Perspectives on Education: Voices of Eminent Canadians - LEARNing Landscapes publishes Special Issue
MONTREAL, Nov. 22 /CNW Telbec/ - LEARNing Landscapes, an online, peer-reviewed education journal, has published a Special Issue featuring short commentaries on education from twenty-four eminent Canadians who are prominent in various walks of life. Contributors include Right Honourable Paul Martin, Governor General David Johnston, astronaut Julie Payette, dancer Margie Gillis, Green Party leader Elizabeth May, climate change activist Sheila Watt-Cloutier, a number of Deans of Education of University Faculties across Canada, as well as numerous others. The result is a noteworthy and interdisciplinary tapestry of perspectives and experiences that sheds light on what is current and important about education in Canada today.
The founding and current Editor of LEARNing Landscapes is Dr. Lynn Butler-Kisber of McGill University. Started three years ago, the journal is quite unique. It not only bridges theory and practice by publishing the work of university scholars and leaders alongside submissions from individuals whose experiences and expertise may lie outside of a more typical academic publishing milieu- teachers, principals, community leaders and students, for example- it encourages multiple voices and forms of representation. Poetry, dance, collage and music are featured alongside written texts as a way to share and showcase leading educational ideas, research and practice. The goal is that the journal will help to inspire educators to reflect on and develop innovative possibilities within their own practices.
While LEARNing Landscapes has a distinct Quebec flavor with numerous local educators writing or reviewing submissions, a perusal of through the web site reveals a long list of national and international contributors, many who are widely known. An upcoming issue on poetry that will go live this December will feature an interview with Maya Angelou and a commentary from poet Jane Hirshfield, for example. In keeping with the journal's philosophy of inclusion and attention to multiple voices, their contributions will be shared alongside the poetry and ideas of eleven year-old Montrealer Sophie Hillcoat.
LEARNing Landscapes is one of many forward thinking initiatives of the Leading English Education and Resource Network (LEARN), located in Laval. Headed by CEO Micheal J. Canuel, LEARN is a non-profit educational foundation that promotes exemplary educational practices to the Quebec English education community.For further information:
Dr. Lynn Butler-Kisber
Editor, LEARNing Landscapes (learninglandscapes.ca)
Professor, McGill University