University of Calgary

Polly Knowlton Cockett

  • Affiliated Instructor

PROFILE

With an extensive background in science and writing, a deep appreciation of the arts, diverse teaching and leadership experiences, and within interpretive methodologies, Dr. Knowlton Cockett’s passions include Sense of Place studies, place-based education, socioecological cartography, and wild pedagogies, including within urban native biodiversity conservation.

Ethnoecological education – arrived at through in situ experiential learning, community collaborations, integrated curricula, and professional development – is critical to developing a connectedness with place and each other, for nurturing stewardship and sustainability, and thus honouring the complexity of ways we can and do understand and interact with our world.
 

Education

PhD - Environmental Education
University of Calgary, Alberta

MS - Science Education
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

MS - Structural Geology
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

BS - Geology
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Awards

2021 - University of Calgary Teaching Award: Sessional Instructor
2020 - Werklund School of Education Academic Award: Sessional Instructor Teaching Excellence Award
2019 - University of Calgary Sessional Travel Grant - Wild Pedagogies Colloquium: Finse, Norway
2016 - North American Association for Environmental Education - Individual, Outstanding Service to EE
2014 - Alberta Emerald Award for Environmental Excellence - Individual Commitment
2014 - Michael Lazar Community Service Award - University of Calgary Graduate Studies
2013 - Margaret P. Hess Scholarship for Environmental Protection, Land Use, & Ecology
2013 - Hillhurst Sunnyside Prize for Development or Preservation of Calgary’s Inner City
2011 - Alberta Teachers' Association Global, Environmental & Outdoor Education Council - Award of Merit
2011 - Volunteer Calgary Leadership Award - Volunteer Family
2009 - Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award (2x)
2009 - Bernie Lieff Memorial Award for Protected Areas Ecosystem Management
2007 - Queen Elizabeth II Graduate Scholarships - Doctoral (4x)
2006 - The Harshman Fellowships Society Scholarship: Citizenship, Social Responsibility, & Leadership (3x)
2006 - Dr. Bonnie L. Shapiro Distinguished Faculty Achievement Graduate Scholarship (2x)
2005 - Alberta Centennial Medal for Community Leadership and Volunteerism

Courses Taught

  • Fall 2021
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Elementary
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - K-12 (S20) - ONLINE
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - K-12 (S21) - ONLINE
    EDUC 535 - Specialization II - Science - Elementary - ONLINE
  • Winter 2021
    EDUC 546 - Design-based Thinking - K-12 - ONLINE
    EDUC 551 - Comprehensive School Health & Wellness - Elementary - ONLINE
    EDUC 551 - Comprehensive School Health & Wellness - Secondary - ONLINE
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12
  • Fall 2020
    EDER 693.17 - Curriculum as Divergence: Curriculum as Dialogue - ONLINE
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Elementary - ONLINE
  • Summer 2020
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - K-12 - ONLINE
  • Winter 2020
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12 - ONLINE
  • Fall 2019
    EDER 693.13 - Re-Enlivening the Disciplines: Inquiry through the Humanities - ONLINE
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Elementary
    EDUC 520 - Interdisciplinary Learning - K-12 - ONLINE
  • Summer 2019
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - K-12
  • Fall 2018
    EDUC 520 - Interdisciplinary Learning - K-12 - ONLINE
  • Winter 2018
    EDUC 460 - Specialization I - Science - Elementary 
    EDUC 460 - Specialization I - Science - Secondary
    EDUC 546 - Design-based Thinking
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12
  • Fall 2017
    EDER 689.69 - Designing Learning for Early Childhood Education - ONLINE
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Elementary 
    EDUC 535 - Specialization II - Science - Elementary
  • Winter 2017
    EDUC 460 - Specialization I - Science - K-12 - ONLINE
    EDUC 545 - Curriculum I - Kinesiology, Mathematics, & Sciences - Elementary 
    EDUC 545 - Curriculum I - Kinesiology, Mathematics, & Sciences - Secondary
    EDUC 550 - Curriculum II - Arts & Humanities Education - Elementary
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12
  • Fall 2016
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education (S05) - Elementary 
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education (S07) - Elementary
    EDUC 520 - Interdisciplinary Learning - K-12
  • Winter 2016
    EDUC 460 - Specialization I - Science - Elementary
    EDUC 545 - Curriculum I - Kinesiology, Mathematics, & Sciences - Secondary
    EDUC 550 - Curriculum II - Arts & Humanities Education - Secondary
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12
  • Fall 2015
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Secondary
  • Winter 2015
    EDUC 545 - Curriculum I - Science for Responsible Living - Elementary
    EDUC 550 - Curriculum II - Arts & Humanities Education - Elementary
    EDUC 465 - Field Experience II - K-12
  • Fall 2014
    EDUC 427 - Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics (STEM) Education - Secondary

Currently Teaching

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