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Secondary Education, Department of

The Department of Secondary Education offers an extensive array of courses and programs in both undergraduate and graduate studies. The Undergraduate Secondary Route Teacher Education Program prepares students to be teacher specialists in each of the subject areas represented in the secondary schools of the Province of Alberta. The Department offers both masters and doctoral programs. Graduate studies may be pursued with a subject area focus, as a teacher education inquiry, or with a curriculum/pedagogical studies orientation. The Department has a strong research focus in a variety of fields in curriculum studies and teacher education. Department members have a number of funded research projects.
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  1. Mathematics Classroom Experiences and Ahimsa: Love and Harm in the Mathematics Classroom [Download]

    Title: Mathematics Classroom Experiences and Ahimsa: Love and Harm in the Mathematics Classroom
    Creator: jpowell@ualberta.ca
    Description: At the core of Gandhi’s teachings is the practice of ahimsa, an active love, where one strives to do no harm in the world, through neither word, thought, nor deed. In educational practice, teachers would say that they strive to do what is ‘best’ for their students within their capabilities, yet stories of harm pervade the stories of mathematical educational experiences. In my research, I conducted a close reading of sixty grade nine student mathematical reflections on experiences, with Gandhi’s notion of ahimsa as a framework from which to consider themes of love and harm in relation to mathematics education. This was done in the hopes of better understanding how I as a teacher can continue to move towards a more loving pedagogy, while perhaps slowly helping to change the cultural narrative of mathematics education to a more positive story. This study concluded that there is evidence of potential harm to students, such as; being intensely focused on grades, having conflated being the ‘fastest’ and being the ‘best’, viewing learning math as memorizing many sets of steps, believing that they have learned a topic but merely ‘forget’ it on assessments, not feeling confident to ask questions, being acutely aware they are not learning at the current pacing, and being singled out. It also showed students benefiting from tying grades and speed to more than just end goals in and of themselves, setting goals with metacognitive awareness, and by feeling that their teacher both wants them to and works towards them succeeding.
    Subjects: Ahimsa, Mathematics Education, Gandhian Pedagogy , Love, Harm
    Date Created: 2017
  2. Presentations (Secondary Education)

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  3. Master of Education: Secondary Education Final Projects

    Title: Master of Education: Secondary Education Final Projects
    Creator: ERA Administrator
    Description: Description: Course-based M.Ed. students in the Department of Secondary Education are required to complete a final inquiry project at the end of their Master's programs. M.Ed. projects are governed by three underlying principles: 1) the exploration of an inquiry question of academic and professional interest. 2) the creation of knowledge as a result of the inquiry. 3) the dissemination of knowledge to the appropriate audiences. Departmental contacts are the Graduate Coordinator and/or the Graduate Programs Administrator.
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  4. Journal Articles (Secondary Education)

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  5. Research Materials (Secondary Education)

    Title: Research Materials (Secondary Education)
    Creator: ERA Administrator
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