Christina Parker, OCT, B.A. (Honours), M.T., Ph.D. (University of Toronto)
Dr. Parker’s research expertise is in curriculum and pedagogy, restorative justice, conflict resolution, at-risk learners, inclusion, multiculturalism, peacebuilding, and dialogue in diverse global communities. She examines issues such as how peacebuilding education and conflict dialogue processes could work to foster a sense of inclusion for marginalized and at-risk learners and how such practices, in their successful implementation, can challenge young people to engage in authentic dialogue and conflict learning. Dr. Parker’s research on peacebuilding for democracy and social justice in diverse multicultural classrooms shows how dialogic and anti-oppressive pedagogies facilitate inclusive spaces where all students have the opportunity to participate and have their voices heard. Dr. Parker has presented her research at international conferences and published in academic journals.
Dr. Parker has a Ph.D. from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto. She also has a Masters in Teaching and is an Ontario Certified Teacher, with a specialization in teaching history. In her experience as a researcher and a post-doctoral research associate at OISE in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching, and Learning, Dr. Parker researched for Dr. Kathy Bickmore on the Peacebuilding Dialogue in Schools: Circle Processes for Restorative Problem-Solving and Democratic Learning research project, looking specifically at how restorative justice and peacemaking circle processes were implemented in diverse public school contexts and how teacher professional development offered support for the integration of dialogic pedagogies.