Bio (Owen Ferguson)
School of Education and Technology
Owen Ferguson is captivated with curricula: the official written document, covert curriculum, social curriculum and absent curriculum as each pertains to critical theory and social reconstruction. As a former K-12 teacher, he is especially interested in inclusive leadership as a means to engage all students in their pursuit of meaningful opportunities in life, and the uses of technology in formal and informal learning practices. His areas of study and expertise include the evolution of curricula design and how assessment practices influence curriculum design and delivery through instruction methods.
Ferguson has considerable experience as a teacher, mentor and curriculum designer in K-12 systems. He taught geography and academic writing in the Department of Business and Social Sciences at Dalhousie University for fifteen years. In addition, Ferguson has worked on a number of curriculum development projects related to social sciences and inclusive leadership practices. He has consulted on course design for various institutions and government agencies.
Ferguson holds a PhD in Educational Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Southern Mississippi (1993). His dissertation focused on the role of using narratives/literature to construct inclusive citizenship. He holds a Master of Arts in the History of Education from Saint Mary’s University (1987). His research explored the impact of economic forces on curriculum design. Ferguson also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (1980) and a Bachelor of Education (1981) from Acadia University.