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Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by the School of Library, Archival, and Information Studies (SLAIS). The colloquium is sponsored by the UBC Master of Arts in Children’s Literature Program, a multidisciplinary degree Program offered by the Creative Writing Program, the English Department, and the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies in the Faculty of Arts; and the Department of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education. Kit Pearson is the author of over thirteen books for children, including middle grade novels in all genres, short stories, picture books, and non-fiction. Her books have been published in Canada in English and French, in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, France, China, and Korea. Her books have been awarded such honours as the Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature. She has received seventeen awards for her writing, including the B.C. Lieutenant Governor’s Award for Literary Excellence in 2014.

Kit was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1947 and grew up there and in Vancouver, B.C. She received her B.A. from the University of Alberta, her M.L.S. from U.B.C.’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies, and her M.A. from the Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature in Boston. She worked for ten years as a children’s librarian in Ontario and B.C., and is now a full-time writer living in Victoria. For more information see

Judith Duncan is a professor of Education at the University of Canterbury. Her fields of research include: Childhood Studies, Children’s Rights & Children’s Participation, Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Educators Practices and Training, Educational Policy & Gender and Education.

Duncan recently published a book, which UBC Education Library has acquired, entitled, “Research partnerships in early childhood education : teachers and researchers in collaboration.” The book is about: How can teachers deepen their understanding of their work? How can researchers make sure their work is grounded in and responsive to community needs? In this assemblage of rich examples of partnership research in early years education, Duncan and Conner set out how early childhood teachers and researchers can work in partnerships that benefit them both. Drawing on examples of successful partnerships from Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, they tell the stories of the successes, struggles, insights, and opportunities that come from working in such partnerships.

Watch latest research:

Early Childhood Education: Seeing and Being Seen

Early Childhood Education: Learning Outcomes

Early Childhood Education: Intentional Teaching

Early Childhood Education: Embedded in the Community

Information on the Early Years Enquiry Research Group can be found at:


Webcast sponsored by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre and hosted by alumni UBC. Distinguished experts in children’s health care and moderated by Global TV’s Sophie Lui, a UBC alumni expert panel features notable specialists in emergency medicine, allergies, sports injuries, and developmental issues (such as ADHD) give a panel presentation that sorts truth from fiction and provides sage advice for parents.

Sophie Lui – Morning News Anchor, Global TV

Dr. Edmond Chan, FRCPC – Head of Allergy and Immunology, BC Children’s Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, UBC

Dr. Margaret Colbourne, MD’87, FRCPC – Emergency Physician, BC Children’s Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, UBC

Dr. Barbara Fitzgerald, MD’85, FRCPC – Developmental Paediatrician, Sunny Hill Health Centre; Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Paediatrics, UBC

Dr. Kristin Houghton, MD’98, MSc’08, FRCPC – Paediatrician, BC Children’s Hospital; Clinical Associate Professor, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Paediatrics, UBC

According to a report to be released Monday by Common Sense Media, the vast majority of young children in the United States are using mobile devices and for much longer periods of time, with an even greater number of babies being exposed to the smartphones and tablets that have become a bigger part of family life.

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Photo credit: Genta Masuda (Flickr)

From the Vancouver Sun:

“Sugata Mitra, an educator whose “hole in the wall” experiment in India discovered how children collectively can teach themselves complex issues, has won the $1-million 2013 TED Prize.

Mitra said he will use the prize, awarded for high-impact projects, to launch a global initiative for self-directed learning that builds on his discovery.”

The most recent results from the Young Canadians in a Wired World study have just been released, and they indicate that “children live in a fishbowl created by fear and surveillance, and that anti-cyber bullying programs are ineffective”. 

“When we first began collecting data in 2000, adults described the Internet as a useful source of information. Today, the majority see the Internet as a source of fear and home to unknowable threats to their children,” said Jane Tallim, Co-Executive Director at MediaSmarts (formerly known as Media Awareness Network).

Among Canadian children, the Internet is no longer the fun, private zone it was a decade ago. Children feel they are living in a fishbowl, under watchful eyes. The report also notes that, according to students, ant-cyberbullying programs aren’t working. Kids feel that adults who monitor their every move tend to exaggerate issues and pathologize everyday behaviour. As a result, students tend not to turn to teachers for help. Instead, they employ their own online coping strategies, such as ignoring or blocking interactions. 

To download this report (or previous reports), click here

This post was taken from the MediaSmarts press release.


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