Janet Groen

Janet Elizabeth Groen, EdD



Werklund School of Education, Specialization, Adult Learning

Contact information

Phone number

Office: 403.220.6440


Office: EDT606

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Email: clmacgil@ucalgary.ca
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Educational Background

Ed.D. Adult Education, University of Toronto, 2002

M.Ed. Adult Education, University of Toronto, 1991

B.Ed. Education, Queen's University, 1984

BEs. Geography, University of Waterloo, 1983


In 2002 Dr. Groen moved to Calgary with her family to begin her career at the University of Calgary. She has taught several courses in Adult Learning such as: Advanced Adult Learning Theory, Organizational Theory, Program Planning and Evaluation, Collaboratory of Practice: Adult Learning and Adults as Learners. In partnership with Dr Jackie Seidel, she is launching a new Graduate Certificate entitled Contemplative Ecological Education in summer 2022.  https://werklund.ucalgary.ca/graduate-programs/contemplative-ecological-education


The Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education: https://www.casae-aceea.ca/

The Association for Contemplative Mind in Society: https://www.contemplativemind.org/programs/acmhe


Areas of Research

Scholarly Activity

Dr. Groen’s research explores the link between spirituality and adult learning within various contexts such as the workplace, the university and in adult environmental education.  She has also focused on transformational learning and learning opportunities for marginalized non-traditional adult learners.

  • Adult/continuing education
  • Adult Education and Comunity Development
  • Adult Learning Processes
  • Contemplative Pedagogy
  • Environmental Education
  • Spirituality of Adult Education
  • Spirituality within Various Workplace Contexts


  • Disenchantment to Enchantment: The Role of the Spiritual Retreat Centre in Adult Environment Education
  • Providing Access to Transformational Learning for Non-Traditional Adult Learners: A Study of the Clemente Program as a Model for Lifelong Learning.


  • Visiting Scholar, Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK, 2014,
  • Teaching Award for Full-Time Faculty (Associate Professor Level), University of Calgary, Calgary, AB., 2014,


  • Adult Learning. Colleen Kawalilak; Janet Elizabeth Groen. In T. Rocco, M. Smith, R. Mizzi, L. Merriweather & J. Hawley (Eds), 2020 Handbook of Adult and Continuing Education, Stylus.. 73-80. (2020)
  • Trends in adult environmental education . Janet Elizabeth Groen. In S. Brigham, R. McGray & K. Jubas (Eds.), Adult education and lifelong learning in Canada: Advancing a critical legacyThompson Educational Publishing . 148-157. (2020)
  • Cultivating relational practice in the academy through duoethnography. Janet Elizabeth Groen; Colleen Kawalilak. Brill. (2020)
  • Creating Spaces of Learning for International Doctoral Students: The Role of Transcultural Learning. Janet Elizabeth Groen; Sylvie Roy. ESREA. 1-6. (2018)
  • We are not separate from the natural world: How connected learning reminds us of our interdependency. Janet Elizabeth Groen. ESREA. 6-11. (2018)

Please refer to my CV for a full list of publications.