

Paul McKenzie, superintendent of student achievement in the First Nation, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) portfolio with the TVDSB saw mentorship participants work with school staff and students to raise awareness and help build a sense of belonging.

"Mentored students brought an understanding of their backgrounds and communities to the schools, and in doing so really helped to bring this into our collective identities as well," says McKenzie.

As Canada's Indigenous youth continue to be disproportionately affected by struggles with mental health, suicide and higher than average rates of leaving school, and the country looks to implement calls to action presented in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report, Crooks hopes the study will spark conversations in Canadian schools about the role they can play in the success of today's Indigenous youth.

"Ministries of education have an obligation to provide programming and supports that are inclusive of Indigenous culture and ways of knowing. For a long time, our school systems weren't designed to meet the needs of these youth," says Crooks. "This study shows educators can partner with Indigenous communities to make a profound and important difference for these students, and the evidence proves it really does work."

Thanks to all who attended this presentation. An informal and lively discussion about joining the scholarly conversation and curating a professional persona was had by all. Here are the links to some of the sites mentioned during our discussion.

Student2Scholar Modules

Module 9 - Joining the Scholarly Conversation

LinkedIn

Academia.edu

ResearchGate

Scholarship@Western

Education's Faculty Profiles

Education's PhD Profiles

Storify ~ Storify is a social network service that lets the user create stories or timelines using social media such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (my embarrassing Tweet about "juice cleanses" is now part of some stranger's Storify story!!)


Knowledge Mobilization

The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) will, in consultation with the Ontario Ministry of Education, engage in a dialogue with groups of practitioners/researchers to facilitate the development and dissemination of advanced knowledge through the application of applied education research, extending to effective practices in class-rooms, schools, school boards as well as provincially. The KNAER will also focus on building, advancing and applying robust evidence of effective practices through conducting research, synthesizing state-of-the-art knowledge from existing bodies of evidence from Ontario, nationally and internationally.

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

Please join us online!

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Upcoming Research Skills Workshop

Google and Google Scholar: Tips & Tricks
The Kellogg Room, Main Floor, Allyn & Betty Taylor Library, Natural Sciences Centre
Tuesday, November 1st, 10:30 am - 12 Noon

Description of workshop:

Learn how to take advantage of Google and Google Scholar to help with your research and everyday life. This workshop will demonstrate Google operators, search tools, reverse image look-up, and more. You will also learn how to best use Google Scholar in your academic research.

Tri-Agency Open Access Policy Requirements

How do I know if I need to meet the new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy requirements?

On February 27, the Canadian funding agencies (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC) announced a new Tri-Agency Open Access Policy on Publications that requires federally funded peer-reviewed research to be freely accessible within 12 months of publication. The objective of this policy is to improve access to the results of Agency-funded research, and to increase the dissemination and exchange of research results. This policy applies to all grants awarded May 1, 2015 and onward. While not required, researchers holding grants that were awarded prior to May 1, 2015 are encouraged to adhere to the requirements of this policy.

"Grant recipients are required to ensure that any peer-reviewed journal publications arising from Agency-supported research are freely accessible within 12 months of publication."

Western Libraries' Open Access (OA) Fund

opean access a symbol.png The Open Access Fund is a Western Libraries fund which provides eligible researchers at Western university with financial assistance to cover the publication fees charged by many peer-reviewed open access publications. To apply for funding, click here.

Open Access (OA) at Western

It is Open Access Week. This year's theme of "Open in Action" is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same. Here is more information about Open Access (OA) at Western!

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Celebrating Open Access (OA) Week 2016

This year's theme of "Open in Action" is all about taking concrete steps to open up research and scholarship and encouraging others to do the same.

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An Open Access Week action portal has been created where you can indicate which key steps you'll take to support Open Access (OA) this October and year round. With this year's focus on action at the personal level, the action portal will help capture the individual efforts across the world that are driving Open Access (OA) forward and demonstrate the momentum toward openness.

News from Western's Faculty of Education:

We are pleased to announce that Xing Meng has been selected as the 2016 Fall winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

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

A few words from Xing regarding her area of research:

A PEDAGOGY OF MULTILITERACIES INTO PRACTICE: A CASE STUDY IN ONE GRADE ONE LITERACY CLASSROOM

My Master's thesis examined the importance of multiliteracies in early-years education. By showcasing a lived story of a grade one teacher who has implemented multiliteracies pedagogy in her classroom the study suggested that applying multiliteracies pedagogy not only motivated the grade one children to take ownership of their learning but also transforms the way the teacher makes sense of her teaching. Results emphasized that teacher education plays a critical role in preparing and supporting an early years educator to be successful. I strongly hope that the study can provide a source of practical knowledge for teachers from which to draw and reflect. It is also my particular hope that this story can lead to improvements in teacher education and transformations in standardized assessments in early childhood education.

remembering kerry ferris - artist, friend, colleague

We remember and celebrate the life and art of kerry ferris.

London Free Press writer James Reaney described her as, "a great spirit, and her works among the most beautiful and spiritual in all the London art community, where she had so many peers."

Museum London writes: kerry ferris (1949 - 2016) is a long-standing London artist whose work engages issues relevant to both the local and the global community. Her vivid paintings of the animal world and the natural landscape, as well as her works depicting captivating and unconventional portraits of human life, exude a rhythmic energy. A concern with preservation coupled with a celebratory view of nature pervades ferris's painting practice


A memorial exhibition of kerry's work will be held at Westland Gallery from November 13th to 19, 2016. An informal celebration of life will be held from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday November 13, 2016 at Westland Gallery in London, Ontario. All are welcome!



"i walk through colour, lime green and oranges--a bright blue river, i walk by marshes--the pale yellow bulrushes, bent and tinged with glowing pink-sprouts of bright green--the sluggish water, dark with mysterious green algae--the trees catch the sun glowing yellow oranges i think and swallow the beauty--tree branches, the light, the sounds--it is my dna molecules--i dream through light like a puppet--unknown strings float me silently through dimensions--i am a spirit interwoven--i am a landscape, my wrinkles expressing movement--the wind my soul, the toad my magic-nature fragments us into being-our spirits dance-mine in colours and line." - kerry ferris

Workshop on Academic Integrity at Western

Western's Teaching Support Centre (TSC) presents:

Academic Integrity at Western
Wednesday, November 16, 2016 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Teaching Support Centre located in The D. B. Weldon Library

Description of this session:

In this interactive session, panelists will share their perspectives on and experiences with academic integrity at Western. Specifically, they will address issues such as what they do in their respective roles to foster academic integrity, what they believe Western is doing well to help cultivate academic honesty, and what more the Western community can be doing to further promote a culture of integrity. The session will include the opportunity for discussion between the panelists and session attendees. Panelists include Susan Knabe (Associate Dean - Undergraduate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies), Keith Fleming (Associate Professor, Department of History), and Cortney Hanna (Graduate Student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences).

Visiting Scholar Presentation - Dr. Frank Boers

Is language really without rhyme or reason? Engaging language learners with the 'why?' question.

A presentation by Dr. Frank Boers, Visiting Scholar from The Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

Thursday, October 27, 2016 ~ 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Room 1139 (Community Room), Western's Faculty of Education Building
All are welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Frank Boers' visit is generously supported by Western International

Talk description:

Learning a second language relies heavily on memory - taking in and retaining myriads of lexical items and patterns. Research suggests that retention of information is influenced by the way it is engaged with. In this talk I illustrate pathways for learners' engagement informed by a school of thought known as Cognitive Linguistics, a crucial tenet of which is that language is not as arbitrary as has long been assumed. Instead, there are plausible explanations (or 'motivations') for the way a language packages messages, and these can be put to good use in second language teaching.

Congratulations Dr. Sarah Burm

News from Western's Faculty of Education:

It is with great pleasure that I announce the successful defense of Dr. Sarah Burm on her dissertation titled, "Implementing Policy is Very Complicated: Tracing the Strategic and Relational Practices of the Ontario FNMI Policy Framework Through the Stories told by Educators."

Sarah's work was supported by her committee members Dr. Brent Debassige, and Dr. Gus Riveros who provided thoughtful and insightful comments at all stages of the process.

We would also like to thank Sarah's examining committee for their time, and for providing Sarah with the type of lively intellectual dialogue around her work that we all dream of:

External: Dr. Luigi Iannacci
University: Dr. Lynn McKechnie, FIMS
Faculty: Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin
Faculty: Dr. Jason Brown

Congratulations Sarah!

Congratulations Dr. Angelica DeKoning

New from Western's Faculty of Education:

It is with great pleasure that we congratulate Dr. Angelica DeKoning on the successful defense of her EdD dissertation, entitled "Pathways to Inclusion: Organizational Practices and Collaboration in the Least Restrictive Environment in a High School in Northern California". Dr. DeKoning's study investigates the creation and development of inclusive education strategies in a high school in the state of California, US. This research seeks to inform current efforts by the school and the district to enact Federal and State legislation on inclusive education.

Special thanks to the examination committee: Dr. Jim Hatch, (Ivey) (Chair), Dr, Paul Newton, (University of Saskatchewan); Dr. Katina Pollock (Western Education) and Dr. Brenton Faubert (Western Education). Also, our gratitude to Dr. Pam Bishop for her thoughtful feedback on the draft of the final document.

Congratulations Angelica!
I look forward to reading your work when it becomes available through Scholarship@Western!

Academic Integrity at Western

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

1:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Summary - In this interactive session, panelists will share their perspectives on and experiences with academic integrity at Western. Specifically, they will address issues such as what they do in their respective roles to foster academic integrity, what they believe Western is doing well to help cultivate academic honesty, and what more the Western community can be doing to further promote a culture of integrity. The session will include the opportunity for discussion between the panelists and session attendees. Panelists include Susan Knabe (Associate Dean - Undergraduate, Faculty of Information and Media Studies), Keith Fleming (Associate Professor, Department of History), and Cortney Hanna (Graduate Student, Health and Rehabilitation Sciences).

Dr. Frank Boers - Faculty of Education 2016 Visiting Scholar

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Frank Boers to the Faculty of Education as the 2016 Visiting Scholar. Dr. Boers is Associate Professor in the School of Linguistics & Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand.

Dr. Boers is an expert in the fields of Applied Linguistics, Cognitive Linguistics, and TESOL. He has been publishing research in top-tier and prestigious international peer reviewed journals for almost 20 years and has had over 60 publications of a very high quality. Recognition of his skills as a researcher have been indicated by invitations to give plenary talks at international conferences such as AAAL (American Association of Applied Linguistics) in Chicago, RELC (Regional English Language Center) in Singapore, and KOTESOL (Korean TESOL) in Seoul, Korea. Dr. Boers was also invited by Distinguished Professor Rod Ellis to take over the Editorship of the prestigious international journal Language Teaching Research from 2014.


We are honoured to have Dr. Boers with us for the next few weeks, during which time he will speak formally to guests, faculty and students; participate as a guest lecturer in graduate courses; collaborate with colleagues on shared research interests; and meet formally and informally with graduate students and faculty members. We encourage you to visit him in his office in Room 1033 (office hours TBA), and attend any of the scheduled talks below. Please take the opportunity to connect in person with Dr. Boers to discuss shared interests and take advantage of his unique knowledge and expertise.


Public Talks


Friday, October 21: An evaluation of collocation-focused exercises: How well do we learn from mistakes?

This talk is part of the Symposium on Teaching & Learning Vocabulary in Another Language.

Thursday, October 27: Is language really without rhyme or reason? Engaging language learners with the 'why?' question.

3:00 - 4:00 pm, Room 2038, Faculty of Education

The staff of the Education Library have set up a display with a sampling of Dr. Boers' work on the main floor of the Education Library. Drop in and have look.


Dr. Boers' visit is generously supported by Western International.

Search the LIBRARY CATALOGUE by title, journal title, author, keyword or subject. Use the assigned SUBJECT headings in the catalogue records (near the bottom of the catalogue record) to find more information on your topic.

Student2Scholar.jpg The Student2Scholar (S2S) modules will help graduate students in the social sciences develop their core academic literacies and research skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. Modules fall within four categories in the S2S learning journey: Inquiry and Exploration; Investigation and Organization; Analysis and Evaluation; and Creation and Communication. Each module includes a wide range of interactive, self-paced learning activities and assessments.

Speaking of annotated bibliographies, here are some examples:

Writing an Annotated Bibliography (compliments of my colleagues at the University of Toronto)

Purdue's Annotated Bibliography Samples

Cornell University Library's How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated
Bibliography


Lots of ONLINE APA Style Help Available to You!

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision.

APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. Accurately using APA Style is a mandatory part of graduate work here at the Faculty of Education in both our online and onsite environments.

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

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful for lit reviews!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966/good for finding grey literature)
4. Education Database (new name for our ProQuest Education Journals database)
5. Professional Development Collection
6. PsycINFO

Impact Factor? Peer-Reviewed?

There are several ways of finding out the Impact Factor of a journal or finding out whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed. Many publishers now provide this information on their websites. If you cannot easily find the information you need on the websites we suggest you search the Ulrich's Periodical Directory (found under the U in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website).

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Your Academic Librarians at the Faculty of Education are:

Christena McKillop - Director of the Education Library
and
Denise Horoky - Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Education Library

Research Skills Workshop

Western Libraries is offering RESEARCH SKILLS WORKSHOPS that cover a variety of topics from introductory research skills to managing your references with Mendeley.

RESEARCH GUIDES LOGO COMPUTER IN BLUE CLOUD.png The Education Library has created a RESEARCH GUIDE with database suggestions, ebook recommendations and other useful information. It also contains live links to all of the Education Library's social media platforms plus a link to our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service. There is even a one click link to our email service if you wish to reach the Academic Librarians at the Education Library. It is a great starting point to familiarize yourself with all of our wonderful resources, collections and services.

InterLibrary Loans - Materials from another university (RACER)

Western Libraries' collections are amazing but every once in awhile you may need to request materials, not held at Western, from another university. We call this our InterLibraryLoan service and the software is called RACER.

Setting up a FREE account is a simple process and all the details are available on this information page (click on FIRST TIME USER to set up your own account). Please contact library staff if you have any questions about requesting materials from other libraries.

Summary from the publisher:

Decade of Research on School Principals.jpg A Decade of Research on School Principals (available online through the library catalogue) provides a unique map of the focus and directions of contemporary research on school leadership since 2000 in 24 countries.

Each of these directions has its own particular cultural, educational and policy history. Taken together, the various chapters in the volume provide a rich and varied mosaic of what is currently known and what is yet to be discovered about the roles and practices of principals, and their contributions to the improvement of teaching and the learning and achievement of students.

The particular foci and methodological emphases of the research reported illustrate the different phases in the development of educational policies and provision in each country. This collection is an important addition to existing international research that has shown beyond any reasonable doubt that the influence of school principals is second only to that of teachers in their capacity to impact students' progress and achievement and to promote equity and social justice

Summary from the publisher:

Being a teacher researcher  a primer on doing authetice research on teaching and learning.jpg Using a sociocultural approach to critical action research, this book is a primer in doing reflexive, authentic inquiry research in teaching and learning for educators as teacher | researchers. Rather than the artificial dichotomy between theory and practice, the roles of teacher and researcher are instead seen in a dialectic relationship (indicated by the symbol "|" in teacher | researcher) in which each informs and mediates the other in the process of revising and generating new knowledge that is of benefit to those being researched.

In addition to providing a theoretical foundation for authentic inquiry, Being a Teacher | Researcher (available online through the library catalogue) provides a detailed framework with ideas and strategies that interested educators can apply in exploring teaching and learning in both formal and informal settings. It provides concrete examples of how to use authentic inquiry as a basis for collaborating with others to improve the quality of teaching and learning while cogenerating new theory and associated practices that bridge what has been described as a theory-practice divide.

Included in this book are how to plan and carry out authentic inquiry studies, choosing appropriate methodologies, methods of data collection and analysis, negotiating research with human participants, using authenticity criteria and characteristics, and addressing challenges and conflicts for teacher | researchers.

As a primer, this book serves the needs of many different populations including prospective and practicing teachers, teacher educators, beginning researchers and seasoned researchers who are making changes to what and how they research.

eBook - Children's Images of Identity: Drawing the Self and the Other

Summary from the publisher:

Children's images of Identity drawing the self and other.jpg The understandings which children have of Indigenous identity provide means by which to explore the ways in which Indigenous identity is both projected and constructed in society. These understandings play a powerful part in the ways in which Indigenous peoples are positioned in the mainstream society with which they are connected.

The research presented in this edited collection, Children's Images of Identity: Drawing the Self and the Other (available online through the library catalogue), uses children's drawings to illuminate and explore the images children, both mainstream and Indigenous, have of Indigenous peoples. The data generated by this process allows exploration of the ways in which Indigenous identity is understood globally, through a series of locally focussed studies connected by theme and approach.

The data serves to illuminate both the space made available by mainstream groups, and aspects of modernity accommodated within the Indigenous sense of self. Our aim within this project has been to analyse and discuss the ways in which children construct identity, both their own and that of others.

Children were asked to share their thoughts through drawings which were then used as the basis for conversation with the researchers. In this way the interaction between mainstream modernity and traditional Indigenous identity is made available for discussion and the connection between children's lived experiences of identity and the wider global discussion is both immediately enacted and located within broader international understandings of Indigenous cultures and their place in the world.

Summary from the publisher:

Taking Action in Science Classrooms through Collaborative Action Research.jpg Taking Action in Science Classrooms through Collaborative Action Research provides an introduction to the nature of collaborative action research, explains how to engage in the action research process, and offers readers insights into how collaborative action research may be embedded in everyday classroom practice. The latter objective will be accomplished by engaging the reader with four case studies about teachers who took part in collaborative action research. Each case study focuses on teacher beliefs about science teaching and learning, how school-based teams of teachers develop and implement plans of action in their classrooms, and how action research results in changes teacher learning and classroom practice. This book will be of interest to anyone who wishes to develop an understanding of or engage in collaborative action research, especially practitioners and teacher educator

eBook - Inside the Team: Questions and Answers Facing Teacher Leaders

Summary from the publisher:

Inside the team teacher LEADERSHIP.jpg Inside the Team: Questions and Answers Facing Teacher Leaders (available online through the library catalogue and also in print with the CALL NUMBER LB1029.T4B835 2014) is a book for K-12 teachers and leaders who face dilemmas leading teams of peers. With little formal training, few venues for professional conversation, and more responsibilities to lead groups of peers, teacher leaders are seeking answers and direction that will help them build strong professional teams to support student learning. Inside the Team acknowledges a number of changes that are having a profound impact on schools today. Technology, copious information accessible via the Internet, a focus on standards and test scores, fewer teachers with more students, and the never ending cycle of change all impact teaching and learning. Teacher leaders and teams have been asked to step up and shoulder more of the responsibilities to make schools work. However, good intentions aren't enough. Using Q/A scenarios and building context for leadership in practice, the authors provide answers, useful, practical tools, resources, models and conversation starters that move teams forward.


Use the following SUBJECTS to search the library catalogue for other related research resources:

Teaching teams
Professional learning communities
Educational leadership

Doing Education Research - 9454A - Saturday September 24, 2016

Dear Students - It was my absolute pleasure to give you a whirlwind introduction to finding education related research resources. As promised here is a bit of a summary:

I am Denise Horoky and here is CONTACT US info.

I have created a RESEARCH GUIDE for our Faculty of Education Graduate Students. It is a "getting started" guide that will help you find education databases, ebooks and other resources. On this RESEARCH GUIDE you will also find an EMAIL ME link you can use if you have any research resources questions, comments or concerns.

Helpful Hint: Start all your work at the Western Libraries website.

I suggested today that you use the library CATALOGUE to find research resources. The catalogue can be search by author, title, journal title, keyword or subject.

Helpful Hint: Use the SUBJECT HEADINGS at the bottom of the catalogue record to find more research resources.

As I mentioned in today's presentation, if you look up the TITLE of your TEXTBOOK for this course, scroll to the bottom of that catalogue record you will see a subject heading for
Action Research in Education.

In today's presentation I talked you through the database searching process suggesting you start with the database called EDUCATION DATABASE.

Start that process at the Western Libraries website.
Along the purple bar along the top of the website, there is an option called RESEARCH TOOLS. Under this option, choose DATABASES and you will be presented with an alphabetical list (remember I said Western subscribes to over 700 databases!!!).
Choose E
Choose Education Database
Databases are keyword friendly so you can start searching.

Make your searching more efficient and useful by using these search protocols:

Enclose multiple work phrases in quotes: "Action Research"

Use the operator and to combine concepts:

"Action Research" and "Self-Reflection"

When you have your results list, most but not all, journal articles will be available for you to read in full text format. You can also read a PREVIEW of the articles from your results list which may help you make a decision about whether the article will be useful for your annotated bibliography for your Initial Research Plan or your expanded literature review in your Work-In-Progress Report.

Speaking of annotated bibliographies, here are some examples:

Writing an Annotated Bibliography (compliments of my colleagues at the University of Toronto)

Purdue's Annotated Bibliography Samples

Cornell University Library's How to Prepare an Annotated Bibliography: The Annotated
Bibliography

Finally, as described in today's session here is everything you need to know about Borrowing Items While Visiting Other Canadian University Libraries

ASK: Chat with a Librarian

ASK: Chat with a Librarian is a free (and easy to use!) online service for all Western students but our online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly research assistance without having to be on campus. This is a FREE service and it is available during the following times:

September 12, 2016 - December 9, 2016

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Closed: October 10, 2016 (Canadian Thanksgiving)


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CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

Need scholarly and peer-reviewed journal articles?

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (check the References sections!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. Education Database [formerly called ProQuest Education Journals](START HERE!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Online Students - Need Books from the Education Library?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Scholarship@Western - Electronic Theses & Dissertations

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

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

The most significant benefit is the dramatic increase (50-250%) in citation impact that results from electronic publishing. This leads to increased rewards from universities, in the form of promotion and increased salary, and from granting agencies.


Other benefits include:


  • publicity for research - authors of electronic theses become more widely known and their reputations are enhanced

  • easy worldwide access to your theses for colleagues and collaborators

  • easy worldwide access to theses for job and grant applications

  • a raised profile for research institutions

  • reduced costs at the point of graduation since there is no need to have multiple copies printed.

This journal article appears in the October 2013 issue of The Qualitative Report (Volume 18, Issue Number 42).

Abstract:

There is a movement to redefine and refocus the Educational Doctorate to improve its effectiveness in producing scholarly practitioners, that is, individuals who have the ability to blend their practical wisdom and professional knowledge to identify, frame, and solve the problems of practice they face. The EdD at Arizona State University has chosen action research as its signature pedagogy to help students develop the habits of the mind, hands and heart they need to be effective leaders. This paper describes the program and provides six I Poems developed from dissertation proposals. I Poems helped us come closer to each student's world and uncover the complexities, nuances, and tensions of their individual situations. I poems developed for this manuscript revealed that students worked to find space and time for teachers to collaborate, gain an inquiry stance, and grow; helped children become passionate about literacy; and increased parental involvement to help children pass mandated tests. Students acting as scholarly practitioners approached problems in their workplaces from a variety of viewpoints to enact positive change. This study has implications for doctoral program development, action research, and the value of poetry as data and methodology.

This journal article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Planning and Changing (Volume 44, Issue Number 3/4).

Abstract:

Thanks to the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate (CPED) newly designed EdD programs are developing scholarly practitioners who have the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to resolve the problems of practice they are facing.

To achieve this, students are taking core courses and, in many programs, completing an internship, or engaging in what G. Stanley Hall called elbow learning. Elbow learning is learning side-by-side from a mentor who has the expertise a student needs. Experiences like these are believed to be beneficial and research has been conducted on them in PhD programs. However to date there has been no research conducted on these experiences in newly designed EdD programs.

This study was designed to fill this gap and provide information. The purpose of this study was to investigate the mentors EdD students in a CPED-infiuenced program chose, why they chose them, what they learned, and what they thought about their experience. Data were gathered from 216 course artifacts written by seventy-two students who were enrolled in the course from 2009 to 2012.

A content analysis of artifacts was conducted and revealed a wide-range of mentor choices and students' desires to understand their mentors' thinking and themselves as scholarly practitioners. Students learned explicit and tacit knowledge from their mentors and saw bi-directional gains. From these findings implications are made for program and course designers.

Information from the publisher:

Educational leaders not only face moral and ethical decisions regarding their classrooms, schools, districts, and education institutions, but they also must consider the complexities and threats that impact their communities. In this unstable era of war, terrorism, natural disasters, accountability, and high stakes testing, this process is particularly daunting.

ebook Ethical educational leadership in turbulent times.jpg Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times (available online through the library catalogue) is an engaging, case-study based text that will assist leaders in their ethical decision-making processes during a time of turbulence and uncertainty.

The book is framed by Gross's Turbulence Theory and Shapiro and Stefkovich's Multiple Ethical Paradigms of justice, critique, care, and the profession. Presenting clear explanations of theory in combination with authentic dilemmas developed by practitioners, this book will assist leaders in dealing with challenging situations in their own settings.

New in the Second Edition:

- Expanded discussion of Turbulence Theory and addition of the most recent scholarship in the field of ethical leadership.

- New cases addressing adequate yearly progress, misuse of student data, financial pressures, curriculum design, student safety, athletics, and social justice issues.

- Updated end-of-case questions to reflect contemporary issues.

Ethical Educational Leadership in Turbulent Times is a valuable book for both aspiring and practicing educational administrators and leaders.

eBook - Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

Summary from the publisher:


The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership (available through the library catalogue)
brings together an array of key authors to provide comprehensive coverage of the field of ethical educational leadership. This important volume describes contemporary educational issues that necessitate the practice of ethical leadership, reviews current theory and research-informed practices, and also explores a coherent framework for how ethical educational leadership can be achieved. With chapters from leading authors and researchers from around the world, each author contributes to a discussion of current thinking and an analysis of the field of ethical educational leadership. Coverage includes professionalism, educational purpose, social justice, multiculturalism, sustainability, empathy and caring, organizational culture, moral development, motivation, integrity, values, and decision-making. Providing practical, philosophical, and experiential insights into the field, The Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership is an essential resource for the study of ethical leadership.

Summary from the publisher:

This highly detailed study (available through the library catalogue) maps four decades of evolution of the concept of what constitutes effective school leadership. It analyses the theoretical background to these developments and advocates the utility of thinking of a 'lean' form of school leadership that is comparable to the concept of 'meta-control'.

A wide-ranging survey of the empirical research literature on leadership effects includes the presentation of results from earlier meta-analyses as well as a new meta-analysis on some 25 studies carried out between 2005 and 2010. This survey demonstrates that older reviews and meta-analyses were predominantly based on so-called 'direct effect' studies, while more recent studies have tried to quantify the indirect effects of leadership, mediated by other school variables.

While acknowledging the relatively small total effect of leadership on student outcomes, the study does identify promising intermediary factors which, stimulated by specific leadership behaviours, impact on student performance. The book ends by drawing out wider implications for educational practice and policy, presented under headings such as 'schools need leadership', 'the toolkit of the school leader as a meta-controller', 'the special case of turning around failing schools' and 'efficiency of school leadership'. In passing, the authors make several suggestions about potentially fruitful next steps in researching the effects of school leadership.

This journal article appears in the July 2016 issue of Educational Management Administration & Leadership (Volume 44, Issue Number 4)


Abstract:

The article reports the findings of a qualitative case study in one elementary school in Iceland. The aim was to investigate the level of leadership capacity within the school, and how this had evolved through the school's improvement. Information was gathered over one school year about planned improvements that had taken place in the school over the 10-year period prior to the study. Data was collected through observations, document analysis, semi-structured interviews, informal conversations and a survey. Participants came from all sectors of the school community. A conceptual framework developed by Lambert (2003a) was used to analyse the leadership capacity within the school. The findings show that the leadership capacity of the school, and of groups within the school, had grown considerably during the period under study and was connected to the degree of involvement in school improvement work. The findings indicated an interactive relationship between school improvement and the building of leadership capacity during the period under study.

eBook - Building Academic Leadership Capacity: A Guide to Best Practices

Information about this book from the publisher:

Building Academic Leadership Capacity (available online through the library catalgoue) gives institutions the knowledge they need to invest in the next generation of academic leaders.

ebook building ac ademic leadership capacity.jpg With a clear, generalizable, systematic approach, this book provides insight into the elements of successful academic leadership and the training that makes it effective. Readers will explore original research that facilitates systematic, continuous program development, augmented by the authors' own insight drawn from experience establishing such programs. Numerous examples of current campus programs illustrate the concepts in action, and reflection questions lead readers to assess how they can apply these concepts to their own programs.

The academic leader is the least studied and most misunderstood management position in America. Demands for accountability and the complexities of higher education leadership are increasing, and institutions need ways to shape leaders at the department chair, dean, and executive levels of all functions and responsibilities.

This book provides a road map to an effective development program, whether the goal is to revamp an existing program or build one from the ground up. Readers will learn to:

- Develop campus leadership programs in a more systematic manner
- Examine approaches that have been proven effective at other institutions
- Consider how these approaches could be applied to your institution
- Give leaders the skills they need to overcome any challenge

The field of higher education offers limited opportunity to develop leaders, so institutions must invest in and grow campus leaders themselves. All development programs are not created equal, so it's important to have the most effective methods in place from day one. For the institution seeking a better way to invest in the next generation of campus leaders, Building Academic Leadership Capacity is a valuable resource.

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful for lit reviews!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Education Database (new name for our ProQuest Education Journals database)
5. Professional Development Collection
6. PsycINFO



Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Please contact DENISE HOROKY - If you need help finding the appropriate scholarly keywords or creating efficient search strategies.

RESEARCH GUIDES LOGO COMPUTER IN BLUE CLOUD.png The Education Library has created a RESEARCH GUIDE with database suggestions, ebook recommendations and other useful information. It also contains live links to all of the Education Library's social media platforms plus a link to our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service. There is even a one click link to our email service if you wish to reach the Academic Librarians at the Education Library. It is a great starting point to familiarize yourself with all of our wonderful resources, collections and services.

ProQuest Education Journals database re-named

Faculty, scholars, researchers and students:

ProQuest Education Journals (listed under P in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website) is undergoing a slight name change.

It will now be known more simply as EDUCATION DATABASE and it will now be listed under E in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website.

eBook - Educational Leadership For a More Sustainable World

Information about this book from the publisher:

ebook Educational Leadership for a More Sustainable World.jpg Educational Leadership for a More Sustainable World (available online through the library catalogue) argues that current crises in educational policies and practice, including the recruitment and retention of educational leaders, ultimately derive from the interactions between four key challenges which also underpin current global and societal issues of sustainability:

- A culture of consumption
- Global energy demands
- Climate change
- Emerging population patterns

Mike Bottery argues that problems in dealing with these four global challenges, as well as many crises in education, are in large part due to a failure to appreciate their complex interactions and effects, and of the need for sufficiently complex responses. The result is that many policies in many areas hinder rather than facilitate appropriate solutions.

However, by showing that the dynamics of crises in educational sustainability have many similarities to those of global systems, this book argues that the adoption of a number of core practices and values can help educational leaders develop greater sustainability, not only in their own area of activity but can also help them make a valuable contribution to greater sustainability at the global level as well.

eBook - Leadership, Ethics and Schooling for Social Justice

Information about this ebook from the publisher:

Issues of social justice and equity in the field of educational leadership have become more salient in recent years. The unprecedented diversity, uncertainty and rapid social change of the contemporary global era are generating new and unfamiliar equity questions and challenges for schools and their leaders. In order to understand the moral and ethical complexity of work undertaken in the name of social justice and equity in diverse contexts, this book uses a range of different theoretical tools from the work of Michel Foucault.

Rather than a prescriptive, best practice approach to leadership and social justice, Leadership, Ethics and Schooling for Social Justice, (available online through the library catalogue) draws on Foucault's four-fold ethical framework, and specifically, the notions of advocacy, truth-telling and counter-conduct to critically examine the leadership work undertaken in case studies in schools in Australia and England.

Our approach makes transparent the ethical work that leaders in these contexts conduct on themselves towards creating schools that can address the equity challenges of the present climate. It illuminates and enables critical analysis of the moral imperatives shaping the equity work of school leaders and, in particular, the possibilities for transformative leadership that can work to create schools and school systems that are more socially just.

Overall, the book's key aims are to:

- Provide an innovative and comprehensive theorising of leadership for social justice in contemporary times;

- Explicate the utility of key elements of Foucault's theorising of the ethical self to the domain of educational leadership; and

- Provide significant practical insight into the social justice possibilities of school leadership in contemporary times through two in depth case studies

Summary from the publisher:

"Who is an effective leader?" has been a question posed by scholars, educators and practitioners of leadership for centuries. Historically, leadership positions, as well as research on leadership and effective leadership, was primarily reserved for men or masculine characteristics With most societies traditionally following a patriarchal hierarchy, few people questioned inequalities in leadership attainment, largely because of supernatural and/or natural explanations of men's natural ability and desire to lead.

Feminist Theory and Educational Leadership.jpg This book (available through the library catalogue) runs counter to that culture and examines the experiences and leadership enactments of ten historically famous women leaders in hopes of gaining insight into their uniquely female leadership styles. The ten leaders include Catherine the Great, Jane Addams, Queen Victoria, Marie Montessori, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, Pat Summit, and Hillary Clinton. The idea, of course, is to reflect upon these great women's leadership styles in order to inform one's own leadership behavior.

eBook - Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Summary from the publisher:

Leadership is second only to classroom instruction as an influence on student achievement. Strong leadership can potentially unleash latent capacities that already exist in an organization. The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership. This thoroughly researched book (available through the library catalogue) examines all types of leaders: from the school principal to the teacher leader. The authors also look closely at each organizational level in the school system--school, classroom, community, district, and state.

eBook - How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing

The proven model that offers powerful and elegant strategies for leaders:


ebook - how great leaders think LEE BOLMAN.jpg How Great Leaders Think: The Art of Reframing (available online through the library catalogue) uses compelling, contemporary examples to show how more complex thinking is the key to better leadership. Leaders who understand what's going on around them see what they need to do to achieve the results they want.

Bolman and Deal's influential four-frame model of leadership and organizations--developed in their bestselling book, Reframing Organizations: Artistry Choice and Leadership--offers leaders an accessible guide for understanding four major aspects of organizational life: structure, people, politics, and culture.

Tapping into the complexity enables leaders to decode the messy world in which they live, see more options, tell better stories, and find strategies that are more effective. Case examples of leaders like Jeff Bezos at Amazon, Howard Schultz at Starbucks, Tony Hsieh at Zappos, Ursula Burns at Xerox, and the late Steve Jobs at Apple provide concrete lessons that readers can put to use in their own leadership. The book's lessons include:

- How to use structural tools to organize teams and organizations for better results
- How to build motivation and morale by aligning organizations and people
- How to map the terrain and build a power base to navigate the political dynamics in organizations
- How to develop a leadership story that shapes culture, provides direction, and inspires commitment to excellence

eBook - Educational Leadership: Perspectives on Preparation and Practice

Summary from the publisher:

Educational Leadership: Perspectives on Preparation and Practice (available through the library catalogue) identifies core knowledge and skills that educational leaders should be exposed to during pre-service preparation and throughout in-service professional development. The contributors discuss established pedagogical and experiential learning models as well as provocative new paradigms of their own to help prepare leaders and reinforce leadership effectiveness. Implicit throughout the book are five key leadership themes: sensitivity to student development and learning; continual professional development; responsiveness to developmental, socio-cultural, and learning contexts; accepting accountability; and advancing the field. The contributors draw upon many collective years of experience as educators and supervisors of educational leaders to offer perspectives on the application and integration of core leadership principles in leadership preparation and practice.

Western students, staff and faculty have access to the Dissertations and Theses databases.


Here is how you find these (and more!) titles:

You will find this, and all our other databases, listed under the RESEARCH TOOLS option along the top of the library website.

Under RESEARCH TOOLS choose DATABASES.

All of our databases will appear in an alphabetical list.

Click on D

Choose the Dissertations and Theses database from the alphabetical list.

Use keywords, author's names, geographic area or institutional names to find dissertations and theses.

Questions about searching databases or selecting appropriate keywords - just ask Denise Horoky at the Education Library!


This is a list of selected current dissertations and theses using the keywords:

"educational leadership" and Canada


Leadership Experience for Academic Direction (LEAD): Perspectives from the Student Success Teachers (2016)

Leading Change from the Middle: An Exploration of Leadership Competencies to Assist Ontario College Associate Deans and/or Chairs be Successful in Their Roles (2016)

Bridging the educational binary divide: A case study in the sustainability of inter-institutional relationships (2016)

Enhancing capacity for innovation within the York Region District School Board (2016)

How District System Leaders Support Principal Capacity Building in Ontario: A Study of the Leading Student Achievement Initiative (2016)

The Effectiveness of Large Scale Transformational Change Across a School District (2016)

Building Peaceful Secondary School Climates: A Comparison of Anti-Violence, Equity, Engagement and Community-Building Practices (2016)

Ontario colleges and the introduction of degrees: Mission drift or sustaining the mission? (2016)

Building sustainable leadershp for inclusive school communities: A case of Muslim parents (2016)

Restorative Peacemaking Circles and other Conflict Management Efforts in Three Ontario High Schools (2016)

Student engagement: A qualitative study of extracurricular activities (2016)

Secondary Educators Perceptions of Teacher to Parent Communication and the Relationship to Student Achievement (2015)

How is international experience considered during local teacher hiring? (2015)

The Micropolitical Acumen of Secondary School Principals in Ontario (2015)

Focused teacher professional development to improve the literacy performance of middle school students in Alberta, Canada (2015)

Principal technology leadership and student achievement (2015)

Teacher perspectives on safety policies and procedures in Ontario public schools (2015)

Teacher Perceptions about Retention and Classroom Climate in Remote Schools in Western Canada (2015)

The Ontario Leadership Framework for Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals: Purpose Versus Practice (2014)

Understanding the human side of school leadership: Improving teacher morale, efficacy, motivation, and commitment (2014)

Defining "success" in Indigenous education: Exploring the perspectives of Indigenous educators in a Canadian city (2014)

What Catches On? The Role of Evidence in the Promotion and Evaluation of Educational Innovations (2014)

Exploring the Relationship Between Principal Behaviour and Student Achievement (2014)

High School Principal and Student Power Relationships When Students Choose Distance Education Courses (2014)

The Influence of Self-Efficacy on Principals' Capacity to Lead in Low Socioeconomic Status Schools (2014)

How Principals Cultivate Technology Integration and Use Professional Learning Networks (2014)

Roots and Pathways to Secure and Transformational Leadership (2013)

Active Followership: An Essential Component of the Teacher-Principal Relationship (2013)

Confucian Junzi Leadership: A Model of Authentic Moral Transformation for Educational Leaders (2013)

Exploring School Principal Preparation and Development in Northern Canada: The Case of Nunavut's Educational Leadership Program (ELP) (2013)

eBook - Thomas J. Sergiovanni's Leadership: What's In It For Schools?

The What's In It For Schools series has been written by experts in the field for an audience of busy practitioners. The books present research and thinking about topical education issues and present it in an accessible and relevant way.

What makes a good leader? Does good leadership matter in helping schools be more successful? Sergiovanni's concise and accessible book Leadership: What's In It For Schools? (available online through the library catalogue) examines leadership in a practical way by helping principals, heads, teachers and parents establish their roles and responsibilities and get to grips with the unique leadership requirements of schools.

The author explores issues such as leadership, what it is and how it works, character and culture as keys to improvement, how to build commitment, motivation and improved performance, and using local standards and assessments to improve schools and leadership as a form of social capital.

We have online access to this book through the library catalogue.

Summary from the publisher:

The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed. The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress. The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings. This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.

eBook - The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Abstract from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available online through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance.

SAGE guide to educational leadership and management.jpg This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

Features & Benefits: 30 brief, signed chapters are organized in 10 thematic parts in one volume available in a choice of electronic or print formats designed to enable quick access to basic information. Selective boxes enrich and support the narrative chapters with case examples of effective leadership in action.

Chapters conclude with bibliographic endnotes and references to further readings to guide students to more in-depth presentations in other published sources. Back matter includes an annotated listing of organizations, associations, and journals focused on educational leadership and administration and a detailed index.

This reference guide will serve as a vital source of knowledge to any students pursuing an education degree as well as for individuals interested in the subject matter that do not have a strong foundation of the topic.

Add Spark to Your Research: Western Libraries Research Skills Workshops

Western Libraries is offering RESEARCH SKILLS WORKSHOPS that cover a variety of topics from introductory research skills to managing your references with Mendeley.

Western's Faculty of Education's RICE (Research in International and Contemporary Education) group is pleased to present the first speaker of the year.

Wednesday September 7 at 4:00pm in Faculty of Education's Room 1010

André Elias Mazawi, Professor in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia, will speak about "International Education and Unveiling Globalization".

Professor Mazawi is an internationally renowned scholar of international education. He is interested in understanding how state policies, geopolitics, and popular culture contribute to the construction of imaginaries of schooling and higher education and their effects on the articulation of governance regimes and policyscapes. He has published on these issues, with particular reference to Mediterranean and Middle East societies. He is also Affiliate Professor with the Euro-Mediterranean Centre of Educational Research at the University of Malta, and serves on the Advisory Editorial Board of Postcolonial Directions in Education.

New Editor of TESL Canada Journal - Dr. Farahnaz Faez

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Colleagues, please join us in congratulating Dr. Farahnaz Faez of Western's Faculty of Education on her recent appointment as Editor for the TESL Canada Journal. Well-done, Farahnaz.

Graduate Students - A Warm Welcome From Your Academic Librarians!

Your Academic Librarians at the Faculty of Education are:

Christena McKillop - Director of the Education Library
and
Denise Horoky - Research and Instructional Services Librarian, Education Library

Along with four other Education Library staff we provide valuable and current teaching and learning resources and support for you - online and in person! We are part of the larger Western Library system but you will find us conveniently located in the Education Library - which is the unique circular part of the Faculty of Education and online through our Education Library website.

As your Academic Librarians Christena and Denise are responsible for the purchasing of resources to support the Faculty of Education's courses and programs. These resources include, but are not limited to books, ebooks, journals, databases and multimedia resources. Please contact either one of your Academic Librarians if you have a purchase request. We welcome all suggestions to enhance and diversify our growing collection.

As your Academic Librarians, we are also responsible for supporting graduate student research and program success. We know that some of you are new to Western and all of you are eager to get started!

One of the best places to start is by taking a look at the Education Library's Research Guide found under the RESEARCH TOOLS tab along the top of the library website.

In addition, we provide personalized one-on-one research consultations and support for faculty, instructors and students. We provide this support onsite and online. We are also uniquely place to make referrals to other professionals within the Western community when required. We strongly encourage graduate students to arrange a one-on-one personalized research consultation with your Academic Librarian early in your studies (and periodically after that as the need arises). Appointments can be an office visit (usually one hour in length) an extended telephone call or an online email exchange. We are flexible!

Using a variety of social platforms in addition to this Blog we proudly showcase our collections, services and resources online through our academic professional Education Library Facebook and Twitter pages.

We strongly recommend graduate students spend some time with our newest online tool, Student2Scholar. Christena and Denise were part of a team from Western Libraries, Western's Faculty of Education, the University of Toronto/OISE and Queens. The team created a series of freely available online modules designed for graduate students.

The Student2Scholar (S2S) modules will help graduate students in the social sciences develop their core academic literacies and research skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. Modules fall within four categories in the S2S learning journey: Inquiry and Exploration; Investigation and Organization; Analysis and Evaluation; and Creation and Communication. Each module includes a wide range of interactive, self-paced learning activities and assessments.

Later this fall Christena and Denise are planning on showcasing these Student2Scholar modules in more detail so stay tuned for more information!


We look forward to working with you! CONTACT US with any questions, comments or concerns. We are here to help!

Dear Faculty and Instructors:

Western Libraries Research Guides (listed under RESEARCH TOOLS on the library website) will be integrated into Western University's online learning management system OWL as of September 2016.

The Education Library Research Guide will appear in the Faculty of Education OWL course sites.

The Western Libraries' Research Guides list valuable resources and services to support student research and course work. This integration provides 'point of need' access to Western Libraries resources. We have worked closely with Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Instructional Technology Resource Centre (ITRC) to bring these Guides to where students are working - their OWL course sites.

Within each OWL course site a link to Research Guides will be found in the left hand menu. When students click the link, a Research Guide, a Course Guide, or a list of relevant Research Guides for their respective courses will load within their site. We have worked to ensure that appropriate Research Guides are placed in each OWL course site. Please click the Research Guide in your course(s) to generate data and thereby participate in our testing of this integration.

We can customize what Research Guide(s) appear in your OWL course site. Please contact Denise Horoky at the Education Library if you have questions regarding this new initiative and how we can best support your students.


New eBooks! New eBooks! New eBooks!

Journal - Information, Communication & Society (iCS)

Information about this journal from the publisher:

Drawing together the most current work upon the social, economic, and cultural impact of the emerging properties of the new information and communications technologies, this journal positions itself at the centre of contemporary debates about the information age.

Information, Communication & Society (iCS) transcends cultural and geographical boundaries as it explores a diverse range of issues relating to the development and application of information and communications technologies (ICTs), asking such questions as:

- What are the new and evolving forms of social software? What direction will these forms take?
- ICTs facilitating globalization and how might this affect conceptions of local identity, ethnic differences, and regional sub-cultures?
- Are ICTs leading to an age of electronic surveillance and social control? What are the implications for policing criminal activity, citizen privacy and public expression?
- How are ICTs affecting daily life and social structures such as the family, work and organization, commerce and business, education, health care, and leisure activities?
- To what extent do the virtual worlds constructed using ICTs impact on the construction of objects, spaces, and entities in the material world?

iCS analyses such questions from a global, interdisciplinary perspective in contributions of the very highest quality from scholars and practitioners in the social sciences, gender and cultural studies, communication and media studies, as well as in the information and computer sciences.

Peer Review Policy:

Published articles in iCS have all been subjected to rigorous peer review comprising initial editorial screening and double blind refereeing by at least two referees.

Abstract from the publisher:

A progressive, research-based approach for making learning visible.

VISIBLE LEARNERS.jpg Based on the Reggio Emilia approach to learning, Visible Learners highlights learning through interpreting objects and artifacts, group learning, and documentation to make students' learning evident to teachers. Visible classrooms are committed to five key principles: that learning is purposeful, social, emotional, empowering, and representational. The book includes visual essays, key practices, classroom and examples.

  • Show how to make learning happen in relation to others, spark emotional connections, give students power over their learning, and express ideas in multiple ways
  • Illustrate Reggio-inspired principles and approaches via quotes, photos, student and teacher reflections, and examples of student work
  • Offer a new way to enhance learning using progressive, research-based practices for increasing collaboration and critical thinking in and outside the classroom

Visible Learners asks that teachers look beyond surface-level to understand who students are, what they come to know, and how they come to know it.

Hours of Opening and Long Weekend Closures

The Fall Hours of Opening for the Education Library begin on September 6, 2016:


Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Saturday 12:00 pm/NOON to 5:00 pm

Sunday CLOSED

PLEASE NOTE: The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday September 3, Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Labour Day long weekend.

We will also be CLOSED on the Canadian Thanksgiving Long Weekend: October 8, 9 and 10, 2016


Impact Factor? Peer-Reviewed?

There are several ways of finding out the Impact Factor of a journal or finding out whether or not a journal is peer-reviewed. Many publishers now provide this information on their websites. If you cannot easily find the information you need on the websites we suggest you search the Ulrich's Periodical Directory (found under the U in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website).

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CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

In May 2016 ProQuest announced:

"Based on extensive customer feedback and research, we're making database names clearer and more descriptive of their contents, making it easier for everyone to understand what's in your collection. No changes are required from libraries, and there will be no changes to the research experience."

This means our ProQuest Education Journals database has been renamed simply:

Education Database (now listed under E in the alphabetical Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website)


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ASK: Chat with a Librarian closed for holidays

ask chat with a librarian LOGO.gif The Western Libraries' ASK: Chat with a Librarian service will be CLOSED from August 13 to September 5, 2016. It will re-open on September 6 with evening and weekend hours. Of course, you can always CONTACT US at the Education Library during the time this service is closed! We are here to help!

RESEARCH GUIDES LOGO COMPUTER IN BLUE CLOUD.png The Education Library has created a RESEARCH GUIDE with database suggestions, ebook recommendations and other useful information. It also contains live links to all of the Education Library's social media platforms plus a link to our ASK: Chat with a Librarian service. There is even a one click link to our email service if you wish to reach the Academic Librarians at the Education Library. It is a great starting point to familiarize yourself with all of our wonderful resources, collections and services.

Canadian Labour Day Long Weekend

HAPY LABOUR DAY.jpg The Education Library will be CLOSED on Saturday September 3, Sunday September 4 and Monday September 5, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Labour Day long weekend.

We recommend three days fun-filled with rest & relaxation (R&R) but the Western Libraries' electronic resources never close (in case you need to do some work on your long weekend)!

Fall 2016 Hours of Opening

The Fall Hours of Opening for the Education Library begin on September 6, 2016


Monday to Thursday 8:30 am to 7:00 pm

Friday 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Saturday 12:00 pm/NOON to 5:00 pm

Sunday CLOSED



PLEASE NOTE: THE EDUCATION LIBRARY WILL BE CLOSED ON THE CANADIAN THANKSGIVING WEEKEND OCTOBER 8, 9 AND 10, 2016.


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Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful for lit reviews!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Education Database (new name for our ProQuest Education Journals database)
5. Professional Development Collection
6. PsycINFO



Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Name change to "ProQuest Education Journals" database

Faculty, scholars, researchers and students:

ProQuest Education Journals (listed under P in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website) is undergoing a slight name change.

It will now be known more simply as EDUCATION DATABASE and it will now be listed under E in the Databases by Title list on the Western Libraries' website.

Scholarship@Western - Electronic Theses & Dissertations

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

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

The most significant benefit is the dramatic increase (50-250%) in citation impact that results from electronic publishing. This leads to increased rewards from universities, in the form of promotion and increased salary, and from granting agencies.


Other benefits include:


  • publicity for research - authors of electronic theses become more widely known and their reputations are enhanced

  • easy worldwide access to your theses for colleagues and collaborators

  • easy worldwide access to theses for job and grant applications

  • a raised profile for research institutions

  • reduced costs at the point of graduation since there is no need to have multiple copies printed.

From the Ontario Ministry of Education's website:

As the proverb says: "It takes a village to raise a child".

Parents, educators, and community partners collectively understand how true this statement is. Together, we understand that children and students who have strong relationships and a positive sense of self are best positioned to reach their full potential. And it is through expressions of happy and healthy childhood development and a positive sense of well-being that our learners are supported to become more resilient and better able to overcome challenges now and in the future.

Well-being is that positive sense of self, spirit and belonging that we feel when our cognitive, emotional, social and physical needs are being met. As our Indigenous partners have long affirmed, healthy development of the mind, body and spirit is contingent on balance and interconnectedness.

It is our job to work collectively to make sure that our children feel this way, all the time. When the well-being of children and students is supported - whether they are at home, in the community or at school - we are meeting the conditions needed to help them learn, grow, and develop a positive sense of self.

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In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry is releasing the policy document Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children's learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

We are here to help! Contact us!

Whether you are on-site or ONLINE, the staff of the Education Library are here to help you locate and use our collections, services. books/eBooks and electronic resources. It is easy to CONTACT US!

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Faculty and Instructors - New Service at Western - Course Readings

ICYMI - Accessible Content ePortal grows to over 10,000 titles

The Accessible Content ePortal (ACE) service passed a major milestone.

With the support of digitization partner, Internet Archive Canada, as well as our 18 participating universities and 22 colleges, we have grown our collection of accessible books for Ontario academic library users with print disabilities to over 10,000 titles.

ACE supports the research needs of verified students and faculty with print disabilities. The service began as an OCUL pilot project in 2013, and became a core Scholars Portal service the following year. ACE service was extended to the Ontario Colleges Library Service (OCLS) in 2015. This initiative has enabled participating institutions to meet their Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) obligations by facilitating and coordinating user requests for accessible formats of library holdings. Offering access to a centralized and standardized production centre via Internet Archive Canada, participating schools are able to access quality digitized materials in five accessible formats.

Eliminating the duplication of labour and offering participants a way to retain digitized material, this repository has empowered its users with the immediacy of access to thousands of accessible texts, fostering the process of serendipitous discovery and learning. By building a shared repository, OCUL has enabled each participant to also access materials which were not requested by their institution, but which are found in the local library holdings. The opportunity to continue making library collections accessible by anticipating requests for these materials demonstrates future-forward interest in sustainability and progress towards removing barriers to access for Ontario students and researchers.


SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education

Abstract from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education (available online through the library catalogue) integrates, summarizes, and explains, in highly accessible form, foundational knowledge and information about the field of curriculum with brief, simply written overviews for people outside of or new to the field of education.

This Guide supports study, research, and instruction, with content that permits quick access to basic information, accompanied by references to more in-depth presentations in other published sources.

This Guide lies between the sophistication of a handbook and the brevity of an encyclopedia. It addresses the ties between and controversies over public debate, policy making, university scholarship, and school practice.

While tracing complex traditions, trajectories, and evolutions of curriculum scholarship, the Guide illuminates how curriculum ideas, issues, perspectives, and possibilities can be translated into public debate, school practice, policy making, and life of the general public focusing on the aims of education for a better human condition.

55 topical chapters are organized into four parts: Subject Matter as Curriculum, Teachers as Curriculum, Students as Curriculum, and Milieu as Curriculum based upon the conceptualization of curriculum commonplaces by Joseph J. Schwab: subject matter, teachers, learners, and milieu.

SAGE Guide to Curriculum in Education.png The Guide highlights and explicates how the four commonplaces are interdependent and interconnected in the decision-making processes that involve local and state school boards and government agencies, educational institutions, and curriculum stakeholders at all levels that address the central curriculum questions: What is worthwhile? What is worth knowing, needing, experiencing, doing, being, becoming, overcoming, sharing, contributing, wondering, and imagining?

The Guide benefits undergraduate and graduate students, curriculum professors, teachers, teacher educators, parents, educational leaders, policy makers, media writers, public intellectuals, and other educational workers.

Key Features:

Each chapter inspires readers to understand why the particular topic is a cutting edge curriculum topic; what are the pressing issues and contemporary concerns about the topic; what historical, social, political, economic, geographical, cultural, linguistic, ecological, etc. contexts surrounding the topic area; how the topic, relevant practical and policy ramifications, and contextual embodiment can be understood by theoretical perspectives; and how forms of inquiry and modes of representation or expression in the topic area are crucial to develop understanding for and make impact on practice, policy, context, and theory.

Further readings and resources are provided for readers to explore topics in more details.

SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Abstract from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available online through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance.

SAGE guide to educational leadership and management.jpg This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

Features & Benefits: 30 brief, signed chapters are organized in 10 thematic parts in one volume available in a choice of electronic or print formats designed to enable quick access to basic information. Selective boxes enrich and support the narrative chapters with case examples of effective leadership in action.

Chapters conclude with bibliographic endnotes and references to further readings to guide students to more in-depth presentations in other published sources. Back matter includes an annotated listing of organizations, associations, and journals focused on educational leadership and administration and a detailed index.

This reference guide will serve as a vital source of knowledge to any students pursuing an education degree as well as for individuals interested in the subject matter that do not have a strong foundation of the topic.

SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology

Abstract from the publisher:

SAGE handbook of survey methodology.jpg Survey Methodology is becoming a more structured field of research, deserving of more and more academic attention. The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology explores both the increasingly scientific endeavour of surveys and their growing complexity, as different data collection modes and information sources are combined.

The handbook takes a global approach, with a team of international experts looking at local and national specificities, as well as problems of cross-national, comparative survey research.

The chapters are organized into seven major sections, each of which represents a stage in the survey life-cycle:



  • Surveys and Societies

  • Planning a Survey

  • Measurement

  • Sampling

  • Data Collection

  • Preparing Data for Use

  • Assessing and Improving Data Quality

The SAGE Handbook of Survey Methodology (available online through the library catalogue) is a landmark and essential tool for any scholar within the social sciences.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods

Abstract from the publisher:

Qualitative research is designed to explore the human elements of a given topic, while specific qualitative methods examine how individuals see and experience the world. Qualitative approaches are typically used to explore new phenomena and to capture individuals' thoughts, feelings, or interpretations of meaning and process. Such methods are central to research conducted in education, nursing, sociology, anthropology, information studies, and other disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and health sciences. Qualitative research projects are informed by a wide range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks.

SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods.jpg The SAGE Encyclopedia of Qualitative Research Methods (available through the online catalogue) presents current and complete information as well as ready-to-use techniques, facts, and examples from the field of qualitative research in a very accessible style. In taking an interdisciplinary approach, these two volumes target a broad audience and fill a gap in the existing reference literature for a general guide to the core concepts that inform qualitative research practices. The entries cover every major facet of qualitative methods, including access to research participants, data coding, research ethics, the role of theory in qualitative research, and much more--all without overwhelming the informed reader.

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European Early Childhood Education Research Journal

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


The European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) is the publication of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA), an international organisation dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of research in Early Childhood Education throughout Europe and beyond. CREC is the UK base for the European Early Childhood Research Association.

EECERA welcomes and encourages membership and contributions from across the world to share and participate in its European perspective. EECERJ aims to provide a forum for the publication of original research in early childhood education in Europe.

With this as its principal focus, it should be emphasised that its definition of education embraces care and that its approach is multidisciplinary, embracing all related fields including psychology, sociology, child health and social work.

Contributions from outside the European context are encouraged where there is a relevance to the EECERA's stated aims. 'Early Childhood' is defined as being from birth to eight years of age.

Journal of Childhood Studies

Journal of Childhood Studies is a peer reviewed, open access digital journal that aims to provide researchers and practitioners with a transdisciplinary space to cultivate experimental, creative, and alternative approaches to, and conceptualizations of, childhood.

Journal of Professional Capital and Community (JPCC)

The Journal of Professional Capital and Community is an international, professionally refereed, scholarly journal, reflecting the most important ideas and evidence of the nature and impact of interactions and relationships in the education profession, especially in the school sector.

For the first time, in one single place of scholarly research and inquiry, this journal brings together the most influential leading thinkers and emerging scholars on professional cultures, communities and collegiality and how they all contribute to or impede the development of the professional capital in schools and school systems that enhances students' learning, wellbeing, achievement and engagement. Learn more!

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ON ORDER - Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education

Information about this new book from the publisher:


ENCOUNTERS WITH MATERIALS IN EARLY CHILDHOOD.jpg Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education rearticulates understandings of materials--blocks of clay, sheets of paper, brushes and paints--to formulate what happens when we think with materials and apply them to early childhood development and classrooms. The book develops ways of thinking about materials that are more sustainable and insightful than what most children in the Western world experience today through capitalist narratives.

Through a series of ethnographic events and engagement with existing ideas of relationality in the visual arts, feminist ethics, science studies, philosophy, and anthropology, Encounters with Materials in Early Childhood Education highlights how materials can be conceptualized as active participants in early childhood education and generators of human insight. A variety of examples show how educators, young children, and researchers have engaged in thinking with materials in early years classrooms and explore what materials are capable of in their encounters with other materials and with children.

Please visit the companion website at www.encounterswithmaterials.com for additional features, including interviews with the authors and the teachers featured in the book, videos and photographs of the classroom narratives described in these pages, and an ongoing blog of the authors' ethnographic notes.

NEW - Course Readings Service

Information from the publisher:

Using mixed methods research synthesis for literature reviews.jpg Using Mixed Methods Research Synthesis for Literature Reviews is a practical guide that provides step-by-step instruction for conducting a mixed methods research synthesis (MMRS) that integrates both qualitative and quantitative evidence. The book progresses through a systematic, comprehensive approach to conducting an MMRS literature review to analyze and summarize the empirical evidence regarding a particular review question. Readers will benefit from discussion of the potential advantages of MMRS and guidance on how to avoid its potential pitfalls. Please note: Using Mixed Methods Research Synthesis for Literature Reviews is Volume 4 in the SAGE Mixed Methods Research Series

This journal article appears in the August 2016 issue of Journal of Computing in Higher Education (Volume 28, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

Video methods utilize tenets of high quality teacher education and support education students' learning and application of learning to teaching practices. However, how frequently video is used in teacher education, and in what ways is unknown. Therefore, this study used survey data to identify the extent to which 94 teacher-educators used video in their teacher education courses along with the specific uses of video. Further, multilevel multivariate analyses identified what factors impacted these uses. Findings included that many teacher-educators underused video in their teacher education courses, and typically used only one type of video in each course. Any type of video use was significantly related to teacher-educator, course, and discipline-area factors, and interactions amongst these. Specific types of video use were significantly related to institutional-demographic, teacher-educator, support, course, discipline-area factors, and interactions amongst these. Implications for increasing video use and breadth of types of video uses in teacher education are discussed.

This journal article appears in the Journal of Intercultural Studies (Volume 37, Issue 4, 2016).

Abstract:

This paper critically examines two studies that investigated pre- service teacher learning in contrasting contexts: an international study visit and a local service-learning experience. We argue that it is useful to conceive of these experiences as intercultural, and propose that how 'intercultural' is theorised in the western academy is object-based with roots in colonialism. We contrast this with a relational logic described by Burbules [1997. A grammar of difference: some ways of rethinking difference and diversity as educational topics. The Australian educational researcher, 24 (1), 97-116] and Osberg [2008. The logic of emergence: an alternative conceptual space for theorising critical education. Journal of the Canadian association for curriculum studies, 6 (1), 133-161]. Using alternative framings we interrogate teacher-learner relationships, highlighting how they were adversely affected by hegemonic practices. Findings indicate that when an object-based, colonising logic is the dominant frame, pre-service teachers were more likely to use 'Othering' discourses. When relational, decolonising pedagogies were used, pre-service teachers were more able to begin to teach otherwise. We conclude by making a case for intercultural education to take on a critical relational stance that counters the hegemonic violences that continue to be caused by a colonial abyssal line.

Journal - International Indigenous Policy Journal (IIPJ)

Information about this journal:

An editorial and advisory board made up of 31 experts in Indigenous issues leads this peer-reviewed journal. Regionally, they represent North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia.

IIPJ is a peer-reviewed, policy-relevant research journal addressing issues pertaining to Indigenous peoples throughout the world.

IIPJ has a very specific set of goals:


  1. To promote evidence based policymaking.

  2. To encourage quality research based on partnerships with Indigenous peoples.

  3. To develop networks of policy researchers and policy makers, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, and their communities.

  4. To improve scholarship related to Indigenous issues.

  5. To spark debate on important policy issues facing countries and peoples around the world.

Journal - The Canadian Journal of Higher Education

Information about this journal:

The Canadian Journal of Higher Education is a publication of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. The Journal intends to publish manuscripts on topics that address and are relevant to the Canadian higher education system and its structures, processes, and community; and to promote research with international and comparative dimensions in relation to Canadian higher education.

In accordance with our procedures for double-blind peer review, submitted manuscripts will be distributed to 2-3 reviewers upon approval by the editorial team. Subject to finding suitable reviewers and their timely completion of reviews, the review process is estimated to take 4-6 months. For all articles that are subjected to a full review, the opinions of the reviewers will be transmitted to the author(s). Find out MORE!

People We Know - Katina Pollock


KatinaPollock8766 copy.jpg Katina introduces her research: "My career in education began as a public school teacher. As a practitioner, I taught Mathematics and Science in Nova Scotia, CA; Newfoundland and Labrador, CA; and Essex, England. My research explores the intersection of power, access, and engagement in relation to work and learning in the field of education. My motivation for this line of inquiry stems from my work experiences in education and belief that systemic inequities and differences can prevent individuals and groups from accessing and engaging in both work and learning opportunities."


Online help for online students

We have prepared an Online Student Research Guide to introduce you to our library collections (databases, books, journals, ebooks, handbooks etc) and services (ASK: Chat with a Librarian. book delivery and email assistance with the Faculty of Education's Academic Librarian etc)


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Why ONLINE students should search the Western Libraries' catalogue!

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Abstract:

One of the most critical factors in changing teachers' attitudes toward inclusive education practices is the way in which the school leader, that is a principal or vice-principal, actively and consistently demonstrates a positive attitude towards an inclusive school culture (Leithwood, Begley, & Cousins, 1992). Specific types of behaviors by leaders may be more important than others in assisting teachers to develop their own attitudes concerning inclusive education. This convergent parallel mixed-methods study was designed to permit a comparison of rural Ontario elementary school leaders and teachers in a) their attitudes toward teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities and b) their perceptions of the value of school leader behaviors that support inclusive practices. Attitudes were assessed using the Attitudes Toward Teaching All Students with Mild to Moderate Disabilities instrument (Gregory & Noto, 2012). School leaders' behaviors were rated using items from the Louisiana Validated Practices Initiative (Louisiana Department of Education, 2005). A positive association was observed between participants' attitudes and their ratings of the importance of specific behaviors of school leaders.

Responses to an open-ended question soliciting reasons why leader behaviors are important were assessed using keyword in context analysis to observe patterns and themes. School leaders' comments were related to the social justice foundations of inclusive education, while teachers' comments related more to behaviors that support the practical implementation of inclusive education practices. The results of this study may assist school leaders to become aware of those behaviors that are most valued by teachers and other school leaders.

Abstract:

Elementary school students have diverse learning needs and their academic learning in particular varies between students especially so for students those from culturally non-dominant backgrounds. The focus of my research is on understanding the perceptions and practices of eleven teachers teaching in two schools within the London, Ontario school system, along with the perceptions of two principals and two vice principals in relation to the organizational learning opportunities provided for encouraging multicultural education. This study's purpose was to explore what teaching strategies were used to support diverse students' learning within the classroom setting. My data gathering sought to respond to that purpose and also identify teachers', principals' and vice principals' current perceptions about multicultural education in the Ontario curriculum, and to what extent they have been satisfied with current Program Policy Memorandum No. 119, which was created to support this matter. 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; 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 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.

Abstract:

This objective of this study was to investigate teacher mental health, attitudes toward psychological help-seeking, and perceptions of psychological safety within schools. Findings from this study of 600 Canadian educational professionals revealed a higher frequency and severity of distress than in the general population, warranting intervention. Attitudes toward psychological help-seeking were generally positive, though less favorable than comparable published studies. Overall, participants rated their workplaces as "somewhat" psychologically safe. However, there were low ratings of work-life balance and respectful treatment of mental illness by leadership. Implications and recommendations of these findings were discussed.

The 21st Century is redefining curriculum in terms of how it connects people, text(s), knowledges, time and places. This one-day symposium invites us to collectively engage in dialogue and demonstrations of our collective responses to curriculum changes across disciplines.


TUESDAY, AUGUST 23, 2016

Faculty of Education, Western University

1137 Western Road, London, ON

8:00 am to 3:45 pm

Journal - Teaching and Teacher Education

Graduate Students and Researchers - You have access to this journal and the full text of the articles through the library catalogue.


Teaching and Teacher Education is an international journal concerned primarily with teachers, teaching, or teacher education situated in an international perspective or in an international context.

Teaching and Teacher Education is a multidisciplinary journal, committed to no single approach, discipline, methodology or paradigm. It is concerned with teaching and teacher education in general and devoted to all concerned with teaching.

Teaching and Teacher Education recognizes that many disciplines have important contributions to make to teaching and teacher education and the Editors invite contributions from them. In the absence of any dominant paradigm, the journal welcomes varied approaches to empirical research, theoretical and conceptual analyses, and reviews (both qualitative and quantitative syntheses) of high quality.

Teaching and Teacher Education aims to enhance theory, research, and practice in teaching and teacher education through the publication of primary research and review papers. The Journal does not publish unsolicited Book Reviews.

Lots of ONLINE APA Style Help Available to You

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision.

APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. Accurately using APA Style is a mandatory part of graduate work here at the Faculty of Education in both our online and onsite environments.

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

Faculty of Education Awards recognize student excellence

"My research has incredible personal significance to me, and winning this award fueled my passion for it even further," she said. "When I wrote my application (for the award) I wrote it from the heart. I explained why I believe in what I'm doing and the excitement I had to see where it could go next, so I'm very, very honoured." ~ Melanie-Anne Atkins

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Online Students - Need Books from the Education Library?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. NOTE NAME CHANGE FOR ProQuest Education Journals (start here!) NOW CALLED EDUCATION DATABASE

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Today (Tuesday August 2, 2016) is the day!

Today Western Libraries launched a new COURSE READINGS service for instructors and for students! Find out MORE!

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Long Weekend - Closed on Monday August 1, 2016

Holiday Long Weekend.jpg The Education Library is CLOSED on Saturday July 30, Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Civic Holiday.

Of course, our online resources never close (but, we really encourage you to enjoy Rest&Recreation aka R&R this long weekend!!!)

eBook - Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

Information from the publisher:

This comprehensive book provides all the information that practitioners need to know about assessment in relation to their pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties. The why, how and what of assessment is addressed, whilst the link between assessment and intervention is also a key focus.

Assessing children with specific learning difficulties.jpg Looking at the full range of Specific Learning Difficulties, this book provides practical guidance on implementing strategies that are tried and tested for use in any classroom, whilst also acknowledging that assessment is a process involving other professionals and parents. Addressing issues and topics common in inclusive classrooms around the world, key topics covered include:

- Specific Learning Difficulties in context

- Teacher Assessment in literacy, numeracy and movement

- Motor development and co-ordination

- Attention factors in learning

- The key issues on learning differences

- Self-esteem and emotional literacy

- How to enhance skills and the self-sufficiency of teachers

Assessing Children with Specific Learning Difficulties (available through the library catalogue) will be an invaluable guide for classroom teachers, learning support departments, psychologists and other professionals.

eBooks Galore in the Education Library Collection!

International Journal of Research & Method in Education

Information about this journal from the publisher:

International journal of research & method in education.jpg The International Journal of Research & Method in Education is an interdisciplinary, peer-reviewed journal that draws contributions from a wide community of international researchers. Contributions are expected to develop and further international discourse in educational research with a particular focus on method and methodological issues. The journal welcomes papers engaging with methods from within a qualitative or quantitative framework, or from frameworks which cut across and or challenge this duality. Papers should not solely focus on the practice of education; there must be a contribution to methodology.

International Journal of Research & Method in Education is committed to publishing scholarly research that discusses conceptual, theoretical and methodological issues, provides evidence, support for or informed critique of unusual or new methodologies within educational research and provides innovative, new perspectives and examinations of key research findings. The journal's enthusiasm to foster debate is also recognised in a keenness to include engaged, thought-provoking response papers to previously published articles. The journal is also interested in papers that discuss issues in the teaching of research methods for educational researchers.

eBooks available through our library catalogue

Writing a Proposal for Your Dissertation: Guidelines and Examples

Summary:

This user-friendly guide helps students get started on--and complete--a successful doctoral dissertation proposal by accessibly explaining the process and breaking it down into manageable steps. Steven R. Terrell demonstrates how to write each chapter of the proposal, including the problem statement, purpose statement, and research questions and hypotheses; literature review; and detailed plan for data collection and analysis. Of special utility, end-of-chapter exercises serve as building blocks for developing a full draft of an original proposal. Numerous case study examples are drawn from across the social, behavioral, and health science disciplines. Appendices present an exemplary proposal written three ways to encompass quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods designs. Pedagogical Features: *"Let's Start Writing" exercises leading up to a complete proposal draft. *"Do You Understand?" checklists of key terms plus an end-of-book glossary. *End-of-chapter quizzes with answers. *Case study examples from education, psychology, health sciences, business, and information systems. *Sample proposal with three variants of the methods chapter: quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.


US Public Schools and the Politics of Queer Erasure

Summary:

Since the 1920s, US public schools have focused on erasing queer identity. From teacher purges to vicious bullying of queer youth, these actions have been the norm for nearly one hundred years - thanks to the interplay of law, policy, and politics. In light of the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, Lugg uses this history to illuminate a possible way forward to make public schools places of tolerance and even liberation for both queer youth and queer adults.


The Age of STEM: Educational Policy and Practice Across the World in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Summary:

Across the world STEM (learning and work in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) has taken central importance in education and the economy in a way that few other disciplines have. STEM competence has become seen as key to higher productivity, technological adaptation and research-based innovation. No area of educational provision has a greater current importance than the STEM disciplines yet there is a surprising dearth of comprehensive and world-wide information about STEM policy, participation, programs and practice. The Age of STEM is a state of the art survey of the global trends and major country initiatives in STEM. It gives an international overview of issues such as:STEM strategy and coordination curricula, teaching and assessment women in STEM indigenous students research training STEM in the graduate labour markets STEM breadth and STEM depth. The individual chapters give comparative international analysis as well as a global overview, particularly focusing on the growing number of policies and practices in mobilising and developing talent in the STEM fields. The book will be of particular interest to anyone involved in educational policy, those in education management and leaders in both schooling and tertiary education. It will have a wider resonance among practitioners in the STEM disciplines, particularly at university level, and for those interested in contemporary public policy.

More eBooks available through our library catalogue

International Handbook of Curriculum Research (Second Edition)

Summary:

Continuing its calling to define the field and where it is going, the Second Edition of this landmark handbook brings up to date its comprehensive reportage of scholarly developments and school curriculum initiatives worldwide, providing a panoramic view of the state of curriculum studies globally. Its international scope and currency and range of research and theory reflect and contribute significantly to the ongoing internationalization of curriculum studies and its growth as a field worldwide. Changes in the Second Edition: Five new or updated introductory chapters pose transnational challenges to key questions curriculum research addresses locally. Countries absent in the First Edition are represented: Chile, Colombia, Cypress, Ethiopia, Germany, Iran, Luxembourg, Nigeria, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Switzerland. 39 new or updated chapters on curriculum research in 34 countries highlight curriculum research that is not widely known in North America. This handbook is an indispensable resource for prospective and practicing teachers, for curriculum studies scholars, and for education students around the world.

Language as Discourse: Perspectives for Language Teaching

Summary:

In this book Michael McCarthy and Ronald Carter describe the discoursal properties of language and demonstrate what insights this approach can offer to the student and teacher of language. The authors examine the relationship between complete texts, both spoken and written, and the social and cultural contexts in which they function. They argue that the functions of language are often best understood in a discoursal environment and that exploring language in context compels us to revise commonly-held understandings about the forms and meanings of language. In so doing, the authors argue the need for language teachers, syllabus planners and curriculum organisers to give greater attention to language as discourse.


Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies

Summary:

The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies offers a comprehensive view of the field of language and literacy studies. With forty-three chapters reflecting new research from leading scholars in the field, the handbook pushes at the boundaries of existing fields and combines with related fields and disciplines to develop a lens on contemporary scholarship and emergent fields of inquiry.


The Handbook is divided into eight sections: 1) The foundations of literacy studies
2) Space-focused approaches 3) Time-focused approaches 4) Multimodal approaches
5) Digital approaches 6) Hermeneutic approaches 7) Making meaning from the everyday
8) Co-constructing literacies with communities.

This is the first handbook of literacy studies to recognise new trends and evolving trajectories together with a focus on radical epistemologies of literacy. The Routledge Handbook of Literacy Studies is an essential reference for undergraduate and postgraduate students and those researching and working in the areas of applied linguistics and language and literacy.

ASK: Chat with a Librarian

Chat, a free online service for all Western students but online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly assistance without having to be on campus. This FREE service is available during the following times (weekend hours start in September):

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Closed on Monday August 1st, 2016 (Civic Holiday)


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Get to know us! The Education Library is on Facebook and Twitter

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

Please join us online!

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Student2Scholar.jpg The Student2Scholar (S2S) modules will help graduate students in the social sciences develop their core academic literacies and research skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. Modules fall within four categories in the S2S learning journey: Inquiry and Exploration; Investigation and Organization; Analysis and Evaluation; and Creation and Communication. Each module includes a wide range of interactive, self-paced learning activities and assessments.

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

Good News! We have added more eBooks to our collection!

CITATION NEEDED.jpg Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses.

WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

eBook - Educating Educators with Social Media

Publisher's Summary:

Education Educators with social media.jpg Social media are increasingly popular platforms for collaboration and quick information sharing. This volume is a collection of reports on how these technologies are being used to educate educators with social media in creative and effective ways. Social networking technologies enable the integration of students and alumni in co-curricular activities in exciting and still evolving ways. The use of wikis, blogs, LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, text messaging, Flickr, Delicious, YouTube, Yahoo Pipes, Diigo, Second Life, Moodle, and other Web 2.0 technologies are shown in vivid examples and insightful critiques. The processes, design, delivery and evaluation of instruction using social media are examined in detail and include such topics as: the use of social media in developing countries for new approaches to teaching as support for individual and peer-based learning; new teaching orientations premised on social media such as focused distraction; enhancing in-class participation; how instructors are increasing the technical expertise that is needed by educators to develop their own 21st century curricula projects; and creating an ecosystem for life-long learning through social media.

eBook - The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research

Electronic access to this book is available through the library catalogue.

Description from the publisher:

Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research.jpg The Oxford Handbook of Qualitative Research presents a comprehensive overview of the field of qualitative research. It is intended for students of all levels, faculty, and researchers across the social sciences. The contributors represent some of the most influential and innovative researchers in the field as well as emerging scholars. This handbook provides a broad introduction to the field of qualitative research to those with little to no background in the subject, while simultaneously providing substantive contributions to the field that will be of interest to even the most experienced researchers. It serves as a user-friendly teaching tool suitable for a range of undergraduate or graduate courses, as well as individuals working on their thesis or other research projects. With a focus on methodological instruction, this volume offers both a retrospective and prospective view of the field. The first two sections explore the history of the field, ethics and philosophical/theoretical approaches. The next three sections focus on the major methods of qualitative practice as well as newer approaches (such as arts-based research and internet research); area studies often excluded (such as museum studies and disaster studies); and mixed methods and participatory methods (such as community-based research). The next section covers key issues including data analysis, interpretation, writing and assessment. The final section offers a commentary about politics and research and the move towards public scholarship.

eBook - The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management

Summary from the publisher:

The SAGE Guide to Educational Leadership and Management (available through the library catalogue) allows readers to gain knowledge of educational management in practice while providing insights into challenges facing educational leaders and the strategies, skills, and techniques needed to enhance administrative performance. This guide emphasizes the important skills that effective leaders must develop and refine, including communication, developing teams, coaching and motivating, and managing time and priorities. While being brief, simply written, and a highly practical overview for individuals who are new to this field, this reference guide will combine practice and research, indicate current issues and directions, and choices that need to be made.

Online Help for Online Students

We have prepared an Online Student Research Guide to introduce you to our library collections (databases, books, journals, ebooks, handbooks etc) and services (ASK: Chat with a Librarian. book delivery and email assistance with the Faculty of Education's Academic Librarian etc)


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Online Help for Online Students

The Education Library staff provide plenty of online help for online students!

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This book is available both in print and online through the library catalogue. Here is a summary of the second edition of this book from the publisher:

Qualitative research from start to finish EBOOK.jpg This book will help readers understand the practice of qualitative research--whether they want to do it, teach it, or just learn about it. All the major research phases are encompassed (startup, design, data collection, analysis, and composing), including newly emerging trends. Numerous easy-to-read vignettes show how other scholars have successfully implemented specific procedures. Equally distinctive, the book presents qualitative research as an adaptive craft. The array of choices among different procedures and methods enables readers to customize their own studies and to accommodate different worldviews and genres.

New to This Edition:

- Stronger discussion of different worldviews (e.g., constructivism, postpositivism, and pragmatism) and how they relate to different methodological choices.

- Clearer emphasis on doing a generalized qualitative study, while acknowledging 12 specialized genres (e.g., action-based research, arts-based research, autoethnography, grounded theory, phenomenology, and others).

- Expanded discussions of different kinds of qualitative study samples and of mixed methods.

- New ideas on how to avoid getting stalled when analyzing qualitative data.

- Consideration of an additional way of concluding a qualitative study: by taking action.

Pedagogical Features:

- Chapters start with an abstract and end with a suggested exercise.

- Key terms and concepts appear in boldface throughout the text and are listed in end-of-chapter recaps as well as in the book's glossary.

- Sections within each chapter start with a preview box: "What you should learn from this section."

- An appendix presents a semester- or yearlong field-based project.

Western Data Science Solutions

LOOKING FOR HELP WITH STATISTICS?


Western Data Science Solutions (formerly the Data Analytics Help Service) offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are brought to you by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries and with generous support from Western University through targeted funding to the Faculty of Science. LEARN MORE!


See also the HELP AND LEARNING RESOURCES webpage for GIS | Data and Statistics | Citation | Software Licenses

Long Weekend


Holiday Long Weekend.jpg The Education Library is CLOSED on Saturday July 30, Sunday July 31 and Monday August 1, 2016 to celebrate the Canadian Civic Holiday.

Of course, our online resources never close (but, we really encourage you to enjoy Rest&Recreation aka R&R this long weekend!!!)

Have you seen our SHELFIES?

We do not take selfies but we sure do love sharing SHELFIES over on the Education Library's Twitter page. Take a look!


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Our electronic resources are always OPEN

The Education Library is operating on our Summer hours of opening

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - CLOSED

We will resume weekend and evening hours in September!

Free Service - ASK: Chat with a Librarian

ASK: Chat with a Librarian is a free (and easy to use!) online service for all Western students but our online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly research assistance without having to be on campus. This is a FREE service and it is available during the following times:

September 12, 2016 - December 9, 2016

Monday - Thursday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 10:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday - Sunday: 12:00pm - 6:00pm

Closed: October 10, 2016 (Canadian Thanksgiving)


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Attention Faculty and Instructors

On August 2, 2016 Western Libraries launches a new Course Readings service. Developed in partnership with Affiliate University College Libraries, The Book Store at Western, the Instructional Technology Resource Centre in Information Technology Services and the Registrar's Office, Course Readings is designed to make requesting and accessing supplementary course material, regardless of format, easy both for instructors and for students. Read more about this awesome new service!

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Use our databases to find full text journal articles

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses (not journal articles but very useful!!!)
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Welcome to Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal

Welcome to Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal



We are very excited to welcome you to the launch of Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, a new forum dedicated to exploring and advancing art within the research process across disciplines and internationally.

We aim to advance arts-based research, arts-based educational research, a/r/tography, arts-informed inquiry and other approaches to research that use the creative arts during the inquiry or representation of research findings. We publish pieces that address methodological or theoretical issues, empirical work, and reviews.


Art/Research International is an online, peer reviewed, open-access journal. We are currently seeking submissions for all sections of the journal.

Sections of the Journal
Editorial (written by the Editors-in-Chief )
Art/Research Theoretical Musings
Art/Research in Action (with abstract or artist statement to accompany artwork)
Art/Research Reviews: books, art exhibitions, performances, films

Mobile Friendly Website

The Western Libraries public website is now fully mobile friendly - which means all of our pages will resize according to the device you are using. If you are using a desktop or larger tablet, you will see the site as you normally would. For smaller tablets and smartphones, our site will resize to fit the content on the screen more clearly. Enjoy Western Libraries on the go!

Summer Hours of Opening

The Education Library is operating on our Summer hours of opening

Monday - Friday 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday - CLOSED

We will resume weekend and evening hours in September!

Creative Commons

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Open Educational Resources (OER)

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In some cases, that means you can download a resource and share it with colleagues and students. In other cases, you may be able to download a resource, edit it in some way, and then re-post it as a remixed work. How do you know your options? OER often have a Creative Commons license or other permission to let you know how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared.

Research Metrics Guide

Western Libraries has developed a new website called Research Metrics. It provides an introduction to the various metrics and tools used to evaluate and assess research productivity.

This guide provides an introduction to the metrics used in the evaluation and assessment of research productivity and the tools used to collect these data. Please note that not all metrics work for all disciplines.

The website is found under Faculty Support / Scholarly Publishing on Western Libraries' website.

We've included author-level metrics, article-level metrics, journal-level metrics and altmetrics. We've embedded a number of tutorials (e.g. videos, screenshots, etc.) to enhance our users' self-learning. We only included tools that we subscribe to or have some freely-available services; since Western Libraries do not subscribe to any tools that offer institutional-level metrics, we have not included them.

Data or statistics?

Statistics are derived from data. When deciding whether you need data or statistics ask yourself:

Do I need a fact or a number? (you likely need statistics)

Do I need to do analysis for my work? (you likely need data)

Data can be manipulated and analyzed while statistics are static and fixed.

Statistical Sources and Resources

Everything (well, almost everything) you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Statistical Sources and Resources is available on this amazingly helpful Western Library Research Guide. It even contains a "citing statistics" example!

Data Analytics Help Service

data analytics.jpg The Data Analytics Help Service offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are provided by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries, through the generous financial support of the Faculty of Science.

Need theses or dissertations?

Western Libraries provides you with many ways to access dissertations and theses:

1. Scholarship@Western

2. Dissertations and Theses (database from ProQuest)

3. Dissertations and Theses from Western (database from ProQuest)

4. Western Theses and Dissertations (online and in print) through library catalogue

a) List of Education Dissertations and Theses (in print and online) from Library Catalogue

b) List of Education Dissertations and Theses (in print and online) from Library Catalogue

Need journal articles?

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Need books?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

Time to show your pride Western!

Once again this year, Western will have a unified presence in the 2016 London Pride Parade, taking place 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 24 in downtown London.

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Western faculty, staff, students and alumni will again join together to form a 'Purple Wave' and walk in the parade as members of an over-arching Western contingent. The Pride group will include members marching under the banners of the Western Queer Caucus, Pride Western, UWOFA, UWOSA, USC, SOGS, PMA and other Western organizations.

Women's Studies and Feminist Research professors Wendy Pearson and Samantha Brennan are co-organizers of the Western group. The Western pride banner will be followed by the Western Marching Band who have once again volunteered for the parade along with other campus community members.

All members of the Western community are invited to join in this family-friendly event and celebrate our community's commitment to diversity and equity. We will be assembling in the parking lot of Western Fairgrounds beginning at 11:30 a.m. At the end of the parade, we urge everyone to assemble for a post-Parade photograph in the north-eastern corner of Victoria Park.

Visit the Western Pride website uwo.ca/faculty_staff/pride/index.html to register and for more information.

Summer Sessions Begin

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We warmly welcome all new and returning students (on-site and online) as the Faculty of Education begins our Summer sessions.

The staff of the Education Library have created a getting started RESEARCH GUIDE to help you find and use our collections, services and online electronic resources like ebooks and journal articles (which you can then share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool).

If you have any questions about our collections, services or electronic resources, you will find a handy and direct email link within our Research Guide. We look forward to working together with you!

This thesis was written by Caely I. Dunlop (click on DOWNLOAD option in the link to read the full text):


Abstract:

Bullying represents a substantial issue facing Canadian youth, and is associated with negative outcomes across domains of function throughout the lifespan. Despite significant literature examining bullying involvement among adolescents in Canada, a paucity of research explores the bullying experiences of First Nations, Metis and Inuit (FNMI) youth. This is particularly concerning, as these youth may be at higher risk for bullying and its related consequences due to the cultural marginalization and systemic inequalities experienced by Indigenous peoples nationwide. The present study aims to address this gap in the literature, examining the bullying experiences of FNMI youth, the effects of these experiences on mental health and well-being, and the potential moderating effect of three protective factors (cultural, school and peer connectedness), using longitudinal data collected from a cohort of FNMI adolescents in a large school district in southwestern Ontario. Findings indicated that FNMI youth in this sample experienced increased bullying victimization and perpetration as compared to national averages, and that greater cumulative bullying victimization was associated with more negative mental health. Further, despite no apparent moderating effect, all three of the identified protective factors predicted mental wellbeing independent of bullying victimization. Results support a tiered approach to intervention, confirming the merit of culturally relevant, school-based programming that incorporates these factors, as well as suggesting the need for targeted bullying interventions to promote resilience and well-being, and mitigate risk among FNMI youth experiencing bullying.

Summer time.jpg The Education Library has prepared an Education RESEARCH GUIDE to help you make decisions about which of the many databases, ebooks and other resources will be useful to you. We also offer personalized consultation onsite or online (via email or phone) to answer any of your "getting started" questions about our amazing library resources. Contact your Academic Librarian Denise Horoky!

eCampus Ontario Portal

eCampusOntario.ca is the primary face of the Ontario Online Learning Consortium (OOLC), a not-for-profit corporation whose membership is composed of all publicly-funded colleges and universities in Ontario. Funding for OOLC and the eCampusOntario initiative comes from the Government of Ontario. Watch this video for a quick look at what eCampusOntario is all about.

A Focus on Learners:

eCampusOntario.ca was created as a portal for learners to find online and mostly online courses--through browsing, searching by keyword, or filtering by institution and delivery format. Course details include links to information about scheduling, tuition and fees, instructors, and information about how to get registered and to seek credit transfer. Previously identified course equivalencies are also listed where available. In addition, students can search based on a specific course they need credit for to find available online options at other institutions.

eCampus Ontario will continue to grow: colleges and universities are adding new online and mostly online courses and programs, and the Government of Ontario has provided special funding to support further development in order to improve opportunities for learners.

Students who may be new to online learning, or perhaps new to post-secondary education, may be interested in browsing the eCampus Ontario suite of Student Supports. These supports have been selected by a committee of representatives from colleges and universities to aid learners in basic study skills, writing, and math. Users will also find a selection of administrative resources, including links to information about financial support and studying in Canada as an international student. Learn more!

The Education Library supports the instructors and students at Western's Faculty of Education. Here is a list of some useful library services:

ASK: Chat with a Librarian - free online chat real-time chat help

Contact Information for your education Academic Librarian, Denise Horoky, and the Education Library team

Education Library RESEARCH GUIDE - starting point for assignments, papers, bibliographies, annotated bibliographies, additional readings and capstone projects.

Databases by Title - Western Libraries subscribes to over 700 databases and here is an alphabetical list of those databases

These are the databases we suggest you use to find the full text of journal articles:

CBCA Education (Canadian education information)
ERIC (access to the Grey Literature in education)
Education Research Complete
ProQuest Education Journals - START HERE!
Professional Development Collection (Education)

Digital Delivery of journal articles that are not available in any of our databases

Education Library's professional Facebook and Twitter pages provide additional information about our staff, services and collections.

The Education Library has three short introductory videos about using the databases to find full text journal articles

Citation Management Software (Zotero, Mendeley, EndNote etc) - quick overview to help you make a decision about which one is best for your needs

Western Libraries Videos and How-To's - short video introduction to a variety of library topics

All questions about COPYRIGHT can be directed to Copyright@Western

Online Students - you can have books couriered to you. Search the catalogue and send your request via email to Denise Horoky.

I will be showcasing our ebook collection in upcoming Blog posts. Stay tuned!


We are here to help you online or in-person! Contact us!

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In conjunction with the new Kindergarten program, the ministry is releasing the policy document Growing Success - The Kindergarten Addendum: Assessment, Evaluation, and Reporting in Ontario Schools, 2016. Beginning in September 2016, the assessment, evaluation, and reporting of children's learning in Kindergarten in Ontario schools will be based on the policies and practices described in this document.

Information about this new book from the publisher:

Languages and Literacies as Mobile and Placed Resources explores how languages and literacies are implicated in the complex relationship between place and mobility. It is a book that represents the next wave in literacy studies in which theories of mobility, networking and globalisation have emerged to account for the dynamic landscape of globally circulating communication resources. Authors in this volume take up a more complex way of thinking about resources, applying it to consider languages and literacies as assemblages or as parts of assemblages that are involved in learning, teaching and meaning-making. The book addresses forms of text and mobility that arise in contexts outside of formal education including marketing, charity, journalism, community organisation and parenting. It also addresses school contexts and higher education settings.

Key topics explored include:

- Consequences of workplace confinement
- Literacies as placed resources in the context of rural communities
- Literacy, sustainability and landscapes for learning
- Documenting networked knowledge on tablets
- Mobilising literacy policy through resources
- Global Englishes as placed resources
- Languages as contextualised resources
- Shaping a digital academic writing resource in a transcultural space

With an international range of carefully chosen contributors, this book is a must read text for all academics interested in semiotics and literacy studies.

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.

Copyright@Western

Western faculty, staff and students are creators of material that is subject to the protections of the Canadian Copyright Act. Every day, we also use the copyright-protected material of others in the course of our research, teaching and learning. The law and its application by Canadian courts serve to strike an equitable balance between these creator and user rights. Accordingly, each of us has both privileges and obligations that arise from Canadian copyright law itself and as it has been interpreted and applied by the courts.

This Copyright webportal provides access to resources and services to assist in clarifying these privileges and obligations for the Western community. It is designed to offer general copyright information and education not legal advice. All inquiries about copyright at Western should be sent to the email address provide on the webportal site.

Finding Grey Literature using the ERIC database

The ERIC database is one of the best sources for finding grey literature (GL) in the field of education. Although it provides primarily American information it will also capture some Canadian, British and Austrian education information.

The ERIC database is a source of information of longstanding having started in 1966 and continuing to the present day. The older documents were made available on microfiche and the Education Library has the complete set of ERIC microfiche.

However, the very good news is that the new documents are now almost all digitized and are often provided online with direct links.

The ERIC database will lead you to journal articles (coded with an EJ number) and documents (many of which will be considered grey literature and are coded with an ED number).

The ERIC documents coded with the prefix "ED" items are primarily grey literature. To find these documents, in the limiter box "Journal or Documents", limit to "Documents"

Here is an example of how to limit to documents only:


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The Education Library has ED microfiche from 1966 (when the database first started) to approximately 2004 (when full funding by the US Department of Education for the database ended). Grey literature continues to be added to the ERIC database. Most, but not all documents have been digitized and are available online.

Most important for online students: The newer ED documents will be found by searching the ERIC database and most (but not all) grey literature documents will be available online through a direct link in the database.

ERIC currently indexes grey literature content published by 1,057 selected centers, agencies, programs, associations, non-profit organizations, and initiatives.

To see a current list of these non-journal sources, click here (http://eric.ed.gov/?nonjournals) to access the list at the ERIC website.

The Education Academic Librarian, Denise Horoky, has been working with the ERIC database for almost 30 years and has a great deal of expertise in finding grey literature. Denise can provide further information and can assist in locating ERIC documents.


Meet your new best (scholarly) friends: Research Databases

Searching the research databases listed on the Western Libraries' website under the option RESEARCH TOOLS will give you easy access to current journal articles and other resources.

Most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize, save to a citation management software (like Zotero, Mendeley or EndNote to name a few) or share with your classmates with OWL's Dropbox tool.

We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Setting up email alerts in Scholar Portal Journals

Western University Students, Staff and Faculty will find Scholars Portal Journals on the Western Libraries DATABASES BY TITLE listed under S

Instructions for Setting Up Email Alerts: Scholars Portal Journals loaded its 44 millionth full-text article in February. With hundreds of thousands of new articles being added every month, email alerts provide a convenient way for users to stay up-to-date on the latest research in their fields.

Once a user has performed a search in Scholars Portal Journals (at Western University you will find it listed on Western Libraries' DATABASES BY TITLE list under S) they will be able to enter their email address to create an alert. The user will then receive an email once a week with newly loaded articles meeting the search criteria, as well as options to pause or delete the alert altogether. Users can set up as many email alerts as they need.

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Ask: Chat with A Librarian

Chat, a free online service for all Western students but online students will find it extremely beneficial for getting scholarly assistance without having to be on campus. This FREE service is available during the following times (weekend hours start in September):

Monday to Friday: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed


Closed on Monday August 1st, 2016 (Civic Holiday)


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Lots of APA Style Help Online

The rules of APA Style®, detailed in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, offer sound guidance for writing with simplicity, power, and concision.

APA Style has been adapted by many disciplines and is used by writers around the world. Accurately using APA Style is a mandatory part of graduate work here at the Faculty of Education in both our online and onsite environments.

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

Western Libraries Videos & How-To's

Short videos and guides that answer frequently asked questions about library research, collections, services and more!

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Student2Scholar.jpg The Student2Scholar (S2S) modules will help graduate students in the social sciences develop their core academic literacies and research skills, enabling them to participate more actively and confidently in their communities of research. Modules fall within four categories in the S2S learning journey: Inquiry and Exploration; Investigation and Organization; Analysis and Evaluation; and Creation and Communication. Each module includes a wide range of interactive, self-paced learning activities and assessments.

Academic Libraries have changed!

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Traditional academic libraries have changed. Our services, resources, collections and research support are online and available to you at your convenience. Change your mindset about academic libraries! Visit and experience our library here!

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WATCH ~ For a quick overview, check out our Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools video.

Western Libraries doesn't recommend any specific system, but we can help you get started using some of the more common ones!

And, most importantly of all, these citation management software all come with amazing ONLINE help, videos, how-to's and FAQ's. Choose one and then explore the accompanying help information. Like any other piece of software, there might be a slight learning curve but these are easy to learn and easy to use.

Getting started with your summer session course work?

Help red key on computer.jpg Searching the research databases will give you access to current journal articles and most (but not all) of these journal articles will be available in full text for you to read, analyze, utilize or share with your class mates with OWL's Dropbox tool at your convenience. We suggest Faculty of Education students use the following databases:

1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education content)
2. Dissertations and Theses
3. ERIC (content goes back to 1966)
4. Professional Development Collection
5. ProQuest Education Journals (start here!)

Of course, hundreds of other databases are also available to you through the Western Libraries' website!

Need help selecting or searching an appropriate database? Contact Denise Horoky.

Why should I use the library catalogue if I am an ONLINE student?

Questions.jpg Online students currently enrolled in Faculty of Education online courses - even if you never set foot in Western's Education Library - can search the library catalogue for relevant and useful books. If you are not able to find those resources close to you, we can ship books to you within Canada (sorry - we do not provide any International shipping services) free of charge. You are responsible for getting the books safely back to us (and costs to you may be incurred if you courier the items back to us or if overdue fines are incurred). It is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. Search the Western Libraries' catalogue for titles and call numbers
2. Contact us (use first email address on contact info page) with those titles and call numbers
3. Provide us with name, course number, student number, mailing address & telephone number.

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

Please join us online!

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Welcome Summer School 2016 Students


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We warmly welcome all new and returning students (on-site and online) as the Faculty of Education begins our Summer sessions.

The staff of the Education Library have created a getting started RESEARCH GUIDE to help you find and use our collections, services and online electronic resources like journal articles (which you can then share with your class mates with OWL's Dropbox tool).

If you have any questions about our collections, services or electronic resources, you will find a handy and direct email link within our Research Guide. We look forward to working together with you!

We are here to help!

Whether you are on-site or ONLINE, the staff of the Education Library are here to help you locate and use our collections, services and electronic resources. It is easy to CONTACT US!

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Education Library is CLOSED on Friday July 1st

The Education Library will be CLOSED on Friday July 1st.

We are looking forward to enjoying our Canada Day long weekend with family and friends.

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We have online access to this book through the library catalogue.

Summary from the publisher:

Do video games cause violent, aggressive behavior? Can online games help us learn?

When it comes to video games, these are often the types of questions raised by popular media, policy makers, scholars, and the general public. In this collection, international experts review the latest research findings in the field of digital game studies and weigh in on the actual physical, social, and psychological effects of video games. Taking a broad view of the industry from the moral panic of its early days up to recent controversies surrounding games like Grand Theft Auto, contributors explore the effects of games through a range of topics including health hazards/benefits, education, violence and aggression, addiction, cognitive performance, and gaming communities. Interdisciplinary and accessibly written, The Video Game Debate reveals that the arguments surrounding the game industry are far from black and white, and opens the door to richer conversation and debate amongst students, policy makers, and scholars alike

We have online access to this book through the library catalogue.

Summary from the publisher:

The International Handbook of Research in Professional and Practice-based Learning discusses what constitutes professionalism, examines the concepts and practices of professional and practice-based learning, including associated research traditions and educational provisions. It also explores professional learning in institutions of higher and vocational education as well the practice settings where professionals work and learn, focusing on both initial and ongoing development and how that learning is assessed. The Handbook features research from expert contributors in education, studies of the professions, and accounts of research methodologies from a range of informing disciplines. It is organized in two parts. The first part sets out conceptions of professionalism at work, how professions, work and learning can be understood, and examines the kinds of institutional practices organized for developing occupational capacities. The second part focuses on procedural issues associated with learning for and through professional practice, and how assessment of professional capacities might progress. The key premise of this Handbook is that during both initial and ongoing professional development, individual learning processes are influenced and shaped through their professional environment and practices. Moreover, in turn, the practice and processes of learning through practice are shaped by their development, all of which are required to be understood through a range of research orientations, methods and findings. This Handbook will appeal to academics working in fields of professional practice, including those who are concerned about developing these capacities in their students. In addition, students and research students will also find this Handbook a key reference resource to the field.

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

The What's in it for Schools series has been written by experts in the field for an audience of busy practitioners. The books present research and thinking about topical education issues and present it in an accessible and relevant way.

What makes a good leader? Does good leadership matter in helping schools be more successful? Sergiovanni's concise and accessible book Leadership: What's In It For Schools? examines leadership in a practical way by helping principals, heads, teachers and parents establish their roles and responsibilities and get to grips with the unique leadership requirements of schools.

The author explores issues such as leadership, what it is and how it works, character and culture as keys to improvement, how to build commitment, motivation and improved performance, and using local standards and assessments to improve schools and leadership as a form of social capital.

Summary from the publisher:

Ebook teaching Online.jpg It is difficult to imagine a college class today that does not include some online component―whether a simple posting of a syllabus to course management software, the use of social media for communication, or a full-blown course offering through a MOOC platform. In Teaching Online, Claire Howell Major describes for college faculty the changes that accompany use of such technologies and offers real-world strategies for surmounting digital teaching challenges.

Teaching with these evolving media requires instructors to alter the ways in which they conceive of and do their work, according to Major. They must frequently update their knowledge of learning, teaching, and media, and they need to develop new forms of instruction, revise and reconceptualize classroom materials, and refresh their communication patterns. Faculty teaching online must also reconsider the student experience and determine what changes for students ultimately mean for their own work and for their institutions.

Teaching Online presents instructors with a thoughtful synthesis of educational theory, research, and practice as well as a review of strategies for managing the instructional changes involved in teaching online. In addition, this book presents examples of best practices from successful online instructors as well as cutting-edge ideas from leading scholars and educational technologists. Faculty members, researchers, instructional designers, students, administrators, and policy makers who engage with online learning will find this book an invaluable resource.

This journal article appeared in the August 2015 issue of Transcultural Psychiatry (Volume 52, Issue Number 4).

Abstract provided by the publisher:

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a psychological intervention that has wide clinical applications with emerging empirical support. It is based on Functional Contextualism and is derived as a clinical application of the Relational Frame Theory, a behavioral account of the development of human thought and cognition. The six core ACT therapeutic processes include: Acceptance, Defusion, Present Moment, Self-as-Context, Values, and Committed Action. In addition to its explicit use of the concept of mindfulness, the therapeutic techniques of ACT implicitly incorporate other aspects of Buddhism. This article describes the basic principles and processes of ACT, explores the similarities and differences between ACT processes and some of the common tenets in Buddhism such as the Four Noble Truths and No-Self, and reports on the experience of running a pilot intervention ACT group for the Cambodian community in Toronto in partnership with the community's Buddhist Holy Monk. Based on this preliminary exploration in theory and the reflections of the group experience, ACT appears to be consistent with some of the core tenets of Buddhism in the approach towards alleviating suffering, with notable differences in scope reflecting their different aims and objectives. Further development of integrative therapies that can incorporate psychological and spiritual as well as diverse cultural perspectives may help the continued advancement and evolution of more effective psychotherapies that can benefit diverse populations.

This journal article appears in the July 2014 issue of Behavioral Development Bulletin (Volume 19, Issue Number 2).

Abstract provided by the publisher:

The understanding of self-control from a behavior analytic perspective has developed over the past several decades. Researchers have refined the concept of self-control and developed empirical interventions to support I the utilization of self-control training in translational and applied settings. This paper describes self-control training, how interventions have been implemented, and suggestions for future research. Future directions include implementing self-control training procedures from a Relational Frame Theory perspective

This journal article appears in the March 2016 issue of The Psychological Record (Volume 66, Issue Number 1).

Abstract from the publisher:

Relational frame theory contains a foundational assumption that coherence (i.e., making sense) is reinforcing for verbally competent humans. That is, it is assumed that humans relate ambiguous stimuli together because they have an extensive learning history where doing so resulted in both effective environmental action and socially mediated reinforcement (e.g., praise, positive attention).

Interested in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?

Western students, staff and faculty have access to the Dissertations and Theses databases.

Here is how you find these (and more!) titles:

You will find this, and all our other databases, listed under the RESEARCH TOOLS option along the top of the library website.

Under RESEARCH TOOLS choose DATABASES.

All of our databases will appear in an alphabetical list.

Click on D

Choose the Dissertations and Theses database from the alphabetical list.

Use keywords, author's names, geographic area or institutional names to find dissertations and theses.

Questions about searching databases or selecting appropriate keywords - just ask Denise Horoky at the Education Library!


This is a list of selected current dissertations and theses using the keywords:

"educational leadership" and Canada


Leadership Experience for Academic Direction (LEAD): Perspectives from the Student Success Teachers (2016)

Leading Change from the Middle: An Exploration of Leadership Competencies to Assist Ontario College Associate Deans and/or Chairs be Successful in Their Roles (2016)

Bridging the educational binary divide: A case study in the sustainability of inter-institutional relationships (2016)

Enhancing capacity for innovation within the York Region District School Board (2016)

How District System Leaders Support Principal Capacity Building in Ontario: A Study of the Leading Student Achievement Initiative (2016)

The Effectiveness of Large Scale Transformational Change Across a School District (2016)

Building Peaceful Secondary School Climates: A Comparison of Anti-Violence, Equity, Engagement and Community-Building Practices (2016)

Ontario colleges and the introduction of degrees: Mission drift or sustaining the mission? (2016)

Building sustainable leadershp for inclusive school communities: A case of Muslim parents (2016)

Restorative Peacemaking Circles and other Conflict Management Efforts in Three Ontario High Schools (2016)

Student engagement: A qualitative study of extracurricular activities (2016)

Secondary Educators Perceptions of Teacher to Parent Communication and the Relationship to Student Achievement (2015)

How is international experience considered during local teacher hiring? (2015)

The Micropolitical Acumen of Secondary School Principals in Ontario (2015)

Focused teacher professional development to improve the literacy performance of middle school students in Alberta, Canada (2015)

Principal technology leadership and student achievement (2015)

Teacher perspectives on safety policies and procedures in Ontario public schools (2015)

Teacher Perceptions about Retention and Classroom Climate in Remote Schools in Western Canada (2015)

The Ontario Leadership Framework for Catholic Principals and Vice-Principals: Purpose Versus Practice (2014)

Understanding the human side of school leadership: Improving teacher morale, efficacy, motivation, and commitment (2014)

Defining "success" in Indigenous education: Exploring the perspectives of Indigenous educators in a Canadian city (2014)

What Catches On? The Role of Evidence in the Promotion and Evaluation of Educational Innovations (2014)

Exploring the Relationship Between Principal Behaviour and Student Achievement (2014)

High School Principal and Student Power Relationships When Students Choose Distance Education Courses (2014)

The Influence of Self-Efficacy on Principals' Capacity to Lead in Low Socioeconomic Status Schools (2014)

How Principals Cultivate Technology Integration and Use Professional Learning Networks (2014)

Roots and Pathways to Secure and Transformational Leadership (2013)

Active Followership: An Essential Component of the Teacher-Principal Relationship (2013)

Confucian Junzi Leadership: A Model of Authentic Moral Transformation for Educational Leaders (2013)

Exploring School Principal Preparation and Development in Northern Canada: The Case of Nunavut's Educational Leadership Program (ELP) (2013)

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

eBooks Purchased for the Education Library

2016 Robert Macmillan Graduate Award in Educational Leadership

Robert-MacMillan_small-cropped.png A panel of faculty members working in Educational Leadership has awarded PhD student Heather Crowe the 2016 Robert Macmillan Graduate Award in Educational Leadership. This Award was established by Dr. Kathryn Noel, as well as friends and family, in memory of Dr. Robert B. Macmillan and recognizes a student who has overcome adversity and contributed to the larger community through demonstrated compassion and service. Please join us in congratulating Heather on this accomplishment!

eBook - Learning in Virtual Worlds: Research and Applications



Summary from the publisher:

Learning in Virtual Worlds.jpg Three-dimensional (3D) immersive virtual worlds have been touted as being capable of facilitating highly interactive, engaging, multimodal learning experiences.

Much of the evidence gathered to support such claims has been anecdotal but the potential that these learning environments hold to solve traditional problems in online and technology-mediated education-primarily learner isolation and student
disengagement-has resulted in considerable investments in virtual world platforms like Second Life, OpenSimulator, and Open Wonderland by both professors and institutions.

To justify this ongoing and sustained investment, institutions and proponents of simulated learning environments must assemble a robust body of evidence that illustrates the most effective use of this powerful learning tool.

In this authoritative collection, a team of international experts outline the emerging trends and developments in the use of 3D virtual worlds for teaching and learning. They explore aspects of learner interaction with virtual worlds, such as user wayfinding in Second Life, communication modes and perceived presence, and accessibility issues for elderly or disabled learners.

They also examine advanced technologies that hold potential for the enhancement of learner immersion and discuss best practices in the design and implementation of virtual world-based learning interventions and tasks.

By evaluating and documenting different methods, approaches, and strategies, the contributors to Learning in Virtual Worlds offer important information and insight to both scholars and practitioners in the field.

Data Analytics Help Service

The Data Analytics Help Service offers statistical consulting and workshops on software and data analysis. These services are provided by the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences in cooperation with Western Libraries, through the generous financial support of the Faculty of Science.


Statistical Sources and Resources

Everything (well, almost everything) you wanted to know but were afraid to ask about Statistical Sources and Resources is available on this amazingly helpful Western Library Research Guide. It even contains a "citing statistics" example!

Data or Statistics?

Statistics are derived from data. When deciding whether you need data or statistics ask yourself:

Do I need a fact or a number? (you likely need statistics)

Do I need to do analysis for my work? (you likely need data
)

Data can be manipulated and analyzed while statistics are static and fixed.

2016 Spring Winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education

The Faculty of Education is very pleased to announce that Armush Salahadin has been selected as the 2016 Spring winner of the W.A. Townshend Gold Medal in Education.

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

A few words from Armush regarding her area of research:

My Master's thesis examined the supports that are needed by individuals who are impacted by fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD) and their caregivers. Participants expressed the importance of their children to receive assistance through constant supervision, day-to-day living arrangements, implementation of services for the adult population, financial stability, as well as legal and emotional support. Results also emphasized that caregivers require services to be consistent and lasting, as this is a life-long impairment. I strongly believe that as we approach future public health concerns, FASD must be at the forefront of our concerns. Implications of the current research extend the significance of developing action-plans in the areas of diagnosis, training for professionals, community support, and the accessibility and availability of services especially for adults who are FASD affected.

Leading Learning: Standards of Practice for School Library Learning Commons in Canada, 2014 presents a model for the development and implementation of the school library as a library learning commons. It provides educators with a common set of standards of practice for moving forward.

Leading Learning addresses the impact on education of new technologies. The explosion of digital information calls for new working spaces, new networks, and new approaches to supporting learning.

Leading Learning is focused on the concept of the new school library learning commons which responds to the needs of 21st century learners. School libraries are measured by the transformative changes in knowledge and learning they encourage and support.

In the document, learning commons are positioned as centres of teaching expertise which is achieved through a combination of resources, technologies, collaborative strategies, and physical and virtual learning spaces that support all learners as they evolve.

The Librarian is reading...

Summary of the book from the publisher:

Narrative Networks.jpg Narrative is a fundamental means whereby we make sense of our own lives and of the world around us. The stories we tell, and are being told, shape our identities, relationships and world-views. In a rapidly changing digital society where blogging and social networking have become fundamental communication channels, the platforms for the creation and exchange of all kinds of narratives have greatly expanded.

This book responds to the dynamic production and consumption of stories of all kinds in popular and academic cultures. It offers a comprehensive discussion of the underlying philosophical and methodological issues of narrative and personal narrative research as well as applying these to the current digital landscape. The book provides practical guidance on data management and use of software for the narrative researcher.

Illustrated with examples from a range of fields and disciplines as well as the author's own work on hacking cultures and cultural activism, this title is a must for anyone wanting to learn about narrative approaches in social research and how to conduct successful narrative research in a digital age.

Summary from the publisher:

This highly detailed study (available through the library catalogue) maps four decades of evolution of the concept of what constitutes effective school leadership. It analyses the theoretical background to these developments and advocates the utility of thinking of a 'lean' form of school leadership that is comparable to the concept of 'meta-control'.

A wide-ranging survey of the empirical research literature on leadership effects includes the presentation of results from earlier meta-analyses as well as a new meta-analysis on some 25 studies carried out between 2005 and 2010. This survey demonstrates that older reviews and meta-analyses were predominantly based on so-called 'direct effect' studies, while more recent studies have tried to quantify the indirect effects of leadership, mediated by other school variables.

While acknowledging the relatively small total effect of leadership on student outcomes, the study does identify promising intermediary factors which, stimulated by specific leadership behaviours, impact on student performance. The book ends by drawing out wider implications for educational practice and policy, presented under headings such as 'schools need leadership', 'the toolkit of the school leader as a meta-controller', 'the special case of turning around failing schools' and 'efficiency of school leadership'. In passing, the authors make several suggestions about potentially fruitful next steps in researching the effects of school leadership.

eBook - Linking Leadership to Student Learning

Summary from the publisher:

Leadership is second only to classroom instruction as an influence on student achievement. Strong leadership can potentially unleash latent capacities that already exist in an organization. The authors, after five years of research, could not find a single documented case of a school that managed to turn around its student achievement trajectory in the absence of talented leadership. This thoroughly researched book (available through the library catalogue) examines all types of leaders: from the school principal to the teacher leader. The authors also look closely at each organizational level in the school system--school, classroom, community, district, and state.

Summary from the publisher:

In the volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous world of education today, leaders need to take an engaged, activist, and courageous approach to help build optimistic futures for all students. Transformative Leadership in Education (available through the library catalogue) presents an alternative approach to leadership for deep and equitable change. Using vignettes, stories, research, and drawing on scholarship from a range of disciplines, noted scholar Carolyn M. Shields explores the concept of transformative leadership and its potential to create learning environments that are just and inclusive. Drawing on examples from transformative school leaders, Shields demonstrates that this leadership can promote academic achievement, family and community empowerment, democratic engagement, and global citizenship.

Special features include:

- End-of-chapter guiding questions to help readers reflect on their own practice and to apply the concepts in their own contexts

- Vignettes and stories from students, teachers, and community members illustrate how transformative leadership can promote academic achievement and democratic engagement

- A robust companion website with extra resources, video and audio clips, and an author blog to further understanding and lead to sustained action toward the goals of transformative leadership.

This exciting text will appeal to all aspiring and practicing leaders who want to prepare students to be successful, caring, and engaged citizens of the global community.

eBook - The Tools of Leadership

Summary from the publisher:

Our schools now face a demand for productivity and accountability that is greater than ever before. Many school leaders are ill prepared to implement a system that will use real time data to monitor, manage and make the teaching/learning activity in the school more effective. This book (available through the library catalogue) introduces school leaders to such a system and provides the concepts and "hand on tools" that will guide them in their efforts to draw people together in pursuit of a common goal and to bring out the best performance from the people with whom they work.

Summary from the publisher:

"Who is an effective leader?" has been a question posed by scholars, educators and practitioners of leadership for centuries. Historically, leadership positions, as well as research on leadership and effective leadership, was primarily reserved for men or masculine characteristics With most societies traditionally following a patriarchal hierarchy, few people questioned inequalities in leadership attainment, largely because of supernatural and/or natural explanations of men's natural ability and desire to lead.

This book (available through the library catalogue) runs counter to that culture and examines the experiences and leadership enactments of ten historically famous women leaders in hopes of gaining insight into their uniquely female leadership styles. The ten leaders include Catherine the Great, Jane Addams, Queen Victoria, Marie Montessori, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, Mother Teresa, Margaret Thatcher, Pat Summit, and Hillary Clinton. The idea, of course, is to reflect upon these great women's leadership styles in order to inform one's own leadership behavior.

eBook - Educational Leadership and Michel Foucault

Summary from the publisher:

Drawing from the ideas of Michel Foucault, this book (available through the library catalogue) offers a critical examination of today's dominant discourse of educational leadership. Foucault's understanding of critique is as a 'permanent' ethos in which humans explore the nature of their existence but at the same time query the limits imposed upon them, and probe opportunities for increasing freedom. This book outlines the key concepts in the work of Foucault, and demonstrates how his concepts of discourse, power/knowledge, and governmentality offer an understanding of how ideas of educational leadership and management have emerged, how they serve to establish a discipline, and how they construct individuals - pupils, teachers, and head teachers - in particular ideological ways.

The discourse of educational leadership and management not only represents a specific means of 'governing' education but also calls for the development of approved management and leadership skills and behaviours. The related focus on cultivating, valuing, and rewarding effective leaders is eminently suited to Foucauldian critique, which not only questions the basis for its assumptions and norms, but also examines the way in which the subjects of ELMA - today's educational professionals - are both constructed by the discourse and are called upon to shape themselves accordingly.

Included in the book:

- educational leadership as discourse

- educational leadership as discipline

- power and educational leadership

- governmentality and educational leadership.

By both applying theory and examining empirical exemplars, this volume offers a challenge to dominant leadership discourse and suggests alternative understandings of the field and approaches to practice. The book will be of value to researchers and postgraduate students with an interest in educational leadership, management and administration, as well as to practitioners in the school system.

Summary from the publisher:

Jacques Derrida and Jean-François Lyotard constitute two of the most notable figures of poststructuralist thought and philosophy of the postmodern period. Both worked to reveal instabilities and uncertainty, and to destabilise assumptions and self-evident traditions for the purposes of reflection, creativity and innovative thinking. This significant volume explores the key concepts central to the work of Derrida and Lyotard in relation to educational leadership, and reveals how these ideas challenge existing structures, hierarchies and models of thought.

Derrida's notions of difference and deconstruction, and Lyotard's concepts of language games, performativity and the differend, are specifically used to inform provocative and insightful critiques of the positivist assumptions and knowledge construction in the field of educational leadership. The book (available through the library catalogue) provides concrete examples of the application of theories to policy, literature and empirical data, and identifies ideas which continue to impact contemporary practices of educational leadership and management.

Summary from the publisher:

Inside the Team: Questions and Answers Facing Teacher Leaders (available through the library catalogue) is a book for K-12 teachers and leaders who face dilemmas leading teams of peers. With little formal training, few venues for professional conversation, and more responsibilities to lead groups of peers, teacher leaders are seeking answers and direction that will help them build strong professional teams to support student learning. Inside the Team acknowledges a number of changes that are having a profound impact on schools today. Technology, copious information accessible via the Internet, a focus on standards and test scores, fewer teachers with more students, and the never ending cycle of change all impact teaching and learning. Teacher leaders and teams have been asked to step up and shoulder more of the responsibilities to make schools work. However, good intentions aren't enough. Using Q/A scenarios and building context for leadership in practice, the authors provide answers, useful, practical tools, resources, models and conversation starters that move teams forward.

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