Faculty of Education

Research Presentations

Research Presentations

Faculty Seminar Series

The Faculty of Education's Seminar Series is designed to promote and celebrate the research of members of the faculty. Sincere thanks to the 2015-16 presenters who took the time to share and discuss their research with us. Watch this space in early September for the 2016-17 schedule. 

Schedule and titles for 2016-17 presentations.

Next Talk: Dr. Nanda Dimitrov and Aisha Haque, Western's Teaching Support Centre

Title:  “Intercultural Teaching Competence in the Disciplines: Teaching Strategies for Intercultural Learning”

Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 pm

Location: Room 1010, Faculty of Education

Description: As universities continue to internationalize their curricula and recruit a growing number of international students, instructors facilitate learning in increasingly diverse classrooms. In this presentation we will discuss the application of Intercultural Teaching Competence (ITC) by faculty members across the disciplines at a large Canadian research university. Based on focus group interviews with instructors in eighteen disciplines, we will provide varied and concrete examples of how instructors mobilize intercultural teaching competence to navigate diverse classrooms, promote perspective taking and global learning goals among students, practice culturally relevant teaching, and validate different ways of knowing and communicating among students through assessment practices. Placing disciplines at the centre of the discussion in this way elucidates the extent to which ITC may be adapted to fit the contours of the academic field and also allows us to explore best practices for facilitating the development of intercultural competence among students in these disciplines. Implications of disciplinary differences in ITC will be discussed for faculty development and curriculum support.

This presentation will draw on our two most recent publications: (1) an article in Intercultural Education, titled “Intercultural Teaching Competence: A Multidisciplinary Framework for Instructor Reflection” (forthcoming 2017) which introduces our model, and (2) a book chapter, “Intercultural Teaching Competence in the Disciplines”, to be published in Fall 2016.

Visiting Speaker Presentations

Speaker: Visiting Scholar Dr. Frank Boers, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand

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

Date: Thursday, October 27, 2016

Time: 3:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Room 1139 (Community Room), Faculty of Education

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

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Conferences and Workshops


Friday, October 21, 2017
9:00 am - 5:15 pm
Room 1162, Faculty of Education
Western University
1137 Western Road
London, ON N6G 1G7

There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to Tina Beynen to ensure adequate seating and refreshments.
Attendees are responsible for the cost of parking at Western's Faculty of Education and their own lunch.

Full speaker list.

Vocabulary Symposium


Thursday, October 20 – Saturday, October 22, 2016

Western University | Ivey Spencer Leadership Centre | London, Ontario, Canada
www.edu.uwo.ca/cslee2016 | #cslee2016

The CSLEE’s annual Values and Leadership conference is a three-day conference that promotes research and reflection on issues in values, morals, ethics, and leadership in education. The theme of the conference is Leadership in Uncertain Times: Complex Dilemmas and Ethical Possibilities. We propose that ethical and moral educational leadership plays an even more heightened role in supporting civil societies following international tragedies, such as those that took place in Beirut and Paris in 2015. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016.

Featured Speakers:

  • Gary Crow (Indiana University)
  • Claire LaPointe (Laval University)
  • Dana Mitra (Pennsylvania State University)
  • Kevin Page (University of Ottawa)

Dewey Symposium Panelists:

  • Charles Burford (Australian Catholic University)
  • Tony Normore (CSU Dominguez Hills)
  • John Portelli (University of Toronto)
  • Nancy Tuana (Pennsylvania State University)

We seek proposals for papers, posters, symposia, and pre-conference workshops on a range of possible subjects. Individual papers should be no more than 20 minutes each. Panel, symposia, and pre-conference workshop proposals are welcome. Graduate students who propose 10-minute preconference panel presentations remain eligible to submit an additional presentation to the main conference program. More information is available on the conference site.

Call for Presentations 

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Past Presentations

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"Becoming an ‘internationally-minded educator:’From teacher education to the international schools sector" by: Dr. Paul Tarc, Faculty of Education, UWO (November 24, 2016)
>View the talk here

"Honouring the Golden Feather: Indigenous oral histories, experiences and critical voices within the Canadian educational context" by: Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin, Faculty of Education, UWO (October 6, 2016)
>View the talk here

"Ingigenous Pedagogies: Linking Aboriginal Faculty and Community Knowledge Traditions to Classroom Learning" by Dr. Jan Hare, University of British Columbia (November 4, 2015)
>View the talk here

"Promoting and Supporting Mental Health in Schools: A School Effectiveness Imperative" by Dr. Karen Weston, Columbia College (July 24, 2015)
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"Feedback in L2 Writing: Issues, Challenges and Future Directions" by Dr. Icy Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (May 28, 2015)
>View the talk here

"Is Masculinity Changing? Evidence from Qualitative Research on Men's Appearance-related Practices" by Dr. Brendan Gough (May 12, 2015)
>View the talk here

"Development From Below: A Change Maker Journey of Creating Leadership Through Empowering the Indigenous Youth of Balochistan in Pakistan" by Dr. Quratul Ain Bakhteari, Founding Director & President, Institute for Development Studies and Practices
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"Pedagogical Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism" by Dr. Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne
>View the talk here