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The Faculty of Education is committed to the discovery and dissemination of knowledge about teaching and learning. We promote the view that to be a professional educator is to continue to question, to reflect, to seek knowledge, and to be open to change.
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  1. Technology and the Politics of Choice: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Intellectual Freedom

    Title: Technology and the Politics of Choice: Information Literacy, Critical Thinking, and Intellectual Freedom
    Creator: Alvin M Schrader
    Description: This presentation addresses the prescriptive technology of Internet filtering software, also known to its critics as \"censorware\", \"electronic book banning\" and even e-book burning. My lens is library and information studies, and my theme is that the attempt to regulate and control Internet access through filtering products leads to unintended consequences for education and learning. Among these consequences are young people's understandings and practices of personal responsibility and choice, information and media literacy, critical thinking, and intellectual freedom. Uncritical reliance on technological solutions such as filtering can put educational goals at risk. There is also a strong possiblity that filtering puts schools and school boards at greater risk -- rather than minimizing their burden. Contrary to the overly cautious legal advice that officials might receive, filters may actually increase the institutional burden, because the resort to filtering as a solution could be construed as an admission of institutional responsibility, thus shifting the burden away from students and parents. The weaknesses of filtering technology are found in human language, and come from three areas of foundational knowledge in library and information studies: intellectual freedom, indexing theory for information retrieval, and reader response theory. In a nutshell, what these bodies of thought reveal is a whole set of intractable barriers that render perfect control over expressive content in any communications medium an impossible idea and ideal. These barriers issue from the unsolvable problems of ambiguity in language, indexing, and reading. The reality is that the locus of the problems associated with Internet content is social and political, not \"technological.\"
    Subjects: school libraries, Web awareness, schools, Internet access, library access, electronic book banning, Internet safety, intellectual freedom, censorship, filtering, censorware, Internet filters, Internet content, education
    Date Created: 2002/03/15
  2. Comparing Indigenou s Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism

    Title: Comparing Indigenou s Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism
    Creator: Anna Wilson
    Description: Comparing Indigenous Approaches to Autism with Western Approaches to Autism Anna Wilson, University of Alberta On United Nations World Autism Day 2015, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon encouraged policymakers, professionals, employers, service providers, and caregivers to create an inclusive society by recognizing the strengths of people with autism, instead of focusing on their weaknesses (para. 6).Unfortunately, more than 80 per cent of adults with autism are unemployed globally (2015, para. 11). In order to reach World Autism Awareness Day’s goal of empowering people impacted by autism it is imperative to challenge Western society’s medical model of autism as a disease with the empowering Navajo view of autism as a beautiful difference. This envisions people with autism as a source of social capital instead of a social burden raising awareness into Library and Information Studies. The World Health Organization supports librarians’ roles by claiming that “E-learning approaches, and innovative models for engaging” (Ki-moon, 2014, para. 11) people with autism to share their valuable experiences through a variety of digital mediums can be facilitated by library professionals. Librarians can challenge societies’ stereotypes of autism through helping people impacted by autism to share their stories through creating online digital stories, digital library collections or websites. This paper addresses these objectives through the following steps: Firstly, autism and transformative learning will be defined in the context of the research questions. Secondly, a comparative analysis of case studies will be given. Thirdly, the healing stories within these case studies will be synthesized through transformative learning. Fourthly, future research implications for library and information studies will be critically analyzed.
    Subjects: Autism, Navajo, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Indigenous
    Date Created: 2015/06/02
  3. Documentation Style Exercises

    Title: Documentation Style Exercises
    Creator: Chaudoir, Susan
    Description: 2012. Created for the Centre for Writers at the University of Alberta. Intended for audiences who want to test their skills of APA, CMS, CSE, IEEE, and MLA documentation styles.
    Subjects: Quick Reference Resource
    Date Created: June 2, 2013
  4. Teaching Philosophy Statement 2014

    Title: Teaching Philosophy Statement 2014
    Creator: Susan Chaudoir
    Description: My teaching philosophy is influenced heavily by my own research. Building relationships, using rapport, and emphasizing effective communication skills all foster strong, cooperative learning communities with collaboration, connection, competence, and confidence. Beyond my teaching philosophy, I am a teacher who loves to teach and wholeheartedly believes that my teaching is not measured by what I do, but what others do because of what I do.
    Subjects: Teaching Philosophy
    Date Created: 2014/06/23
  5. Writing Peripheral Genres Across the Nursing Curriculum - nursing assignment sample

    Title: Writing Peripheral Genres Across the Nursing Curriculum - nursing assignment sample
    Creator: Chaudoir, Susan
    Description: Handouts for the presentation at Genre 2012: Rethinking Genre Twenty Years Later, on July 29, 2012, Ottawa, Ontario.
    Subjects: Conferences, writing assignments, nursing
  6. Writing Assignments and Dominant Genres - Assignment Samples

    Title: Writing Assignments and Dominant Genres - Assignment Samples
    Creator: Susan Chaudoir
    Description: Handouts for the presentation at the 63rd Annual CCCC on March 26, 2012, St. Louis, Missouri.
    Subjects: writing assignments, nursing, Conferences
    Date Created: 2012/03/22
  7. Scoring Guides and Rubrics: Suggestions for Writing Studies Research

    Title: Scoring Guides and Rubrics: Suggestions for Writing Studies Research
    Creator: Chaudoir, Susan
    Description: 2011. A quick reference tool for instructors who want to use rubrics. Includes findings from leading researchers, implications for instructors and dedicated list of resources.
    Subjects: WAC writing resources, Quick Reference Resource
  8. Self-editing Guide

    Title: Self-editing Guide
    Creator: Susan Chaudoir
    Description: This guide suggests self-editing strategies that can help improve your academic writing assignment before you turn it in for a grade. Strategies are adopted from writing center research at Washington State University and City University of New York.
    Subjects: Quick Reference Resource
    Date Created: August 5, 2012
  9. Taking Risks in the Contact Zone: Personal, Political, and Professional Narratives in Surgery Education, Academic Medical Journals, and War Trauma

    Title: Taking Risks in the Contact Zone: Personal, Political, and Professional Narratives in Surgery Education, Academic Medical Journals, and War Trauma
    Creator: Susan Chaudoir
    Description: 2015. Panel presentation (with Susan Sample and Jessie Richards, University of Utah) for the 66th Annual Conference on College Composition and Communication. Proposal shows discussion items for panel presenters regarding personal, political, and professional narratives that have been (re)adapted by rhetoric and composition across educational, professional, and war institutions. I present on a 6-year study of medical students' reflective writing about surgical rotation experiences education, which reveals that students' chosen genres and narratives characterize significant aspects of personal epistemology in medical training and emphasize their need for relational and empathetic surgical educators in medical education.
    Subjects: Conferences
    Date Created: March 19, 2015
  10. Academic Writing in Faculty of Engineering

    Title: Academic Writing in Faculty of Engineering
    Creator: Chaudoir, Susan
    Description: 2013. Three-day workshop with first-year international engineering students. (Developed with Madeline Smith, Year 5 undergraduate student ).
    Subjects: Invited Presentations to Classes
    Date Created: August 25, 2013