I am currently a third year PhD student in the Faculty of Education at UBC. My research interests include developing professional learning communities with in-service teachers to bridge emerging theories with teaching practices that include unstructured outdoor play as a pedagogical approach. I have over 20 years of experience as a professional educator, and currently teach in a public school outdoor and garden classroom. To read more about my teaching practice, read this post.
As a doctoral student, I am honoured to have my own research funded by SSHRC and to be learning from expert scholars in my field. The following research projects have shaped my learning thus far:
Graduate Research Assistant
Go Play Outside! Early Learning and Child Care (GPO-ELCC)
Primary Researcher: Mariana Brussoni, Faculty of Medicine | Pediatrics | School of Population & Public Health BC Injury Research & Prevention Unit, The University of British Columbia | BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute
Learn more: Brussoni Lab Early Childhood Outside Project
Munday, F., Zeni, M., Han, C., Cheng, T., & Brussoni, M (2019). A digital risk-reframing tool to shift early childhood educators’ perceptions of outdoor play: Intervention mapping approach. A poster presented at the Big Difference BC conference. (PDF).
Cheng, T., Munday, F., Zeni, M., Han, C., & Brussoni, M (2019). Challenges early childhood educators face in promoting outdoor play – A qualitative study. A poster presented at the UBC Life Science Research Night. (PDF)
Check out the risk re-framing tool for educators here! Outside Play.ca
Outdoor Play Collaborator
Go Outside and Play! Investigating outdoor play and children’s positive development in schools and communities
Primary Investigator: Eva Oberle, UBC Faculty of Medicine, School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) Human Early Learning partnership (HELP)
Funded by: SSHRC