Our faculty members and students are working on exciting research projects that are transforming education in Canada and the world.

We partner with schools and districts, institutions of higher learning and local community groups including municipalities, non-profits and Indigenous peoples to help prepare students to be responsible global citizens and stewards of the world.

Centres

Our centres form the foundation of our research. Faculty members partner with communities to advance knowledge and practice in-field educational concepts and initiatives, providing students with hands-on learning experiences.

Innovative Learning Centre (ILC)

The University of British Columbia Okanagan educates some of the brightest minds in the world. The ILC brings together students, educators, and industry partners to collaborate and engage in a cycle of learning in order to create new innovations in the world of education. We challenge the idea of a traditional classroom by exploring how physical and virtual environments can affect and improve learning.

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Centre for Mindful Engagement (CME)

What does it mean to teach, learn and live well together? The CME aims to be a community of inquiry that reflects diverse traditions, perspectives and methods to explore and understand human flourishing in education and across a variety of settings and contexts.

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Creativity. Entrepreneurship. New ways of thinking and ideas destined to make a difference. Explore current research

Research Programs

The Okanagan School of Education offers many opportunities for students to gain valuable research experience. Whether its research about mindfulness and resilience, how to become a better citizen or how pets can help reduce stress, we are dedicated to finding new ways to improve learning outcomes.

B.A.R.K.

The Building Academic Retention through K9’s (B.A.R.K.) program brings together university students with trained therapy dogs (and their handlers) in an effort to reduce stress, combat homesickness, foster interpersonal connections and promote the overall social-emotional well-being of students.

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smartEducation

SMART — Smart Resiliency And Mindfulness Training — is an evidence-based program designed to address the needs of educators (K-12) and professional support staff. The program involves experiential activities in mindfulness including: secular meditation, emotional awareness, self-regulation, and movement.

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Students, faculty, alumni and partners are turning vision, cooperation and courage into meaningful results. Read our stories

Studies in Curriculum, Digital Learning, Diversity and Education Leadership & Policy. Learn about our Graduate Program

Research Themes

Teacher Identity

Examining teaching identity from teacher candidate to classroom teacher.

Drama Education in the Arts

Drama as a learning medium, teaching strategy and art.

Academic Honesty

Determining the causes and solutions of academic misconduct at post-secondary institutions.

Critical thinking

Gauging the degree to which critical thinking informs learning and teaching.

Curriculum as Lived and Experienced

Curriculum understood as genuine inquiry, embracing creative and critical thinking within action, attends to the process character of curricular enactment. The associated teaching/learning conditions, structures/supports, resources, and participatory roles and responsibilities, are key to fostering the pedagogically-oriented context to grow and sustain such learning cultures.

Teaching English as an Additional Language (TEAL)

This field fosters scholarship to increase the knowledge base related to English as an additional language teaching and learning. Part of the wider field of Applied Linguistics, TEAL is also known as Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL).

Extra-curricular Involvement

An exploration of the effects of extra-curricular involvement on academic achievement.

Activity, Focus, and Self-Esteem

An exploration of the interaction between activity levels, attention, and self-perception in the classroom.

Local and global citizenship

Exploring the meanings, policies and processes related to local and global citizenship education, including education for humanity and environmental stewardship in historical and contemporary contexts.

Health and Well-Being

Investigating physical activity and health-related behaviours among children and youth in local, provincial, and national contexts.

Mindfulness and Well-Being

Engaging in critical and creative initiatives which support and sustain a holistic approach to well-being. Exploring culturally responsive pedagogy in diverse societies.

In-Situ Teaching

Theory/practice relationships grounded in concrete learning situations.

Flourishing in Schools: A Positive Organisational Perspective

Understanding what it means to flourish in schools through investigating conditions, forces, factors, and influences for educator wellbeing within school systems from individual, collective, organisational perspectives.