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 2018-19 presenters who took the time to share and discuss their research with us. See the link below for "Past Presentations" to see recordings of past talks.

Schedule and titles for 2019-20 presentations
Coffee and cookies will be served. Please RSVP to one week prior to talk if you would like to attend. All welcome!

Paul Tarc - Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
"Save the World in Your Own Time: (Re)conceiving Citizenship Education from an Arendtian Perspective"
> Link to livestream:
> Reading: Hannah Arendt "The Crisis in Education"

Anton Puvirajah - Wednesday, February 26, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
"Interweaving Orientations toward Reflection with Professional Competencies: A Multidimensional Reflection Model for Professional Practice"
> Link to livestream:

Gabrielle Lee - Wednesday, March 25, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
"A Behavior-Analytic Approach to Teaching Symbolic Play to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder"
> Link to livestream:

Barb MacQuarrie - Wednesday, April 22, 2020, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
"Domestic Violence in the Workplace: Ensuring Everyone Is Safe"
> Link to livestream:

Brenton Faubert - Wednesday, May 27, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
"Strategic Triaging, Consensus-Building, and Structural Change: How the Canadian, German, and Swiss Ministerial Councils/Conferences of Education Address Issues of National Importance"
> Link to livestream:

Visiting Speaker Presentations

Dr. Affrica Taylor (Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra) and Dr. Peter Kraftl (School of Geography, Earth & Environmental Sciences, University of Birmingham)
Host: Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw
Visit Dates: January 29 - February 5, 2020
> Keynote speakers for the "Responding to Ecological Challenges with/in Contemporary Childhoods: An Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Climate Pedagogies" symposium Jan 29 - Feb 2, 2020
>Public Lecture: Monday, February 3, 2020, 1:00 - 2:30 pm, FEB 1195B
Part 1: Dr. Affrica Taylor (Common Worlds Research Collective) "Common worlding methods: A collective dialogic approach"

In this time of planetary scale and anthropogenic-triggered ecological systems collapse, common worlding research is research that actively engages with the world around us – materially, conceptually and affectively. It seeks worldly ways of collective (ecological) thinking, acting, and learning that move us beyond exclusively human concerns and conversations.

Affrica will outine the collective dialogic methods she uses in her common worlding research and explain the relational grounds of these dialogues. She’ll acknowledge the key influences on, collaborators with and inspiration for her particular set of collective dialogues - including Arrernte and Luritja country and elders in Central Australia, a selection of feminist environmental scholars, and the mountain bushlands, rivers, rocks and wildlife with whom she lives in south eastern Australia.

She will also offer an example of collective dialogical writing, that emerged from a common worlds climate action pedagogies field trip to Alberta last April. Presented as a series of ‘river dialogues’, this writing provides accounts from a journey along the Athabasca River corridor from Jasper in the Rocky Mountains north west to Fort Murray and the Athabasca tarsands oil mining complex.

Biography: Affrica Taylor is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Canberra.  She has background in Indigenous Australian education and a PhD in cultural geography. Both have shaped her abiding interest in the relations between people, place and other species on damaged settler colonized lands and in the need to decolonise these relations in ecologically challenging times. She explores these relations in numerous publications, including: Reconfiguring the Natures of Childhood; Unsettling the Colonial Places and Spaces of Early Childhood Education (with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw); and The Common Worlds of Children and Animals: Relational Ethics for Entangled Lives (also with Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw) 

Part 2: Dr. Peter Kraftl "Plastic Childhoods: Starting with Plastics"This paper will discuss a project that seeks to instigate a critical analysis of 'plastic childhoods'. It will cut through manifold concerns about the state of contemporary Western childhoods to examine the many ways in which children's lives are entangled with the plastics circulating through social, ecological, hydrological and technological systems. It will explore findings from experimental, interdisciplinary approaches to plastic childhoods, which are virtually without precedent in social-scientific childhood studies. These include nanoscientific studies of the circulation of nano- and micro-plastics through children's bodies and environments, and analyses of traces of plastics through different social media. The paper has two aims. Firstly, to discuss how we might develop a more multi-faceted view of how plastics (literally) enter and leave children's lives, their bodies, and their environments, across scales ranging from the very tiny (the nano) to the global. Secondly, to recognise that a focus in plastics is both generative and partial; rather, there is a need to start with plastics as a way of examining how the latter synthesise with and are stuck to bodies human and nonhuman, as they travel together and apart.

Biography: Peter Kraftl is Professor of Human Geography at the University of Birmingham, UK, and Honorary Professor at the School of Education, RMIT, Australia. He is the author of eight books and over fifty peer-reviewed journal articles, which explore intersections between childhood, youth, education and material environments. Peter has been an Editor of Children's Geographies and Area journals. He currently holds a Leverhulme Trust Fellowship called Plastic Childhoods. His new book is called After Childhood: re-thinking environment, materiality and media in children's lives, and will be published by Routledge in Spring 2020.

Dr. Ana Pellicer Sanchez, Institute of Education, University College London
Host: Stuart Webb
Visit Dates: February 29 - March 7, 2020
Public Lecture: Investigating Vocabulary Learning Through Eye Movements". Friday, March 6, 2020, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139).

Dr. Jason Beech, School of Education, Universidad de San Andrés, Argentina
Host: Marianne Larsen
Visit Dates: March 27-31, 2020
Public Lectures: "Global policy spaces and educational reform: mapping the trajectories of power in education" and "Multiple federalism: comparing federal educational systems in Latin America". Dates, times, locations TBD.

Conferences and Workshops

"Knowledge Mobilization for Successful SSHRC Grants" with Mariam Hayward, Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager, Research Western

In this session, Mariam Hayward – Knowledge Exchange and Impact Manager at Research Western - will provide an overview of knowledge mobilization and translation. What is it and why does it matter for SSHRC grant competitions? Insights and tips for designing and writing a compelling knowledge mobilization plan will be provided. Resources available at Research Western to assist with knowledge mobilization and impact will be highlighted

Thursday, November 28, 2019, 11:15 am - 12:45 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139)

This workshop is intended for researchers. Please RSVP to by Nov 25/19.
A light lunch will be served (please advise of any dietary considerations).

"Research Ethics Considerations in the Faculty of Education: REB Review at Western" with Katelyn Harris, Research Ethics Officer

Topics will include:
- Introduction to research ethics requirements
- Submitting research ethics applications at Western
- Key tips and tricks for successful and prompt ethics approval
- Special considerations within the Faculty of Education
- Question & Answer period
- Other topics as requested - please email by Nov 28/19 to have your topic included in the presentation

Monday, December 2, 2019, 1:30 - 3:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139)

This workshop is intended for faculty and graduate students, but all are welcome. Attendance is not limited to those who register, but the presentation will be tailored to meet the needs of those who do.

Light refreshments will be served. Please email by Nov 28/19 if you would like to attend.

Past Presentations and Events

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Faculty Seminar Series Presents Dr. Zheng Zhang "A Cross-Border, Online Biliteracy Curriculum: Entanglements and Material-Discursive Practices". Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, FEB 1010 (Conference Room).
> View the session recording here

Dr. Miguel Rosello Penaloza (Universidad Academia de Humanismo Cristiano, Chile) "Psy Sciences, Gender and Sexualities: The Psychopathological Construction of Difference", Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Alumni Room (FEB 1044). Dr. Rosello Penaloza was hosted by Dr. Martino.
> Session not recorded.

Dr. Anna Siyanova-Chanturia
, (University of Wellington, New Zealand) "On the Vital Role of Multi-Word Expressions in Second Language Learning", Friday, October 11, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 2038. Dr. Siyanova-Chanturia was hosted by Dr. Boers.
> Session not recorded.

Dr. Daniel Willingham (University of Virginia) "Science Relationship to Education and Public Policy"; keynote address for the launch of the Centre for the Science of Learning, Friday, October 4, 2019, 2:00 pm, Community Room (FEB  1139). Dr. Willingham was hosted by Dr. Ansari.
> Session not recorded.

Visiting Scholar Dr. Lynn Mario de Souza (University of Sao Paulo) “From Epistemologies of Ignorance to Epistemologies of Vision: Contributions from Decolonial Theory and Epistemologies of the South”, Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 3:00 - 4:00 pm, FEB 1162; “Interculturality and Language: From Convergence to Translation”, Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139). Dr. de Souza was hosted by Dr. Tarc. We thank Western International for providing funding for Dr. de Souza's visit through the Visiting University Scholars Program.
> Sessions not recorded.

Visiting Researcher Dr. Maoqing Yang (Guangxi Normal University) "Urban Social Integration of Ethnic Minority Migrant Children: An Empirical Analysis of H City in China" Tuesday October 1, 2019, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, FEB 1010. Dr. Yang was hosted by by Dr. Li.
>Session not recorded.

Faculty Seminar Series Presents Dr. Katina Pollock "School Principals' and Vice-Principals’ Work Intensification, Wellbeing and Instructional Leadership". Wednesday, September 18, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010.
> Session not recorded

Workshop: Writing a Successful SSHRC Insight Grant Application, presented by Perry Klein and Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Thursday, September 12, 2019, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139)
> View the session recording here

Dr. Ron Thomson (Brock University) "Universal and individual variables influencing the development of second language pronunciation" Friday, May 31, 2019, 9:30 - 10:30 am, FEB 2038. Dr. Thomson was hosted by Dr. Faez
> Session not recorded

Faculty Seminar Series Presents Dr. Barbara Fenesi "Advances in Student Learning: Putting Research on the Brain & Body into Practice". Wednesday, May 29, 2019, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Dr. Hung Keung (Education University of Hong Kong) presented several lectures, workshops, and interactive seminars during his visit from May 2 - 8, 2019. Dr. Hung was hosted by Zheng Zhang.
>View schedule of Dr. Hung's talks here

Faculty Seminar Series Presents Dr. Farahnaz Faez "Relating Teacher Language Proficiency to Teaching Ability: A Meta-analytic Study". Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Dr. Xudong Zhu (Beijing Normal University) ""Collective Individualism Model” of Classroom Culture: Evidence from China" Monday, April 8, 2019, 1:15 - 2:30 pm, FEB 1139 (Community Room). Dr. Zhu was hosted by Dr. Jun Li.
> Session not recorded

Dr. Donna Ladkin (Antioch University) "Leadership, power, and the pursuit of social justice: Insights from Jane Addams’ account of social ethics" Wednesday, April 3, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, FEB 1010. Dr. Ladkin was hosted by Rita Gardiner.
> View the talk here

Dr. Karen Pashby (Manchester Metropolitan University) "Global Citizenship Education for Today’s ‘Global North’ Classrooms" Monday, April 1, 2019, 4:00 - 5:00 pm, Alumni Room (FEB 1044). Dr. Pashby was hosted by Paul Tarc.
> Session not recorded.

Dr. Wendy Luttrell (CUNY; hosted by Kathy Hibbert)
- Collaborative Seeing Workshop, Monday, March 25, 2019, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139)
-  "Reflexivity in Research Practice", Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 2:30 - 3:30 pm, FEB 1010 (CANCELLED)
- Keynote Speaker - Robert Macmillan Symposium in ResearchFriday, March 29, 2019

CANCELLED: Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Brenton Faubert "The Role of Intergovernmental Councils of Ministers of Education in Addressing Educational Issues of National Significance". Wednesday, March 27, 2019, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Rachel Heydon "Communicating Across the Lifespan: The lessons of intergenerational and elder literacies". Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Dr. Annahita Ball (SUNY - Buffalo), "Teachers, Positive Youth Development, & Schools: Connecting the Dots" Wednesday, February 6, 2019, 1:00 - 2:00 pm, Community Room (FEB 1139). TALK CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER.

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Jun Li "Quest for World-Class Teacher Education? A Multiperspectival Study on the Chinese Model of Policy Implementation". Wednesday, December 12, 2018, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Knowledge Mobilization workshop presented by Dr. Katina Pollock and Kelly Bairos, Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) on Thursday, December 6, 2018 from 10:30 - 12:30 pm in the Community Room (FEB 1139).
- Recording link:
- Enhancing Research through Knowledge Mobilization presentation slides
- Blank IDG Report
- Briscoe et al (2015)_Finding Sweet Spot...Brock Ed Journal
- Campbell et al (2017) Developing Knowledge Network
- Enhancing Research through KMb Worksheet
- References, Resources, Grant Descriptions - for Dec 6 KMb Workshop
- Social Media Tools and Best Practices 2018
- Tip sheet: Tips for Building Effective & Sustainable Networks
- Tip Sheet: Tips for KMb
- Twitter 101 Infographic

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Rita Gardiner "Leadership in an Age of #MeToo". Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Marianne Larsen "Internationalization and Academic Mobility: Barriers and Inequalities". Wednesday, October 31, 2018, 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Dr. Denise Hodgins (University of Victoria) "A Feminist Material Orientation to Gender: Dolls and Cars in the Early Years Classroom". Wednesday, October 24, 2018, 12:00 pm, FEB Rm. 1139.
> View the talk here

Dr. Denise Hodgins (University of Victoria) "Re-Imagining Professional Learning: Pedagogist Role Possibilities with/in ECE". Monday, October 22, 2018, 12:00 pm, FEB Rm. 1100.
> View the talk here

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Brent Debassige "Exploring Indigenous theorizing and community engagement as an approach for ethical research-related activities with members of the First Nations With Schools Collective". Thursday, September 27, 2018, 3:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Dr. Tonya Callaghan (University of Calgary Werklund School of Education) "Homophobia in the Hallways: Heterosexism and Transphobia in Canadian Catholic Schools". Thursday, September 27, 2018, 1:30 pm, FEB 1010.
> View the talk here

Writing Successful Ethics Applications
seminar presented by Katelyn Harris, Ethics Officer on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 from 12:00 - 1:30 pm in the Community Room (FEB 1139).
- Recording link:
- download presentation slides (PDF)
- download "Top Ten Tips for Success" (PDF)
- download "WREM Quick Facts" (PDF)

SSHRC Insight Grant Workshop
, Thursday, September 6, 2018 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm in the Community Room (FEB 1139). Recording link:

Dr. Scott Eacott (School of Education/Gonski Institute for Education at University of New South Wales) "A Relational Approach to Educational Leadership" Tuesday, July 10, 2018; 1:30 - 2:30 pm; Community Room (1139).
> View the talk here

"Clicky-Click Super Slick" Mendeley Citation Management Software Workshop
with Marisa Tippett, Monday July 9/18, 3:00 - 4:00 pm in the Community Room (1139).
> View workshop recording here

Dr. Scott Eacott (School of Education/Gonski Institute for Education at University of New South Wales) "Relational Inquiry in Educational Administration and Leadership" Monday, July 9, 2018; 1:30 - 2:30 pm; Community Room (1139).
> View the talk here

RICE Visiting Speaker Double Feature - Trends and Prospects of Internationalization of Higher Education Dr. Marie-Agnès Détourbe (Institut national des sciences appliquées (INSA), Toulouse) "Access to Higher Education for Refugee Students in Europe: Overview, Current Issues and Challenges" and Dr. Shibao Guo (Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary) "Researching Education in the Age ofTransnational Migration: Emerging Trends and Challenges" Monday, April 23, 2018, 3:30 pm, FEB 1010.
> View the talk here

Panel Discussion “Policy research in education: Methodological questions and conversations” with visiting speakers Dr. Radhika Gorur (Deakin University, Australia) and Dr. Sue Winton (York University), and Western's Dr. Melody Viczko (CPELS). Thursday, April 5, 2018, 10:30 am, FEB 1010.
> View the discussion here

 "The Baffling Persistence of Poor Policy Ideas: Some Speculative Theories" by visiting speaker Dr. Radhika Gorur, Deakin University, Australia. Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 1:30 pm, FEB 1118.
> View the talk here

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Erica Neeganagwedgin "Reimagining Education: Honouring Indigenous Learning and Knowing". Wednesday, March 28, 2018; 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1118.
> View the talk here

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Nicole Neil "Behavior Analytic Interventions for Children with Down Syndrome". Wednesday, February 28, 2018; 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010. Recording unavailable.

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Marc Joanisse "What the brain’s reading network wants you to know about teaching children to read”. Thursday, February 1, 2018; 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010.
> View the talk here

Faculty Seminar Series presents Dr. Melody Viczko "Mapping controversies in internationalization policies: What digital methods offer to policy research". Wednesday, November 28, 2017; 1:00 pm, FEB Rm 1010. Recording unavailable.

Global Education Research Speaker Series presents Dr. Ali Abdi (University of British Columbia) "The Disappearing Global Public Intellectual: Critical Analysis" Monday, November 13 2017, 3:00 pm, FEB 1010.

Faculty Research Partners Day - October 20, 2017

Western Fellow and Visiting Faculty Scholar Dr. Mindy Blaise (Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia) "#FEAS (Feminist Educators Against Sexism): Activating Guerrilla Methodologies Against Everyday Sexisms in Higher Education" Thursday, October 19 2017, 12:00 pm, FEB 1139.

Western Fellow and Visiting Faculty Scholar Dr. Mindy Blaise (Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia) "Recomposing Relations: Building Feminist Common Worlds Methods in Early Childhood Education" Monday, October 16 2017, 4:00 pm, FEB 1139.
> View the talk here

“STEM Education: Beyond the Acronym“ by visiting speaker Dr. Lyn English, Queensland University of Technology. Wednesday, October 11, 2017, 11:00 am, FEB 1162.
> View the talk here

"Key Issues in Measuring Vocabulary Knowledge" by visiting speaker Dr. John Read, University of Auckland. Friday, September 29, 2017, 2:00 pm, FEB 1139.

“The entangled common worlds of children and animals” by Dr. Veronica Pacini-Ketchabaw, Faculty of Education
> View the talk here

"Intercultural Teaching Competence in the Disciplines: Teaching Strategies for Intercultural Learning" by Dr. Nanda Dimitrov & Aisha Haque, Centre for Teaching and Learning.
>View the talk here   Presentation slides

"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)
> View the talk here

"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
> View the talk here

"Pedagogical Challenges and Possibilities of Everyday Cosmopolitanism" by Dr. Fazal Rizvi, University of Melbourne
> View the talk here