UBC Reports | Vol. 48 | No. 6 | Apr.
UBC shares $2.5 million SSHRC grant for education study
UBC's Centre for Policy Studies in Higher Education and Training
(CHET) is part of a team of research centres receiving $2.5 million
from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
to conduct a national study on teaching in Canadian schools.
The first of its kind in Canada, the five-year study will focus
on preschool, elementary and secondary school teachers, and examine
performance, competence, techniques, daily workloads and interaction
with students in order to gauge the impact of change on educators
and help shape future education policies.
CHET, led by co-directors Prof. Donald Fisher and Prof. Kjell
Rubenson, will be responsible for the national coordination of the
policy project, one of four elements of the initiative. The project
team, headed by director and principal investigator Maurice Tardif
of the Université de Montréal, draws researchers from
eight Canadian universities and 11 U.S. and European post-secondary
Violinist, Poet Win Teaching Awards
Acclaimed violinist Andrew Dawes and poet Carl Leggo are the recipients
of this year's Somerset and Black Awards for excellence in teaching
performing and visual arts.
Dawes, a School of Music prof., receives the Dorothy Somerset
Award for Performance and Development in the Visual and Performing
Arts for his contributions to the fields of chamber music and music
mentoring and teaching.
UBC's string program has flourished under the direction of Dawes,
the founder of Canada's internationally recognized Orford String
Quartet, multiple Juno Award winner and Order of Canada recipient.
Leggo, an assoc. prof. in the Education Faculty's Language and
Literacy Dept. since 1990, receives the Sam Black Award for Education
and Development of the Visual and Performing Arts in recognition
of his accomplishments as a poet and his commitment to creative
and innovative education scholarship. A prolific writer, Leggo has
published numerous works including three collections of poetry.
The two awards pay tribute to legendary UBC figures Sam Black,
a well-known artist and educator whose 41-year association with
UBC began in 1958 as a professor of Fine Arts and Art Education,
and Dorothy Somerset, former director of the UBC Players' Club and
the driving force behind the establishment of the Frederic Wood