Research Day 2021

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Hello EDST Community,

The program committee for EDST Virtual Research Day 2021 invites proposals for synchronous and asynchronous individual presentations, poster sessions, roundtable and panel sessions from students and faculty members. All students are welcome: Ph.D., Ed.D., M.A., and M.Ed. EDST!

EDST Research Day showcases the rich educational research, practice, and theory developed by the department’s students and faculty. We welcome work in diverse subjects, and in all phases of development, including projects that come out of coursework, research conducted as Research Assistants or Principal Investigators, thesis sections, or papers in progress. Presenters can also try out ideas to be developed for a forthcoming conference.

We invite proposals on the conference theme, ‘Building Resilient Communities: Reimagining the Roles of Education’, as being reflective of the focus of some key conferences this year. Suggested topics can include (but are not limited to):

  • Indigenous approaches to education
  • Foundations of education
  • Teacher education
  • Leadership & Policy


Each session should include at least one EDST student, but we encourage collaborations with EDST faculty members and/or students from other departments. Faculty members are invited to take an active role throughout Research Day as discussants, moderators, facilitators, and mentors.


Where: Zoom

When: Saturday April 17th, 2021

RSVP at this link:

Types of Presentations


Individual Presentations

Traditional presentations are welcome, but alternative presentations are also welcome!


Suggestions include:

  • Paper Presentation (up to 20--minute talk and 10-minute Q&A)
  • Short Presentation (up to 7-minute talk and 5-minute Q&A)
  • Ignite (20 slides in 5 minutes, each slide advancing automatically after 15 seconds and 5-minute Q&A)
  • Art/Performance
  • Film Presentation (up to 20 minutes)
  • Poster Presentations


Students who plan to present posters at other conferences in the near future are encouraged to use this space to practice their presentations.


Roundtable and Panel Sessions

  • Roundtable and panel sessions will run 75 minutes each. Formats available are:
  • Panel Discussion: 2-4 panelists discussing a topic in front of the audience; includes a Q&A and discussion section
  • Roundtable Discussion: A discussion on a topic in a roundtable format with equal participation from all participants
  • Book Session: A presentation of a new book, followed by a Q&A session
  • Scholars’ Café: Informal session that showcases the most exciting and unique research done at EDST.


How to Apply


Proposal Requirements


Individual presentation proposals should include:

  • Presenter’s name, department and program.
  • Full title of the proposal 150-200 word abstract
  • Type of presentation


Panel/ Roundtable discussions proposals should include:

  • Facilitator's name, department, and program
  • Full title of the proposal Type of session
  • Brief summary of activities planned for your session and key participants' names, with a 150-200 word abstract for each speaker


Want to present but not sure how to prepare?

Your GAAs are here and would love to sit with you for a session discussing your proposal ideas and helping you prepare! Contact us at for any questions, comments or help.


Please submit your proposals to

We look forward to your active participation and engagement!


Research Day 2020:


Detailed Program

Hello EDST community and beyond,


We are happy to share the full program for this weekend’s EDST Research Day 2021! The schedule of presentations is found below, and the detailed program with abstracts is attached to this email.

Participants are welcome to join us throughout Research Day, and to move between Zoom rooms. The event will run from 9:00am-6:35pm PT.

In order to receive the Zoom links and call-in information, please remember to RSVP before the date of the conference, Saturday April 17, 2021.

You can RSVP at this link:


9:00am-9:15am, Room 1: Land Acknowledgement and Opening Remarks

9:15am-10:00am, Room 1: Research Day Opening Session

  • Keynote Talk – On the Edge of Place: Animating Indigenous Research Methodologies in Service of Cultural Sustainability, Dr. Margaret Kovach

10:00am-12:00pm, Room 1: Special Plenary Session

  • A Plenary Session in Celebration of the Life and Academic Legacy of Dr. Michael Marker, hosted by Dr. Sam Rocha

12:10pm-1:50pm Room 1: Place based education and engaging with our environment

  • Understanding Place-Based and Community Engaged Learning in The Times of Global Pandemic, Neha Gupta
  • “All Flourishing is Mutual”; Education, Reciprocity, and “Braiding Sweetgrass”, Jessica Lussier
  • The History of Settler Agriculture in British Columbia: Class and Space Formation, Jedidiah Anderson
  • Resisting the Mexican m&m’s- Countering Ideological Hegemony with Oppositional Consciousness, Daniel Gallardo
  • Examining Frames of Climate Change in Education, Policy, and Science, Chi Pham

2:00pm-3:45pm, Room 1: Reflecting on research and practice in education

  • Vulnerability, Death and Research, Gabriella Maestrini
  • The Physical Manifestation of my Invisible Purple Jumpsuit, Rena Del Pieve Gobbi
  • Indigenizing our Research: From Conception to Impact, Shirley Anne Swelchalot Hardman
  • Helping Each Other to Grow and Thrive: How We Created and Maintain a PhD Guild, Gabriella Maestrini, Hyunok Ryu, Jordan Long, Lena Ignatovich, Yotam Ronen

2:00pm-3:45pm, Room 2: Educators and the Educational Experience

  • Should we Compare? Homeschooling in America and Africa – Why Nigeria Must Wake up, Blessing Onuigbo
  • Inclusive Teaching Practice Through Flipped Classroom and Online Learning Platforms, Puthykol Sengkeo
  • 7al el Moualem Youm el Mualem (The Status of Teachers on World Teachers’ Day): Voices of Egyptian Teachers on Facebook, Mary Kostandy
  • The Education of Miss Rabbit: Exploring the Informal Learning of India’s Anganwadi Workers, Neha Gupta and Dr. Jude Walker

3:55pm-5:25pm, Room 1: Navigating Global Identities in the Canadian Education System

  • Exploring Our Roles: An Online English Conversation Club for Newcomers Examining the Topics of Colonization, Reconciliation and Systemic Racism in Canada, Meekyoung Jeung, Jenna Dur, and Tobias Lemay
  • Negotiating Identity and Sense of Belonging: Canadian Youth of Korean and Japanese Descent, Jiin Yoo
  • How do Canadian Higher Educational Institutions Represent Themselves Through Media to Recruit Chinese Students?, Yu Guo
  • Envisioning International Students into Global Citizens: How Internationalization of Higher Education Can/Not Create Global Citizens, Siyi Cheng and Elaine Teng

3:55pm-5:45pm, Room 2: Lifelong Learning and Social Change

  • Agencies of Change: How Canadian charities are centring anti-racism in organizational culture, Emily Van Halem
  • What Does it Mean to “Educate Throughout Life” in Russia? A Historical-Linguistic Analysis of the Central Learning-Related Concepts, Lena Ignatovich
  • An Anti-Racism Curriculum Project — A Draft, Addyson Frattura and Yotam Ronen
  • Havruta: Reading as Radical Dialogue, Itamar Manoff and Adi Burton

5:35pm-6:35pm, Room 1: Philosophical Research in Education: Book and Dialogue with Dr. Sam Rocha and students

  • Book Session with Neil Bassan, Aimee Begalka, Tamara Chandon, Jessica Lussier, Ken Morimoto, and Dr. Sam Rocha