Faculty of Education scholars to discuss the question: ‘Is institutional learning dead?’

Is institutional learning dead?

That provocative question and more will be debated by five leading education researchers on Wednesday, April 10, during a special panel discussion hosted by York University’s Faculty of Education.

The panel is part of an ongoing series of research celebrations showing the depth and breadth of research underway at York University that are held in conjunction with the Office of the Vice-President Research & Innovation. Wednesday’s panel will take place from 2 to 4pm, in room 519 York Research Tower, on the Keele campus. All are welcome to attend.

“The Faculty of Education’s research celebration provides members of the York community with an opportunity to engage in a compelling discussion about the many challenges and opportunities facing educators today,” said Robert Haché, vice-president research & innovation.

The five panellists will weigh in on the question in an open discussion that will be followed by a Q-and-A session. The discussion will be moderated by York education Professor Sharon Murphy.

“We welcome the opportunity to share our research successes with the rest of the York community. The event will showcase several of our colleagues engaging in a fascinating discussion about the future of formal education that is sure to interest all who attend,” said Ron Owston, dean of the Faculty of Education

Participating in the discussion are:

Negin Dahya is a fifth year doctoral student in the Faculty of Education and an alumna of the MEd program. Her master’s thesis explored video games for education and social change by examining representation and learning in digital games. She is a three-time Ontario Graduate Scholarship award winner whose doctoral research focuses on postcolonial feminist theory, digital media and learning by exploring the lives of Muslim girls, a community marginalized by intersecting factors including gender, race and religious discrimination.

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Don Dippo is a University Professor of Education and a former elementary school teacher. His PhD is in the Sociology of Education with specialization in the sociology of knowledge. Current research interests include: the social and political organization of knowledge; environmental and sustainability education; global migration and settlement; university/community relations and teacher education. He is co-investigator on the Borderless Higher Education for Refugees project, which is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Social Sciences & Humanities Research Foundation of Canada.

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Roopa Desai Trilokekar‘s research interests include international and intercultural education. An assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, Desai Trilokekar (left) is interested in government policy on higher education and internationalization, as well as the student learning experience as it pertains to study abroad and internationalizing teacher education. She is co-editor of two books, Making Policy in Turbulent Times; Challenge and Prospects for Higher Education (to be published this year with York education Professor Paul Axelrod) and Canada’s Universities Go Global (2009).

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Connie Mayer is a professor in the Faculty of Education. Her scholarly interests include language and literacy development in learners at risk (e.g. deaf and hard of hearing); emergent literacy; early intervention; bilingualism; the role of signed language in educating D/HH learners; sociocultural theory and its applications to educational practice and research; classroom discourse; and teacher education. Prior to coming to York, she worked for more than 20 years as a consultant, administrator and teacher of D/HH students from preschool through postsecondary.

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Celia Popovic is the director of York University’s Teaching Commons, a community of practice for those engaged in all aspects teaching and learning whose aim is to enhance the student experience. She holds an EdD from the University of Birmingham and has more than 20 years of experience as an educational developer with universities in Great Britain. She is the co-author of Understanding Undergraduates: Challenging our preconceptions of student success (2012).

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Jean Augustine will bring greetings and will welcome guests to the event. Augustine was appointed as the first Fairness Commissioner for Ontario in March 2007. She cares passionately about education and the challenges faced by newcomers to the province. Augustine has donated her archival and parliamentary materials to York University’s Faculty of Education, creating the opportunity to establish an innovative academic position, the Jean Augustine Chair in Education in the New Urban Environment.

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Recently published books and a slide show of research highlights will be on display. The Faculty will also be screening new research video bytes and will showcase a live demonstration of new software innovations.

To RSVP for this event, click here.