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Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education

RBJSE logo.Faculty of Education, Queen’s University
February 26 & 27, 2015

  • Professors and students in theatre seating, talking with each other.

    Rosa Bruno Jofré and student having a discussion at 2014 symposium.

  • Professors and graduate students seated around a table.

    Participants can get feedback on their research in a roundtable format.

  • Two individuals talking with each other in front of a poster.

    Posters let participants present in a visual and interactive format.

  • A graduate student standing at the front of a class next to a projection screen.

    A graduate student presenting his findings at RBJSE 2014.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Two seated students smiling.

    Students listening to the 2014 Keynote address.

  • Coffee mugs with the text 'rbjse' on the side, and small gift bags within.

    Swag given to participants at the 2014 Symposium.

  • Three graduate students standing in front of a blackboard.

    The 2014 Advisory Team: Lindsay, Ian, and Samantha.

The Rosa Bruno-Jofré Symposium in Education (RBJSE) is an interdisciplinary symposium that provides graduate students with a supportive and affordable opportunity to present and discuss their research or work-in-progress with colleagues, faculty, and practitioners from the field. The symposium highlights current research being undertaken by graduate students at Queen’s University and other universities across Canada and abroad. This year's theme is Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education.

Registration for RBJSE is now open!

We are excited to celebrate the expansion of RBJSE from a one-day symposium to a two-day academic event. In alignment with our goals for growth and ongoing improvement of the academic experience for graduate students, we are pleased to introduce a workshop day (Day 1) dedicated to building academic skills, knowledge, and relationships. Embracing our symposium theme as a focal point for critical thought and dialogue, this workshop day offers participants the chance to engage in interactive workshops, panel discussions, and a networking event. An engaging keynote speaker will start off the events.​ As usual, we will host a full day of symposium events (Day 2). Participants are invited to attend various paper presentations, roundtable discussions, poster presentations, and alternative format presentations throughout the day. In addition, we are pleased to provide RBJSE participants with a second keynote speaker on the symposium day.​

2015 Theme

Embracing Perspectives: The Value of Voices, Stories, and Viewpoints in Education

The theme for this year’s symposium focuses on the need to embrace multiple perspectives in education. Current research in educational inclusion and equity focuses on the importance of educating to various characteristic differences in students (e.g., exceptionalities, ethno-cultural background, or socio-economic class) allowing educators from various backgrounds and disciplines to bring in viewpoints, stories, and voices not typically found in the classroom. While many of these viewpoints and voices may be contradictory in nature, there is a need in education to determine a way of embracing a multitude of perspectives. This year’s conference aims to begin conversations about how graduate students — as researchers, educators, and learners — can embrace multiple voices, viewpoints, and stories in education to make safer, more inclusive, learning environments. Regardless of the field, graduate students are simultaneously both teachers and learners on a path to self-discovery.

Symposium Skills 101: What should I know?

Did you miss Symposium Skills 101 on January 15, 2015? If so, don't worry - we have compiled all of the presentations here for your benefit! 

Presenting with Impact, by Chi Yan Lam

Make the Most out of Your Poster, by Meghan Dale

Roundtable Presentations, by Paul Vernon

Additional Resources

The Art and Science of Successful Presentations, by Potent Presentations

The Secret Structure of Great Talks, by Nancy Duarte (TED Talks)

Slide Design Guidelines, by Potent Presentations

How to Design a Research Poster, by Potent Presentations

Presenting Data Effectively, by Stephanie Evergreen

RBJSE 2015 Schedule

Please check back soon for more information!