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Research & Publications.

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Anti-Islamophobic Curriculums presents a specific curriculum to help teachers and young learners gain more awareness of cultures much different from theirs. Anti-Islamophobic Curriculums also endeavours to decrease sociophobic reaction toward cultures that are unfamiliar and to acquaint learners with a curriculum beyond what has traditionally been their predominant English/French/Indigenous experience. While the conclusions this book draws are applicable to any culture, the curriculum presented here emphasizes the Islamic culture and, through the educational process, aims to mitigate the sociophobic reaction its members often encounter.


Combining language research with digital, multimodal, and critical literacy, this book uniquely positions issues of transcultural spaces and cosmopolitan identities across an array of contexts. Studies of everyday diasporic practices across places, spaces, and people’s stories provide authentic pictures of people living in and with diversity. Its distinctive contribution is a framework to relate observation and analysis of these flows to language development, communication, and meaning making. Each chapter invites readers to reflect on the dynamism and complexity of spaces and contexts in an age of increasing mobility, political upheaval, economic instabilities, and online/offline landscapes.

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An overarching objective of this book is the meaning of a call to ethics, and how discussion of framing and frames is a provocation to think about our responsibilities as curriculum scholars and practitioners. The authors take up the limits of knowledge, and present the challenge to curriculum theory to think in terms of not just understanding the frames through which we apprehend the Other, but also how we might re-frame our thinking as a radical call to responsibility. Each chapter in Smits and Naqvi’s Thinking about and Enacting Curriculum in “Frames of War” illustrates these concepts in diverse ways, but with common interest and concern, considering how curriculum is and ought to be fundamentally engaged with re-thinking our frames of apprehension.


The language of frames suggests the need to rethink self and other in fostering ethical relationships as a foundation for peaceful existence. Educational writers and practitioners from many parts of the world, including New York, Denver, Minneapolis, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Israel, and Canada offer their perspectives on peace as an aim of curriculum.

Alberta Education, Partner Research: Lessons from COVID-19: Empowering Vulnerable Newcomer Youth.

Alberta Education, Partner Research: Enhancing Newcomer Resettlement through a Community Engaged Knowledge Mobilization Hub-19

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partner Engage Grant: Immigrant families at a standstill: navigating resettlement during COVID-19 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Connection Grant: Shifting linguistic landscapes: A new terrain for multilingual and transcultural pedagogies 

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Partner Engage Grant: Filming Cultural Mosaics: A research study on filming immigrant family stories

Alberta Education, Partner Research: Optimizing Parent Teacher Collaboration in Refugee Children's Learning

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