Professor Profiles

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Catherine Adams, PhD, MAdEd, BSc (Computing Science)

Associate Professor & Associate Chair (Graduate)

Education

Secondary Education

Research

Drawing on links between phenomenology, pedagogy, and philosophy of technology and media scholarship, Dr. Adams’ research program addresses digital technology integration across K-12 and post-secondary educational environments; ethical and pedagogical issues involving digital media in schools; Phenomenology, Actor-Network Theory, and related sociomaterial approaches to qualitative inquiry (e.g. interviewing objects); and K-12 Computing Science curriculum and pedagogy. Dr. Adams is affiliated with the Faculty of Education's Technology and Learning Sciences Lab (TALS). She was recently appointed as a board member of Mitacs Research Council (MRC). She has served as Pedagogy Editor for Explorations in Media Ecology, and more recently joined the editorial executive of the open access journal, Phenomenology and Practice. Other projects include maintaining Max van Manen's phenomenologyonline.com website, a popular resource for human science researchers.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies in education focusing on the pedagogy of technology, topics based in phenomenology or related qualitative research approaches, or K-12 Computing Science education, please contact Dr. Adams at cathy.adams@ualberta.ca.


Teaching

Undergraduate Teaching

EDSE 317 Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Career and Technology Studies I

EDSE 417 Curriculum and Teaching in Secondary School Career and Technology Studies II (Business, Administration, Finance; Computing Science; Media; Communication Arts)

EDSE 451 Integrating Theory and Classroom Practice in the Advanced Professional Term (Business, Administration, Finance; Computing Science; Media; Communication Arts)

Graduate Teaching

EDU 575 Theory and Practice in Educational Technology

EDSE 510 Research Methods in Secondary Education (online)

EDSE 577 Pedagogy of Technology: Teachers and Students as Cyborgs

EDSE 611 Phenomenological Research

EDSE 621 Phenomenological Writing