Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES)

April 10, 2014

The organizers look forward to welcoming you today at the annual Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium!  Registration will take place at Western’s Faculty of Education between 3:30 and 4:00 p.m.  Please note that one of the two parking lots located directly behind the faculty of education building will be free of charge for Symposium guests (which can be accessed by going along the north side of the Faculty of Education building).

The attached documents include (a)A Guide for Symposium Guests and (b) a digital copy of the 2014 Robert Macmillan GRiES Program (which includes abstracts of the poster, paper, and roundtable presentations that will be showcased tomorrow).  There is no need to print out the Symposium program, as a hardcopy will be available to you in your registration kits.

2014 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium

April 8, 2014


All are invited to attend the 2014 Robert Macmillan Graduate Research in Education Symposium (GRiES) to explore the amazing education-related work and/or research being undertaken by graduate students at the faculty of education and campus-wide!

DATE: Thursday, April 10, 2014
TIME: 3:30 to 9:00 p.m. (Registration to take place 3:30 to 4:00 p.m.)
PLACE: Western University’s Faculty of Education, J. G. Althouse Building

For more information:  the Symposium scheduleKeynote Speaker, and Discussion Panelists.

Visiting Speaker – Dr. Max Stephens

April 4, 2014

Please mark your calendars for a Visiting Speaker Presentation:

 Using 21st Century Competencies to Analyze Math Curriculum Reform in China

 Dr. Max Stephens
University of Melbourne, Australia

2:00 pm
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Abstract: This presentation will discuss: what are 21stcentury competencies, and how and why are they informing educational practices, thinking and curriculum development globally? 21stCentury competencies have been widely promoted by international agencies such as OECD, the European Union and UNESCO, and by other agencies within the USA, in order to ensure that school education is responsive to social, cultural and economic conditions in member countries. The impact of these various policy frameworks on curriculum design in the USA and Australia is to be expected. Less obvious is how and why they should have a major bearing on China’s revised (2011) Standards for Basic Education in Mathematics.

Poster-Dr. Max Stephens

Let’s Talk About Education – A Complimentary Speaker Series Event

March 24, 2014

Lessons For Us All: “What Intergenerational Curriculum Can Teach
About Education for Wellbeing”

Dr. Rachel Heydon
Western University, Faculty of Education

Tuesday, April 15, 2014
7:00 pm
Faculty of Education (1137 Western Road), Room 1139

- Ample free parking will be available –

RSVPs not required but appreciated:

Please feel free to distribute this information to anyone in your networks that you feel may be interested in attending.

Poster -Lets Talk Seminar Series (R. Heydon)

CIHR Information Session on Foundation Program with Adrian Moto from CIHR

March 19, 2014

Adrian Mota, Manager of Research Programs at CIHR will be visiting Western on Thursday, March 27th.

Adrian will provide information on the new Foundation scheme program, and has been asked to provide up-to-date detail on the budgets, grant teams, and adjudication process.

The session is open to all, with the invitation extended to faculty members at Western and Lawson who are eligible to the Foundation program. Those who may be interested or eligible as new investigators are also welcome to attend.

Information Details:

Date:                     Thursday, March 27th
Time:                     1:30 – 3:00 pm
Location:              University Hospital, Auditorium C

Light refreshments will be served (coffee and tea).

Faculty Seminar Series – Informal Learning in the Community

March 18, 2014

The next Faculty Seminar Series talk:

Informal Learning in the Community

Dr. Lu Xiao
Faculty of Information and Media Studies

Dr. Immaculate Namukasa
Faculty of Education

 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Faculty of Education, Room 1010

Please RSVP to Izabela Stec, if you plan to attend.
Refreshments will be provided.

All Welcome!

Abstract: Two research projects related to the theme of informal learning in the community will be discussed. In the first project, Civic Nexus, we (Lu Xiao and her colleagues at Pennsylvania State University) worked with small community groups to help them leverage IT in their daily practices. Upon reflecting on our interactions with the community members, we recognized the development of different roles that the members took in the process. The transition from one role to another was often facilitated by interventions our research team made to initiate and sustain the informal learning. In the second project, Community-based Informal Learning Workshops, we (Lu Xiao, Immaculate Namukasa, and collaborators in Beijing Normal University) design a parent-child math workshop model that offers a series of workshops to engage learners and their parents in math activities. The workshops will be offered to the local communities in Nanjing, China and London, Canada; and include an online environment to foster the participants to share their work. At the early stage of this project, the talk will focus on the workshop planning, and the observed challenges and opportunities in an international education research project.

Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE) Talk

March 14, 2014

 Dr. Kumari Beck
Simon Fraser University
will present:

 Everyday Experiences of Internalization: Continuing Conversations on Research and Practice

 3:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Faculty of Education Building
Room 1010

All welcome!

Poster -Dr Kumari Beck
Abstract of Talk and Biography

Big Data in the SSHRC Disciplines- Saturday March 15

March 10, 2014

Big Data in the SSHRC Disciplines
Data from the Past, Present and Future

Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture
Jean-Baptiste Michel
Quantified Labs

 March 15, 2014
8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Great Hall
Somerville House
Western University

 All are welcome.
For more information see the web site.
Please Register as soon as possible.


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