Peter Gouzouasis, Associate Professor, Curriculum Studies
HOW CAN WE MAKE EDUCATION MORE EFFECTIVE
Our goal is to produce the most creative, prepared
and innovative teachers possible and to change the
learning experience for elementary students in the process.
PETER GOUZOUASIS Our next generation of teachers are
getting a jump on next generation technology, thanks to the
Faculty of Educations Fine Arts and new Media in Education
(FAME) program. The 36 FAME students worked exclusively on
wireless computers during teacher education courses at UBC,
and then brought that same freedom into their student teaching
placements, providing a wireless laptop for every one of their
Like a pencil, technology is a tool through which
students learn the rest of the curriculum - it is not a separated,
isolated subject, explains Assoc. Prof. Peter Gouzouasis,
who led the program this year. He adds that the student teachers
delivered their entire curriculum via the computers, and focused
on artistic applications - exploring music, art, dance and
While using these more fun applications, children
in eight North Vancouver School District schools developed
computer skills applicable to virtually the entire curriculum.
However, one of the most unexpected benefits was to
the school advisors. By allowing these computers and student
teachers into their classrooms, the host teachers could learn
and keep up with the latest software and technology at no
cost to themselves or their school.
Deborah Campbell, Author; Creative Writing program graduate
WHAT PURPOSE DOES A GENERAL
ARTS DEGREE SERVE?
As Canadians, we enjoy a kind and gentle society.
I think that if we are to maintain and improve it, we
need well-spoken, thoughtful and educated individuals
to lead, question and inform.
DEBORAH CAMPBELL As author of the book This
Heated Place: Encounters in the Promised Land which
chronicles the stories of people she met while traveling
in Israel, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip in 2001,
Campbell can attest to how fortunate Canadians are to
live in a kind and gentle society. As a recent graduate
of UBCs Creative Writing program she can also
attest to the value of a liberal arts education. General
education and critical thinking skills are essential
if we want the next generation to be qualified leaders
instead of just puppets who do what theyre told.
These skills were key for Campbell as she sought out
the individual, human stories behind the headlines of
the Mideast conflict. I wanted to paint a portrait
and let readers decide for themselves what they thought
of the conflict. She credits the Creative Writing
program with helping her shape those experiences into
a compelling book. I dont think you can
teach someone to be a writer, but the program provides
a perfect greenhouse for developing writing talent.