Campus Directory: Nola Aitken

University of Lethbridge

Nola Aitken
Faculty
Edu - Full Time Faculty Members
Office: TH312 (Turcotte Hall)
Phone: (403) 329-2104
Email:

Degrees

B.Ed. (Elementary Education); Dip.Ed. (Elementary Education); M.A. (Education Administration); Ph.D

Expertise

Higher Education, Mathematics Education, Multi-graded Classroom, Mentoring, Assessment

Research Areas

Native ways of knowing math in the Blackfoot Confederacy and Arizona, Issues in assessment, Assessment in Higher Education, Preservice Teachers’ Math Achievement, Teacher Mentorship

Previous Research Areas

Mathematics education, Mentorship, Assessment in higher education, Assessment in schools

Biography

I was born Down Under a long time ago, and took my teacher education at Claremont Teachers' College, Western Australia. After teaching three years or so I followed my husband, Art, in 1968 to Alberta. The plan was to stay two years before returning to Oz; but MANY years later here I am still today. Along with Art I taught in Alberta rural locations and consequently I taught every grade from K-9 in various combinations and subject areas. In 1988, I took on a one-year appointment with the Alberta Ministry (the then Student Evaluation Branch, Alberta Education), which continued for about five years. In 1992, I was offered a one-year teaching stint at the U. of L. in Evaluation of Student Learning that resulted in a tenure track position in 1995. Currently, I teach undergraduate courses: Evaluation of Student Learning and Teaching Seminar, and a graduate course, Issues in Student Evaluation. I have a special interest in student and program assessment, mathematics understanding, and native ways of knowing mathematics at the student and adult level. I am also Director for the Centre for Assessment Research in Education (CARE).
On the home front I have three children who have flown the coop and have launched into their own careers, but my husband and my Border Collie have remained faithfully at home.

Selected Publications

Books
Aitken, E. N., & Aitken, A. J. (2003). Leading for change: A renewed focus on teaching and learning. Calgary, Alberta, Canada: Detselig.

Knight, P., Aitken, E. N., & Rogerson, R. J. (2000). Forever better: Continuous quality improvement in education. Stillwater, OK: New Forums Press.

Chapters in Books
McKeen, M., & Aitken, E. N. (in press). Educational renovation: Nailing down terminology in assessment. In S. Scott (Ed.), Classroom assessment. New York, NY: Springer.

Research Interests

Educational Leadership and Assessment; Native Ways of Knowing Mathematics; Mathematics Education

Current Research and Creative Activity

TitleLocationGrant InformationPrincipal InvestigatorCo Researchers
Blackfoot confederacy study in Montana. Montana, Southern Alberta, US Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies, $5,000, 2006.

Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), $36,453, 2007-10.

E.N. Aitken, University of Lethbridge
Fair Assessment Practice in Higher Education: A Practical Guide. Lethbridge, AB University of Lethbridge Teaching Development Fund Grant, $2,650, 2004-07.

E.N. Aitken, University of Lethbridge A.J. Aitken, University of Lethbridge
Indigenous Ways of Knowing Mathematics Arizona University of Lethbridge Research Fund, $4,317.50, 2006-07.

E.N. Aitken, University of Lethbridge
Native ways of knowing mathematics. University of Lethbridge Internal Social Sciences and Humanities Research of Canada, $4,500.

E.N. Aitken, University of Lethbridge
Pre-service mathematics teachers. Lethbridge, AB Faculty of Education, $2,000, 2006-07.

E.N. Aitken, University of Lethbridge

Previous Research

TitleGrant AgencyCompletion Date
Mentorship program Lethbridge School District #51 2002
An Examination of Grade Inflation in the Faculty of Education The University of Lethbridge Teaching Development Fund 2006
An Examination of Course Evaluation Forms and Process in the Faculty of Education The University of Lethbridge Teaching Development Fund 2006
The Effect of Teachers' Math Education and Attitudes on their Students: A Comparative Study of Alberta and Western Australia. Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies 2004
The Impact of Educational Reforms on the Operations of Alberta's Public School System The University of Lethbridge Research Excellence Envelope for the Centre for Assessment Research in Education (CARE) 2002
The University of Lethbridge Research Excellence Envelope for the Centre for Assessment Research in Education (CARE) 2003


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