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Dr. Avril Aitken

Full Professor

B.Ed., M.Ed. (McGill), Ph.D. (Ottawa) My work involves theorizing curriculum in teacher education, engaging in collaborative inquiry with educators in rural and remote communities, and inquiring into the identity-making venture of teachers – in particular its implications for the self, others, and change. I seek to understand the place of teacher education curricula in addressing critical global issues and in promoting democratic, diverse and sustainable communities. Among other courses, I teach the final year Interdisciplinary Integrative Course; this involves future teachers in drawing on their previous learning experiences in the program and collaboratively considering the transformational possibilities of their practice, particular when framed in relation to social and environmental justice, equity, and sustainability.…Contact Information
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B.Ed., M.Ed. (McGill), Ph.D. (Ottawa)

My work involves theorizing curriculum in teacher education, engaging in collaborative inquiry with educators in rural and remote communities, and inquiring into the identity-making venture of teachers – in particular its implications for the self, others, and change. I seek to understand the place of teacher education curricula in addressing critical global issues and in promoting democratic, diverse and sustainable communities.

Among other courses, I teach the final year Interdisciplinary Integrative Course; this involves future teachers in drawing on their previous learning experiences in the program and collaboratively considering the transformational possibilities of their practice, particular when framed in relation to social and environmental justice, equity, and sustainability.

I have a long relationship with the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach, with whom I worked as an educator for 16 years. Since 1997 I have collaborated with community members and the local school team on the Naskapi medium of instruction initiative. My interests in sustainable living and in the significance of Indigenous epistemologies and ontologies for teacher education are directly connected to this experience of teaching and collaboration.

I have been working in the School of Education since 2006; before coming to Bishop’s, I collaborated with school and school board teams from across the province of Quebec on a range of initiatives related to changes in policy, program and practice.

Research

Recent research initiatives include:

Individual Investigation:

  • Teaching practica in Indigenous Communities: Understanding the university–community partnership [2014– 2017]

Co-Investigation:

  • Bishop’s and the Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach; An exploration of partnerships [2015-2018]
  • Pre-service Teachers’ Responses to Reconciliation – [2016–2018]
  • Pre-service Teachers’ Stories of Identity through Digital Self-portraits – Part II [2012-2014]

Publications

Refereed book chapters

Aitken, A. (accepted) Accounting for the Self: Teacher Education in a Post-Truth and Reconciliation Context. In A. Phelan & W. Pinar (Eds.) Reconceptualizing teacher education world wide: A Canadian contribution to a global challenge. Ottawa: Presses de L’Université d’Ottawa/University of Ottawa Press.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L., (accepted) Teaching for Reconciliation: Insights from an Augmented Reality Project – In M. Hanne & A. Kaal (Eds.) Looking both ways: Narrative and Metaphor in Education. UK: Routledge.

Aitken, A. & Radford, L. (accepted) The curriculum theorist in the classroom:  Encountering the self through a framework for socio-environmental equity. In N. Ng-A-Fook, A. Ibrahim, Pinar, W. F., Smith, B., & Hebert, C. (Eds.). Understanding the Tasks of Curriculum Theorists: A Global Manifesto.  London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Aitken, A. & Robinson, L. (in press). “Walking in two worlds” in the plurilingual classroom: Learning from the case of an intergenerational project. In S. Stille & S.M.C. Lau (Eds.) Plurilingual pedagogies: Critical and creative endeavors for equitable language (in) education. Amsterdam: Springer.

Aitken, A. (2017). Remembrance as a Digitally Mediated Practice of Pedagogy. In K. Llewellyn & N. Ng-A-Fook (Eds.) Oral History and Education: Theories, Dilemmas, and Practices (pp. 231-250). London, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.

Radford, L. & Aitken, A. (2015) Digital dream-work: Becoming teachers’ stories of trauma. In N. Ng-A-Fook, J. Reis  & A. Ibrahim, (Eds.). Provoking Curriculum Studies: Strong Poetry and the Arts of the Possible in Education (pp. 150–160). NY: Routledge.

Aitken, A. (2013). Finding “stories of identity” through digital self-portraits. In K. Sanford & T. Strong-Wilson (Eds.). The Emperor’s New Clothes?: Issues and Alternatives in Uses of the Portfolio in Teacher Education Programs (pp. 180 – 196). New York, NY: Peter Lang.

Aitken, A. (2010). Comprendre le processus de construction identitaire: Une démarche essentielle chez les enseignants. In L. Lafortune, S. Fréchette, N. Sorin, P.A. Doudin, & O. Albanese (Eds.). Approches affectives, métacognitives et cognitives de la compréhension (pp. 183 – 200). Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Quebec.

Aitken, A. & Kreuger, E. (2010). Working within and against governance in Quebec:
Understanding competency evaluation in the field placement. In T. Falkenberg & H. Smits (Eds.). Field experiences in the context of reform of Canadian teacher education programs (2 vols., pp. 67-78). Winnipeg, MB: Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba.

Refereed articles in scholarly journals

Aitken, A., & Radford, L. (accepted). Learning to teach for reconciliation in Canada: Potential, resistance and stumbling forward. Teaching and Teacher Education.

Aitken, A. (2015). If Education is the Key to Reconciliation, How Will Professional Development Contribute to Unlocking the Process? Learning Landscapes 9(1), 15-22.

Radford, L. & Aitken, A. (2014). Becoming Teachers’ Little Epics and Cultural Myths — Writ Large in Digital Stories. McGill Journal of Education – Special Issue: “Multimedia in/as Scholarship” 49(3), 641-660.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L. (2012). Aesthetic archives: Pre-service teachers symbolizing experiences through digital storytelling. Journal of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies. [Special issue] Volume 10.

Aitken, A. (2010). Becoming an academic: Professional identity on the road to tenure. Journal of Educational Thought. [Special issue] 44(1), 55-68.

Aitken, A. (2008). The novice with expertise: Is there a leadership role for pre-service teachers in times of educational change? Learning Landscapes 1(2), 127-139.

Non-refereed books

Lafortune, L., Prud’homme, L., Sorin, N., Aitken, A., et al. (2011). Manifeste pour une école compétente. Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Quebec. [A collective text of 29 authors representing all universities in Quebec with faculties or schools of education].

Lafortune, L. with Chantale Lepage, Franca Persechino, Kathleen Bélanger and Avril Aitken (2009). A professional accompaniment model for change, Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Quebec.

Lafortune, L. with Chantale Lepage, Franca Persechino, Kathleen Bélanger and Avril Aitken (2009). Guide for accompanying change, Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Quebec.

Lafortune, L. with Chantale Lepage, Franca Persechino and Avril Aitken (2009). Professional competencies for accompanying change, Quebec, Presses de l’Université du Quebec.

Refereed papers presented at scholarly meetings (2008 to present)

Aitken, A. & Young, A. (2014, May 30). Les obstacles et les leviers de croissance pour l’EDD. Concilier Innovation et Planification, AQPERE, 6e colloque écodéveloppement des institutions d’enseignement du Quebec. Université de Sherbrooke, QC.

Strong-Wilson, T., Chang-Kredl, S., Radford, L., Yoder, A., Aitken, A. (2014, May 27). Currere Tales: Returning to the Archive. Borders without Boundaries, CSSE Conference 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

Radford, L. & Aitken, A. (2014, May 26). Digital filmmaking, critical incidents and reparation: A theory and practice of teaching and learning. Borders without Boundaries, CSSE Conference 2014, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L., (2014, April 4). Curricular and Pedagogical Possibilities of Digital Filmmaking: Unraveling and Provoking New Forms of Thought for Educators. American Educational Research Association Annual Congress – Philadelphia.

Strong-Wilson, T., Yoder, A., Aitken, A., Chang-Kredl, S., Radford, L. (2014, April 2). Curriculum Matters: On Our Elaborate Detour. American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

Radford, L. & Aitken, A. (2014, April 1). Revelatory Curriculum: Digital Storytelling as Research and Pedagogy in Teacher Education. American Association for the Advancement of Curriculum Studies, 2014, Philadelphia, PA.

Bures, E.M., Aitken, A., Beauchamp, C. & Haigh, C. (March, 2014). Approaches to delivering a graduate programme in Education to professionals in diverse locations: From Face-to-face, live courses to a medley of hybrid and distance offerings. Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education 2014, Jacksonville, Florida.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L., (2013, June 4). Working the Spaces of Complicated Places and Times: Interdisciplinarity and Sustainability in Teacher Education. @ the Edge, CSSE Conference 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Brushwood-Rose, C., Radford, L., & Aitken, A. (2013, June 3). Symposium: Troubling Stories: The Promise and Challenge of Digital Storytelling in Education. @ the Edge, CSSE Conference 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Aitken, A., Kreuger, E., Lau, S. M. & Kingsley, J.  (2013, June 2). Collaborative Learning: Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers Act on a Close Reading of Teacher Competencies. @ the Edge, CSSE Conference 2013, University of Victoria, Victoria, BC.

Aitken, A., Radford, L. & Young, A. (2013, March 13). Beyond perceived barriers to Education for Sustainable Development among pre-service teachers: A study of curriculum for Teacher Education. The 57th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society. New Orleans, Louisiana.

Aitken, A., (2013, February 23). Remembrance as a Digitally Mediated Practice of Pedagogy. 6th Biennial Provoking Curriculum: As Strong Poets Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L., (2013, February 22). Digital Dream-work: Becoming Teachers’ Stories of Trauma. 6th Biennial Provoking Curriculum: As Strong Poets Conference. University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.

Aitken, A., & Radford, L., (2012, May 26). Learning to teach: Pre-service teachers symbolizing experiences through digital storytelling. Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies Bi-Annual Pre-Conference – Art in Times of Conflict: Curricular Explorations. Wilfred Laurier University, Waterloo, ON.

Radford, L., Aitken, A., & Karagiosis, N. (2011, October 22). Vulnerable sites and guises: Studies of adult symbolizing experiences in three venues of education. 5th Biennial Provoking Curriculum Conference – Provoking Curriculum Studies as an Aesthetics of Vulnerability. University of Alberta, Edmonton, AL.

Aitken, A. & Robinson, L. (2011, July 1). Inquiring Together: Participatory Action Research for Literacy Learning and Naskapi Language Preservation. BILINGLATAM IV –  De  escuelas y sociedades bilingües a escuelas y sociedades multilingües, interculturales e igualitarias.

Universidad Autónoma Benito Juárez de Oaxaca. Oaxaca, Mexico. [From schools, bilingual schools and societies to multilingual intercultural schools and egalitarian societies]

Aitken, A. (2011, May 11). Les enseignantes et enseignants associés en action dans le contexte du changement dans la formation à l’enseignement : une professionnalisation de et pour qui? Curiosité, diversité, responsabilité: Le 79e congrès de l’Acfas. Université de Sherbrooke et Université Bishop’s, Sherbrooke, QC.

Aitken, A. (2011, May 1). Pre-service Teachers Grapple with the Role in Promoting a Sustainable Future. The 55th Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Educational Society. Montreal, QC, May 1 – 5.

Aitken, A. & McKenzie, A. (2010, Oct. 22). Naskapi curriculum development – 1997-2010: The challenges, goals, and outcomes of a participatory action research project. The 42nd Algonquian Conference. Memorial University, St. John’s, NL, October 21 – 23.

Aitken, A. & Robinson, L. (2010, Sept. 18). Learning together: Community-based participatory action research for literacy learning and language preservation. First Nations, Lasting Nations: Community and University Partnerships in Indigenous New England. University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, September 18 – 19.

Aitken, A., Kreuger, B., Kingsley, J., Beauchamp, C., & Bures, E. (2010, June 1). Meeting the identified needs of associate teachers in a context of change through collaborative action research. Connected Understanding, CSSE, Concordia University, Montreal, QC.

Aitken, A. & Kreuger, B. (2009). Pages from the Quebec Context: Bishop’s University Works Out the Meaning of Competency Development in the Professional Placement. 3rd Working Conference on Research in Teacher Education in Canada. University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, November 5 – 7.

Kingsley, J., Aitken, A., Beauchamp, C., Bures, E., Millington, D. & Orzechowski, R. (2009, Oct. 14) Expanding notions of community in teaching: Six teachers educators develop a conceptual framework for a teacher education program. EDGE Conference: Inspiration and Innovation in Teaching and Teacher Education, St. John’s, October 14 – 16.

Aitken, A. & Lafortune, L. (2009, Oct. 14). Teacher identities under construction: Finding the meanings of success when leading peers through change. EDGE Conference, St. John’s, October 14 – 16.

Lafortune, L. & Aitken, A. (2009, Oct. 14). A Framework of Eight Professional Competencies for Accompanying Change. EDGE Conference, St. John’s, October 14 – 16.

Baker, B. A., Aitken, A. & Hetherington, A. (2009). The Development of an English Proficiency Test for Teacher Certification in Quebec. Language Testing Research Colloquium: Reflecting on 30 Years: Learning, Transparency, Responsibility and Collaboration, Denver, March 17 – 20.

Aitken, A. (2008, June 5). La notion d’identité professionnelle : Comprendre son rapport avec connaissances professionnelles et action. 15th AMSE-AMCE-WAER Conference, Mondialisation et éducation vers une société de la connaissance, Marrakesh, Morocco.

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Ms. Katie Bibbs

Academic Facilitator

Katie brings over a decade of experience to her role from the public and private sectors, including her time spent teaching at the secondary level and consulting both in the small business and non-profit sectors. She holds a BSc. in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Concordia University, and believes in holistic, individualized solutions. Her mission is to help Bishop’s students reach their fullest potential on-campus, so that they feel empowered to fulfill their dreams wherever they may go from here.Contact Information
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Katie brings over a decade of experience to her role from the public and private sectors, including her time spent teaching at the secondary level and consulting both in the small business and non-profit sectors. She holds a BSc. in Human Ecology from the University of Alberta and an MBA from Concordia University, and believes in holistic, individualized solutions. Her mission is to help Bishop’s students reach their fullest potential on-campus, so that they feel empowered to fulfill their dreams wherever they may go from here.

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Mr. Daniel Bromby

Reference Librarian

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Dr. Estelle Chamoux

Associate Professor

My teaching interests are focused on cell biology and molecular biology related to human health and diseases. Firstly educated in France for undergraduate and MSc degrees, I then earned my PhD in cell biology at Sherbrooke's University, with a specialization in gland development in early human life. Since then, I continued with a Post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at Laval University. I'm now part of Dr Roux's laboratory in Sherbrooke's hospital, where I'm working on skeletal diseases. My studies are particularly concentrated on discovering how bone-notching cells (osteoclasts) become out of control in several pathologies. My best motivation is to help students to realize their dreams...Contact Information
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My teaching interests are focused on cell biology and molecular biology related to human health and diseases. Firstly educated in France for undergraduate and MSc degrees, I then earned my PhD in cell biology at Sherbrooke’s University, with a specialization in gland development in early human life. Since then, I continued with a Post-doctoral fellowship in immunology at Laval University. I’m now part of Dr Roux’s laboratory in Sherbrooke’s hospital, where I’m working on skeletal diseases. My studies are particularly concentrated on discovering how bone-notching cells (osteoclasts) become out of control in several pathologies. My best motivation is to help students to realize their dreams…

Publications

Book chapters:

Roux S and Chamoux E
Chapter VI : Osteoclast apoptosis
In: Cell Apoptotic Signalling Pathways. Edited by C.O. Pickens, Nova Publishers (Hauppauge, NY) 2007

Gallo-Payet N, Gendron L, Chamoux E and Payet MD
AT2 Receptor of Angiotensin II and Cellular Differentiation
In: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology – Angiotensin Part 3. Edited by T. Unger, Springer Verlag (Berlin) 2002

Publications:

Chamoux E, Houde N, L’Eriger K and Roux S.
Osteoprotegerin decreases human osteoclast apoptosis by inhibiting trail pathway. J Cell Physiol, In press

Chetoui N, Gendron S, Chamoux E, Aoudjit F.
Collagen type I-mediated activation of ERK/MAP Kinase is dependent on Ras, Raf-1 and protein phosphatase 2A in Jurkat T cells. Mol Immunol. 2006 Apr;43(10):1687-93.

Chamoux E, Otis M, Gallo-Payet N.
A connection between extracellular matrix and hormonal signals during the development of the human fetal adrenal gland.
Braz J Med Biol Res. 2005 Oct;38(10):1495-503. Epub 2005 Sep 6. Review. Erratum in: Braz J Med Biol Res. 2005 Dec;38(12):1889.

Chamoux E, Narcy A, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Fibronectin, laminin, and collagen IV interact with ACTH and angiotensin II to dictate specific cell behavior and secretion in human fetal adrenal cells in culture. Endocr Res. 2002 Nov;28(4):637-40.

Chamoux E, Narcy A, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Fibronectin, laminin, and collagen IV as modulators of cell behavior during adrenal gland development in the human fetus. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2002 Apr;87(4):1819-28.

Chamoux E, Bolduc L, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Identification of extracellular matrix components and their integrin receptors in the human fetal adrenal gland. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2001 May;86(5):2090-8.

Chamoux E, LeHoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
The AT2 receptor of angiotensin II and apoptosis in human fetal adrenal gland. Endocr Res. 2000 Nov;26(4):955-7.

Breault L, Chamoux E, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Localization of G protein alpha-subunits in the human fetal adrenal gland. Endocrinology. 2000 Dec;141(12):4334-41.

Chamoux E, Breault L, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Involvement of the angiotensin II type 2 receptor in apoptosis during human fetal adrenal gland development. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 1999 Dec;84(12):4722-30.

Breault L, Chamoux E, Lehoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
The role of angiotensin II in human adrenal gland development. Endocr Res. 1998 Aug-Nov;24(3-4):953-4..

Chamoux E, Breault L, LeHoux JG, Gallo-Payet N.
Comparative effects of ACTH, PACAP, and VIP on fetal human adrenal cells. Endocr Res. 1998 Aug-Nov;24(3-4):943-6.

Chamoux E, Coxam V, Lebecque P, Davicco MJ, Miller SC, Barlet JP.
Influence of sex steroids on development of cultured fetal rat metatarsal bones. Growth Dev Aging. 1997 Summer;61(2):79-91.

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Ms. Theresa Gagnon

Manager of Counselling & Accessibility Services

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Dr. Corinne Haigh

Full Professor – Dean of the School of Education

B.A. (Mount Allison), M.A., Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario) Dr. Haigh became a professor in the School of Education in 2010. She received her B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from Mount Allison University and then went on to complete her graduate work at the University of Western Ontario, in the areas of Educational and Cognitive Psychology. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and the Centre for Research on Language, Mind, and Brain, where she led a project investigating literacy development in elementary school students in French Immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at-risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills.…Contact Information
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B.A. (Mount Allison), M.A., Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario)

Dr. Haigh became a professor in the School of Education in 2010. She received her B.A. (Hons.) in Psychology from Mount Allison University and then went on to complete her graduate work at the University of Western Ontario, in the areas of Educational and Cognitive Psychology. She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship at McGill University and the Centre for Research on Language, Mind, and Brain, where she led a project investigating literacy development in elementary school students in French Immersion programs, with a particular emphasis on children at-risk for difficulty with decoding, reading comprehension, or a combination of these skills. Dr. Haigh teaches in the area of special needs education, and gives courses on individual differences, educational psychology and the psychology of reading.

 

Research

My main area of research investigates cross-linguistic aspects of language processing in bilinguals. I have examined individual differences in language and literacy development in school-aged children enrolled in bilingual education programs. The particular focus of this work is on reading development, and more specifically on reading comprehension skills. I have recently extended this work to investigate naturally occurring reading comprehension strategy instruction in the L1 and L2 classroom at the upper elementary school level, and the relationship between this strategy instruction and L1 and L2 reading comprehension outcomes. I eventually hope to broaden this program of research to include an investigation of early intervention initiatives for students at-risk for reading difficulty in second language programs, with a particular focus on reading comprehension. I am also interested in issues related to motivation, engagement and achievement in male and female readers during classroom based literacy activities. My earlier work investigated how the interaction of sound information from both of a bilingual’s languages interacts during silent word reading word reading.

Recent Research Initiatives:

L’enseignement de stratégies naturelles dans les classes de langue maternelle et de langue seconde : les conséquences sur l’évaluation du rendement en lecture des élèves du troisième cycle du primaire (2014-2017) – funded by a Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FRQSC) Établissement de nouveaux professeurs-chercheurs grant ($39,475)

Reading comprehension is an essential academic skill, and also an area of specific difficulty for about 10% of upper elementary school students, and many students reading in a second language. To improve comprehension, students must develop a repertoire of comprehension strategies specific to their needs. In order to support all students, it is necessary to have a clear understanding of the types of strategy instruction that naturally occur in both the upper elementary grades. The proposed research project has four primary objectives: (1) To provide a descriptive analysis of naturally occurring reading comprehension strategy instruction in both L1 and L2 classrooms; (2) To determine whether the amount and type of strategy instruction are associated with strategy use, and specific comprehension skills; (3) To examine the relationships between strategy variables and reading comprehension performance; and (4) To investigate the within- and cross-language concurrent predictors of L1 and L2 reading comprehension. Pairs of English Language Arts and French Second Language teachers at the same school and grade level (4 and 5) will be recruited, and their lessons will be videotaped once a week, for a period of 6 weeks. Students will participate in the group administration reading comprehension and comprehension strategy use measures, and individual sessions involving reading, language, and nonverbal intelligence measures. The results of this study will inform individualized reading comprehension interventions and allow for the creation of professional development programs for teachers that are based in their current classroom practice.

Le développement de la compétence à écrire en langue première et seconde à la fin du primaire dans des contextes d’intensification de l’enseignement de la langue seconde (2014-2017) – funded by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight grant ($251,230)

Research team: Olivier Dezutter (principal investigator), Lynn Thomas, Véronique Parent (University of Sherbrooke), Corinne Haigh and Sunny Man Chu Lau (Bishop’s University) and Cécile Sabatier (Simon Fraser University).

In Quebec, an increasingly large number of French and English primary schools offer intensive second language (L2) teaching. Several studies demonstrate the positive impact of the implementation of these intensive education or immersion models tested in other provinces. However, the implementation of such models represents a challenge for teachers. For the general public, these models may raise a number of concerns, in particular about the impact of second language learning on competency in the language of instruction, and opportunities for students with learning difficulties to take full advantage of these intensive models of second language education.

The study focuses in particular on the conditions necessary for the development of writing skills in both the language of instruction and in second language contexts involving an intensification of L2 instruction. It aims to better understand how students in both the anglophone and francophone sectors exposed to various models of second language instruction in the school context (intensive, immersion or enriched program), develop their writing skills over the course of one school year in both their second language and the language of instruction.

Individual differences in second language reading acquisition: A longitudinal study of English-speaking students in French immersion programs (2007-present) – funded in 2011-2014 by a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Insight Development grant ($70,228)

French immersion programs were first created in order to provide anglophone children residing in Quebec with enhanced opportunities to become bilingual in English and French within the context of public schooling (Lambert & Tucker, 1972; Genesee, 1987). Research has shown that early immersion students attain the same levels of reading achievement in English as native English-speaking students in English language programs, and that they attain a level of proficiency in all aspects of French as a second language that is superior to that of English-speaking students who receive language arts instruction in French for short periods each day (Genesee, 2004). However, there is relatively little empirical investigation of individual differences in achievement among immersion students and, in particular, individual differences in reading achievement. Learning to read is critical for ensuring academic success in school because beyond the primary grades reading is essential for learning academic subject matter and skills. Studying reading development is equally, if not more, important, in immersion because, despite the overall success of students in reading achievement, there is a high rate of attrition from immersion programs, in part at least, due to reading difficulty (e.g., Halsall, 1994; Hogan & Harris, 2004; Obadia & Thériault, 1997; Parkin, Morrison & Watkin, 1987). We have virtually no evidence on the performance of students at-risk for reading difficulty in immersion programs, and to date no study has monitored the reading development of immersion students into the upper elementary school years.

This research project aims to answer the following questions:

  • How accurately and reliably do predictors based on first language (L1) abilities collected in kindergarten predict individual differences in second language (L2) reading achievement in immersion students in grade 6?
  • Do the same L1 predictors that predicted L2 reading achievement in grades 1-3 predict reading achievement in grade 6? Do the predictors of L2 reading comprehension outcomes in immersion students change as students’ reading skills progress from grade 3 to grade 6?
  • Are anglophone students who are at-risk for reading impairment at greater risk in French immersion programs than in English language programs?

Students who struggle with reading are often counselled out of French immersion programs. This may put these students at a disadvantage later on in life, as they will not be proficient in both English and French. However, counselling them to remain in immersion requires the provision of a full range of support services that meet their specific needs. At present, most schools are not equipped to provide such services, and researchers lack empirical evidence to advise schools on the best course of action. Results from this project will offer educators, policy makers, and parents a better understanding of the profiles of strength and need exhibited by children at-risk for reading difficulty in immersion programs and will allow schools to make more informed judgments on such matters.

Collectif de recherche sur la continuité des apprentissages en lecture et en écriture (Collectif CLÉ) (2012- present) – funded in 2012-2014 by a Fonds de recherche sur la société et la culture (FRQSC) Soutien aux équipes de recherche grant ($349,076)

I am part of a multi-institutional research team, chaired by researchers at l’Université de Sherbrooke,  with the goal of conducting  original research on the theme of reading and writing development, bringing together experts from different disciplines such as first language, second language, and/or foreign language teaching, psychology, special education, linguistics, and literary studies. Research revolves around three axes: Axis 1 – Continuity through different levels education; Axis 2 – The continuity between various languages and school subjects; Axis 3 – The continuity between backgrounds and learning contexts (formal and informal).

Recent Publications

Refereed contributions:

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. A. (2014). Predicting risk for oral and written language learning difficulties in students educated in a second language. Applied Psycholinguistics, 35(2), 371-398.

Genesee, F., Savage, R., Erdos, E., & Haigh, C. A. (2013). Identification of reading difficulties in students schooled in a second language. In Gathercole, V. (Ed.). Bilinguals and assessment: State of the art guide to issues and solutions from around the world. Clevedon: Multilingual Matters.

Newman, R. L., Jared, D., & Haigh, C. A. (2012). Does phonology play a role when skilled readers read high frequency words? Evidence from ERPs. Language & Cognitive Processes, 27(9), 1361-1384. doi:10.1080/01690965.2011.603932.

Haigh, C. A., Savage, R., Erdos, C., & Genesee, F. (2011). The role of phoneme and onset-rime awareness in second language reading acquisition. Journal of Research in Reading, 34(1), 94-113. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9817.2010.01475.x

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. A. (2011). Individual differences in second language reading outcomes. International Journal of Bilingualism, 15(1), 3-25. doi:10.1177/1367006910371022.

Haigh, C. A., & Jared, D. (2007). The activation of phonological representations by bilinguals while reading silently: Evidence from interlingual homophones. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition, 33, 623-644.

Non-refereed contributions:

Genesee, F., Haigh, C. A., & Erdos, C. (2009). Apprendre à lire dans le cadre des programmes d’immersion en français: Reconnaître les élèves qui ont davantage besoin d’aide. Réflexions, 28, 18-22.

Conference presentations:

Erdos, C., & Haigh, C. A. (2013, March). Comment identifier et intervenir auprès des élèves anglophones qui sont à risque de présenter des problèmes de lecture et qui fréquentent des programmes d’immersion français. Workshop presented at the 38e Congrès annuel de l’AQETA, Montreal, Quebec.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage (2012, July). Predicting risk for oral and written language learning difficulties in English-speaking students in French Immersion programs. Paper presented at the Nineteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Montreal, QC.

Haigh, C. A., & Erdos, C. (2012, February). Identifying and helping English-speaking French Immersion students who are at-risk for reading difficulties. Workshop presented at the 2012 Annual Conference of the Leadership Committee for English Education in Quebec (LCEEQ), Laval, QC.

Haigh, C. A., Savage, R., Erdos, C., & Genesee, F. (2011, July). The role of phoneme and onset-rime awareness in second language reading acquisition. Poster presented at the Eighteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, St. Pete Beach, FL.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2011, April). Individual differences in language and literacy outcomes in English-speaking students in French immersion programs. Poster presented at the 2011 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. A. (2010, June). Individual differences in typically-developing and at-risk readers in French immersion. Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics, Montreal, Quebec.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2010, May). Indices de troubles de la lecture et de troubles du langage oral chez des élèves anglophones scolarisés dans un programme d’immersion française. Paper presented at the 78th Congress of the Association francophone pour le savoir (ACFAS).

Mercier, J., Pivneva, I., Haigh, C. A., & Titone, D. A. (2009, November). Individual differences in executive function affect spoken word recognition. Paper presented at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Boston, Massachusetts.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2009, July). Individual differences in L2 literacy outcomes in English-speaking students in French immersion programs. Paper presented at the 7th International Symposium on Bilingualism, Utrecht, Netherlands.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2009, June). Individual differences in L2 literacy outcomes in English-speaking students in French immersion programs. Poster presented at the Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Reading, Boston, MA.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2009, June). Individual differences in literacy outcomes in French immersion students. Poster presented at the National Conference on Bilingualism and Biliteracy Development: Contextualizing Bilingualism and Biliteracy, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2009, May). Individual differences in L2 language and literacy outcomes in English-speaking students in French immersion programs. Paper presented at the “Language Immersion as Formal and Informal Learning: New Perspectives for Research and Public Policy” Conference, The Canadian Center for Studies and Research on Bilingualism and Language Planning, Ottawa, Ontario.

Haigh, C. A., & Jared, D. (2008, October). Phonological priming effects in bilinguals. Paper presented at the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals, Bangor, Wales.

Jared, D., Friesen, D. C., & Haigh, C. A. (2008, October). Cross-language phonological activation in bilingual word naming. Paper presented at the International Conference on Models of Interaction in Bilinguals, Bangor, Wales.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. A. (2008, June). Predictors of reading and language impairment in majority language second language learners. Paper presented at the 32nd Annual International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities Conference, Toronto, Ontario.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., Savage, R., & Haigh, C. A. (2008, June). Individual differences in L2 language and literacy outcomes in English-speaking students in French immersion programs. Paper presented at the “Bilingualism in a Plurilingual Canada: Research and Implications” Conference, Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, Ottawa, Ontario.

Newman, R. L., Jared, D., & Haigh, C. A. (2007, November). The role of phonology in the activation of word meaning: Evidence from event-related brain potentials. Poster presented at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Psychonomic Society, Long Beach, California.

Invited talks:

Haigh, C. A., & Erdos, C. (2014, October). Identifying and helping elementary school age second language learners who are at-risk for reading difficulties. Workshop presented at the 2014 Advancing Learning in Differentiation and Inclusion (ALDI) Symposium, Pointe-Claire, QC.

Haigh, C. A., & Erdos, C. (2014, March). Identifying and helping elementary-school students who are instructed in a second language: Disentangling true reading difficulty from reading delay due to incomplete second language acquisition. Workshop presented at the first annual First Nations Education Council (FNEC) Reading Symposium, St-Sauveur, QC.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C. E., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2012, December). Apprendre à lire dans une langue seconde: Reconnaître les élèves qui ont davantage besoin d’aide. Paper presented at the Journée d’étude du Collectif CLÉ: Lire-écrire entre les langues, Sherbrooke, Quebec.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Haigh, C. A. (2010, May). At-risk students and French immersion. Paper presented at the Heritage Canada Second-Language Learning Research Round Table, Ottawa, Ontario.

Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Haigh, C. A. (2008, November). Comment identifier les élèves en immersion qui présentent des difficultés en lecture? Comment les aider? Paper presented at the 2008 Congrès annuel de l’Association des professeurs d’immersion, Ottawa, Ontario.

Haigh, C. A., Erdos, C., Genesee, F., & Savage, R. (2008, October). Students with academic challenges in FSL programs. Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of Canadian Parents for French, Ottawa, Ontario.

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Prof. Jennifer Harvey

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Jennifer Harvey holds a Master's degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Bachelor's degree in Environment and Business from the same institution. As Founder of S3 Environmental Consulting Inc., she assists clients to start, scale or sustain their environmental organization by providing market research, commercialization support, fundraising guidance, communications expertise and social enterprise planning strategy support. Her current clients are in the non-profit, retail and energy storage sectors. She is also currently working towards a Master of Science degree in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. Jennifer has been lecturing at the Williams School of Business since January 2017.Contact Information

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Jennifer Harvey holds a Master’s degree in Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology from the University of Waterloo, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Environment and Business from the same institution. As Founder of S3 Environmental Consulting Inc., she assists clients to start, scale or sustain their environmental organization by providing market research, commercialization support, fundraising guidance, communications expertise and social enterprise planning strategy support. Her current clients are in the non-profit, retail and energy storage sectors. She is also currently working towards a Master of Science degree in Carbon Management from the University of Edinburgh. Jennifer has been lecturing at the Williams School of Business since January 2017.

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Dr. Andrew P. MacDonald

Full Professor (Theory and Composition), Director of the Bishop’s Chamber Orchestra

(B.Mus. Western; M.Mus. and D.M.A. Michigan) The compositions of Andrew Paul MacDonald have won many prestigious prizes, including the 1995 Juno Award for “Best Classical Composition” for his Violin Concerto. His many compositions have been performed across the country by such notable ensembles as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Esprit Orchestra, l'Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, The Evergreen Club and the I Musici de Montréal.…Contact Information
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(B.Mus. Western; M.Mus. and D.M.A. Michigan)

The compositions of Andrew Paul MacDonald have won many prestigious prizes, including the 1995 Juno Award for “Best Classical Composition” for his Violin Concerto. His many compositions have been performed across the country by such notable ensembles as the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the Esprit Orchestra, l’Orchestre symphonique de Québec, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the CBC Vancouver Orchestra, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra, the Regina Symphony Orchestra, the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, The Evergreen Club and the I Musici de Montréal. He has had works commissioned by outstanding orchestras, chamber ensembles, solo performers, music competitions, the Canadian Opera Company and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. His works are frequently broadcast on CBC and Société Radio-Canada, and have been performed in Australia, China, England, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey, the United States, Ukraine and Canada. Thirty-three of his compositions have been recorded on eighteen compact discs to date, and two for violin and piano on the ATMA and Centrediscs labels were both nominated for the 2005 East Coast Music Award.  Of these, Jasper Wood’s recording of MacDonald’s works won that award, as well as the 2005 Canadian Independent Music Award. MacDonald recently finished Mary’s Wedding, a major opera for Pacific Opera Victoria, with libretto by Stephen Massicotte, which was premiered in November 2011 in Victoria, B. C. and later broadcast by the CBC.

Past Vice-President and Council member of the Canadian League of Composers, Executive Committee member of the Canadian Music Centre and founding Artistic Director of Ensemble Musica Nova, MacDonald performs in concert as a jazz and new music guitarist and as a conductor, and is professor of composition at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke (Lennoxville), Québec. Biographical articles on MacDonald are to be found in The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2ed., 2001), the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and the Canadian Who’s Who.

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Dr. Courtney Plante

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B.Sc. (Hon. Psychology, University of Alberta), M.A. (Psychology, University of Waterloo), Ph.D. (Social Psychology, University of Waterloo), Post-doctoral Fellowship (Iowa State University). Courtney is a social psychologist whose research interests focus broadly on identity, perception, and immersion processes in fantasy-themed contexts. This includes research on the functions of fantasy engagement, the construction of fantasy-themed selves, and immersion into digital media. He is perhaps best known for his research on fan cultures, having spent more than a decade studying furries (fans of media featuring anthropomorphized animals), anime fans, and bronies (adult fans of My Little Pony). Courtney enjoys discussing anything fan-related with his students: His favourite video game is Fallout: New Vegas, his favourite television show is Bojack Horseman, and his favourite pony is Twilight Sparkle.…Contact Information

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B.Sc. (Hon. Psychology, University of Alberta), M.A. (Psychology, University of Waterloo), Ph.D. (Social Psychology, University of Waterloo), Post-doctoral Fellowship (Iowa State University).

Courtney is a social psychologist whose research interests focus broadly on identity, perception, and immersion processes in fantasy-themed contexts. This includes research on the functions of fantasy engagement, the construction of fantasy-themed selves, and immersion into digital media. He is perhaps best known for his research on fan cultures, having spent more than a decade studying furries (fans of media featuring anthropomorphized animals), anime fans, and bronies (adult fans of My Little Pony). Courtney enjoys discussing anything fan-related with his students: His favourite video game is Fallout: New Vegas, his favourite television show is Bojack Horseman, and his favourite pony is Twilight Sparkle.

For up-to-date information about Courtney’s books, chapters, or journal articles, please see his ResearchGate page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Courtney_Plante

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Mr. Scott Stoddard

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Dr. Arshad Taseen

Full Professor – Department Chairperson

Arshad Taseen is a professor in the Williams School of Business. He received his Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Bangalore University (India), MBA from University of Ottawa and PhD from Ivey Business School (University of Western Ontario). Before joining Bishop's he worked in Aerosol Industry and often provides consulting service in this area. His research interest is in scheduling and forecasting techniques. Currently he teaches in the area of Management Science and Information Systems.Contact Information
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Arshad Taseen is a professor in the Williams School of Business. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Bangalore University (India), MBA from University of Ottawa and PhD from Ivey Business School (University of Western Ontario). Before joining Bishop’s he worked in Aerosol Industry and often provides consulting service in this area. His research interest is in scheduling and forecasting techniques. Currently he teaches in the area of Management Science and Information Systems.

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Dr. Michael Teed

Full Professor

Dr. Mike Teed is a full professor for the Williams School of Business in the field of Human Resources.  He has completed his Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. He is extremely passionate about teaching and has also garnered experience as a Human Resource consultant in a variety of public and private organizations.  His research interests include workplace aggression and violence, occupational stress, and leadership.

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Dr. Mike Teed is a full professor for the Williams School of Business in the field of Human Resources.  He has completed his Ph.D in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at Saint Mary’s University. He is extremely passionate about teaching and has also garnered experience as a Human Resource consultant in a variety of public and private organizations.  His research interests include workplace aggression and violence, occupational stress, and leadership.

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Dr. Miles Turnbull

Full Professor – Vice-Principal Academic

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