Special Education Resources
The following are individual subscriptions to additional peer-reviewed resources.
Education Reference Resources
Knowing The Net (Education)
Listed here are further online resources to consider for review in the field of Education. Please feel free to recommend further important resources.
- AERA (American Educational Research Association): Annual meetings site.
- CASAE (Canadian Association for the Student of Adult Education): A link to their Current Conferences page.
- Congress 2018: Unrivaled in scope and impact, the annual Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences is the convergence of over 70 scholarly associations, each holding their annual conference under one umbrella. Now in its 87th year, this flagship event is much more than Canada’s largest gathering of scholars.
- SCUTREA: The Standing Conference on University Teaching and Research in the Education of Adults.
- The Learning Exchange: UK based resource linking you to an array of resources on the web, including many education links.
- European Commission, Education and Training
- Directorate for Education and Skills, OECD: Provides quality resources on educational indicators, including a section on Higher Education & Adult Learning.
- UNESCO Education
- Information Strategies: Provides definitions and strategies for determining the approach a teacher may take to achieve learning objectives
- The Literacy Project
- National Assessment of Adult Literacy
- National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy (NCSALL)
- Centre for Learning & Teaching: Provides resources on Adult Education instruction, including video lectures.
Open Access Journals
The following resources are open access free resources. The open access movement is gaining ground, year after year. Even though this model of publishing usually includes high quality, peer reviewed research, you still must exercise judgement when using online resources.
Open Access Databases/Directories
- Directory of Open Access Journals (Education): A list of open access Education journals available online.
- ERIC Education Resources Information Centre: Proquest database provides access to ERIC documents, but you can access the online site here.
- Directory of Open Access Repositories
- Education Research Global Observatory: Open access to education scholarship.
- JURN: A curated academic search-engine, indexing 4,475 free ejournals in the arts & humanities.
- Open Access Library: a database of research articles on all major subject areas (e.g., Education, Psychology, Business, etc.)
Open Access Repositories/Archives
Open Access Journals (Canadian)
- Cultural and Pedagogical Inquiry
- PHEnex Journal/Revue phénEPS
- Historical Studies in Education/Revue d’histoire de l’éducation
- International Journal of Education Policy and Leadership
- Journal of Contemporary Issues in Education
- Canadian Journal of Higher Education – Revue canadienne d’enseignement supérieur
- Journal of Teaching and Learning
- The Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (JCACS)
- Journal of Classroom Research in Literacy
Open Access Journals (International)
Open Access eBooks
The Internet is fast providing a wealth of ebook access, including freely available sites. We will continue to post links to online books as we update our resources.
- Assayer: Largest catalogue of open sources textbooks. Also is a good place to find free books about math, science and computers.
- AU Press Athabasca: Athabasca University Press – free pdf and low cost print version of mainly Canadian books
- BCcampus OpenEd: BCcampus open movement including textbooks.
- College Open Textbooks: College Open Textbooks is a project of the COT Education, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Their mission is to drive awareness, adoption, and affordability of open textbooks.
- Global Text Project: “We publish open content electronic textbooks that are freely available from this website. We focus on content development and Web distribution, and we will work with relevant authorities to facilitate dissemination by other means when bandwidth is unavailable or inadequate. The goal is to make textbooks available to the many who cannot afford them.”
- HathiTrust Digital Library – HathiTrust is a partnership of major research institutions and libraries and their “aim to build a comprehensive archive of published literature from around the world . It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives.”
- InTech: Although more focused on technology and science, there are social sciences and humanities ebook options.
- Internet Archive: The Internet Archive and Open Library offers over 8,000,000 fully accessible public domain eBooks. This includes a special modern collection of over 500,000 eBooks for users with print disabilities, and a very interesting curated, modern collection for the world at large. You can browse, read and borrow fascinating contemporary materials at OpenLibrary.org.
- Knowledge Unlatched: “The Knowledge Unlatched model depends on many libraries from around the world sharing the payment of a single Title Fee to a publisher, in return for a book being made available on a Creative Commons licence via OAPEN and HathiTrust as a fully downloadable PDF.”
- Merlot: Free and open resource designed primarily for higher education.
- The National Academies Press: Although mainly scientific in nature, there are a variety of ebooks on different subjects.
- National Science Library: Access to teaching and learning materials in the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Search by level, resource type, and subject.
- OAPEN: The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of Humanities and Social Sciences.
- OER Commons: Worldwide learning network of shared teaching and learning materials.
- OpenStax College: Content Commons of free, open-licensed educational materials in fields such as music, electrical engineering and psychology.
- Open Textbook Library: One of the larger repositories of open textbooks. Includes selections from BCcampus, Calpoly and many more.
- OrangeGrove: Florida’s operational repository project of open source educational materials.University of Minnesota eText Books: An open resource of text books on all subjects, including business, psychology, and education.
- Saylor Free Education: Free to read versions of the texts at Flat World Knowledge
- SensePublishers: Open access books from Sense Publishers is a new initiative that allows authors and their funders to publish open access (OA) research monographs.
- SUNY Open Text books: A selection of growing academic resources in a variety of subjects, including forthcoming titles on Academic Writing.
- University of Minnesota eText Books: An open resource of text books on all subjects, including business, psychology, and education.
- Wikibooks: Wikimedia’s community for creating and sharing educational textbooks.
- Directory of Open Access ebooks: Accessible ebooks online from around the Internet.
- BC campus Textbook Directory: Established open textbook and OER collections.
- Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources: Find sites that collect or search for open resources, including open textbooks, open courseware, and other OER.
- Textbook Revolution: “Textbook Revolution is a student-run site dedicated to increasing the use of free educational materials by teachers and professors. We want to get these materials into classrooms. On this site you’ll find links and reviews of textbooks and select educational resources.”
It is important that you become aware of professional associations. Professional associations help to set the policies, rules, and conditions under which you will practice and/or research; they provide an important link for inter-professional communication and knowledge sharing. They provide links to career opportunities, publishing and conference venues. Recommend additional association links to the Librarian.
- AUCC Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada
- Canadian Bureau for International Education
- Canadian Education Association
- CEC (Canadian Education Centre) Network
- Canadian Society for the Study of Education
- Canadian Teacher’s Federation
- Councils of Ministers of Education
- First Nations Confederacy of Cultural Education Centres
- Alberta Teacher’s Association
- British Columbia Teachers’ Federation
- Central Quebec Teachers’ Federation
- Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario
- Federation nationale des enseignantes et des enseignants du Quebec
- Manitoba Teachers’ Society
- New Brunswick Teachers’ Association
- Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association
- Northwest Territories Teachers’ Association
- Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union
- Nunavut Teachers’ Association
- Ontario Teachers’ Federation
- Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation
- Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF)
- Yukon Teachers’ Association
Posted below are links to resources that provide access to dissertations online.
- Dissertation.com: source of inexpensive copies of dissertations.
- Electronic Theses & Dissertations in the Humanities: directory of full-text dissertations.
- ERIC: full-text education & school psychology dissertations are included in ERIC’s Advanced Search options.
- Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations: international directory of full-text electronic dissertations.
- OhioLINK ETD Center: full-text dissertations from Ohio public universities.
- Open Access Theses & Dissertations: A free resource for finding full-text dissertations.
- Theses Canada Portal: full-text & Citation dissertations from Canadian public universities.
- T-Space, University of Toronto: This database showcases scholarly work from the University of Toronto. You will find a variety of resources, such as journals and theses.
Government documents and web resources are excellent sources for Education information, statistics, and policy for review. In this section we’ve provided sources of government based education information.
Provincial Canada (Education Departments)
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Department of Post-Secondary Education, Training and Labour
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
- Department of Education and Early Childhood Development
- Department of Innovation and Advanced Learning
We have posted links to authoritative statistical resources for Education, both Canadian and International sources.
- Adult Education and Training from a Longitudinal Perspective (2008): Statistics Canada. Explores “the potential for Survey of Labour and Income Dynamics data to further our understanding of adult education and training in Canada.” This report analyzes data collected from 30,000 individuals, over a 3-year period.
- Adult Learning in Canada: A Comparative Perspective (2007): Statistics Canada. Results from the international Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey.
- Canadian Association of University Teachers – Almanac of Postsecondary education (CAUT)
- Culture, Tourism and the Centre for Education Statistics: Research PapersStatistics Canada. “Analyses current issues in culture, tourism and education. … Issues in education, training and literacy include accessibility, national and international student performance assessments, school-work transitions, adult education, lifelong learning, use of technology, alternate forms of delivery and outcomes.”
- Determinants of Formal and Informal Canadian Adult Learning (2007): Statistics Canada. Analyzes data from 1994, 1998, and 2003 Adult Education and Training Surveys (AETS).
- Statistics Canada, Education
- Teacher’s Guide to Data Discovery
- Australian Bureau of Statistics: Education and Training
- FedStats: Scroll down to Education in the list of topics.
- National Center for Education Statistics (U.S.)
- National Statistics (U.K.): Education and Training
- New Zealand Education and Training Statistics
- OECD Thematic Review of Adult Learning: OECD. Country reviews of adults’ access to and participation in education and training. Includes Canada.
- OECD Survey of Adult Skills: From the OECD Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. Provides access to reports, datasets, and online data analysis tools. Includes Canada.
- UK Department of Education Research and Statistics
- UNESCO Institute for Statistics: Education
In this section, you will be given specific course support resources for your classes, such as subject guides, recommended websites, and recorded tutorials.
7026 Action Research Project
- Doing a Literature Review: A brief 10 minute YouTube clip from North Carolina State University Libraries giving a good overall strategy for gradaute students doing a literature review.
- An Introduction to Library Services & a Brief Guide to Action Research Resources: This is an hour long Blackboard presentation from the University Librarian. It has two parts: 1) A brief orientation to library services and 2) advice for finding Action Research resources in our databases and online (using Bibliometrics).
Education Research Disciplines
The following resources provide some links to various disciplines of Education research.
- BBC Adult Learners resources
- European Association for the Education of Adults
- National Center for the Study of Adult Learning and Literacy
- UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning
- Foucault and Education: The following link provides a bibliography of Education issues interpreted via Foucault’s philosophy.
- Social Applied Theory: The purpose of the site is to develop a space where issues in research could be fleshed out and explored in more detail, providing an online forum that offers the practitioner/researcher a suitable space to assist their acquisition, understanding and application of social theory (emphasis on the application).
- The Institute for Higher Education Policy
- The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education
- Organization of U.S. Education (U.S. Network for Education Information)