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Dr. Clinton Beckford

Associate Professor   
CONTACT INFORMATION:   
Email:    clinton@uwindsor.ca   
Phone    (519) 253-3000 ext. 3804   
Office:    Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building   
Room 3309   
EDUCATION:     
Ph.D.    University of West Indies   
B.A.    University of West Indies   
Teachers' Certificate    Church Teachers' College   

COURSES TAUGHT

Pre-Service:

80-207 Ecology and Wellness: Environmental Education for 21st century Environmental Stewardship.
80-328 Social Studies Methodology (Consecutive, J/I)
80-499 Practice Teaching Supervision
80-359  Geography Methodology (Consecutive, J/I)
80-359 Geography Methodology (Consecutive, I/S)
80-303 Social Studies Methodology (Consecutive I/S)
80-340 Theme Project (Consecutive I/S)

Graduate:

80-795 Summer 2007 Final Project seminar (M Ed)
80-527 Summer 2007 Research in Education (M Ed)
80-554 Fall 2005 Fundamentals of Instructional Design (M Ed)
80-591 Winter 2005 Special Topics: Introduction to Environmental Education (M Ed)

RECENT GRADUATE SUPERVISION:

Marium Tolson-Murty (Master’s Thesis) “Factors influencing Black students in Windsor and their pursuit of post-secondary education.” University of Windsor, 2008.

Julie Payne (M Ed. Major Paper) “Strategies for success of English as a Second Language in the mainstream classroom.” University of Windsor, 2007

Laura Bates (M Ed Major Paper) “The design, development and suggested implementation of a thumbnail sketch for administrators to support educational support staff.” University of Windsor, 2007.

Jennifer Scott (M Ed Major Paper) “A handbook of differentiated instruction in elementary schools. University of Windsor, 2007.

Jason Georges (Major Paper). “Examining the relationship between academic achievement and level of extracurricular participation in male high school students. University of Windsor, 2006.

Marilena Biasi (M Ed Major Paper) “The design and development of a resource guide for the fifth grade science teacher with a focus on the Ontario curriculum.” University of Windsor, 2006.

Angela Fields-Castagna (M Ed Major Paper) “The impact of extracurricular activities on academic success, student motivation, and school life: Effective approaches to maintaining and implementing an extracurricular program in schools.” University of Windsor, 2006.

Jennifer Huggins (M Ed Major Paper) “Strategies for authentic assessment and evaluation for elementary science programs: The design and development of a handbook for the elementary teacher.” University of Windsor, 2006.

Dorian Stoilescu (M Ed Thesis) “Classroom practices and teaching methods as factors in gender inequity in undergraduate computer science programs.” University of Windsor, 2006

Pareshkumar Pandya (M Ed Major Paper) “A curriculum model for environmental education in per-service teacher education.” University of Windsor, 2006.

Cathy Knowler (M Ed Thesis) “The nature and impact of youth/police mentoring programs on the values and attitudes of youth: Case study of the OPP Youth Summer Camp.” University of Windsor, 2006.

Fred Macapagal (M Ed Major Paper) “The relationship between perceived teaching style and beliefs and attitudes towards classroom management: A case study.” Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 2005.

Debra Laforet (M Ed Major Paper) “Practical ideas for differentiated instruction in Ontario junior classrooms.” Faculty of Education, University of Windsor, 2005\

Oscar Vicente (Doctoral Candidate) “Elementary School Students Perceptions of Outdoor School Environments: A Study of Schoolyards and Playgrounds in Windsor” In progress.

Blessing Igbokwe (Doctoral Candidate) “Environmental literacy assessment: Investigating the impart of environmental education programs” In progress

Louise Gonsalvez (Doctoral Candidate) “Using Bricolage Method and Critical Discourse Analysis to Address the Gaps, Exclusions and Oversights in Active Citizenship Education” In Progress

Chrispina Lekule (Doctoral Candidate) “Investigating School Experiences of Vulnerable Children in Singida Tanzania: Implications for School Leaders and Policy Makers “In Progress

RESEARCH INTEREST

1. Education

  • Geography and environmental education
  • Issues in teacher education
  • Education of vulnerable children and youth
  • Participatory and collaborative active research methodologies & Research in non-western contexts
  • Local/ traditional/indigenous epistemologies
  • Immigrant experiences in Canada

2. Geography

  • Sustainable agriculture and tropical small-scale farming systems
  • Food security
  • Food, agriculture, and rural development

PRINCIPAL PUBLICATIONS

Beckford, C.L., Campbell, D. and Barker, D (2011) Sustainable food production systems and food security: Economic and environmental imperatives in yam cultivation in Trelawny, Jamaica. Sustainability, 3 (3) 541-561.

Beckford, C. L.  and Nahdee, R. ( 2011) Teaching for ecological sustainability: Incorporating indigenous philosophies and practices. What Works: Research Into Practice (36).  Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat of Ontario.

Roland, K. and Beckford, C.L. (2010) Supporting Associate Teaching and Mentoring of Teacher Candidates: Building a Community of Practice.  Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 1 (2), 153-162.

Beckford, C.L., Jacobs, C., Williams, N. and Nahdee, R. (2010) Teaching Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability in EE: Infusing Indigenous Epistemologies. Journal of Environmental Education 41 (4), 239-248.

Campbell, D. and Beckford C.L. (2009) Negotiating Uncertainty: Jamaican Small Farmers’ Adaptation and Coping Strategies, before and after Hurricanes. A Case Study of Hurricane Dean. Sustainability, 1 (4), 1366-1387.

Beckford, C.L. (2009) Sustainable agriculture and innovation adoption in tropical small-scale food production systems: The case of yam minisetts in Jamaica. Sustainability, 1 (1), 81-96.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2008) Agricultural Intensification in Jamaican small-scale farming systems: vulnerability, sustainability and global change. Caribbean Geography, 15 (2), 160-170.

Beckford, C.L., Barker, D. and Bailey, S.W. (2007) Adaptation, innovation and traditional knowledge: Resource use and survival strategies on domestic food farms in Jamaica. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28, 273-286.

Beckford, C.L and Barker, D. (2007) The role and value of local knowledge in Jamaican agriculture: Adaptation and change in small-scale farming. The Geographical Journal, 173 (2) 118-128.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2007) Unearthing the yam stick problem: Insights into farmer innovation in Jamaica. PLECserve, United Nations University and Australian National University http://c3unu.edu/plec January, 2007.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2006) Plastic yams and plastic yam sticks: Perspectives on indigenous technical knowledge among Jamaican farmers. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 97 (5) 535-546.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2003) Finding sustainable ways of staking yams and sourcing yam sticks in Jamaica: An environmental and economic imperative. Caribbean Geography 13 (2) 145-155.

Beckford, C.L. (2002). Decision-making and innovation among small-scale yam farmers in central Jamaica: A dynamic, adaptive and pragmatic process. The Geographical Journal, 168 (3) 248-259.

Beckford, C.L. (2000b). The organization of the informal commercial trade in yam sticks in central Jamaica. Caribbean Geography, 11 (2), 91-99.

Beckford, C.L. (2000a) Field research among small farmers in the Caribbean: Notes for interviewers. Caribbean Geography, 11 (1) 58-65.

Book chapter

Beckford, C. L. (2011) Issues in Caribbean Food Security: Building Capacity in Local Food Production Systems.   In Food Security. Editor Anna Aladjadjiyan. Rijeka, Croatia: INTECH.\

Beckford, C.L. and Bailey, S.W. (2009) Vulnerability, constraints and survival on small-scale food farms in St Elizabeth, Jamaica: Strengthening local food production systems. In McGregor, D., Barker, D. and Dodman, D. (Editors), Global change and Caribbean vulnerability: Environment, economy and society at risk? 218-236. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C. L. (2003) Yam production and the yam stick trade in Jamaica: Integrated problems for resource management. In Barker, D. and McGregor, D. (Editors) Resources, planning and environmental management in a changing Caribbean, 57-73. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

Conference Proceedings

Beckford, C. L. and Roland, K. (2009) “Examining the role of associate teachers: Perspectives from the field.” Proceedings of the London International Conference on Education, November 9-12, Customs House Hotel, London, England. LICE-2009, 183-184. Infonomics Society

Stoilescu, D. & Beckford, C. L. (2009). Constructivist and Critical Theory Aspects in Computer Science Education. In T. Bastiaens, Dron, J., and Xin, C. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 3168-3175). Chesapeake VA: AACE.

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