Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

SAGE Western

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

Research Ethics at Western: What You Need to Know

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

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

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


Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Librarian is reading...

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

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

The contents covers:

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

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

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

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

New Book ~ Handbook of Ethical Educational Leadership

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

New Book ~ Narrative Inquiry in Language Teaching and Learning Research

The information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

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

New Book ~ Digital Tools for Qualitative Research

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

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

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

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

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

This information is provided by the publisher:

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

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

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

New Book ~ Queer Inclusion in Teacher Education

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

Companion Website for Research Methods in Education (Seventh Edition)

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

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

People We Know ~ Dr. Linda Baker

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

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

Education Library's Hours of Opening

People We Know ~ Robin Keirstead and the Western Archives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TODAY ~ Monday September 8, 2014 ~ International Literacy Day

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

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

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

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

Starting Your Research with the Education Research Databases

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

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

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

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

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

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

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

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Help with APA Style®

Are your professors suggesting you use the APA Style?

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

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

Education Library Research Information for Graduate Students

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

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Instructional Videos

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


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

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

Fall/Winter Hours of Opening


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

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


Got library related questions? Give Chat a try!

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

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


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

PhD Student Orientation ~ Thursday September 4, 2014

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

This document just might save your (scholarly) life!

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

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

Time Flies! Let's Talk about Thanksgiving!

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

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

The School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) Network

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Follow COU on Twitter: @OntUniv

Staffing Change in Education Library ~ Acting Director Appointed

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

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Instructional Videos

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

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


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

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

Quick Answer is NO.

Publishers will have a statement similar to this one when it comes to printing eBooks:

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

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

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

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

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

Attention Faculty Members, Instructors and Teaching Assistants:

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

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

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

Helpful Hints for filling out the Reserve Request Form:

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

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

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

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

Research Consultations with the Academic Librarians are Available

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Education Library Maintains a Strong Social Media Presence

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

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

People We Know ~ Congratulations ~ Barb MacQuarrie and Peter Jaffe

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

Planning Ahead for Thanksgiving?

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

Acting Director of the Education Library ~ Melanie Mills

In cased you missed this announcement earlier in the summer:

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

Help with APA Style®

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

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

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

Name Change ~ Research Guides

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

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

Copyright at Western University

Western University has a new copyright information page.

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

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

People We Know ~ Lori McKee

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

Contact the Staff at the Education Library

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

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

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

Click HERE to learn more about this wonderful service!

Fall/Winter Hours of Opening

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

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

We're Back!

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

Copyright at Western University Information

Western University has a new copyright information page.


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

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

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

Quick Answer is NO.

Publishers will have a statement similar to this one when it comes to printing eBooks:

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

Hey, have you been accepted into one of Western's Faculty of Education programs?


Get to know YOUR Education Library by scrolling down through the Tweets of our Twitter Account


We KNOW you will find the Education Library's Twitter account interesting and useful.

Education Library's Summer Hours of Opening

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

Education Library Excels at Online and Onsite Student Support

There is a whole suite of library services to support online and onsite students with their assignments, literature reviews and research. We excel at student support!


NB: Always start your research at the Western Libraries website.
If you are connecting to any of the Western Libraries' resources from off campus, you must log on to the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS using your Western username and password (the same combo you use to access Western email).


Of course, the first thing you need to know is that you have two academic librarians working at the Education Library whose job it is to support you! In addition, there are four other library staff members to assist you. Our friendly staff are all here to help you.

The Education Library can be contacted at 519-661-2111 ext 88275 Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. These are summer hours and will expanded in September.

Always check Western Libraries websites for complete hours of opening.

The Education Library can be contacted by phone and email. Here are the details for contacting us!


There is a Getting Started Guide on the Education Library website.


Program Guides are created by library staff to help students getting started finding library resources.


The Education Library also maintains the following SOCIAL MEDIA accounts in order to support our students and faculty members and to promote online professional learning networks (PLNs):


Education Library Blog


Education Library on Twitter


Education Library on Facebook


Education Library's Short Instructional Videos

In addition to the specialized services listed above that are provided by the Education Library, Western Libraries provides a Chat Reference Service .

If you want to read this electronic resource, The Schools We Need: A New Blueprint for Ontario: Final Report by Kenneth Leithwood and Michael Fullan online, please follow these instructions:

1. Start at the Western Libraries website
2. Log into OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS (with your Western username and password)
3. Choose the CATALOGUE search option
4. Type the title in the catalogue search box
5. Click on the CONNECT TO INTERNET RESOURCE link in the middle of the catalogue record.
6. In this case, a PDF copy of this electronic resource will automatically load. Loading of pages may be slow so please be patient.
7. Now, enjoy reading The Schools We Need: A New Blueprint for Ontario: Final Report online.


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library for further assistance.

Victoria Day Long Weekend ~ May 17, 18 and 19

The Education Library is closed on Monday May 19th in order to celebrate Victoria Day.
Always check the Education Library's website for a full list of hours of opening.

If you want to read this electronic resource, The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact by Michael Fullan, please follow these instructions:

1. Go to Western Libraries website
2. Log into OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS (with your Western username and password)
3. Choose the CATALOGUE search option
4. Type the title in the catalogue search box
5. Click on the link in the middle of the catalogue record.
6. You *might* be prompted to type in your Western username and password again.
7. The cover of the book will be displayed first.
8. The various parts of the book (cover, introduction, preface, information about the author, acknowledgements, chapters etc.,) will be listed along the left hand side of the screen.
9. Most of these parts of the book will have a PLUS SIGN beside them.You can click on this PLUS SIGN to see more information about the various parts of the book and move from chapter to chapter. Loading of pages may be slow so please be patient.
10. Now, enjoy reading The Principal: Three Keys to Maximizing Impact online.


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library for further assistance.

If you want to read this electronic resource, Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education: Rethinking Multilingualism and Interculturality edited by Julie S. Byrd Clark and Fred Dervin online, please follow these instructions:

1. Go to Western Libraries website
2. Log into OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS (with your Western username and password)
3. Choose the CATALOGUE search option
4. Type the title in the catalogue search box
5. Click on the link in the middle of the catalogue record.
6. You *might* be prompted to type in your Western username and password again.
7. Choose READ ONLINE from the left hand side of the screen. Loading of pages may be slow so please be patient.
8. Now, enjoy reading Reflexivity in Language and Intercultural Education: Rethinking Multilingualism and Interculturality online.


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library for further assistance.

In other GOOD NEWS, we also have a copy of this book in the Education Library STACKS collections on the lower level of the Education Library.

If you want to read this electronic resource, A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories written by Matthew Lynch, online please follow these instructions:

1. Go to Western Libraries website
2. Log into OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS (with your Western username and password)
3. Choose the CATALOGUE option
4. Type the title in the catalogue search box
5. Click on the link in the middle of the catalogue record.
6. You *might* be prompted to type in your Western username and password again.
7. Choose READ ONLINE from the left hand side of the screen. Loading of pages may be slow so please be patient.
8. Now, enjoy reading A Guide to Effective School Leadership Theories


If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian at the Education Library for further assistance.

FAQ ~ Can I print an eBook?

Quick Answer is NO.

Publishers will have a statement similar to this one when it comes to printing eBooks:

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

Here are the instructions for getting online access to this ebook.

Not to worry ~ these instructions may seem long/daunting but that is only because we have broken this process into steps. It will only take you a minute or so to get through these steps/instructions (although sometimes the actual loading of the ebook takes longer during peak use periods). Once the book has loaded you will be successfully on your way to reading this electronic resource.

Please Note: The last two steps are instructions for further help from the Education Library. We are here to help you!

Here you go: These instructions must be followed exactly for you to be successful in gaining access to library resources:

1. Go to Western Libraries website.

2. On the far right hand side of the website you will see the OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS option and below it a place for Username and Password.
You MUST login through OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS to get access to electronic resources.

3. Type your Western Username and Password (same as your Western email account) and click on Login

4. The Western Libraries page will disappear for a few seconds and then reappear.

5. Now, from the Western Libraries' website choose to do a CATALOGUE search.

6. Type in the title. Here is the correct title: Curriculum Studies Reader

7. When the catalogue record appears you will see this message in the middle of the screen: CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR ONLINE ACCESS.
Click on that link - your ebook is now loading (loading may be slow at peak times of the day/night)

8.Success! Once you have clicked on the online access button in the middle of the catalogue screen, and it has loaded (it might be slow loading) you are in the book and you can now proceed to read it online. Be sure to use the left hand menu to find appropriate pages and chapters. Happy Reading!

9. If this does not work - please email us directly at: eduref@uwo.ca

10. We have prepared a short introductory video that takes you visually through this process.

Here are the instructions for getting access to this ebook.

Not to worry ~ these instructions may seem long/daunting but that is only because we have broken this process into steps. It will only take you a minute or so to get through these steps/instructions (although sometimes the actual loading of the ebook takes longer during peak use periods). Once the book has loaded you will be successfully on your way to reading this electronic resource.

Please Note: The last two steps are instructions for further help from the Education Library. We are here to help you!

Here you go: These instructions must be followed exactly for you to be successful in gaining access to library resources:

1. Go to Western Libraries website.

2. On the far right hand side of the website you will see the OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS option and below it a place for Username and Password.
You MUST login through OFF-CAMPUS ACCESS to get access to electronic resources.

3. Type your Western Username and Password (same as your Western email account) and click on Login

4. The Western Libraries page will disappear for a few seconds and then reappear.

5. Now, from the Western Libraries' website choose to do a CATALOGUE search.

6. Type in the title. Here is the correct title: It's about learning (and it's about time)

7. When the catalogue record appears you will see this message in the middle of the screen: CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINKS FOR ONLINE ACCESS.
Click on that link - your ebook is now loading (loading may be slow at peak times of the day/night)

8.Success! Once you have clicked on the online access button in the middle of the catalogue screen, and it has loaded (it might be slow loading) you are in the book and you can now proceed to read it online. Be sure to use the left hand menu to find appropriate pages and chapters. Happy Reading!

9. If this does not work - please email us directly at: eduref@uwo.ca

10. We have prepared a short introductory video that takes you visually through this process.


Denise Horoky and Christena McKillop are the academic librarians at the Education Library. We provide research support for the Faculty of Education students, faculty and researchers. In addition, you have a whole team of Western University academic librarians and archivists supporting you and your research. Contact us. We are all here to help you!

Attention All Educators: Third edition of Copyright Matters! Some Key Questions and Answers for Teachers is now available online.

Western University has a new copyright information page. All questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to copyright@uwo.ca.

Getting Started ~ Contact Us

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

Getting Started ~ Education Library's Short Instructional Videos

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

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


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

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

Western Libraries' boasts one of the most reputable scholarly collections of library resources in Canada. However, through the course of your research, you may encounter library resources not found in the Western Libraries' collections.

The Interlibrary Loan (ILL) service supports the research and scholarship needs of the Western community by attempting to borrow materials not available at Western Libraries through our interlibrary loan service. The free service is available to all registered faculty, students and staff of Western University and its Affiliated University Colleges.

RACER is an online Interlibrary Loan system used to search for material and place requests. To access RACER you must have an account. To create your account, you need to register.

If you have already registered, simply login.

IMPORTANT: When creating your RACER account please keep in mind that your University ID number is used as your login and your password is created by you.

The Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Education™ database focuses on Canadian information in the field of education. It's the perfect source for those interested in teaching, educational research, policy and educational leadership/administration in Canada.

CBCA Education is a ProQuest product so the search screen will look similar to the ERIC database and to the ProQuest Education Journals database.

It is easy to get started! Start at the Western Libraries homepage.

If you are working off campus you must type in your Western University username and password (the same ones you use for your Western email account) in the OFF CAMPUS ACCESS option on the Western Libraries website.

Click on the RESEARCH tab along the top of the Western Libraries homepage.
Click on DATABASES.
Click on C.
Click on CBCA Education.
(NB: You may want to bookmark this link for later easy access)
Start typing in (and combining) your keywords.

Remember: Most (but not all) articles will be available to you to read online in full text at your convenience.

Getting Started ~ Education Research Databases

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

As a student a Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases and full-text journal articles.

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

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

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

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

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

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

Getting Started ~ Consult the Western Libraries' Program Guides

Attention Online and Onsite Graduate Students: When planning your papers, assignments, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews you will find the Western Libraries' Program Guides (especially the ones created for Education Graduate students) a great place to start your research.



Summon is a simple search engine that will discover content from Western Libraries' vast collection of books, ebooks, journal articles and other formats for almost any topic using a single search box from the Western Libraries' website. Our website starts as a default to the Summon search box. Here is more information about Summon.

Every researcher needs a good laugh once in awhile: A (Silly) Guide to Vague Quantities.

Getting Started ~ Help with APA Style®

Using APA Style?


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

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

The start of this Intersession 2014 term is a good time to have a(nother) look at this very useful handout for graduate students. It is written by the Education Library's academic librarians to help graduate students get started on their papers, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies and research.

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

This Blog is written primarily for faculty and graduate students at Western's Faculty of Education.

The Education Library also has active Facebook and Twitter accounts and you may also want to see the work we are doing on those other social media platforms.

The Education Library's core mission when using any kind of social media is to effectively and efficiently connect our resources, collections and services to our students and researchers ~ have a look!

Victoria Day Long Weekend

The Education Library is closed on Monday May 19th in order to celebrate Victoria Day.

Always check the Education Library's website for a full list of hours of opening.

Education Library Research Support for Onsite and Online Graduate Students: Telephone, Online, Email or In-Person Research Consultations are available. We are here to help you!

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

The Education Library's Email reference services is especially helpful to graduate students taking online courses and who are not able to come into the Faculty of Education for personalized consultations.

Getting Started ~ Program Guides for Education

The Program Guides for Education, created by the Education Library staff, are a great place to get started working on literature reviews, papers and other assignments.

Contact Us

Contacting the Education Library is easy. Click here for the various ways you can contact us. Onsite and online graduate students can contact the Research and Instructional Services Librarian to make an appointment for personalized research help.

Spring and Intersession Hours of Opening

As of May 1, 2014 the Education Library has changed to Spring and Intersession Hours of Opening.

From the Ontario Ministry of Education's website:

Vibrant communities and a prosperous society are built on the foundation of a strong education system. Today, Ontario's publicly funded education system - acknowledged as one of the best in the world - partners with parents, guardians and communities to develop graduates who are personally successful, economically productive and actively engaged citizens. We now have more high school graduates than ever before, and more students are meeting the high provincial academic standards than were a decade ago. Our graduates are also entering a world that is more competitive, globally connected and technologically engaged than in any other period in history. With a track record of success that we can build on, and with the opportunities available in a more interconnected world, the time has come to aim even higher.


That is why in fall 2013, individuals and organizations across the province came together to consider and discuss the skills and knowledge Ontario learners will need in the future. The government received input from representatives within the education system, including parents and students, teachers, support staff and school and system leaders, as well as input from individuals and groups outside the education sector, including businesses and non-profit organizations. Achieving Excellence is the result of their feedback.

The Western Network for Digital Education and Research (WNDER)

The Western Network for Digital Education and Research (WNDER) is comprised of researchers, staff, graduate students, and librarians at Western University who seek to better understand the impacts of new technologies upon education. Our research encompasses all forms of educational technology, within the classroom and in online settings. We are interested in exploring new ways to deliver education to increasingly diverse communities of learners and in measuring the impact and outcomes of such technologies. Through eLearning, we seek to nurture innovation in education and to evaluate the efficacy and influence of instructional technology.

Membership in this group is free and open to all faculty, staff, and graduate students at Western University. Join us!

Welcome to the Education Library!

The Education Library is located in the north east corner of Western's Faculty of Education between the Student Council Office and The Blackboard Café . The Education Library's unique round shape and domed roof make it very easy to locate. The library has three floors of teaching and research resources so come on in and browse through our distinct collections. Got a question about our collections or our services? Check with the friendly and helpful library staff at the Services Desk. We are here to help you!


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

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


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching

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

The School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) Network

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

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

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

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

This Blog is written primarily for faculty and graduate students at Western's Faculty of Education. The Education Library has active Facebook and Twitter accounts and you may also want to see the work we are doing on those other social media platforms.

The Education Library's core mission when using any kind of social media is to effectively and efficiently connect our resources, collections and services to our students and researchers ~ have a look!

Copyright at Western University Information

Western University has a new copyright information page.

All questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to copyright@uwo.ca

The Education Library is extremely proud to support The 2014 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) events on Thursday April 10 at Western's Faculty of Education.

We have created a book display of current research resources on the main floor of the Education Library. We have also created a current research resources bibliography. Finally, we are using our Facebook and Twitter pages to showcase a variety of research resources that may be of value to our Education graduate students.

Easter Long Weekend

The Education Library is CLOSED on April 18, 19 and 20 for the Easter Long Weekend. We re-open on Monday April 21 with regular hours.

News from CMEC

Provincial and territorial ministers of education will be in Edmonton, Alberta, on February 24, 2014, for the Third High-Level Consultation on Education Collaboration between the Provinces and Territories of Canada and the People's Republic of China (3HLC).

The Honourable Jeff Johnson, Chair of the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada (CMEC), and Minister of Education for Alberta, will lead the CMEC delegation. The Chinese delegation will be led by the Honourable Li Weihong, Vice Minister of Education for the People's Republic of China.

The 3HLC will promote dialogue on a variety of education issues and facilitate enhanced collaboration and engagement between the education sectors of the provinces and territories and the People's Republic of China. A summary of discussions will be released following the meeting.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Welcome to the Winter 2014 term. We look forward to working with you. Here are the Education Library's Hours of Opening for this term.

Getting Started ~ Summon Search Engine on the Western Libraries' Website

Summon is a simple and fast search engine that will discover content from Western Libraries' vast collection of books, journal articles and other formats for virtually any topic using a single search box from the Western Libraries' website. Our website starts as a default to the Summon search box. Here is more information about Summon.

The start of this new Winter 2014 term is a good time to have a(nother) look at this very useful handout for graduate students. It is written by the Education Library's academic librarians to help graduate students get started on their papers, literature reviews, annotated bibliographies and research.

The Journal Citation Reports/JCR Web is a resource tool for journal evaluation, using citation data drawn from over 8,400 journals.

The JCR, via ISI Web of Knowledge, is the only source of citation data on journals, and includes virtually all specialties in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences.

The Journal Citation Reports/JCR via Web of Knowledge can show you: journal impact factors, highest impact journals, most frequently used journals, hottest journals and largest journals.

Getting Started ~ Need to know if a journal is peer-reviewed or not?

Ulrich's Periodical Directory/Ulrichsweb is an easy to search source of detailed information on more than 300,000 periodicals (also called serials) of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more.

Ulrich's Periodical Directory/Ulrichsweb covers more than 900 subject areas. Ulrich's records provide data points such as ISSN, publisher, language, subject, abstracting & indexing coverage, full-text database coverage, tables of contents, and reviews written by librarians.

Ulrich's Periodical Directory/Ulrichsweb is listed under U in the Databases by Title List on the Western Libraries' website.

Getting Started ~ Education Research Databases

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

As a student a Western University you have online access to hundreds of research databases and full-text journal articles.

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

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

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

ProQuest Education Journals

Professional Development Collection

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

And, for our Counselling/Educational Psychology students: PsycINFO

The Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Education™ database focuses on Canadian information in the field of education. It's the perfect source for those interested in teaching, educational research, policy and educational leadership/administration in Canada.

CBCA Education is a ProQuest product so the search screen will look similar to the ERIC database and to the ProQuest Education Journals database.

It is easy to get started! Start at the Western Libraries homepage.

If you are working off campus you must type in your Western University username and password (the same ones you use for your Western email account).
Click on the RESEARCH tab along the top of the Western Libraries homepage.
Click on DATABASES.
Click on C.
Click on CBCA Education.
(NB: You may want to bookmark this link for later easy access)
Start typing in (and combining) your keywords.

Remember: Most (but not all) articles will be available to you to read online in full text at your convenience.

Getting Started ~ Consult the Western Libraries' Program Guides

When planning your papers, assignments, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews you will find the Western Libraries' Program Guides (especially the ones created for Education Graduate students) a great place to start.

Getting Started ~ Help with APA Style®

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

Graduate Students ~ Education Library Research Consultations Available

Education Library Research Support for Graduate Students: Telephone, Online, Email or In-Person Research Consultations are available. We are here to help you!

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

The Education Library's Email reference services is especially helpful to graduate students taking online courses and who are not able to come into the Faculty of Education for personalized consultations.

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

This Blog is written primarily for faculty and graduate students at Western's Faculty of Education. However, you may also want to see the work we are doing on other social media platforms. The Education Library has active Facebook and Twitter accounts.

The Education Library's core mission when using any kind of social media is to effectively and efficiently connect our resources and services to our students and researchers ~ have a look!

Getting Started ~ Contact Us

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

Getting Started ~ Education Library's Short Instructional Videos

The Academic Librarians have created two "Getting Started" videos. These short instructional videos (4 minutes or less) are available on the Education Library's website and are also linked here for your convenient viewing:


1. Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools

2. Education Library Database Searching


Our THIRD video is coming soon (hopefully this week!)

Copyright at Western University Information Page

Western University has a new copyright information page. All questions regarding copyright at Western University should be directed to copyright@uwo.ca.

The Librarian is reading...

Storytelling for Social Justice: Connecting Narrative and the Arts in Antiracist Teaching by Lee Anne Bell. The CALL NUMBER for this book is LB1042.B44 2010 and it can found downstairs in the Education Library's lower level STACKS.

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Welcome to the Winter 2014 term. Here are the Education Library's Hours of Opening for this term.

Holiday Hiatus

The Education Library Blog is now on a holiday hiatus until January 2014. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

The End of an Era for Academia.edu and Other Academic Networks?

Michael Clarke writes this on The Scholarly Kitchen Blog: What's Hot and Cooking In Scholarly Publishing:

The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that Elsevier has issued a sweeping series of Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) take down notices regarding Elsevier-published content to Academia.edu, a file-sharing network for researchers and other academics.


Read the rest of this very timely blog post!

The Librarian is reading...

December and Holiday Hours of Opening

The Education Library changes hours of opening in mid-December.


NEW ~ Copyright @ Western Website

Please have a careful look at the new website Copyright@Western. This new website includes an important message from the Provost [pdf] regarding copyright at Western University.

The rules of scholarly publishing are changing.


Funding agencies are requiring that scholarly output be freely available. When you publish your research, how can you best satisfy the competing demands of publisher contracts and your funding agreements?


Please join us for a one-hour Author Rights Workshop/Q&A to be held January 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm in the Library Instruction Room in The Map & Data Centre at The D. B. Weldon Library.

Following the workshop there will be an opportunity to ask specific questions and explore author rights tools.

We would pleased if you could join us in this important discussion. However, seating is limited so we are asking you to please register in advance.

FREE subscription to University Affairs magazine

Faculty, staff and graduate students can subscribe to University Affairs magazine at no charge. The only requirement is that the subscription must be sent to a university campus address.

University Affairs is the most trusted source of news, information and opinion about higher education in Canada. Covering the university scene for over 50 years, University Affairs is also the country's largest source of career advertising aimed at the academic community.

To get your FREE SUBSCRIPTION (a $39 value), simply subscribe through the University Affairs website.

While on the site, also check out the Career Resources section. It has a lot of helpful information aimed at graduate students and faculty, such as Careers Café, a popular blog for academic job seekers. You can also sign up for customized job e-mail alerts, listen to podcasts or view videos.


Did we mention it is FREE if the subscription is sent to a university campus address?

This message is from Robin Keirstead, University Archivist and Acting University Librarian:

I want to advise you that in preparation for a new copyright information and resources website, we are taking down the copyright pages currently available via the Policies link in the footer of Western Libraries' homepage (www.lib.uwo.ca/copyright).


Content on this page will be replaced with a 'site under construction' message, with an indication that the new copyright website will be available before the end of the year and that in the interim any copyright related questions can be directed to the copyright@uwo.ca email address.

This change is being made as a result of several recent developments with respect to copyright, both on campus and nationally, as well as a specific request from members of the community concerned about the current wording, including. for example, the reference to contacting Access Copyright for direction. The new copyright website, when launched, will support Western's focus on enhancing copyright literacy.


Any questions should be directed to Tom Adam at copyright@uwo.ca.

Engaging our Community! Play, Learn, Share


The Technology in Education Symposium (TIES) is back, bigger and better than ever. This two-day event on March 27 and March 28, 2014 will feature research paper presentations, lightning rounds, hands-on workshops, posters and demonstrations, and a student panel on the uses of instructional technology.

TIES 2.0 is open to faculty, librarians, staff, postgrads, and graduate students from across all disciplines at Western and its affiliates.

We are seeking proposals for research-based paper presentations, roundtables, lightening sessions, and posters, as well as for workshop presenters, on a wide range of subjects, but with a particular focus upon "playing" (i.e., experimenting), "learning" (on the part of both students and instructors), and "sharing." Paper sessions will address research on eLearning and instructional technology to engage students and enrich learning. In addition, we are requesting proposals for concurrent workshops focusing on practical aspects of using educational technologies. Share your expertise and be a part of this exciting event!


Interdisciplinary Research and the Academic Career Panel Discussion

Your research and scholarship cross disciplines. What impact does this have on tenure and promotion? Experienced colleagues will discuss their strategies in the face of challenges such as: what and where you publish; graduate supervisions; particular concerns with cross appointments and responsibilities to two areas.

Please join the discussion:

Tuesday, December 10, 2013
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Teaching Support Centre (TSC)
The D.B. Weldon Library, Room 121


Our panelists include:

Dr. Lorelei Lingard, Director, Centre for Education Research & Innovation, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Carol Jones, Associate Dean, Graduate & Post Doctoral Study, Faculty of Science, Department of Physics and Astronomy

Dr. Andrew Nelson, Associate Dean, Research & Operations, Faculty of Social Science, Department of Anthropology

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Western Cares Food Drive

The Western Cares Food Drive, in conjunction with the city-wide Business Cares Food Drive in support of the London and Area Food Bank has begun.

This year the campus drive is running from Monday, Dec. 2 to Monday, Dec. 16, 2013.

Thanks to your support, last year Western and its affiliate university colleges combined with a wide variety of local organizations and businesses to collect a record 259,000 lb. of food. We'd like to beat that this year, but in light of the challenging economic times in London and area, your support will be more important than ever. The London and Area Food Bank provides emergency food items for 3,500 families monthly - 42% of them children - and more than 30 other social service agencies in the London area. Usage of the food bank has increased again this year.

We encourage you to bring in food donations (whatever is possible). Donation boxes are located in the Front Foyer of the Faculty of Education Building until Dec 16.

December and Holiday Hours of Opening

The Education Library changes hours of opening in mid-December. Full details are available here.

Scheduled Downtime for RACER

RACER (both staff and end-user interfaces) will be unavailable for 24 hours this weekend beginning at 4:00pm on Friday, December 6.

A notice to this effect has been placed on the RACER Sign In page as well as the InterLibrary Loans (ILL) Services home page on the Western Libraries`website.

Case Studies and the Flipped Classroom

This article appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of the Journal of College Science Teaching (Volume 42, Issue Number 5).

Abstract:

Case study teaching has been extolled for its ability to engage students and develop critical-thinking skills, among other benefits. But there is a price to be paid: greater preparation time, student resistance to novel teaching methods, and a concern on the part of many teachers about content coverage. The latter is especially worrisome to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) instructors who equate coverage with learning. They rightfully point out that there are state and national standards that must be met, standardized exams that students must take, and prerequisites for advanced courses that must be satisfied. Here, Herreid and Schiller introduce flipped classroom. In the flipped classroom model, what is normally done in class and what is normally done as homework is switched or flipped.

The journal article appeared in the July 2013 issue of Teaching of Psychology (Volume 40, Issue Number 3).

Abstract:

Undergraduate statistics courses are perceived as challenging by both students and instructors. Students' attitudes, motivation, math anxiety, and preparedness can negatively impact the student and instructor experience and have the potential to negatively impact student learning. This article describes an attempt to address some of these challenges through structural and procedural changes to an undergraduate statistics course that is required for social science majors. The traditional lecture/homework structure of the course was "flipped" so that the majority of basic knowledge acquisition moved out of the classroom, making room for interactive activities during class time. The described changes had a positive impact on students' attitudes toward the class and instructor as well as on students' performance in the class.

This article appeared in the Spring 2013 issue of the Journal of Family and Consumer Sciences (Volume 105, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

"Flipping" the classroom employs easy-to-use, readily accessible technology in order to free class time from lecture. This allows for an expanded range of learning activities during class time. Using class time for active learning versus lecture provides opportunities for greater teacher-to-student mentoring, peer-to-peer collaboration and cross-disciplinary engagement. This review of literature addresses the challenges of engaging today's students in lecture-based classrooms and presents an argument for application of the "flipped classroom" model by educators in the disciplines of family and consumer sciences

Flipping the Classroom to Improve Student Performance and Satisfaction

This article appeared in the October 2013 issue of Journal of Nursing Education (Volume 52, Issue Number 10).

Abstract:

This study aimed to determine the effects of a flipped classroom (i.e., reversal of time allotment for lecture and homework) and innovative learning activities on academic success and the satisfaction of nursing students. A quasi-experimental design was used to compare three approaches to learning: traditional lecture only (LO), lecture and lecture capture back-up (LLC), and the flipped classroom approach of lecture capture with innovative classroom activities (LCI). Examination scores were higher for the flipped classroom LCI group (M = 81.89, SD = 5.02) than for both the LLC group (M = 80.70, SD = 4.25), p = 0.003, and the LO group (M = 79.79, SD = 4.51), p < 0.001. Students were less satisfied with the flipped classroom method than with either of the other methods (p < 0.001). Blending new teaching technologies with interactive classroom activities can result in improved learning but not necessarily improved student satisfaction.

Evidence on Flipped Classroom Is Still Coming In

This journal article appeared in the March 2013 issue of Educational Leadership (Volume 70, Issue Number 6).

Abstract:

Lectures aren't necessarily bad--they can be an effective way to help students acquire new knowledge. The problem with lectures is often a matter of pacing. That's why some teachers are now turning this model on its head, creating flipped or inverted classrooms in which they record lectures and post them online. Students watch the lectures at home, where they can speed through content they already understand or stop and review content they missed the first time the teacher discussed it. Here, Goodwin and Miller feature the benefits of flipped classrooms.

This journal article appeared in the November 2013 issue of IEEE Transactions on Education (Volume 56. Issue Number 4 )

Abstract:

An inverted, or flipped, classroom, where content delivery includes video lectures watched outside of the classroom, is a method that can free classroom time for learner-centered activities such as active and problem-based learning. This study compared the effectiveness of an inverted classroom to a traditional classroom in three areas: 1) content coverage; 2) student performance on traditional quizzes and exam problems; and 3) student observations and perception of the inverted classroom format. A control-treatment experiment comparing an inverted classroom to a traditional lecture-style format was used. The results show that: 1) the inverted classroom allowed the instructor to cover more material; 2) students participating in the inverted classroom performed as well or better on comparable quiz and exam questions and on open-ended design problems; and 3) while students initially struggled with the new format, they adapted quickly and found the inverted classroom format to be satisfactory and effective.

Educational Technologies to Support New Directions in Teaching Practice

This article appears in the December 2013 issue of International Journal of Information and Education Technology (Volume 3, Issue Number 6).

Abstract:

The advancement in ubiquitous computing has made the process of learning more accessible to many students, particularly those in geographically dispersed locations around the world. The recent introduction of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other disruptive technologies into the eLearning landscape has also brought into question formerly held pedagogical notions and in many instances, heralded changes aligned with both student expectations and technological drivers. This transition has challenged not only teaching practices, but also the vehicle with which to deliver the learning content. The Learning Management System (LMS) has hitherto been a popular tool of use to deliver a range of, mostly static, learning artefacts in educational institutions, often as an "online" and "supplementary" medium to support face-to-face offerings. The LMS is now expected to align with emerging technological developments such as mobile computing and synchronous lecture engagement activities within the classroom environment. This paper explores the recent advancement of teaching practice and proposes methods by which the LMS can evolve to meet the needs and expectations of its users.

This journal article appears in the 2014 (no, not a typo) issue of Business Education & Accreditation (Volume 6, Issue Number 1),

Abstract:

A report on an introduction of a "flipped classroom" approach to lectures in a final-year actuarial course is presented. At the heart of the flipped classroom is moving the "delivery" of material outside of formal class time and using formal class time for students to undertake collaborative and interactive activities relevant to that material. Students were surveyed both at the start and end of the semester to obtain their views on lectures in general and the flipped classroom structure. After experiencing the entire course with this teaching style, student views became, on average, far more positive towards the flipped classroom approach.

Education Library Research Videos

The Academic Librarians have created two "Getting Started" videos. These short videos are available on the Education Library's website and are also linked here for your convenient viewing:


Introduction to the Education Library Research Tools


Education Library Database Searching

Does Criticisms Overcome the Praises of Journal Impact Factor?

This journal article appears in the May 2013 issue Asian Social Science (Volume 9, Issue Number 5).

Abstract:

Journal impact factor (IF) as a gauge of influence and impact of a particular journal comparing with other journals in the same area of research, reports the mean number of citations to the published articles in particular journal. Although, IF attracts more attention and being used more frequently than other measures, it has been subjected to criticisms, which overcome the advantages of IF. Critically, extensive use of IF may result in destroying editorial and researchers' behaviour, which could compromise the quality of scientific articles. Therefore, it is the time of the timeliness and importance of a new invention of journal ranking techniques beyond the journal impact factor.

Finding the Impact Factor for a Journal

The impact factor of a journal refers to the number of times the average article has been cited in a particular journal, over a particular period of time. The premise is that the more an article is cited, the more important it is; therefore, the more a journal publishes important (or highly cited articles), the more important that journal becomes, thus increasing the impact factor calculation. Journal Citation Reports is a database maintained by Web of Knowledge. It is important to note that an article must be cited in a journal indexed by Web of Knowledge to be included in an impact factor calculation.

Listed under J in the DATABASES BY TITLE list on the Western Libraries' website, Journal Citation Reports (JCR) is where you can find the impact factor for a particular journal.

This journal appeared in Online Information Review (Volume 36, Issue Number 3, 2012)

Abstract:

Purpose - Google Scholar has been increasingly used in the past six to seven years as a highly efficient information source and service by librarians and other information professionals. The problem is when Google Scholar is touted and used as a bibliometric/scientometric tool and resource in the assessment of the quantity (productivity) and quality (impact) of research publications, in formal and informal ways, for decisions related to tenure, promotion and grant applications of individual researchers and research groups, as well as in journal subscriptions and cancellations. This paper aims to examine this issue.

Design/methodology/approach - The paper discusses the use of Google Scholar for journal impact factors and the h-index in nationwide publishing assessments in academia. It focuses on the issues of access and excess in Google Scholar: the innate limits of Google Scholar and those imposed by its developers on the users.

Findings - The paper reveals that issues of access and excess in Google Scholar prevent the researchers from doing appropriate content analysis that the best librarians and other information professionals do systematically to discover the pros and cons of databases. The excess content grossly dilutes the originally worthy collection of scholarly publications. The accuracy, reliability and reproducibility are essential for realistic research assessment through the prism of the quantity (publication counts) and quality (citation counts) of scholarly works. Unfortunately the metadata created by Google Scholar is substandard, neither reliable nor reproducible and it distorts the metric indicators at the individual, corporate and journal levels.

Originality/value - The paper provides useful information on the use of Google Scholar for journal impact factors and the h-index in academic publishing.

This journal article appeared in the January 2012 issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science (Volume 7, Issue Number 1).


Abstract:

An academic journal's impact factor (hereafter JIF) is an average measure of the citation count of individual articles published in that journal. JIF is used to assess merit, predict impact, and allocate resources, but the actual number of citations to individual articles is only modestly correlated with the JIFs of the journals in which they are published. We counted PsycInfo citations to 1,133 articles published in nine leading psychology journals (1996-2005). Both article length (r =.31) and reference list length (r = .41) predicted log-transformed citation counts better than JIF (r = .27). Articles with fewer graphs and more structural equation models were more frequently cited. Citation count was better predicted by a model based on article length and citation count rather than JIF. When JIF was used to predict citation count, the impact of women authors and social science research was underestimated. These findings distinguish impact in science, as measured by JIF, from actual impact in psychology, and they show the unintended consequences of using a measure of the former to predict the latter.

Relative Influence of Professional Counseling Journals

This article appeared in the Fall 2011 issue of Journal of Counseling and Development: JCD (Volume 89, Issue Number 4).

Abstract:

The authors used social network analysis of citation data to study the flow of information and relative influence of 17 professional counseling journals. Although the Journal of Counseling & Development ranked very highly in all measures of journal influence, several division journals emerged as key players in the flow of information within the counseling profession. Results highlight the many facets of journal influence and the fallacy of using single measures, such as journal impact factor, to rank professional counseling journals.

This article appeared in the November 2012 issue of Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology (Volume 63, Issue Number 11).

Abstract:

Historically, papers have been physically bound to the journal in which they were published; but in the digital age papers are available individually, no longer tied to their respective journals. Hence, papers now can be read and cited based on their own merits, independently of the journal's physical availability, reputation, or impact factor(IF). We compare the strength of the relationship between journals' IFs and the actual citations received by their respective papers from 1902 to 2009. Throughout most of the 20th century, papers' citation rates were increasingly linked to their respective journals' IFs. However, since 1990, the advent of the digital age, the relation between IFs and paper citations has been weakening. This began first in physics, a field that was quick to make the transition into the electronic domain. Furthermore, since 1990 the overall proportion of highly cited papers coming from highly cited journals has been decreasing and, of these highly cited papers, the proportion not coming from highly cited journals has been increasing. Should this pattern continue, it might bring an end to the use of the IF as a way to evaluate the quality of journals, papers, and researchers.

This journal article appeared in the November 2012 issue of Innovative Higher Education (Volume 37, Issue Number 5).

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As publication pressure has increased in the world of higher education, more journals, books, and other publication outlets have emerged. Thus it is critical to develop clear criteria for effectively evaluating the quality of publication outlets. Without such criteria funding agencies and promotion committees are forced to guess at how to evaluate a scholar's portfolio. In this article, we explore the perils of evaluating journals based on a single quantitative measure (e.g., the Impact Factorrating of the Institute for Science Information). We then discuss key considerations for evaluating scholarship, including three main criteria: rigor, impact, and prestige. Finally, we conclude with examples of how these criteria could be applied in evaluating scholarship.

This journal article appeared in the July 2012 issue of English Teaching (Volume 11, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

The following narrative reflects on the dilemmas and problems faced by inexperienced researchers working within the field of education. Focusing on a research project completed in fulfilment of an MA in Teaching and Learning, the article recounts the decisions made by one emergent researcher and evaluates how far the chosen methods may have helped or hindered the exploration of reader-response theory in terms of its practical application to the teaching of A Level English Literature. In addition, the author highlights the possible benefits and difficulties encountered when applying the findings of small-scale studies to the teaching of English. Lastly, the article reemphasises the validity of action research projects and suggests the importance of maintaining a tradition of teacher-researchers in the secondary English classroom.

This journal article appeared in the February 2013 issue of European Journal of Teacher Education (Volume 36, Issue Number 1).

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There is much current debate about the purpose and usefulness of educational research and the perceived communication gap between teaching professionals and academic researchers. UK government intervention into initial teacher education has in recent decades contributed to this divide by favouring school-based training. The most common route into teaching in England remains, however, the Postgraduate Certificate in Education, provided by higher education institutions and therefore required to comply with the higher education qualifications framework. The majority of initial teacher education in England therefore lies at the cusp of these two worlds, pulled in apparently opposing directions. The 'teacher-as-researcher' movement is widely seen as a bridge spanning these tensions, though there is discussion about the quality of practitioner research as well as about the appropriateness of a rigorous academic approach for investigating practice. This article offers examples of the use of small-scale research projects as a valid means of 'discovery learning' in pre-service teacher education. It argues that induction into research techniques as a means of exploring practical challenges can lead to knowledge production and ownership.

New Book ~ Action research: a guide for the teacher researcher

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A step-by-step guide to action research with a balanced coverage of qualitative and quantitative methods. Known for its practical, step-by-step guidance for teachers on how to do research in classrooms, Action Research: a Guide for the Teacher Researcher was born from the author's own experience working with teachers and principals. The author guides future educators through the action research process via numerous concrete illustrations; positioning it as a fundamental component of teaching, alongside curriculum development, assessment, and classroom management.

New Book ~ Living the questions: a guide for teacher-researchers

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Teacher research is an extension of good teaching, observing students closely, analyzing their needs, and adjusting the curriculum to fit the needs of all. In this completely updated second edition of their definitive work, Ruth Shagoury and Brenda Miller Power present a framework for teacher research along with an extensive collection of narratives from teachers engaged in the process of designing and carrying out research projects to inform their instruction.
Living the Questions: A Guide for Teacher-Researchers (Second Edition) will take you step-by-step through the process of designing, implementing, and publishing your research. Along the way, it will introduce you to dozens of kindred spirits who are finding new passion for teaching by "living the questions" every day in their classrooms. You will be reminded of why you became a teacher yourself.

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Dr. Alan Edmunds talk taking place on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00 p.m. in the Faculty of Education's Community Room.

Teachers often report having difficulty "getting ahead" in their classroom, as they are too busy supervising children instead of focusing on the lessons they had prepared for the day. Dynamic Classroom Management (DCM) is a program designed to help teachers and students overcome this distraction by maintaining a positive learning environment within the classroom.

As a part of the Faculty of Education's Complimentary Community Speaker Series, we invite you to come and listen to Dr. Alan Edmunds' talk, Improving Student Behaviour One School at a Time Using Dynamic Classroom Management. During the talk, he will describe and discuss the principles that drive the success of DCM, as well as share the results reported by schools who have adopted the classroom management style.

This FREE public event (with FREE parking) will take place on Wednesday, November 27th at 7 p.m. in the Community Room (1139) at Western's Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road). Please join us!

Engaging our Community! Play, Learn, Share


The Technology in Education Symposium (TIES) is back, bigger and better than ever. This two-day event on March 27 and March 28, 2014 will feature research paper presentations, lightning rounds, hands-on workshops, posters and demonstrations, and a student panel on the uses of instructional technology. TIES 2.0 is open to faculty, librarians, staff, postgrads, and graduate students from across all disciplines at Western and its affiliates.

We are seeking proposals for research-based paper presentations, roundtables, lightening sessions, and posters, as well as for workshop presenters, on a wide range of subjects, but with a particular focus upon "playing" (i.e., experimenting), "learning" (on the part of both students and instructors), and "sharing." Paper sessions will address research on eLearning and instructional technology to engage students and enrich learning. In addition, we are requesting proposals for concurrent workshops focusing on practical aspects of using educational technologies. Share your expertise and be a part of this exciting event!


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

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

Join SURE's upcoming event, IGNITE: Research-to Practice Festival

Saturday November 23rd from 8:30 am - 2:00 pm at Western's Faculty of Education (event and parking is FREE)

This Research-to Practice Festival is a great opportunity for anyone looking to expand their thinking and share ideas with other researchers. Join us and meet other interesting and knowledgeable people in the field of teacher-based research.

Together, let's ignite our thinking about research!
Lunch and refreshments will be provided.
Everyone is welcome at this FREE event. Parking is also FREE.
Please join us! Register at ignite@uwo.ca

Don't call Tom Adam 'the copyright police.'

This fall, Adam was named project manager and special advisor to the provost on copyright. His job focuses on enhancing 'copyright literacy' across campus - especially among faculty and graduate students - as the university's current deal with Access Copyright nears expiration.

Western and Access Copyright, a not-for-profit organization representing copyright owners, continue to discuss the terms of an extension to the current deal that runs out at year's end. Simultaneously, the university must make plans in case a deal never materializes.

Enter Adam - the university's official copyright educator, facilitator and champion. But he's no enforcer.


Read the entire Western News article HERE.

COMING SOON! New Copyright Information and Resources Website

This message is from Robin Keirstead, University Archivist and Acting University Librarian:

I want to advise you that in preparation for a new copyright information and resources website, we are taking down the copyright pages currently available via the Policies link in the footer of Western Libraries' homepage (www.lib.uwo.ca/copyright).

Content on this page will be replaced with a 'site under construction' message, with an indication that the new copyright website will be available before the end of the year and that in the interim any copyright related questions can be directed to the copyright@uwo.ca email address.

This change is being made as a result of several recent developments with respect to copyright, both on campus and nationally, as well as a specific request from members of the community concerned about the current wording, including. for example, the reference to contacting Access Copyright for direction. The new copyright website, when launched, will support Western's focus on enhancing copyright literacy.

Any questions should be directed to Tom Adam at copyright@uwo.ca.

This journal article appears in the Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (Volume 29, Issue Number 5, 2013):

Abstract:

An instructor tried using connectivism to teach an online graduate Education course called Teaching in a Virtual World. As a way to embody the many connections inherent in the group, all members of the class created and taught modules of their own choosing to each other. The instructor and two former students reflected together online in depth about their experience and coded their joint understandings. Schwab's commonplaces of curriculum emerged in the data, demonstrating that it is still current. They found that the course, however, was not completely connectivist due to limitations emanating from its operation within a traditional university setting.

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Teachers' perceptions, beliefs and concerns about cyberbullying

This journal article appears in the November 2013 issue of the British Journal of Educational Technology (Volume 44, Issue Number 6)

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Schools and teachers nowadays face new difficulties and challenges as a result of the fast growth of cyberbullying. The aim of the study is to examine the perceptions, beliefs and concerns about cyberbullying, as well as the needs, of a professionally diverse group of teachers. Three‐hundred and twenty‐eight teachers (88.4% female, 11.6% male) from different types of schools and professional foci were randomly selected and completed a cyberbullying questionnaire regarding their perceptions of cyberbullying and about their personal experiences in relation to cyberbullying. They also provided background information. Findings indicate that teachers noted that cyberbullying is a problem in their school, suggesting that urgent attention be paid to three aspects: policy making, enhancing awareness of the school team and coping strategies for parents. About half the teachers reported that students complain of harassment through the mobile phone and Internet, and some teachers were themselves cyberbullied. It was found that the teachers' gender, education level and the age of the students they taught affected their level of concern about cyberbullying, and therefore how credible they found the school's commitment to act on it. Female teachers expressed more concern than male teachers, as did teachers of younger children. Special education teachers were more concerned than mainstream teachers and were more likely to believe that the cyberbullying must be confronted. The results contribute to our understanding of the teachers' perceptions, beliefs and concerns about cyberbullying, which could serve as a basis for developing policy guidelines in schools as well as establishing programs for school teachers to cope with cyberbullying.

The Canadian Association of University Teachers announces CAUT's Equity and Diversity Forum which will be held at the Courtyard Marriott Downtown Hotel in Toronto on February 7-9, 2014.

The theme of the Forum is "Perpetual Crisis? Diversity with Equity in the Academy" and will bring together an exciting group of panellists and speakers.

The event provides an important opportunity for members of your association - officers, executive members, chief negotiators, equity activists, and other interested members to meet colleagues from other associations, share high level discussion and best practices and build a network of contacts and support so that your association can more effectively fulfill its obligations in relation to the promotion of equity within your institution and the larger society.

The Forum begins on Friday, February 7, 2014, with registration beginning at noon and the opening session at 13:30. The Forum will end at noon on Sunday, February 9.


The Forum will be conducted in English; there will be no simultaneous translation.

If you have any questions about the Forum, please contact at Lynn Braun braun@caut.ca

This journal article appears in the December 2013 issue of the American Journal of Community Psychology (Volume 52, Issue Number 3-4):

Abstract:

Service learning is increasingly being used as a pedagogical strategy for promoting the development of civic-mindedness among university students. Despite the use of this strategy, little is known about the benefits derived from specific types of service-learning experiences. Additionally, few notable studies have examined the unique outcomes experienced by mentors of at-risk youth. Therefore, this study examines the civic-related benefits that college students derive from mentoring at-risk youth within a structured, service-learning course. A series of linear regression models were estimated to determine if there were significant post-intervention differences between the treatment and comparison condition for the variables of interest, after adjusting for key background factors and pre-intervention levels of all variables. The results indicated that, in comparison to college students who did not participate in the course (n = 258), college student in Campus Corps, a youth mentoring program, (n = 390) had significantly higher scores at post-intervention regarding mentors' civic attitudes, community service self-efficacy, self-esteem, interpersonal and problem solving skills, political awareness, and civic action. Findings hold important implications for youth mentoring programs and future research.

This journal article appears in the December 2013 issue of School Mental Health (Volume 5, Issue 4):

Abstract:

The present study sought to gain a better understanding of cyber bullying (i.e., the use of information technologies to inflict harm on another person) by examining its prevalence, its relationship with traditional bullying, and the relationship between bullying, anxiety, and depression in a sample of rural and ethnoracially diverse youth (N = 211; ages 10-13). Thirty-three percent of participants reported being victims of traditional bullying and 9 % reported perpetrating traditional bullying behavior. Seven percent of participants were victims of cyber bullying, 4 % reported that they participated in cyber bully behavior, and 2 % were both of victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying. Bullying victims reported significantly higher levels of anxiety and depression compared with non-victims and bullies endorsed significant anxiety and depression. Results suggest that while cyber bullying does occur in rural communities, it often co-occurs with traditional bullying. Additionally, a novel cyber bullying measure was developed and utilized, and information regarding its reliability and validity is included.

Dear colleagues,

As members of the London community, you may be aware of The Pledge to End Bullying a community-wide initiative led by the Thames Valley District School Board (TVDSB) that seeks to raise the public consciousness about bullying in schools, at work and at home. Last year, more than 140,000 people declared their commitment to end bullying by taking The Pledge.

Ontario's Ministry of Education defines bullying as repeated, persistent and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals, intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person's body, feelings, self-esteem or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance and can be physical, verbal, social or electronic (cyberbullying).

As part of Western's commitment to creating and supporting a healthy, safe and respectful working and learning environment, I hope you will join me today and take The Pledge to End Bullying as individuals, or teams/groups, at www.thepledgetoendbullying.ca.

There is no place for bullying behaviour on our campus or in our community. Taking The Pledge is one way in which we can each make a commitment to stand up to bullying in all its forms.

Sincerely,
Amit Chakma
President, Western University

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Western Libraries' Map and Data Centre welcomes you to join us for GIS Day on November 20, 2013.

This event will take place in the NEW location of the Map and Data Centre - Ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library. Presentations will be held in the Teaching Support Centre within Weldon Library (TSC 120 - 1st Floor). Please drop in to learn about the many uses of GIS (Geographic Information Systems). This link will give you all of the times and events planned throughout the day so check for all the details.

Refreshments will be served, door prizes are available.
Please join us!

The Faculty of Education at Western University and The Centre for Social Concern at King's University College Present:

Scholars on Their Way to Entrepreneurs: Barbadian Elite School Youth as Postcolonial Argonauts of the North American Global Higher Education Market Place

Presented by:
Dr. Cameron McCarthy
From the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


This Presentation will direct attention to a critical but neglected concern in the area of globalization studies: the role of school in transnational class formation and the preparation of highly-mobile school youth for globalizing futures.

This presentation is scheduled from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm and will take place in the Community Room (1139) at the Faculty of Education. Coffee and water will be provided. All are welcome! This lecture will be video-recorded. For more information, please contact Goli Rezai-Rashti.

This journal article appears in the September 2013 issue of Education and Information Technologies (Volume18, Issue Number 3)

Abstract

Although blended learning has been considered as an important alternative approach that can overcome various limitations related to both face-to-face and online learning, there is relatively limited empirical studies on blended learning approach in teacher education programs. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to review empirical research studies on teacher education programs using activity theory. A review of empirical research on blended learning could help to stimulate reflections on effective strategies for design and implementation of blended learning teacher education programs.

This journal article appears in the October 2013 issue of Interactive Learning Environments (Volume 21, Issue Number 5).

Abstract:

This article describes the design and evaluation of a blended online/face-to-face course completed by more than 6000 learners throughout the United States of America and internationally. The educational impact was monitored using a variety of evaluation strategies. The results, in terms of achieved knowledge and overall satisfaction, indicate that a focus on online instruction combined with face-to-face, hands-on activities showed statistically significant improvement in the learners' understanding of the course material, while also validating the impact of the curriculum in their workplace. As illustrated through the blended course design, this study further showed that online learners with greater improvement in their pre- and posttest scores also exhibited significantly greater likelihood in demonstrating competency in several areas during the hands-on portion of the course. In particular, participants working in the information systems field exhibited the highest mean difference score (21.49) on the pre- and the posttests, while those working in the laboratory had the lowest (12.17). Likewise, the odds that participants who reviewed the course contents sought to further understand their job roles was 58.2 times greater for those in information systems, while it was only 19.0 times greater for laboratory staff, than those who did not review their job roles.

This journal article is available in the April 2014 (no, not a typo) issue of International Journal of e-Education, e-Business, e-Management and e-Learning (Volume 4, Issue Number 2).

Abstract:

Nowadays, many are accessing social networks from mobile devices rather than from desktop computers, Facebook is currently the most commonly-used online social network among people and becomes the most-used mobile app in the U.S. by introducing a controversial new mobile interface, Facebook Home. The Facebook app now represents our smartphone-centric lives which should be applied in education. This paper will then illustrate the development of Blended Problem-based Instructional Model via Facebook Application on Mobile. The procedures of this paper were divided into two phases: The first was to study conceptual framework of related literatures, included blended problem-based learning, and Facebook application. The second was to develop the Blended Problem-based Instructional Model via Facebook Application on Mobile. The end results have shown that this model consisted of eight steps, 1) Preparing (F2F), 2) Identifying (Online), 3) Analyzing (Online), 4) Searching (F2F and Online), 5) Creating (Online), 6) Testing (Online), 7) Gathering (F2F), and 8) Evaluating (F2F and Online). One last word must be said that with the use of Facebook application on mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere and at any time.

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We make it very easy to CONTACT US if you have any questions about the Education Library's hours, services, resources (books, ebooks, databases) or our other collections.

Education Graduate Information Session ~ Saturday Nov 16, 2013

There are plenty of exciting changes in the Faculty of Education's graduate programs, and applications are now open for Western Education's Research Intensive and Professional Programs at the masters and doctoral level. Find out MORE at the Graduate Information Session on Saturday November 16, 2013.

Graduate Students ~ Education Library Research Consultations Available

Education Library Research Support: Online/Email or In-Person Research Consultations are available.

Contact the Education academic librarians by email at eduref@uwo.ca to ask a research question or to make an appointment. This service is especially convenient for online graduate students as we provide research consultations via email, as well as in person.

Looking for help with APA Style®?

We urge you to start with this APA STYLE HELP PAGE!

Education Library's SECOND INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is now available!

Getting Started ~ Consult the Western Libraries Program Guides

When planning your papers, assignments, annotated bibliographies and literature reviews you will find the Western Libraries Program Guides a great place to start.

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

The Education Library has active Facebook and Twitter accounts ~ have a look!

Scholars at Risk Panel ~ Wednesday Nov. 13, 2013

The event in the following announcement from Julie McMullin, Vice-Provost (Western International), will be of interest to many of us.

I want to bring your attention to the Scholars at Risk Panel that will be held next week, during International Week at Western. The panel features Professors Michael Lynk, Joanna Quinn and Anna Dolidze.

Professor Michael Lynk will provide an overview of the Scholars at Risk Program.

Professor Joanna Quinn will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with hosting a Scholar at Risk at Western.

Professor Anna Dolidze will discuss her experience with the Scholars at Risk Program and her experience at Western.

When: Nov. 13, 11:00-12:00
Where: Chu International Centre, WSS 2130

Researchers: Western's Updated MAPP Policy 7.0

Please note Western's MAPP Policy 7.0 "Academic Integrity in Research Activities" has been updated, approved by the Board of Governors, and posted to the University Secretariat site. The updated policy brings Western into compliance with the requirements of the 2nd edition of the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct for Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) and the Tri-Agency Framework: Responsible Conduct of Research (the Framework). MAPP Research Policies are located at: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/policies_procedures/research.html

COMING SOON! New Copyright Information and Resources Website

This message is from Robin Keirstead, University Archivist and Acting University Librarian:

I want to advise you that in preparation for a new copyright information and resources website, we are taking down the copyright pages currently available via the Policies link in the footer of Western Libraries' homepage (www.lib.uwo.ca/copyright). This will done in the next day or so.

Content on this page will be replaced with a 'site under construction' message, with an indication that the new copyright website will be available before the end of the year and that in the interim any copyright related questions can be directed to the copyright@uwo.ca email address.

This change is being made as a result of several recent developments with respect to copyright, both on campus and nationally, as well as a specific request from members of the community concerned about the current wording, including. for example, the reference to contacting Access Copyright for direction. The new copyright website, when launched, will support Western's focus on enhancing copyright literacy.

Any questions should be directed to Tom Adam at copyright@uwo.ca.

The Librarian is reading...

Seducing Souls: Education and The Experience of Human Well-Being by Karl D. Hostetler (Education Library lower level STACKS LC1100.H67 2011)

LEST WE FORGET ~ REMEMBRANCE DAY TEACHING RESOURCES

There is a display of teaching and learning Remembrance Day resources located on the main floor of the Education Library. If you wish you may check out any of the resources on the display table.

LEST WE FORGET ~ Remembrance Day (November 11) at Western University

"Western's Senate approved Policy on Observance of Remembrance Day requires that two minutes of silence be observed on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. throughout the university and where this is not possible, two minutes of silence be observed between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Students shall be permitted to be absent from class to attend a Remembrance Day Service, provided that the instructor is informed in advance of the intended absence."

This journal article appears in Talent Development & Excellence (Volume 5, Issue Number 2, 2013, A Special Issue: The Elusive Search for the Gifted Personality). This article is written by R.W. Sandieson and S. M. McIsaac.

Western Libraries' Map and Data Centre ~ GIS Day ~ November 20, 2013

Western Libraries' Map and Data Centre welcomes you to join us for GIS Day on November 20, 2013.

This event will take place in the new location of the Map and Data Centre - Ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library. Presentations will be held in the Teaching Support Centre within Weldon Library (TSC 120 - 1st Floor). Please drop in to learn about the many uses of GIS (Geographic Information Systems).

Refreshments will be served, door prizes are available.
Please join us!

This journal article is available in the September 2013 issue of Education Canada (Volume 53, Issue Number 4).

This journal article is available in the October 2013 (Issue 146) Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy.

Remembrance Day (November 11) at Western

Western's Senate approved Policy on Observance of Remembrance Day requires that two minutes of silence be observed on November 11 at 11:00 a.m. throughout the university and where this is not possible, two minutes of silence be observed between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 noon. Students shall be permitted to be absent from class to attend a Remembrance Day Service, provided that the instructor is informed in advance of the intended absence.

The policy is posted on the web here: http://www.uwo.ca/univsec/pdf/academic_policies/appeals/remembrance_day.pdf


The Canadian Business & Current Affairs (CBCA) Education™ database focuses on Canadian information in the field of education. It's the perfect source for those interested in teaching, educational research, and educational leadership/administration in Canada.

CBCA Education is a ProQuest product so the search screen will look similar to the ERIC database and to ProQuest Education Journals.

It is easy to get started! Start at the Western Libraries homepage.

If you are working off campus you must type in your Western University username and password (the same ones you use for your Western email account).
Click on the RESEARCH tab along the top of the Western Libraries homepage.
Click on DATABASES.
Click on C.
Click on CBCA Education.
(NB: You may want to bookmark this link for later easy access)
Start typing in (and combining) your keywords.
Most (but not all) articles will be available to you to read in full text.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.

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