The Pat Clifford Award

2012 – CEA Pat Clifford Award Winner: Clearing a Path to Post-Secondary Science Programs for Aboriginal Learners

Dr. Michelle Hogue

Dr. Michelle Hogue’s research blends required curricular and institutional demands with narrative and arts practices, and holistic knowledge, which has the potential to change science education for Aboriginal learners. The Canadian Education Association (CEA) is pleased to recognize Dr. Michelle Hogue, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the First Nations Transition Program at the University of Lethbridge, with the 2012 Pat Clifford Award for Early Career Research in Education, for her work in improving attendance, engagement, and success for aboriginal learners.
Dr. Hogue is conducting research and developing new teaching practices in a pilot project with high school students, educators, and administrators on the Blackfoot Reserve in Southern Alberta. With innovative pedagogy that integrates drama, narrative and cultural stories into learning chemistry, Dr. Hogue theoretically and directly addresses science, specifically chemistry, one major barrier to further studies in health, counseling, medicine, pharmacy and other science-related professions.

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Hogue, M. (2012). Inter-connecting Aboriginal and Western Paradigms in Post-secondary Science Education: An Action Research Approach. Journal of the Canadian Association of Curriculum Studies, 10(1), 77-114.