Publications (2016 – 2008)

2016 Publications & Presentations

Highly Adaptive Learning Systems: Research in Alberta’s Redesigned High Schools thumbnail Highly Adaptive Learning Systems: Research in Alberta’s Redesigned High Schools
Dr. Sharon Friesen, Dr. Michele Jacobsen, Dr. Barb Brown & Dr. Gabriela Alonso-Yanez presented at the Partner Research Schools Conference at the University of Calgary.... Continue Reading
Highly Adaptive Learning Systems: Research in Seven Redesigned High Schools in Alberta thumbnail Highly Adaptive Learning Systems: Research in Seven Redesigned High Schools in Alberta
by: Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen, Barb Brown, & Gabriela Alonso Yanez - Moving Forward with High School Redesign in Alberta provides a strategic framework for a theory of action for change.... Continue Reading
Pedagogical Leadership Influences School Systems: Lessons from Complex Systems Thinking thumbnail Pedagogical Leadership Influences School Systems: Lessons from Complex Systems Thinking
Gabriela Alonso-Yanez, Barb Brown, Sharon Friesen, Jim Brandon, & Candace Saar presented at the 2016 Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) in Calgary, AB.... Continue Reading
Inspiring a passionate commitment to learning thumbnail Inspiring a passionate commitment to learning
Dr. Sharon Friesen and Dr. Barb Brown presented at the Technology and Teacher Education (TATE) Pre-Conference in Calgary, AB.... Continue Reading
Adaptive learning systems in seven redesigned high schools thumbnail Adaptive learning systems in seven redesigned high schools
Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen, Barb Brown, & Gabriela Alonso Yanez presented this paper at the 2016 Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education in Calgary, AB.... Continue Reading
Innovative Methods to Study School System Dynamics thumbnail Innovative Methods to Study School System Dynamics
Dr. Sharon Friesen, Dr. Michele Jacobsen, Dr. Barb Brown & Dr. Gabriela Alonso-Yanez presented at IDEAS 2016: Designing for Innovation at the Uiversity of Calgary.... Continue Reading
Highly adaptive learning systems: Research in Alberta’s redesigned high schools thumbnail Highly adaptive learning systems: Research in Alberta’s redesigned high schools
Dr. Sharon Friesen, Dr. Michele Jacobsen, Dr. Barb Brown & Dr. Gabriela Alonso-Yanez presented at the American Educational Research Association (AERA) confernce in Washington, DC.... Continue Reading

2015 Publications & Presentations

Teaching in a Participatory Digital World thumbnail Teaching in a Participatory Digital World
How do we help teachers prepare young people to make the most of the technologies at their fingertips?... Continue Reading
High Adaptive Learning Systems in Alberta High Schools: High School Redesign Research thumbnail High Adaptive Learning Systems in Alberta High Schools: High School Redesign Research
Sharon Friesen and Michelle Jacobsen presented High Adaptive Learning Systems in Alberta High Schools: High School Redesign Research at the CSSE Conference 2015 in Ottawa, ON, May 30 – June 3 2015.... Continue Reading
Reflections on collaboration: Three instructors of a collaboratory of practice graduate course thumbnail Reflections on collaboration: Three instructors of a collaboratory of practice graduate course
Barb Brown, Roswita Dressler, Sarah Elaine Eaton and Michele Jacobsen
Three post secondary instructors reflect on their professional learning from the design and implementation of a collaboratory of practice course that facilitated students’ site-based action research in a master’s level course-based program in education.... Continue Reading
Engaging High School Students in an Engineering Thermodynamics Project thumbnail Engaging High School Students in an Engineering Thermodynamics Project
Armando Paulino Preciado Babb, Candace Saar, Jim Brandon, Sharon Friesen
Efforts for recruiting and retaining students in engineering programs are evident in many post secondary institutions around the world...... Continue Reading
A Design-Based Approach To Teachers’ Professional Learning thumbnail A Design-Based Approach To Teachers’ Professional Learning
Through a design-based, iterative learning process, classroom teachers gain practical knowledge of “know-how” and “know-why” As the issues and problems ...Continue Reading

2014 Publications

Early Learning and Technology Research:  Using Technology to Support Kindergarten through Grade Four Learners thumbnail Early Learning and Technology Research: Using Technology to Support Kindergarten through Grade Four Learners
Sharon Friesen, Michele Jacobsen, Barb Brown
This initiative and research project was designed to explore effective uses of technology to support learning in kindergarten to grade four between 2012-­‐2014 in four school jurisdictions in Alberta.... Continue Reading
Awareness as an enactivist framework for the mathematical learning of teachers, mentors and institutions thumbnail Awareness as an enactivist framework for the mathematical learning of teachers, mentors and institutions
Armando Paulino Preciado-Babb, Martina Metz & Chenoa Marcotte
This paper explores the learning of both individuals and organizations within the context of a 3-year professional development program for mathematics and science teachers in a middle school... ... Continue Reading
Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to Challenge Conference thumbnail Proceedings of the IDEAS: Rising to Challenge Conference
IDEAS 2014: Rising to the Challenge is the second annual teaching, learning and research conference co-hosted by the Galileo Educational ...Continue Reading

2013 Publications

Inquiry-Based Learning: A Review of the Research Literature thumbnail Inquiry-Based Learning: A Review of the Research Literature
Dr. Sharon Friesen and David Scott
A literature review of inquiry-based learning to better inform the choice of practices and orientations to realize the vision of Inspiring Education. Draws on theory and research in the field to provide insight into the efficacy of particular approaches to inquiry in terms of their impact on student learning, achievement, and engagement.... Continue Reading
Fracturing Writing Spaces: Multimodal Storytelling Ignites Process Writing thumbnail Fracturing Writing Spaces: Multimodal Storytelling Ignites Process Writing
In this paper, we explore the affordances of literature-based, arts-infused and digital media processes for students, as multimodal practices take centre stage in an English Language Arts unit on fractured fairy tales. The study takes up the challenge of addressing multimodal literacy instruction and research in ways that utilize a range of modalities.... Continue Reading
Design Based Research On Professional Learning, Intellectual Engagement and Technology Integration in a One-to-One Laptop Middle School thumbnail Design Based Research On Professional Learning, Intellectual Engagement and Technology Integration in a One-to-One Laptop Middle School
Michelle Jacobsen & Sharon Friesen presented this paper, Design Based Research On Professional Learning, Intellectual Engagement and Technology Integration in a One-to-One Laptop Middle School, at the 41st Annual CSSE Conference (2013), Integrating Technology into Educational Settings Session, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 1-5, 2013. ... Continue Reading
An Examination of Knowledge Building and Intellectual Engagement In Three Participatory Learning Environments thumbnail An Examination of Knowledge Building and Intellectual Engagement In Three Participatory Learning Environments
Michelle Jacobsen, Jennifer Lock & Sharon Friesen presented this paper at the 41st Annual CSSE Conference (2013), Integrating Technology into Educational Settings Session, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC, June 1-5, 2013. ... Continue Reading
Strategies for Engagement: Knowledge building and intellectual engagement in participatory learning environments thumbnail Strategies for Engagement: Knowledge building and intellectual engagement in participatory learning environments
Intellectual engagement is an absorbing, creatively energized focus resulting in a deep personal commitment to exploration, investigation, problem-solving and inquiry over a sustained period of time. In this article, the authors argue that participatory learning environments with a focus on knowledge building offer clear learning benefits to students and teachers.... Continue Reading
A phenomenological study of teachers’ professional learning and their understanding of mathematics-for-teaching thumbnail A phenomenological study of teachers’ professional learning and their understanding of mathematics-for-teaching
Galileo Educational Network Association (GENA) provided professional development for three years to mathematics and science teachers at a school in Calgary, Alberta. By the end of this program teachers were interviewed with the purpose of understanding their perception of what they learned in terms of mathematics-for-teaching.... Continue Reading
Using Mobile Technology for Fostering Intellectual Engagement thumbnail Using Mobile Technology for Fostering Intellectual Engagement
Student engagement, and in particular intellectual engagement, has been identified as a key factor in learning at the high school level. While this type of engagement has an impact on student learning in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), it also has a positive impact on the learning of other disciplines such as English, Fine Arts, and Social Sciences. ... Continue Reading
The rich and challenging work of competency-based curriculum thumbnail The rich and challenging work of competency-based curriculum
Although educators can, and sometimes should, distinguish between cognition, emotion, knowledge, affect and skills, it is vital to remember that these distinctions are analytic tools, not an indication of separately existing realities. An emphasis on competencies brings these lived realities and their deep interrelations into focus. Such a focus assists in the shift from a fragmented and industrially based curriculum toward a post-industrial system that’s more in concert with 21st-century understanding and circumstances.... Continue Reading

2012 Publications

Incorporating the iPad2 in the Mathematics Classroom: Extending the Mind into the Collective thumbnail Incorporating the iPad2 in the Mathematics Classroom: Extending the Mind into the Collective
Doubtlessly, mathematics is one of the most important subjects in education from K to 12 levels especially for students interested ...Continue Reading
Three Cases of Teachers’ Collaborative Design: Perspectives from Those Involved thumbnail Three Cases of Teachers’ Collaborative Design: Perspectives from Those Involved
We present the perspectives of teachers and others involved in the collaborative design of teaching and learning artifacts across three cases: (a) an independent group participating in lesson study; (b) teachers participating in professional development programs; and (c) a district initiative for producing numeracy tasks. Among the results we found that (a) the role of the facilitator was crucial, (b) different forms of support were present, and (c) the impact extended beyond the involved participants.... Continue Reading

2011 Publications

Hands On vs. Hand Up: Technology-Enabled Knowledge Building in High School thumbnail Hands On vs. Hand Up: Technology-Enabled Knowledge Building in High School
In a landscape in which learners can be creators of ideas, it is vital for high schools to become technology-enabled learning environments that are sharply focused on knowledge building, idea improvement, and collaboratively creating community knowledge. Most students use personal connectivity for socializing and play, not for knowledge building, ... Continue Reading
The First Thunderclap of Spring: an Invitation into Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and the Creative Possibilities of Digital Technologies thumbnail The First Thunderclap of Spring: an Invitation into Aboriginal Ways of Knowing and the Creative Possibilities of Digital Technologies
In this chapter, we explore some of the affinities that can be developed between new information and communication technologies and what has become known as aboriginal ways of knowing. This work documents some of these affinities via the collaborative development of an online project entitled “Nitsitapiisini—Stories and Spaces: Exploring Kainai Plants and Culture,” ... Continue Reading

2010 Publications

What did you do in school today? Teaching Effectiveness: A Framework and Rubric thumbnail What did you do in school today? Teaching Effectiveness: A Framework and Rubric
What did you do in school today? is a multiyear research and development initiative of the Canadian Education Association (CEA), funded through collaboration with the Canadian Council on Learning (CCL) and a number of Canadian school districts.... Continue Reading

2009 Publications

What did you do in school today? Transforming classrooms through social, academic and intellectual engagement thumbnail What did you do in school today? Transforming classrooms through social, academic and intellectual engagement
Are students just ‘doing’ school or are they engaged with their studies? How does a student’s level of engagement influence learning, achievement, and teaching? Since 2007, the Canadian Education Association’s (CEA) initiative on student engagement, entitled What did you do in school today?,... Continue Reading
21st Century Learning and Learners thumbnail 21st Century Learning and Learners
As the world changes, the expectations placed upon education shift to meet these changes. It is important for those in education to remember that this, in fact, is not a problem but is rather indicative of how education, as a living practice, is alert to issues of what is called for by this enterprise.... Continue Reading

2008 Publications

Testing the waters: Three elements of classroom inquiry thumbnail Testing the waters: Three elements of classroom inquiry
In this Voices Inside Schools essay, Dr. Pat Clifford and Susan Marinucci take us inside a classroom engaged in “genuine inquiry.” As we follow Russell and his fellow fifth-grade scientists through their exploration of desalination, we witness the evolving nature of questioning, learning, and understanding in spaces of inquiry. The authors offer insights into three central issues: (1) the character of genuine questions for inquiry; (2) intellectual rigor as students grapple with real ideas in real ways; and (3) how inquiry can be adapted to meet the requirements of mandated curricula.... Continue Reading
Raising the floor and lifting the ceiling: Math for all thumbnail Raising the floor and lifting the ceiling: Math for all
Perhaps more than any other discipline, the teaching of mathematics lends itself to procedural recipes where students memorize and duplicate procedures by rote: if it looks like this, do that to it. “If one believes that mathematics is mostly a set of procedures –rules and truths – and the goal is to help students become proficient executors of the procedures, ... Continue Reading
Learning mathematics in an accessible classroom thumbnail Learning mathematics in an accessible classroom
“Today, mathematics education faces two major challenges: raising the floor by expanding achievement for all, and lifting the ceiling of achievement ...Continue Reading
Back to the basics of teaching and learning: Thinking the world together thumbnail Back to the basics of teaching and learning: Thinking the world together
This book is about an ecological-interpretive image of "the basics." Essays detailing everyday, lived events in classroom life are presented to help readers see beneath the surface ordinariness of these events to uncover and examine the underlying complex and contested meanings they contain. Readers are invited to imagine what would happen to our understanding of teaching and learning if we stepped away from the image of basics-as-breakdown under which education labors today ... Continue Reading

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