A Coquitlam school is planning to experiment this fall with an unusual approach to education that’s already won high praise from researchers and academics. Meadowbrook elementary is preparing to open a Reggio Emilia classroom for children in primary grades, following a vote of support late last year from the board of education. It is believed to be only the second such experiment in a B.C. public school, with the other starting quietly in 2010 for K-3 students attending Burnaby’s new University Highlands school.

Superintendent Tom Grant said the Coquitlam proposal is part of a broader effort to provide a range of programs that appeal to different types of students. And it’s the second time in recent years that his district has introduced a groundbreaking program, following the launch of a K-1 bilingual Mandarin program in 2010.

Although the Reggio Emilia philosophy is rare in the B.C. public school system, it is practised in some independent schools and preschools, such as Childgarden Preschool in Coquitlam, which has been operating since 2007. Director Sue Woodward said one of the defining features of Reggio Emilia is the “emergent” curriculum, which is created according to student interests, rather than a “canned” curriculum that is taught year after year without change.

Sometimes the students’ interests reflect what is happening in the community, such as at Christmas or Halloween, but at other times simple curiosity, for instance about tape or movement, can be turned into lessons, she explained. The Reggio Emilia approach was developed in Italy after the Second World War in an effort to reconstruct society and help students become more resilient and creative. It is similar to Montessori education, another Italian import, in that it encourages students to be actively involved in their personal development, but has a less formal structure.

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Bodenhamer, David J., John Corrigan, and Trevor M. Harris. The Spatial Humanities: GIS and the Future of Humanities Scholarship. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2010.

From the publisher’s description:

The Spatial Humanities aims to re-orient—and perhaps revolutionize—humanities scholarship by critically engaging the technology and specifically directing it to the subject matter of the humanities. To this end, the contributors explore the potential of spatial methods such as text-based geographical analysis, multimedia GIS, animated maps, deep contingency, deep mapping, and the geo-spatial semantic web.

Browse a Google Preview of The Spatial Humanities here.

Image: Inuktituk Dialect Map , created by Asybaris01


Films can be used effectively in classrooms to illustrate concepts, to spark debates and to frame discussions. UBC Library has recently purchased access to Films on Demand, a database of over 7,300 high quality streaming video titles suitable for both undergraduate and graduate level courses in a variety of disciplines within the arts, humanities, medicine, science and social sciences. Films on Demand contains over 680 titles in the areas of business & economics, including videos from PBS’s Frontline, the Clios, Open University, BBC, and Bill Moyers Journal. Business subjects covered include ethical markets, sustainable growth, advertising, consumer behaviour, jobs and careers, finance and investing, as well as profiles of global superpowers like India and China.

This digital delivery system makes it easy to bring video directly into the classroom. Videos can viewed in their entirety, or in selected segments. In addition to viewing the videos, more customizable tools are available via a free user account which enables viewers to create and share customized playlists, save favorite videos for quick access, and set default preferences.

Relevant business videos can be found in Films on Demand by browsing by subject collection or searching by keyword.

LAW LIBRARY level 3: KE429 .G69 2009 Alexandra Gousseva, Inventory of Reforms Research: Research and Support for the Action Committee on Access to Justice in Civil and Family Matters: Final Report to the Canadian Bar Law for the Future Fund, September 2009 (Edmonton: Canadian Forum on Civil Justice, 2009). Online access: http://cfcj-fcjc.org/docs/2010/inventory-lfff-en.pdf LAW LIBRARY level [...]

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According to The emerging equity gap: Growth and stability in the new investor landscape, a new report from the McKinsey Global Institute, the role of equities in the global financial system will likely be reduced in the coming decade. The reason postulated is that emerging market households tend to spend their newly-earned household assets deposit accounts and fixed-income instruments, more than in equities. the authors predict that by the end of this decade, investors in developing economies will hold as much as 36 percent of global financial wealth, or between $114 trillion and $141 trillion. They say that global equities could decline from 28 percent of global financial assets in 2010 to 22 percent in 2020.
Source: McKinsey Quarterly Member Edition, December 2011.

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