Professor Profiles

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Linda Laidlaw

Professor

Education

Elementary Education

About Me

Ph.D - York University, 2001 (Language, Culture, Teaching)
Dissertation title: Travelling by Text: An Inquiry into Writing, Learning, and Human Experience

M.A. - Simon Fraser University, 1997 (Curriculum/Language Arts)
Thesis title: Dangerous Writing: Life, Death and Curriculum

B.Ed. - University of Toronto, 1989, (Primary/Junior)
Dean’s Honor List

B.A.
- University of Victoria, 1984 (Child and Youth Care)
First Class

Professional Qualification: Permanent Professional Teaching Certificate (British Columbia, Ontario certification)

Research

Research Interests:
Early literacy and the education of young children; diversity; adopted children and schools; drama education; ecological approaches in curriculum and research; teacher education.

Work In Progress:
Longitudinal study of international adoption and normative structures in education; use of complexity science to reframe curriculum practices,; using drama to explore 'writerly' texts.

Media Interviews:

June 3, 2016 - Calgary Herald - U of A professors say early coverage overreacted about risk to kids using smartphones, tablets

June 1, 2016 - CBC Radio Active - “This is your brain on devices”, research presented at CSSE

September 2, 2014 - Global News - Technology in the Classroom

August 27, 2014 - Metro Edmonton - Edmonton students urged to “Bring Your Own Device” for new school year

Teaching

Graduate Courses Taught (University of Alberta)

2014 Summer EDEL 599 – Capstone Exercise
- Spring 2015
2015 Winter EDEL 561– Process of Curriculum Development (Online)
2014 Fall EDEL 660 – Advanced Research in Education
2014 Summer & Fall EDEL 599 – Capstone Exercise
2014 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Online)
2014 Winter EDEL 567 – Introduction to Educational Research (Online)
2013 Summer EDEL 567 – Introduction to Educational Research (Online)
2013 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Blended Instruction)
2012 Winter EDEL 561– Process of Curriculum Development (Online)
2012 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2010 Spring EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development (Blended Instruction)
2009 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2005 Summer EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2004 EDEL 900 – Graduate Capping Project Seminars (both semesters)
2003 Fall EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2003 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development
2002 Winter EDEL 514 – Early Literacy Development

Undergraduate Courses Taught (University of Alberta)

2011 Fall EDEL 411—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
2009 Fall EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2009 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School
2009 Winter EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School
2006 Fall EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2005 Fall & Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2005 & 2006 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School
2004 Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2003 Fall EDEL 411 – Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
(Blue Quills Aboriginal Teacher Education Programme)
2003 Winter EDEL 404 – Developing Literacy: Preschool to Grade 3
2002 Fall EDEL 305 – Language Arts in the Elementary School
(Blue Quills Aboriginal Teacher Education Programme)
2002 Winter EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School
2001 Fall EDEL 305 - Language Arts in the Elementary School

Undergraduate/Graduate Combined Courses Taught

2016 Fall EDEL 408 – Writing in the Elementary School/
EDEL 515 – Developing Writing Abilities
2013 Fall EDEL 411/595—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature
2012 Fall EDEL 411/595—Literacy Development through Drama and Literature