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Faculty of Community Services

Susan Jagger


PhD, MA, BEd, BSc


416-979-5000, ext. 2517

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  • Science and mathematics education.
  • Environmental and place-based education.
  • Participatory research methods.
  • Critical theory and poststructuralism.


I received my BSc in Biology and BEd in Elementary Education from the University of Victoria (UVic) and after several years of elementary school teaching in British Columbia and London, UK, I returned to UVic and completed my MA in Curriculum Studies. I completed my PhD in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). Prior to joining the School of Early Childhood Studies at Ryerson in Fall 2015, I worked in the Educational Studies Department at Monmouth College in Monmouth, IL and taught courses in mathematics foundations, elementary mathematics teaching methods, and elementary science teaching methods.

Research Interests:

Research interests:

  • Environmental education.
  • Learning gardens.
  • Community mapping.
  • Poststructuralism and deconstruction.
  • Informal learning.
  • Science education.
  • Children’s participation.
  • Participatory research methods.
  • Arts-based research approaches.

Current Courses:

  • CLD 213: History and Philosophy of Early Childhood Education
  • CLD 317: Concept Development in Mathematics

Selected Publications:


  • Pedretti, E., Bellomo, K., & Jagger, S. (2014). Explorations in elementary school science: Practice and theory. Toronto: Pearson.


  • Jagger, S. (2015). What does your garden show? Explorations of the semiotics of the garden. In P. P. Trifonas (Ed.), The international handbook of semiotics (pp. 629-645). Dordrecht: Springer. Bulleted list
  • Trifonas, P. P., & Jagger, S. (2015). Derrida and the ethics of reading. In M. Peters (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Dordrecht: Springer. DOI: 10.1007/978-981-287-532-7_29-1

Journal articles:

  • Jagger, S. (2015). The curricular garden: A space for learning about the nature of culture and the culture of nature. Cultural Perspectives, 20, 45-71.
  • Jagger, S., Sperling, E., & Inwood, H. (2015). What’s growing on here? Cultivating garden-based pedagogy in a concrete jungle. Environmental Education Research. DOI: 10.1080/13504622.2014.997195
  • Atkinson, D., Dookie, L., Jagger, S., Jao, L., et al. (2014). Now we have six…: Looking forward in science, mathematics, and technology education. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 14(2), 109-119.
  • Jagger, S. (2014). Engaging students with/in place through community mapping. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 26(3), 28-32.
  • Jagger, S. (2013). “This is more like home”: Fostering students’ knowing of nature through community mapping. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 18, 173-189.
  • Jagger, S., Dubek, M., & Pedretti, E. (2012). “It’s a personal thing”: Visitors’ responses to Body Worlds. Museum Management and Curatorship, 27(4), 357-374.
  • Jagger, S., & Yore, L. (2012). Mind the gap: Looking for evidence-based practice of Science Literacy for All in science teaching journals. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 23(6), 559-577.
  • Milford, T., Jagger, S., Yore, L., & Anderson, J. (2010). National influences on science education reform in Canada. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 10(4), 370-381.
  • Hand, B., Yore, L., Jagger, S., & Prain, V. (2010). Connecting research in science literacy and classroom practice: A review of science teaching journals in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, 1998-2008. Studies in Science Education, 46(1), 45-68.

Edited books (including journal editing):

  • Atkinson, D., Dookie, L., Jao, L., Jagger, S., et al. (2014). Co-editors of Graduate student innovation in science, mathematics, and technology education, Special Issue of Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education, 14(2).

Book reviews:

  • Jagger, S. (2014). [Review of the book Water in a dry land: place learning through art and story by M. Somerville]. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 19, 198-201.
  • Yore, L., Kottova, A., & Jagger, S. (2010). [Review of the book Learning science in informal learning environments: People, places, and pursuits, by P. Bell, B. Lewenstein, A. W. Shouse, & M. A. Feder (Eds.)]. International Journal of Environmental and Science Education, 5(3), 377-382.

Other publications:

Position Currently Held:

Assistant Professor

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Office details

  • Office location:  KHS 363-M, Kerr Hall South
  • Appointment preference: Arrange by email.