Biography

Dean of Education; Associate Professor


BSc (UCCB); BEd, MEd (St. FX); PhD (Australia)


Ronald J. MacDonald has been a junior and senior high school science teacher in Nova Scotia and Ontario, Canada, for 15 years. He has also been an information technology integration specialist and professional development facilitator. Ron's research includes: supporting science teacher communities of practice when they are integrating technologies; gender differences in students’ attitude toward science when technologies are used; the merging of theory and practice in teacher education and project-based learning in science. He is currently Dean of the Faculty of Education and teaches science methods.

Recent Publications

Initial teacher education in Atlantic Canada

Handbook of Canadian research in initial teacher education, 2015

Benefits and challenges of technology in high schools: A voice from educational leaders with a Freire echo

Interchange, 2015

Views on and practices of integrating theory and practice in teacher education programs in Atlantic Canada

Alberta Journal of Educational Research (AJER), 2014

Technology in Prince Edward Island high schools

British Educational Leadership, Management & Administration Society (BELMAS) Conference Abstracts, 2013, July 12-14, Edinburgh, Scotland, 2013

The role of digital technologies in learning

Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 2012

Research Classification

  • No classification given

Research Interests

  • Science pedagogy
  • Communities of practice
  • Leadership in learning
  • Gender issues in science education
  • Web 2.0 integration in teacher education
  • Bridging the University coursework and school practicum divide
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