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.


current research projects

$ 1.48 M

in research funding (since 2013)


Killam Teaching Prize recipients


UBCO Researcher of the Year recipients

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

Centres & Labs

Faculty members partner with communities to advance knowledge and practice in-field educational concepts and initiatives, providing students with hands-on learning experiences.

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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English as an Additional Language Learning Lab

Designed to support English as an additional language (EAL) teaching and learning in the Okanagan School of Education, the EAL Learning Lab provides a space to bring together theory, research, and practice to create meaningful experiences for students and scholarly insights for educators.

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

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.


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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Co-Curricular-Making— Honoring Indigenous Connections to Land, Culture, and the Relational Self

As Canada seeks responses to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Calls to Action, university researchers and local partners have come together to seek respectful ways for educators to align their teaching practices toward reconciliation.

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Challenging Canadian Citizenship and Identity

Dr. Catherine Broom, associate professor, is embarking on a five-year SSHRC funded research project that invites Canadians across Canada to share their views of Canadian citizenship and identity and Citizenship Education.

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Learning Garden

A Learning Garden helps to promote the principles of sustainable environmental practice and responsible stewardship of nature while teaching and inspiring students and teachers on how to create their own gardens on school grounds.

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School Kindness Scale

The School Kindness Scale was developed by Dr. John-Tyler Binfet to test students’ perceptions of kindness in schools.

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Deepen your understanding of education and advance your career. Learn about our Masters Programs

Partnerships & Special Interest Groups

BC’s Southern Interior French Education Network

The Network aims to create a collaborative community of French program educators from across the region. This network provides linguistic, cultural and pedagogical support in French to French-language educators, students and their families. 

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Citizenship Education Research Network

The Citizenship Education Research Network (CERN) is a special interest group within the Comparative and International Education Society of Canada (CIESC/SCECI), an association of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE).

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Espaces francophones

Espaces francophones aims to create a sense of community amongst UBCO’s French speakers. The program brings students, faculty and staff together to participate in social and cultural activities on campus. 

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