Paul Orlowski

Paul Orlowski

Assistant Professor, Educational Foundations

Research areas


Social Studies education; sociology of education; Ideology Critique; teaching for democracy; Aboriginal education; critical media literacy; teacher education

Curriculum Vitae


Academic Credentials:
Ph.D., 2004, University of British Columbia, Centre for the Study of Curriculum & Instruction, Faculty of Education.
M.A., 1997, University of British Columbia, Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education.
B.Ed., 1985, University of British Columbia, Faculty of Education.
B.Eng., 1982, Carleton University, Faculty of Engineering.

Major Fields of Study:
Sociology of Education; Social Studies Education; Teacher Education.

Research Interests:
Critical Pedagogy; Teaching for Democracy; Anti-racist Pedagogy; Aboriginal Education; Teaching for Class Consciousness; Media Literacy; Pedagogy & Progressive Christianity; International Education.

Courses Taught:
Graduate Level:

  • EFDT 898: Neoliberalism & Critical Eco-Pedagogy
  • ECUR 811: Curriculum Perspectives
  • ECUR 898: Critical Pedagogy & Democracy
  • EFDT 854: International Study Tour (Finland)

Undergraduate Level:

  • EDUC 301: Anti-Oppressive Education – Ethical Beginnings
  • EDUC 303: Education in Society – Structures and Systems
  • EDUC 498: Issues in the Humanities

Books:

Orlowski, P. (2011). Teaching about hegemony: Race, class & democracy in the 21st century. New York: Springer, 213 pp.

Chapters in Books:

Orlowski, P. (2013). Critical media literacy & social studies. In E. W. Ross (ed.), The social studies curriculum: Purposes, problems and possibilities (4th Ed.), Albany: State University of New York Press.

Orlowski, P. & Cottrell, M. (2013) Racialized poverty and the promise of schooling: Searching for equitable educational outcomes for Aboriginal peoples in Saskatchewan, Canada. In E. Brown & P. Gorski (eds.), Poverty & social class, volume 6. Newcastle, UK: University of Newcastle Press.

Cottrell, M., Prytula, M. & Orlowski, P. (2013). Developing a new undergraduate admissions process at the University of Saskatchewan. In V. Stead (ed.), Handbook of higher education admissions policy and practice. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

Orlowski, P. (2001). Ties that bind and ties than blind: Race and class intersections in the classroom. In James, C. E. & A. Shadd, (eds.), Talking about identity: Encounters in race, ethnicity, and language. Toronto: Between the Lines, 250-266.

Published Papers in Refereed Journals:

Orlowski, P. (accepted). Social studies & civil society: Making the case to take on neoliberalism, in education, Spring 2014.

Orlowski, P. (2009). Teaching for and about democracy, including its flaws. Democracy & Education, 18 (2), 54-61.

Orlowski, P. (2008). “That would certainly be spoiling them”: Liberal discourses on Aboriginal issues in high school social studies. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 31 (2), 110-129.

Orlowski, P. (2008) Social class: The forgotten identity marker in social studies education. New Proposals: Journal of Marxism and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, 1 (2), 30-63.

Orlowski, P. (2006). Educating in an era of Orwellian spin: Making a case for critical media literacy in the classroom. Canadian Journal of Education, 29 (1), 176-198.

Orlowski, P. & Menzies, C. (2004). Educating about Aboriginal involvement with forestry: The Tsimsian experience - yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Canadian Journal of Native Education, 28 (1/2), 66-79.

Kelly, D. M., Brandes, G. M., & Orlowski, P. (2004). Teaching for social justice: Veteran high school teachers’ perspectives. Scholar-Practitioner Quarterly, 2 (2), 39-57.

Published Papers in Non-Refereed Journals:

Orlowski, P. (2013). Teacher’s Guide for An Agenda for Social Change – 2014. Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. See http://www.policyalternatives.ca/sites/default/files/uploads/publications/National%20Office/2013/10/TeachersGuide2014.pdf.

Orlowski, P. & Spooner, M. (2013). Standardized testing (almost) comes to Saskatchewan: How being proactive can lead to positive results (for now). Our Schools Our Selves, 23 (1), 26-29.

Orlowski, P. (2012). Teacher’s guide: An agenda for social change. Our Schools Our Selves, 22 (3), 117-132.

Orlowski, P. (2011). News TO the world: The Murdoch phone-hacking scandal & media literacy – Reflections from a media literacy educator. Our Schools Our Selves, 21 (1), 115-130.

Orlowski, P. (2011). Separate oil and state: Using the media for a critical eco-pedagogy in the classroom. Our Schools Our Selves, 20 (3), 91-119.

Orlowski, P. (2008). Youth ‘participaction’ and democracy: Reflections on teaching Civic Studies 11 in British Columbia. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (2), 109-122.

Orlowski, P. (2007). Bob Dylan was right – It is a political world: The case for critical media literacy. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (1), 33-49.

Orlowski, P. (2007). How my students explore cultural struggle. Our Schools Our Selves, 17 (1), 50-51.

Orlowski, P. (2001).  The revised social studies curriculum in British Columbia: Problems and oversights. Our Schools Our Selves, 10 (4), 85-102.

Book Reviews:

Orlowski, P. (2012). Review of C. E. James’ Life at the intersection: Community, class & schooling, Halifax, N.S.: Fernwood Publishing, 2012. Canadian and International Education, 41 (3), Article 9, See http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/cie-eci/vol41/iss3/9.

Orlowski, P. (2010). Review of D. Hill’s (Ed.) The rich world and the impoverishment of education: Diminishing democracy, equity and workers’ rights, New York: Routledge, 2009, Workplace, 17, 139-146.

Orlowski, P. (2002). Review of A. Perry’s On the edge of empire: Gender, race, and the making of British Columbia, 1849-1871, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001, Left History, 8 (1), 119-122.

Presentations at Academic Conferences:

P. Orlowski, 2014. How Christian Social Studies Teachers Understand Teaching for Social Justice. Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 6th.

P. Orlowski, 2013. Neoliberal Globalization: Impact on K-12 Education in Saskatchewan. Annual Conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, British Columbia, June 3rd.

P. Orlowski, 2013. Conceptions of Social Justice Among Christian Social Studies Teachers. Annual Conference for the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, British Columbia, June 2nd.

P. Orlowski, 2013. Racialized Poverty and the Promise of Schooling: Searching for Equitable Educational Outcomes for Aboriginal Peoples in Saskatchewan, Canada. Co-Presentation with Dr. M. Cottrell at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), San Francisco, California, April 28th.

P. Orlowski, 2012. Teaching from a Social Democratic or Reformist Left Perspective in an Era of Neoliberalism. Co-presentation with Dr. P. Shaker at the Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Vancouver, British Columbia, April 14th.

P. Orlowski, 2012. News TO the world: What Rupert Murdoch’s phone-hacking scandal should tell us about corporate media and its political agenda. Annual Hawaii International Conference in Education, Honolulu, Hawaii, January 6th.

P. Orlowski, 2011. Separate Oil & State: Using the Media for a Critical Eco-Pedagogy in the Classroom. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Fredericton, New Brunswick, May 29th.

P. Orlowski, 2010. Teaching For and About Democracy, Including Its Flaws. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Montreal, Quebec, June 1st.

P. Orlowski, 2010. Schools Teach About Laissez Faire Economics – Why Not Neoliberalism? Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Montreal, Quebec, May 31st.

P. Orlowski, 2008. Time for a Change? The Failure of Liberal Discourses in Addressing Aboriginal Students’ Needs. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Vancouver, British Columbia, June 2nd.

P. Orlowski, 2007. Power, Politics, Policy & the Media – Hegemonic Discourses in American Corporate Media. Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Cleveland, Ohio, November 4th.

P. Orlowski, 2007. Teaching Social Studies in an Era of Orwellian Mega-Spin: Narratives from the Classroom. Annual Westcast Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba, February 17th.

P. Orlowski, 2006. Aboriginal Issues & Social Studies in British Columbia: What’s Ideology Got to do with it? Annual Conference of the American Educational Studies Association (AESA), Spokane, Washington, November 6th.

P. Orlowski. 2005. Social Class: The Forgotten Identity Marker in Social Studies Education. Annual Conference of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Montreal, Quebec, April 25th.

P. Orlowski, 2003. From the Forests to the Classroom: The Tsimsian Experience – Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow. Annual Conference for the American Society of Applied Anthropology, Portland, Oregon, March 15th.

P. Orlowski, 2001. Ties that Blind and Ties that Bind: Race Awareness & Class Consciousness. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Quebec City, Quebec, May 28th.

P. Orlowski, 2000. A Class Act: How Working-Class Youth Perceive Racism & Economic Inequality. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Edmonton, Alberta, May 27th.

P. Orlowski, 2000. Globalization & White Working-Class Youth: The Case for Pedagogy to Address White Defensiveness. Annual Conference of the Canadian Society of Studies in Education (CSSE), Edmonton, Alberta, May 27th.

Selected Professional Presentations:

P. Orlowski, 2013. Political Ideology & Social Studies. All-Day Professional Development for the Yorkton Tribal Council (with Dr. Michael Cottrell), Yorkton, SK. October 4th.

P. Orlowski, 2012. Teaching for a Stronger Democracy. Invited Keynote Speaker for Annual Conference of the Social Science Teachers Council of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, October 18th.

P. Orlowski, 2011. The Tea Party, Occupy Wall Street, & Teaching for Democracy. Annual SAFE Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 25th.

P. Orlowski, 2010-2011. Liberal Discourses & Aboriginal Students. Three presentations to the Greater Saskatoon Catholic School Division, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, September 29th 2010, February 2nd 2011, and May 3rd.

P. Orlowski, 2010. Teaching for a Strong Democracy. Presentation to Saskatoon Public School Teachers, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, November 2nd.

P. Orlowski, 2010. The History of Racial Discourses in North America. Annual SAFE Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 22nd.

P. Orlowski, 2010. Why Not Teach About Social Class? Annual SAFE Conference, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, October 23rd.

P. Orlowski, 2009. The Case for Critical Media Literacy in High School Social Studies. Presentation to the Chilliwack School District Teachers for Professional Development, Chilliwack, British Columbia, February 19th.

P. Orlowski, 2009. A Brief History of Inclusion – From the French Revolution Until Today. Presentation to the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF) Regional Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, Abbotsford, British Columbia, February 20th.

P. Orlowski, 2008. The Impact of Racial Discourses on the School Experience of Minority Youth. Presentation to the Chilliwack School District Teachers for Professional Development, Chilliwack, British Columbia, April 7th.

P. Orlowski, 2003. Mission Impossible: Teaching Social Studies from a Position of Neutrality. Annual B.C. First Nations Educators Association Conference, Harrison Hot Springs, British Columbia, January 20th.

P. Orlowski, 2002. Racial Discourses in Aboriginal/European Relations. Annual B.C. First Nations Educators Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 19th.

P. Orlowski, 2000. The Nisga’a Treaty: Implications for Teaching about BC’s Past, Present, and Future. Presentation to the Annual B.C. Social Studies Educators Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 17th.

P. Orlowski, 1999. First Nations Education: Anti-Racist Pedagogical Strategies. Annual B.C. First Nations Educators Association Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, January 24th.

P. Orlowski & E. Calahaisn, 1999. Six 2-hour sessions for the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation. BC First Nations Studies: How Teachers can be More Inclusive of First Nations Perspectives in their Teaching. Vancouver, British Columbia, April-May (12 hours in total).

Professional Contributions

P. Orlowski, 2009. Interviewed for the Vancouver television show developed by the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University called Your Education Matters about progressive politics in a teaching career. See the link for August 2009 at http://www.educ.sfu.ca/media_room/education_matters/. (28-minute interview)

P. Orlowski. 2002. Developed and piloted a unit plan based on my fieldwork in applied anthropology in northwestern British Columbia. For details of the four lesson plans see www.ecoknow.ca. The lesson plans are suitable for Social Studies 10, 11, and First Nations Studies 12 in British Columbia.

Research Grants Recently Received:

Stirling McDowell Foundation for Research Into Teaching (2013), $7500 to research innovative ideas around pedagogy, student assessment, curriculum implementation & Indigenous education in a country that values teacher professionalism (Finland).

University of Saskatchewan International Education Grant (2013), $5000 to develop a graduate course in Helsinki and Turku, Finland.

President’s Social Science Humanities Research Council (2011), $7000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.

John Ranton McIntosh Fund (2011), $2000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.

John Ranton McIntosh Fund (2010), $2000 to research conceptions of social justice among Christian teachers of social studies.