Research Background

We have a long and rich history of international education at the Faculty of Education dating back to the 1970s with the founding of our first Comparative and International Education program by Douglas Ray. Although that program no longer exists, much teaching and research work in the field still continues to take place. We have a number of graduate courses with a CIE theme or focus, and have recently developed a new graduate program focus area in comparative and international education.

Over the last decade a number of faculty have been hired who have international education research and teaching interests and expertise. UWO Faculty members have engaged in numerous research projects related to international education on a wide range of topics:

  • Adult education, technical learning and thinking
  • Education policy (including the impact of globalization and internationalization on higher education, teacher and leadership policy)
  • Distance and virtual learning
  • Equity issues - gender, race, aboriginal education
  • Curriculum- global (citizenship) education, multicultural/anti-racist education, pedagogy and globalization
  • International education curriculum, programs, etc.
  • Multi-literacies and multi-lingualism (including bilingual/second/foreign language education)
  • Rural and health education

Students and faculty draw upon a variety of methodological (e.g. case study, ethnographic, policy analysis) and theoretical approaches such as feminism, sociology of knowledge, post-structural and post-colonial theories in their international research. We have engaged in and continue to promote teaching, research and advocacy work that is collaborative both internally and internationally, and related to both formal and informal learning. Research and teaching partnerships have been developed with individuals and organizations across North America, Central America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australasia.