Faculty of Education scholars to discuss question “Should education count?”


On May 2, York’s Faculty of Education will be holding a panel discussion involving six education researchers presenting their diverse views in response to the question “Should education count?”

The panel is part of an ongoing series of research celebrations that showcase the depth and breadth of research underway at York University. The Faculty of Education panel discussion will take place Wednesday afternoon, from 2 to 4pm, in room 3072, in the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) building on the Keele campus. All are welcome to attend.

“We invite all students, staff and faculty to participate in the Faculty of Education’s research celebration to learn more about the research being done at York aimed at addressing the challenges and opportunities facing educators today,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation. “Over the past year, we have been hosting research celebrations with each of our Faculties to highlight York’s strengths in research excellence and to showcase the work of many of our talented researchers who are actively engaged in innovative research activities.”

The six participants will weigh in on the question in an open discussion that will be followed by a question and answer session. The discussion will be moderated by York education Professor Sharon Murphy. Participating in the discussion are:

Deborah BritzmanDeborah Britzman, a Distinguished Research Professor who works in the area of psychoanalysis and education. Britzman is known for her contributions in teacher education, studies of the emotional world, difficult knowledge, and clinical formulations of teaching and learning. The author of seven books and numerous articles, Britzman’s most recent book is Freud and Education.

John IppolitoSchool-based scholarship that brings minority parents and caregivers together with their children’s educators into working research partnerships is the focus of research by Professor John Ippolito. His work aims to explore and broaden key adult relationships that mediate student success.

Chloë Brushwood RoseProfessor Chloë Brushwood Rose‘s an current research is funded by the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. Rose is examining the questions of subjectivity, self-representation and social difference in the context of community-based media pedagogies. Her research has a particular emphasis on theories of esthetic experience and psychoanalytic theories of learning.

Sue WintonSue Winton is a professor whose critical policy research examines how education policies and policy processes support affect critical democratic commitments. Specifically, Winton is looking at how these policies and processes support and/or undermine commitments to equity, diversity, social justice and public participation in policymaking.

Celia PopovicCelia Popovic is an educational developer with the Teaching Commons at York University. Her research focuses on comparing students’ demographic data, teacher’s expectations and actual student performance, exploring preconceptions or stereotypes. Her research is exposing a complex picture of multiple factors that affect performance.

Karen KrasnyProfessor Karen Krasny is the newly appointed Graduate Program Director in the Faculty of Education. Her research employs empirical observation and philosophical introspection to examine the contested relationship between the esthetic and ethical dimensions of literary reading. The research aims to further theorize the cognitive structure and function of mental imagery and affect as they relate to reading, writing and constructing meaning from multimodal representations.

The panel discussion is free and open to the community. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Breanne Whitwell, research officer,  at 416-736-2100 ext. 77363, or by e-mail to research@edu.yorku.ca.