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John Mason

Catherine Burwell

Kim Lenters

Dwayne Donald

Hon. David Eggen

John Mason

Keynote Address
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 8:00am to 9:30am

Topic: Effective use of examples and case-studies in teaching and learning

Participants will be invited to engage with a range of 'examples' in order to consider the question: what makes an example pedagogically effective? The question applies to examples of concepts as well as 'worked examples' or 'case-studies', and across all disciplines. Issues likely to arise include the role of variation in what is available to be learned; modes of interaction between subject matter, learner and teacher according to initiative and responsiveness; the locus and focus of attention of both learners and teachers and associated pedagogic choices.

 

Spotlight Session
Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 10:00am to 10:50am

Topic: Differences in how teachers and learners are attending

Participants will be invited to engage in tasks which highlight different ways of attending to the same thing, some pedagogic choices that become available when teachers are aware of how they are attending to the subject matter, and how these influence the sense that learners are able to make of the lesson. My approach is phenomenological, based on the Discipline of Noticing.

About

After a BSc and MSc (Toronto) in mathematics, and a PhD (Madison) in combinatorial geometry, John Mason moved to the Open University in the UK where he designed innovative week-long summer schools for three undergraduate mathematics courses, wrote distance-learning course materials, appeared in radio and television broadcasts, and developed the integrated use of audio and print in the form of audio-frames as part of his teaching strategy.

Having taught someone mathematics every year since he was fifteen, his interest in mathematics education emerged with the birth of the Centre for Mathematics Education within the Mathematics Faculty of the Open University, of which he was the de facto director for some fifteen years. Having been retired, he continues to work on mathematical problems, developing apps to assist his thinking and for use by learners and teachers of mathematics at all levels from primary to tertiary. He continues to work with teachers and mathematics educators as part of pursuing his interest in developing ways to foster and sustain mathematical thinking in himself and in others, and to support those who wish to do likewise.

He has written extensively on the nature of mathematical thinking, including Thinking Mathematically, still popular 34 years later and which has been translated into seven languages, and with his wife Anne Watson, Mathematics as a Constructive Activity and Questions and Prompts For Mathematical Thinking, among others.

He is interested in the nature, role and types of attention and how these affect what happens in classrooms, in the structure of the human psyche, in the use of mental imagery and its relation to electronic screens in the support of mathematical thinking, and in ways of structuring mathematical tasks for learners so as to afford them access to the use of their natural powers and to mathematical themes which serve to link otherwise apparently disparate topics. He maintains a phenomenological stance, focusing on the lived experience of learners, teachers, educators and researchers.

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Catherine Burwell

Keynote Address (co presenter with Kim Lenters)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Topic:
Word on the street: Using place-based pedagogies in the Language Arts classroom

Place-based pedagogies address the ways living and learning are connected to landscape and location. In this talk, we will explore the potential of such pedagogies to engage students in literacy learning rooted in their own communities. We provide examples from our recent work on a local project that asked students to read the linguistic, visual and spatial texts of the urban landscape. Through this talk, we illustrate the possibilities of literacy instruction that recognizes the complexity of the places students call home.

 

Optional Workshop (co presenter with Kim Lenters)

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Topic:
Creating place-based literacy projects

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the concept of linguistic landscapes as a basis for working with place-based pedagogy. We will begin by exploring critical literacy, multimodality and media education as they are related to place. Participants will then collect photographic artefacts that document the texts and symbols of a public space. We will use these artefacts to think about the kinds of questions linguistic landscapes invite about language, local neighbourhoods, global phenomena, and the way they intersect. The session will end with a curriculum-building exercise that incorporates linguistic landscape pedagogy. Participants are asked to bring a smartphone.

About

Catherine Burwell is an Assistant Professor in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her research interests include media literacy, youth cultural production and the sociology of education. Catherine’s current research explores young people’s attitudes to digital ownership, authorship and intellectual property. Before joining the University of Calgary, Catherine worked as a high school English and Media Studies teacher with the Toronto District School Board for more than a decade.

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Kim Lenters

Keynote Address (co presenter with Catherine Burwell)

Thursday, May 4, 2017 – 12:00pm to 1:15pm
Topic:
Word on the street: Using place-based pedagogies in the Language Arts classroom

Place-based pedagogies address the ways living and learning are connected to landscape and location. In this talk, we will explore the potential of such pedagogies to engage students in literacy learning rooted in their own communities. We provide examples from our recent work on a local project that asked students to read the linguistic, visual and spatial texts of the urban landscape. Through this talk, we illustrate the possibilities of literacy instruction that recognizes the complexity of the places students call home.

 

Optional Workshop (co presenter with Catherine Burwell)

Friday, May 5, 2017 – 1:00pm to 4:00pm
Topic:
Creating place-based literacy projects

In this workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage with the concept of linguistic landscapes as a basis for working with place-based pedagogy. We will begin by exploring critical literacy, multimodality and media education as they are related to place. Participants will then collect photographic artefacts that document the texts and symbols of a public space. We will use these artefacts to think about the kinds of questions linguistic landscapes invite about language, local neighbourhoods, global phenomena, and the way they intersect. The session will end with a curriculum-building exercise that incorporates linguistic landscape pedagogy. Participants are asked to bring a smartphone.

About

Kimberly Lenters is an Associate Professor at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary. Her work examines children's literacies as enacted within networks of people, objects, and cultural practices and focuses on the complexity of children's meaning-making by considering the range of modalities and texts circulating in their communicational worlds.

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Dwayne Donald

Keynote Address
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 8:00 am to 09:15 am
Topic:
Curriculum, Citizenship, and Sacred Ecology: A Call for "Real People"

This talk will explore the intimate linkages between curriculum thought, citizenship, and notions of human being-ness. Specific attention will be given to the main mythologies that have guided formal schooling and curriculum thought since the Enlightenment juxtaposed with Indigenous understandings of what it means to be a ‘real person.’ The point will be made that curriculum thought and notions of human being-ness need to begin with acknowledging and honouring the more-than-human entities that give us life.

 

Optional Workshop (co presenter with Alvine Mountain Horse)

Friday, May 5, 2017 - 11:30 am to 4:00 pm
Topic:
Engaging Conversations on the Land: A Field Trip to Blackfoot Crossing with Indigenous Education Scholar Dwayne Donald

Travelling by bus to the Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park on Siksika reserve, the site of the original signing of Treaty 7, attendees will have an indoor guided tour as well as a walk-about on the land. The field trip will be led by Indigenous scholar Dwayne Donald and Kainai Elder Alvine Mountain Horse, accompanied by Galileo educators with experience in designing learning about treaty sensibilities.

While onsite, there will be an opportunity to listen to and interact with a Siksika Elder, as well as a guided tour of the Blackfoot Crossing Museum with a discussion of the history of the Treaty 7 signing. There will be opportunities to ask questions and experience some of the history and contemporary meanings held within Treaty 7 and discuss ways to address reconciliation and education.

The bus to Blackfoot Crossing will depart the University at 11:45; bottled water and a boxed lunch will be provided on the bus.

About

Dr. Dwayne Donald is a descendant of the amiskwaciwiyiniwak and the Papaschase Cree and is an associate professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta. His work focuses on ways in which Indigenous philosophies can expand and enhance our understandings of curriculum and pedagogy.

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Hon. David EggenHon. David Eggen

Greetings from the Minister

Thursday, May 4, 2016 - 4:45pm to 5:00pm

The Honourable David Eggen, Minister of Education, will bring greetings on behalf of the Government of Alberta and address the IDEAS Conference during the Networking Reception on May 4.

Biography

Hon. David Eggen, Minister of Education

David Eggen was sworn in as the Minister of Education and as the Minister of Culture and Tourism on May 24, 2015.

Mr. Eggen was elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly for Edmonton-Calder on April 23, 2012 and again on May 5, 2015. He previously represented the constituency from 2004 to 2008 and served as the ND's critic for energy, education, environment and sustainable resource development.

Mr. Eggen has served as a member of the following committees:

  • Standing Committee on Families and Communities
  • Standing Committee on Legislative Offices
  • Standing Committee on Alberta’s Economic Future
  • Select Special Chief Electoral Officer Search Committee
  • Select Special Ethics Commissioner Search Committee
  • Standing Committee on the Alberta Heritage Savings Trust Fund

Mr. Eggen was educated at the University of Alberta, where he received a bachelor of education degree in 1984. He then went to Zimbabwe, where he taught for three years. Upon his return to Edmonton he taught at a number of local schools from 1990 to 2004.

In addition to his contributions to education and health care, Mr. Eggen is a trustee with the Forum for Young Albertans and a chair leader of the Canadian Paraplegic Association.

The Eggen family has lived and worked in northwest Edmonton for more than 20 years.

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