Dr. Christina Belcher

Professor of Education

Chair of the Department of Education, OCT

Phone: 9056482139 Ext:4440

Email: cbelcher@redeemer.ca

Office: 207C

Department: Education

Education

Ph.D., Monash University Thesis: Worldview in Christian higher education: A multi-dimensional investigation into experience, narrative and conceptions of worldview.
M.Ed. (2002), College of Christian Higher Education, National Institute of Christian Higher Education, Australia Thesis: “How do teachers trained at MASTERS institute reflect their worldview in the use of a picture book?”
M.WS. (1994), Worldview Studies, Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto

Courses

  • An Introduction to Children’s Literature (PJI) (EDU-251)
  • Development and Learning (EDU-301)
  • Social Foundations and Introduction to Teaching (EDU-303)
  • History and Philosophy of Education (EDU-306)
  • Multicultural Education in Global Context (PJI) (EDU-323)
  • Collaborative Workspaces and Restorative Practices (PJI) (EDU-325)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Primary Grades (PJ) (EDU-421)
  • Engaging Literacy in the Junior Grades (PJ) (EDU-422)
  • Practices for Reading Restoration (PJI) (EDU-426)
  • Practicum I, Primary/Junior (EDU-478)
  • Practicum I, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-479)
  • Practicum II, Primary/Junior (EDU-490)
  • Practicum II, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-491)
  • Practicum III, Primary/Junior (EDU-492)
  • Practicum III, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-493)
  • Practicum IV, Primary/Junior (EDU-494)
  • Practicum IV, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-495)
  • Field Experience I, Primary/Junior (EDU-496)
  • Field Experience I, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-497)
  • Field Experience II, Primary/Junior (EDU-498)
  • Field Experience II, Junior/Intermediate (EDU-499)
  • Differentiated Instruction (PJI) (EDU-432)

About

Dr. Christina Belcher, Professor and Chair of Education at Redeemer University College, is a committed Christian with published writings in the area of children’s literature, culture, worldview and Higher Education. Former work in faculties of education at Trinity Western University, B.C. and in Australia and New Zealand also inform her writing and practice. She enjoys her vocation and is blessed by the collaborative presence of her department colleagues.

Her writing seeks to unify a past, present and future view of historical reference, prior to proposing hope and reconciliation in matters of an educational nature. She loves writing articles with peers from other disciplines, and considers learning to be one of the highlights of life. In her spare time, she loves to watch movies with friends, read, and travel with her husband to see family in B.C., New Zealand and Ontario.

Research Interests

Recent Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Skočić Mihić, S., Maich, K., Belcher, C., Perrow, S., Barišic, A., & Ramic, N. (In press, June 2017). Chapter 16: The role of bibliotherapy and therapeutic storytelling in creating inclusive classroom communities. In C. Curran & A. Petersen (Eds.), Handbook of Research on Classroom Diversity and Inclusive Education Practice (pp. 400). University of Northern Iowa, USA: IGI Global.

Belcher, C. (2017). Chapter 19: The re-conception of story in children’s picture books: Will any story do? In M. Etherington (Ed.), What teachers need to know: Topics of Inclusion (pp. 320-337). Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock.

Belcher, C. (2017). Case study: ii-P9 case study Is Garth’s Experience Enough? In K. Maich & D. Levine (Eds.), Applied behaviour analysis: Fifty case studies in home, school and community settings.(pp. 140-145). Cham, Switzerland: Springer Science & Business Media.​

Schwartz, L., & Belcher, C. (2017). Chapter 3: Scholarly praxis at the edges: Why responsible academic leadership matters in developing faculty scholarship. In S. Mukerji & P. Tripathi (Eds.),Handbook of Research on Administration, Policy, and Leadership in Higher Education (pp. 46-62). Hershey, PA: IGI-global.

Maich, K., Belcher, C., Sider, S., & Johnson, N. (2016). Chapter 36: Using children’s literature to support social-emotional growth in the classroom: A bibliotherapeutic approach to education about chronic disease. In Premier Reference Source: Psychology and Mental Health: Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications (Information Science Reference; 4 Volume Set edition ed., pp. 877-902). Hershey, PA 17033, USA: IGI Global. http://www.igi-global.com/viewtitlesample.aspx?id=153429&ptid=142195&t=using%20children

Maich, K., Belcher, C., Sider, S., & Johnson, N. (2015). Section 5: Chapter 14: Using children’s literature to support social-emotional growth in the classroom: A bibliotherapeutic approach to education about chronic disease. In Challenges Surrounding the Education of Children with Chronic Diseases. (pp. 301-326). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. http://www.igi-global.com/chapter/using-childrens-literature-to-support-social-emotional-growth-in-the-classroom/138962

Belcher, C. (2015). Fostering empathy through stories: Case Story 1.8: In someone else’s shoes (Guest Narrative). In K. Maich (Ed.), Early learners in preschools and kindergartens: 50 case stories in child development, inclusion, collaboration and special needs. (pp. 25-27). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.

Belcher, C. (2014). The non-neutrality of story books. In J. Ireland, R. Edlin, K. Dickens, & G. Beech (Eds.), Pointing the way: Directions for Christian education in the new millennium [2nd ed., Kindle version]. Sydney, AU: National Institute for Christian Education.

Book Sections

Belcher, C. (2016). Chapter 2: Feature box 2.5: Media perspectives and ASD. In K. Maich & C. Hall (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders in the Ontario context: An introduction. (pp. 53-55). Toronto: Canadian Scholars Press Inc.

Belcher, C. (2015). Fostering empathy through stories: Case Story 1.8: In someone else’s shoes (Guest Narrative). In K. Maich (Ed.), Early learners in preschools and kindergartens: 50 case stories in child development, inclusion, collaboration and special needs. (pp. 25-27). Toronto, ON: Pearson Education.

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles

Belcher, C. (2017). Rethinking Head, Heart, Hands in Education. The Christian Teachers Journal, 25(1), 22-25.
Loerts, T., & Belcher, C. (2015). Engaging multiliteracies learning. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ), 6(4), 2094-2102. http://infonomics-society.org/wp-content/uploads/licej/published-papers/volume-6-2015/Engaging-Multiliteracies-Learning.pdf

Loerts, T., & Belcher, C. (2015). Engaging multiliteracies learning. Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal (LICEJ), 6(4), 2094-2102.

Sider, S., & Belcher, E. C. (2015). Teacher candidates’ involvement with reading interventions in high needs schools: Wrestling with the everyday. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 10(1), 27-48.http://ojs.uwindsor.ca/ojs/leddy/index.php/JTL/article/viewFile/3870/pdf

Norsworthy, B., & Belcher, C. (2015). Teachers’ Understanding of Imago Dei. ICCTE Journal, 10(2).https://icctejournal.org/issues/v10i2/v10i2-norsworthy-belcher/

Loerts, T., & Belcher, C. (2015). Pre-service and in-service teacher’s conceptions of literacy: Continuing the journey into multiliteracies learning. In C. Shoniregun & G. Akmayeva (Eds.),Canada International Conference on Education (CICE-2015). University of Toronto, Toronto, ON: Infonomics Society.

Belcher, E. C., & Maich, K. (2014). ASD in popular media: Storied reflections of societal views.Brock Education, 23(2), 97-115

Belcher, C., & Maich, K. (2014). Eating baby food or eating meat? Student voices on the “everyday” use of PowerPoint in university teaching. ICCTE Journal, 9(2), 1-17.

Book Reviews

Belcher, C. (April, 2018). Book Review: Roques, M. (2017). The spy, the rat, and the bed of nails: Creative ways of talking about Christian faith. Horsforth, Leeds: Thinking Faith Network. 194 pages, ISBN 978-0-9957572-0-2, hardcover. Christian Educator’s Journal, 57(4)http://www.cejonline.com/article/the-spy-the-rat-and-the-bed-of-nails-creative-ways-of-talking-about-christian-faith-by-mark-roques/ 

Belcher, C. (2017). Book Review: Barone, D., & Barone, R., (2017). Literacy conversations in the classroom: Deepening understanding of nonfiction and narrative. New York, NY: Teachers College Press, 146 pages, ISBN 978-0-8077-5773-8, paperback. canadian Journal of Education, 40(3) , pp1-4.

Belcher, C. (2016). Book Review: Treiman, R., & Kessler, B. (2014). How children learn to write words. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 395 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-990797-7, hardcover. Canadian Journal of Education, 40(2), Special Capsule Edition. 

Belcher, C. (2016). Book review: Bandstra, Alan. Beyond Control. Christian Educators Journal, 55(4), 10-11.

Belcher, C. (2016). Book Review: Shortt, John. Bible-shaped teaching. Christian Educators Journal, 55(4), 15-16.

Blecher, C. (2015). Book Review: Shortt, J. (2014). Bible-shaped teaching. ICCTE Journal, 10(2). 

Belcher, C. (2014). Book review: Beauty in the word: Rethinking the foundations of education. Christian Educator’s Journal, 53(4), 24, 25.