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Summary from the publisher:

Written in friendly and accessible language, this concise guide includes numerous practical examples based on the authors? extensive experience in the field. The authors provide information and guidance on developing research skills such as gathering and analyzing information and data, reporting findings, and research design. They offer critical perspectives to help users reflect on research approaches and to understand the key issues in devising research questions.

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Can I print an entire ebook found through the library catalogue?

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

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

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

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

Help is available on-site and online

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

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Labour Day Long Weekend

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The Education Library continues with SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

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

We will be CLOSED on Monday September 7, 2015 to celebrate the Labour Day long weekend.

We will resume evening and Saturday hours starting Tuesday September 8, 2015.

The Education Library is purchasing and investing in online access to electronic books. If you scan down through this Blog you will see many of these titles showcased here.

To read an electronic book purchased by the library system, do a title search in the library catalogue and click on the access link (usually available near the mid-point of the record).

Here is a screenshot example of a catalogue record with ebook links:

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Current Periodicals and Journals in the Education Library

Many of our physical and print collections have been moved this summer. We are pleased to announce that the CURRENT ISSUES of our journals and periodicals are now shelved on the main floor of the Education Library. These publications are easier to locate and are now showcased in a more attractive manner. Enjoy!

NEW SERVICE ~ Print, Copy, Scan at Western Libraries

Here is a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about the new PRINT, COPY, SCAN services in Western Libraries. Library Staff at all locations can answer any specific questions and walk you through the instructions.

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Graduate Education Research Guide

We warmly welcome our new and returning graduate students. We have created a Getting Started RESEARCH GUIDE for Faculty of Education graduate students. This guide also includes a direct link to our email address if you have any questions. Be sure to check out the Education Library's social media also showcased on this guide. Other Research Guides are also available from the Western Libraries website. They are all listed under the RESEARCH TOOLS tab along the top of the website.

Contact Us!

Online and on-site graduate students: Your Academic Research Librarian is Denise Horoky but we are all here to help you. It is easy to contact us:

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Using library resources from an off campus location?

From the Western Libraries' website, be sure to enter your Western University username and password (the same combination you use for Western email accounts) in the Off Campus login boxes. This will ensure you have easy access to the electronic books and the full text of journal articles.

Please note: This is a screenshot and those pictured hours of opening may not reflect the accurate hours of opening for our library locations.

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

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Contact Us

We are here to help you - in person or online! We make it ridiculously easy for you to contact the staff at the Education Library! In addition, the Western Libraries' ASK: Chat with a Librarian service re-opens after a summer hiatus on Monday September 14, 2015!

We are ready!

It is with a great sigh of relief (and 1/2 hour to spare) that we can say we are ready for Orientation and Registration Day on Thursday September 3, 2015. Please find time during your busy day to visit the Education Library and have a look at our displays.

Back-to-school stress affects thousands of students and parents each year. With only one week of summer remaining and school bells across the region about to signal the start of another school year, anxiety levels among some students and parents are once again on the rise.

The following education experts from Western University are available to media for commentary on the many potential sources of these stresses, and for advice on how parents and students can deal with anxieties related to heading back to school.

Jacqueline A. Specht, Professor, Faculty of Education Areas of expertise: inclusive education; students with exceptionalities; participation of children in the school system; teacher/student experiences in diverse classrooms


Isha DeCoito, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education
Areas of expertise: scientific and technological literacy; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; international education

Michael Kehler, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education
Areas of expertise: masculinities; body image and sociology of the body; boys education; physical education

ABOUT WESTERN
Western delivers an academic experience second to none. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community.

Watch the Education Library's Getting Started... Videos

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

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If you have any questions please contact the Education Library staff:

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Counseling and Therapy in Video

Counseling and Therapy in video volume one.jpg Counseling and Therapy in Video provides the largest and richest online collection of video available for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counseling--400 hours and more than 330 videos on completion. The collection's wealth of video and multiplicity of perspectives allow students and scholars to see, experience, and study counseling in ways never before possible.

APA Style®

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

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

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Search or Contribute Your Own Work to Scholarship@Western

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

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

Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

Please join us online!

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Current Issues of Education Library Journals and Periodicals

Many of our collections have been moved this summer. We are pleased to announce that the CURRENT ISSUES of our journals and periodicals are now shelved on the main floor of the Education Library. These publications are easier to locate and are now showcased in a more attractive manner. Enjoy!

Free Service ~ Digital Document Delivery Service

Western Libraries' Digital Delivery Service is a free journal article scanning service that is offered to Western faculty, staff and students.

This service delivers the full text of journal articles directly to your computer or device.

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

MORE GOOD NEWS: Throughout the academic year of 2014-2015 we have been transferring the Education Library's bound journal collection to STORAGE so that all of this collection is now eligible for the document delivery service. We are now (Summer 2015) in the completion stage of that transfer project. WE HAVE NOW COMPLETED OUR JOURNAL TRANSFER PROJECT AND OUR OLDER JOURNALS ARE NOW IN STORAGE AND ELIGIBLE FOR THIS FREE SERVICE.

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

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Summary from the publisher:

auto biography.jpg In the tradition of educational narrative inquiry, this book explores diverse ways of thinking, writing and theorizing from auto/biographic experience, in language that is rooted in practice yet challenges the authoritative discourses of educational policy, theory and research. The book moves from first to third person accounts and from personal and family stories to narratives of teachers and teacher educators in the contested, multicultural environment of Israel. It highlights the multi-voiced, embodied lives of Israeli teachers from many cultures and identities and engages with literature around memory and embodiment, imagination, place and presence in teaching. The book will interest researchers in curriculum studies, teaching and teacher education, as well as scholars interested in issues of memory in historical and contemporary contexts.

Growing our collection of ebooks!

You now have online access to this book through the library catalogue:

leaderhsip for change.png Summary: Leadership for Change in Teacher Education: Voices of Canadian Deans of Education presents a rich sampling of diverse perspectives on the topic in a unique collection of reflections contributed by Canadian deans of education. The focus of the inquiry, "What would we hear from deans of education invited to share their perspectives on leadership for change in contemporary teacher education?" invited deans of education to reflect on the research, policies and practices currently informing their leadership. The results, fourteen engaging and provocative essays, offer important insights and increased understandings of the complex nature of their work and explore concerns raised in relation to lived experience and the multi-faceted processes of leading change for teacher education in contemporary contexts.

Adding to Our Growing List of eBooks!

Goodbye, RefWorks!

RefWorks is no longer available through Western Libraries.
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You now have online access to Key Topics in Second Language Acquisition through the library catalogue.

key topics in second language.jpg Summary: This textbook offers an introductory overview of eight hotly-debated topics in second language acquisition research. It offers a glimpse of how SLA researchers have tried to answer common questions about second language acquisition rather than being a comprehensive introduction to SLA research. Each chapter comprises an introductory discussion of the issues involved and suggestions for further reading and study. The reader is asked to consider the issues based on their own experiences, thus allowing them to compare their own intuitions and experiences with established research findings and gain an understanding of methodology. The topics are treated independently so that they can be read in any order that interests the reader.

You now have online access to Civic Pedagogies in Higher Education: Teaching for Democracy in Europe, Canada and the USA through the library catalogue.

civic.jpg Summary: In this text, university teachers from Eastern Europe, Western Europe and North America report on their efforts to prepare students for engaged democratic citizenship. Their case studies illustrate methods employed to prepare citizens for meaningful participation in democracies, whether long-standing, young or emerging. The contributors describe their approaches in detail, reflecting on the philosophical and pedagogical considerations being employed, as well as exploring models of experiential service-learning, action research, and other curricular innovations. Stakeholders are encouraged to replicate, modify or entirely recast the ideas presented, in the interest of building capacity within their institutions, peers and partners to realize and maintain the promise of democracy.

You now have online access to Education Policy: Globalization, Citizenship and Democracy through the library catalogue.

education policy.png Summary: This book provides an international perspective on education policy, and of the role and function of education in the global economy. The authors present a Foucauldian perspective on the politics of liberal education, within a theoretical framework necessary for the critical analysis of education policy.

The authors set out the analyses necessary for understanding the restructuring in education and social policy that has occurred in many countries affected by the resurgence of neo-liberal political theory. They examine education policy in relation to globalization, citizenship and democracy. The authors argue that globalization is an extension of neoliberalism and is destructive of the nation state, community and democracy. They show the importance of education in building strong democratic nation states and global communities based on cultural identity and inter-cultural awareness.

This book is essential reading for students of education policy studies and social policy analysis.

education game changers.jpg Education Game Changers is written for an international readership. This book refers to all education levels and sectors and builds on research in educational leadership, education business, and organizational change. Karen E. Starr describes policy paradoxes challenging the sustainability of educational provision as we know it and the imperatives they present for educational leadership, business, and governance. This book critiques the paradoxical education policy context while exploring alternative futures they may spawn. It ponders both possibilities and pitfalls that cannot be ignored by instrumental players such as governments, policy-makers, educational leaders and business managers, researchers, and analysts. This book unveils rising cases of education business failures around the world, the paucity of governance and business skill on educational boards, and the irrational contradictions faced by governments in determining education policy.

Autoethnography, Self-Narrative and Teacher Education.png Autoethnography, Self-Narrative and Teacher Education examines the professional life and work of teacher educators. In adopting an autoethnographic and life-history approach, Mike Hayler develops a theoretically informed discussion of how the professional identity of teacher educators is both formed and represented by narratives of experience. The book draws upon analytic autoethnography and life-history methods to explore the ways in which teacher educators construct and develop their conceptions and practice by engaging with memory through narrative, in order to negotiate some of the ambivalences and uncertainties of their work. The author's own story of learning, embedded within the text, was shared with other teacher-educators, who following interviews wrote self-narratives around themes which emerged from discussion. The focus for analysis develops from how professional identity and pedagogy are influenced by changing perceptions and self-narratives of life and work experiences, and how this may influence professional culture, content and practice in this area. The book includes an evaluation of how using this approach has allowed the author to investigate both the subject and method of the research with implications for educational research and the practice of teacher education. Audience: Scholars and students of education and the education of teachers, researchers interested in autoethnography and self-narrative.

Free Service! ASK: Chat with a Librarian

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This service is available to all Western students but our online students will find our ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN an especially useful service. Give it a try! Please note: This service is now on summer hours of operation in July/August and longer hours will resume in September.

Summer Hours and Upcoming Labour Day Long Weekend

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The Education Library continues with SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

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

We will be CLOSED on Monday September 7, 2015 to celebrate the Labour Day long weekend.

We will resume evening and Saturday hours starting Tuesday September 8, 2015.

Good Bye ... RefWorks

Citation management software helps you organize the articles that you find when searching in databases, and automates the process of creating your bibliography when you're writing. There are many citation management software packages available, each of which has its own strengths and weaknesses. For over a decade, Western Libraries has supported the RefWorks citation management software. But, this summer - August 2015 - RefWorks access is ending at Western.
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This text is a provocative investigation of the political, social, and economic factors underlying classroom practices, offering a unique introduction to the contemporary field of critical pedagogy.

life in schools.jpg Life in Schools features excerpts from the author's best-selling work, Cries from the Corridor: The New Suburban Ghetto.The text provokes analytic discussion of social problems and a theoretical framework for formulating potential solutions (Parts III & IV). It also includes a new discussion of race and class, a chapter on the social construction of whiteness, and a new chapter that challenges current domestic and foreign policies of the current White House administration (including the No Child Left Behind Act) and their impact upon American public schooling.

education in a transnational world.jpg Teacher Education in a Transnational World brings together specialists from various disciplines and scholars with policy-making and high-level government and administrative experience to discuss the historical, sociological, and philosophical issues associated with teacher education in a global context.

Edited by Rosa Bruno-Jofré and James Scott Johnston, two leading scholars of the history and philosophy of education, this collection offers both analytical and practical insights into the present and future state of teacher education. Among the topics examined are paradigmatic changes in teacher education, the impact of the Bologna process in Europe, Indigenous education, and state policies in a transnational context.

With contributors from nine countries on four continents, Teacher Education in a Transnational World offers a genuinely international interdisciplinary examination of the challenges and opportunities associated with teacher education in the twenty-first century.

You now have online access, through the library catalogue, to Interculturalization and Teacher Education: Theory to Practice

Summary:

Institutions of higher education are keen to improve teachers' intercultural experiences, communication, and understanding, but offer few resources for bringing the research literature to direct application in teacher education programs. This volume addresses that gap by examining what intercultural exchanges in teacher education look like, why they are important, and how they can be maintained. The authors examine how socio-cultural beliefs, institutional structures, and external accreditation bodies interact in the process of interculturalization, highlighting the incentives and barriers as well as strategies to implement and maintain interculturalization projects.


Highlighting pragmatic examples, this book addresses the challenges and benefits of interculturalization that can be applied to teacher education programs from both a theoretical and practitioner perspective.

Contact Information for Your Research Librarian

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

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

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Summary:

Now in its fourth edition, Interviewing as Qualitative Research (available as a paperback and with electronic access through the library catalogue) provides clear, step-by-step guidance for new and experienced interviewers to develop, shape, and reflect on interviewing as a qualitative research process. Using concrete examples of interviewing techniques to illustrate the issues under discussion, this classic text helps readers to understand the complexities of interviewing and its connections to broader issues of qualitative research. The text includes principles and methods that can be adapted to a range of interviewing approaches.

Appropriate for individual and classroom use, the new edition has been expanded to include:

  • In Chapter 2, clarification of important phenomenological assumptions that underlie the interviewing approach presented in the book.
  • In Chapter 7, new sections on Long-Distance Interviewing and its implications for the relationship between interviewers and their participants.
  • In Chapter 8, a new section on the pros and cons of Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software.
  • Chapter 9, "The Ethics of Doing Good Work," is a new chapter which discusses the interplay between ethical issues in interviewing and how interviewers carry out their work as researchers.

The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century.

Based on the author's national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population. It asks what constitutes effective preparation, and provides guidance on overcoming personal and institutional challenges to cultural inclusiveness (stereotype threats, microaggressions, colorblindness/identity-blindness, implicit bias, among others). Samuels begins with the challenges facing the higher education community and then offers 8 transformative steps to help build cultural inclusiveness that any educator teaching any subject can utilize to increase their effectiveness. Culturally inclusive leadership is highlighted as the model for educators and institutions to embrace for success in today's world.

Book Features:

  • Diversity training and inclusiveness strategies for transforming curricula.
  • Reflective practices that unearth personal biases and behaviors.
  • Insights about faculty preparedness drawn from an unprecedented national study.
  • Attention to specific issues and intersections of race, gender, sexual orientation, and disability.
  • A lens for understanding cultural inclusiveness as a fundamental leadership practice.

Summary:

Students experiencing homelessness often face overwhelming obstacles that limit both their access to education and their prospects for success in life. The McKinney-Vento Act (1987) was created to ensure that schools provide services that support students in unstable housing situations but, unfortunately, effective implementation of important provisions continues to be elusive. In addition, adults charged with McKinney-Vento implementation in schools voice frustration with overload and lack of support or consistent resources. Through interviews with youth experiencing homelessness, Aviles de Bradley introduces readers to their remarkable resilience under fire and their determination to thrive despite the systemic inequities they encounter daily. The book also explores how poor people of color experience and interface with social institutions, namely schools, and uncovers important connections between homelessness and racism using a Critical Race Theory framework. Readers are challenged to see McKinney-Vento implementation not as charity, but as an issue of legislated social justice and to work towards educational equity for students experiencing homelessness.

The new book From Charity to Equity features:


  • Portrays how students and schooling are affected by homelessness.

  • Shows how homelessness interacts with and impacts teaching and learning.

  • Brings to life the personal stories and struggles of homeless youth.

  • Examines school practices in light of existing federal law.

  • Includes the voices of school personnel charged with supporting homeless students.

You now have online access, through the library catalogue, to Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching.

Summary:

The second edition of the classic resource Lessons from the Cyberspace Classroom offers a comprehensive reference for faculty to hone their skills in becoming more effective online instructors. Thoroughly revised and updated to reflect recent changes and challenges that face online teachers, Lessons from the Virtual Classroom is filled with illustrative examples from actual online courses as well as helpful insights from teachers and students. This essential guide offers targeted suggestions for dealing with such critical issues as evaluating effective courseware, working with online classroom dynamics, addressing the needs of the online student, making the transition to online teaching, and promoting the development of the learning community.

You now have access, through the library catalogue, to Evaluating Online Teaching.

Summary:

Evaluating Online Teaching is the first comprehensive book to outline strategies for effectively measuring the quality of online teaching, providing the tools and guidance that faculty members and administrators need. The authors address challenges that colleges and universities face in creating effective online teacher evaluations, including organizational structure, institutional governance, faculty and administrator attitudes, and possible budget constraints. Through the integration of case studies and theory, the text provides practical solutions geared to address challenges and foster effective, efficient evaluations of online teaching. Readers gain access to rubrics, forms, and worksheets that they can customize to fit the needs of their unique institutions.
Contact us by phone, email, set up a research consultation appointment or drop in for an office visit. We are here to help you!

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You now have online access, through the library catalogue, to Exemplary Teachers of Students of Poverty.

Summary:

Education and poverty exist in a highly contested relationship even in the developed world. On the one hand, educational outcomes seem solidly attached to socio-economic status, and on the other, education is often cited as a way out of poverty. Success at de-coupling poverty from educational outcomes varies across the developed world. The issues connecting education and poverty are complex, but the question of the successful engagement of students from poor backgrounds involves a complex mix of public policy on poverty, public policy on education, and teacher action. This book focuses on a number of exemplary teachers who demonstrate a set of common pedagogical qualities, assisting them to work productively with persistent classroom challenges in low SES classrooms.

Exemplary Teachers of Students in Poverty shares successful classroom practice from schools serving diverse and disadvantaged communities, and stresses that opportunities in school can influence educational engagement and encourage students to achieve.

You now have online access, through the library catalogue, to Raising Literacy Achievement in High-Poverty Schools: An Evidence-Based Approach

Summary:

This book shares lessons gleaned from a two-year intervention in a high-poverty school, which was highly successful in significantly narrowing the literacy achievement gap and in raising children's motivation and engagement in literacy both inside and outside school. Kennedy argues that there is much that disadvantaged schools can do to close the gap, but this is more likely to occur when a research-based approach to instruction (with a dual emphasis on cognitive skills and motivation and engagement), assessment and professional development is undertaken.

You now have access to Educational Binds of Poverty through the library catalogue.

Summary:

Educational Binds of Poverty tackles the assumptions made by many recent social and educational policy initiatives suggesting that the best way to improve educational prospects of children in poverty is through an increased emphasis upon a culture of control, discipline, regulation and accountability. In this book, Ceri Brown presents these assumptions against a review of the research literature and an original ethnographic longitudinal study into the lives of children in poverty, in order to highlight the gap between policy discourses and the lived experiences of children themselves.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software: NVivo

nvivo logo.jpg "NVivo is intended to help users organize and analyze non-numerical or unstructured data. The software allows users to classify, sort and arrange information; examine relationships in the data; and combine analysis with linking, shaping, searching and modeling. The researcher or analyst can test theories, identify trends and cross-examine information in a multitude of ways using its search engine and query functions. They can make observations in the software and build a body of evidence to support their case or project." An extensive range of self-help resources including videos, tutorials, FAQs and Forums are available to the research to learn and to best utilize this software.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software: Dragon

dragon software logo.jpg Don't let typing slow you down. Dragon, the world's best-selling speech recognition software, lets you dictate documents, search the web, send email and more using your voice. Support resources include User Guides, Demo Videos, and Quick Start/Cheat Cheat Cards.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software: ATLAS.ti

ATLAS LOGO.jpg The purpose of ATLAS.ti is to help researchers uncover and systematically analyze complex phenomena hidden in unstructured data (text, multimedia, geospatial). The program provides tools that let the user locate, code, and annotate findings in primary data material, to weigh and evaluate their importance, and to visualize the often complex relations between them.

Support and training includes "Quick Tours", user manuals, video tutorials and an ATLAS.ti User Forum community group.

Qualitative Data Analysis Software: Dedoose

dedoose logo.png Dedoose is a cross-platform app for analyzing qualitative and mixed methods research with text, photos, audio, videos, spreadsheet data and so much more. Dedoose provides a variety of support and help resources including videos, user guides, FAQs and a helpful Blog.


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

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

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

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

Western Library's Interlibrary Loans (ILL) Service using RACER

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

Please join us online!

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As researchers with access to university library collections we often forget about the wonderfully convenient Interlibrary Loans (ILL) Services offered at our own local public libraries.

I am linking to the London Public Library ILLO Service information page and to the Toronto Public Library ILL Service information page but you can also check the website of your own public library. Staff at your local public library branch will be pleased to answer any questions you have about their Interlibrary Loans services.

ASK: Chat with a Librarian

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

Here is the info you need: Borrowing Items While Visiting Other Canadian University Libraries!

If you have any questions please contact the Education Library staff:

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WorldCat ~ Where in the world is that book?

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

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

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Punishment and deterrence are often believed to be the most effective means of reducing youth crime and improving community safety, but Western University psychologist Alan Leschied says the reality is much different.

"What we've seen is low risk offenders who are incarcerated with more serious offenders will often come out of the justice system looking more like the high risk offenders," said Leschied, a researcher in Western's Faculty of Education. "Incarceration acts like an introduction to serious offenders for young people who would otherwise have never been exposed to that level of crime."

Leschied's research shows that many youth offenders have often experienced past trauma, violence or neglect. He suggests a more comprehensive approach to youth rehabilitation that addresses all aspects of the offence, including events leading up to it, to be a more effective rehabilitation approach that can help prevent youth from entering the justice system again in the future.

"We need to hold youth accountable for their actions, but we shouldn't stop there, we should start there," said Leschied. "It is imperative to examine and address the reasons behind these offences as part of the rehabilitation process. Addressing the root causes can lead to more effective and successful rehabilitation, which will consequently help lead to increased community safety."

The findings are published in the book, Serious and Violent Young Offenders and Youth Criminal Justice: A Canadian Perspective, which was released today (Tuesday August 4, 2015) and is available from the Education Library. Co-edited by Leschied, the book provides a research basis for effective youth justice assessment, prevention and treatment, and brings together work from the most prominent Canadian researchers in the field of youth justice.

The assembled research shows what are commonly seen as quick fixes - incarceration, sanctions and deterrence - do not lead to better rehabilitation or community safety, and in some cases may actually make communities less safe over the long term.

Leschied hopes governments and policy makers across Canada will use the research to reexamine youth rehabilitation and develop more effective, better informed social policy and rehabilitation approaches.

You now have online access, through the library catalogue, to The Challenge for School Leaders: A New Way of Thinking about Leadership.

Summary:

The Challenge for School Leaders identifies essential systems and their elements that enhance the school leader's knowledge and skill to continually improve the academic program through a faculty collaborative process. The critical systems addressed are system elements, communication, curriculum, instruction, assessment, and collaborative decision making to determine causes of nonproductive systems and solutions to remove and solve these issues.

The text includes a pre- and post-school assessment survey process that involves the faculty and administrators in evaluating their school, and identifying critical areas that need improvement. This survey has been statistically affirmed for high reliability and validity with respect to academic system behaviors correlated with high academic student performance.

The continual improvement philosophy is the foundation of this text and collaboration is the method by which this concept is achieved. The value of each person is critical, and everyone is needed to improve the academic systems to serve the needs of the students and the faculty. The communication linkage system as well as curriculum-instruction-assessment integration is addressed and is essential to the improvement process. The analysis and improvement of the instructional process is the key to enhancing student academic performance. The concepts and practical suggestions along with the knowledge and skills to build an effective academic system for students is the aim of this study.

You now have electronic access, through the library catalogue, to Educational Leadership: Perspectives on Preparation and Practice.


Summary:

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

You now have electronic access to Local Drivers for Improvement Capacity: Six Types of School Organisations through the library catalogue.

Summary:

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

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

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

Are you reading the Journal of School Leadership?

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

Electronic Access ~ The School Leadership Playbook

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

Faculty of Education students, staff and faculty:

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

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

From the press release:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Counseling and Therapy in Video: Volume 1


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Education Library's "Getting Started" Videos

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

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Electronic Access Available ~ Educational Leadership

Electronic Access to New Books

Help with the ProQuest Education Journals Database

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

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ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN

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

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


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The Education Library is now on SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

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

Western Libraries Locations

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

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

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

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NEW ~ Faculty Support

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

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

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

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NEW ~ Resarch Impact

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

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

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NEW ~ Open Access Information Page

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

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NEW ~ Scholarly Publishing Information Page

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

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Western says good bye to RefWorks in August 2015

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

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

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Other citation management software is available.

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

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

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

Please join us online!

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Summer Hours

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The Education Library is currently enjoying SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

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

Research Help is Available!

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

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

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

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

iTEC ~ Designing the Future Classroom

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

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

Edukata


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

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

Electronic Access to New Books

New Service ~ Ask Copyright

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

Electronic Access to New Books

InterLibrary Loans using RACER software

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

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

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

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

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

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

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WorldCat ~ Where in the world is that book?

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

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

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ASK: CHAT WITH A LIBRARIAN service

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

Video ~ Benefits of Using Citation Management Tools

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

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


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


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

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

Electronic Access to New Books

Education Library's Short "Getting Started" Research Videos

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

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

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

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Students love eBooks but...

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

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

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

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

Contact Information for Your Education Research Librarian

We are here to help you - onsite or online!

Denise Horoky is your Research Librarian with an office at the Education Library in Western's Faculty of Education.

Denise Horoky is reachable in a multitude of ways (onsite and online)!

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Mandate and Objectives

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

Statistics Canada has two main objectives:


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


  • develop and evaluate public policies and programs

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

2. To promote sound statistical standards and practices by:


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

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

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

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


Introducing Education Researchers to Grey Literature

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

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


Grey literature includes but is not limited to:

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

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

Scholarship@Western

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Supporting Aboriginal Graduate Enhancement (SAGE)

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

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

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Using Library Resources Off-Campus

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

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Summon Search

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

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

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

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

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


Top 7: Education Research Databases

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


1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

2. Dissertations and Theses

3. Education Research Complete

4, ERIC

5. ProQuest Education Journals

6. Professional Development Collection

7. PsycINFO


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

Top 7: Research Tools to Use When Starting Your Research

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

Here are the Top Seven Research Tools:

1. Library Catalogue

2. Summon

3. Research Guides

4. Research Databases

5. Western Libraries Website

6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

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

Free Service ~ Digital Delivery of Full Text Journal Articles


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

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

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

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

Good Bye, RefWorks!

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


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

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

Research Guides

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

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Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

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

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

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

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

Summer Hours


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The Education Library is now on SUMMER HOURS of Opening:

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

Where in the world?

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

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

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APA Style Help

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

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

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Research Help is Available

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

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

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

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

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New Book ~ Continuing to Disrupt the Status Quo?

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

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

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

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

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Electronic Access Available ~ Educational Leadership Relationally

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

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

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

Media Release from Western's Faculty of Education:

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

Spring and Summer Hours

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

Retirements ~ Greg Dickinson and Allan Pitman

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

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

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


Update ~ Canadiana Héritage Project

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

May 2015 Update:

Work on the Heritage Project continues to progress.

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

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

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

Mark your calendars and join us!


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

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


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

Room and Other Details: TBA

People We Know ~ Dr. Ken Meadows

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

From the Western News:

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


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

Congratulations, Ken, and well deserved!

Hiatus

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

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

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

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

People We Know and New Book

negotiating spaces.jpg Congratulations to Mary Hamilton (Visiting Scholar in 2011), Rachel Heydon, Kathryn Hibbert and Roz Stooke, Editors of the new book, Negotiating Spaces for Literacy Learning. A copy of this book has been ordered for the Education Library.

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

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

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Western Libraries has amazing academic librarians

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

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

Additionally, we found out:

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

And, in other good news:

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

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

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

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Top 7: Education Research Databases

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


  1. CBCA Education (for Canadian education information)

  2. Dissertations and Theses

  3. Education Research Complete

  4. ERIC

  5. ProQuest Education Journals

  6. Professional Development Collection

  7. PsycINFO


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

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

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

Here are the top research tools:


  1. Catalogue

  2. Summon

  3. Research Guides

  4. Research Databases

  5. Western Libraries Website

  6. Education Library Website and Education Library Blog

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

The Education Library on Facebook and Twitter

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

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

New Service Launched at Western: Ask Copyright

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

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

People We Know ~ Kathy Hibbert

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

Weave: Journal of Library User Experience

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

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

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

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

Music Library Keyboard (nope, not KeyWORD) News!

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

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

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

Spirit Horse arrives at Western's Faculty of Education

In an email communication we learned:

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

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

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

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3MT

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

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

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

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


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

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

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


Symposium Co-ordinator: Marianne Larsen

Symposium Organizer: Jennifer Kozak

Opportunities and Information from Western Heads East:

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Easter Long Weekend

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

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Spring Fling

spring fling.jpg Join us for a celebration of Spring in the Education Library at 2:00 pm on Tuesday March 24th. Coffee and tasty treats will be served.

Creative Commons

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


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

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


♪ ♫ Have a listen and get happy! ♪ ♫

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Happy Birthday, Magna Carta!

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

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

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All about SPARC

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

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

Western University is a full member of SPARC.

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

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

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Sad News ~ Right Reverend Charles Robert (Bob) Townshend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Gentle Reminder

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

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Scholarship@Western

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

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

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

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

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

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

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

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New Service Launched at Western in February 2015: Ask Copyright

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

New Open Access Policy for Research Unveiled in February 2015

Announced on Friday February 27, 2015:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Abstract:

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

Journal Article ~ The Struggle to Make Sense of Doctoral Study

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

Abstract:

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

Journal Article ~ A Meditation on the Poetics of Doctoral Writing

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

Abstract:

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

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

Abstract:

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

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

Abstract:

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

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

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

April is NATIONAL POETRY MONTH


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

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

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

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

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

Abstract:

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

Easter Long Weekend

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

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