Curriculum Conversations

Regular Curriculum Conversations will be offered at the suggestion of members and organized by the Centre. They will serve as knowledge dissemination, mini workshops and presentations.

These will be organized and offered at times that make it possible for our partners to participate. Suggested topics include:

  • Multiliteracies Pedagogies
  • Child Learning
  • Play-based learning
  • Family Learning (Family Literacy, Family Math)
  • Ethical Education
  • Inclusive Pedagogy
  • Community Development
  • Positive Education (e.g., strengths based approach)
  • Community building
  • Graduate Student Service Learning

As these sessions are planned, they will be advertised on this site, and notifications will be included on our listserve. If you wish to sign up for the listserve, please email and include 'add me' in the subject line.

Do you have a suggestion of a topic for a Curriculum Conversation?

  • What research methodologies are we using in curriculum studies?
  • What are the top five new ideas brought back from a recent conference?
  • How can we understand those things in education that defy measurement?

Past Curriculum Conversations

Literacy - It's a Family Affair

Dr. Yijuan Ge

Dr. Yijuan Ge led a lively discussion about what she has learned since coming to study at the Faculty of Education in Canada while raising a young daughter. Literacy in Canada for young children looks very different than it does for young children in China. In particular, the concept of picture books is new, and parents in China are unsure of how to support their children's literacy in the home before they begin school. Yijuan has launched a very successful virtual support group for family literacy and has more than twenty thousand followers. In this conversation, we discussed the cross cultural differences and what we learn from each other.

Wendy Crocker

Dr. Wendy Crocker, Keynote Address at The University of Winchester, Centre for Early Years Education,

Exploring Childhoods in Theory and Practice

Lin Sun

Hua Yue (Beijing)Education, Science and Technology Insitute's "Picture Books" Teaching Design Workshop

Lin Sun (PhD Candidate)

Dr. Kathy Hibbert

Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press, Beijing, China: Teaching Children to Read in Canada

Dr. Kathy Hibbert, Western University