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


Ph.D. (2012), 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


  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)


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, contemporary and special theme literature, culture, worldview, a philosophical approach to technology and Higher Education. Former work in faculties of education at Trinity Western University, B.C., Australia and New Zealand also inform her writing and practice. She enjoys her calling to this 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Her writing seeks to unify a past, present and future view of historical reference while proposing hope and reconciliation in matters of an educational nature. She is passionate about 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

Belcher, C. (2019). Feature Box, Chapter 10: Representations of ASD. In K. Maich, S. Penney, K. Alves & C. Hall (Eds.), Autism spectrum disorders in the Canadian context: An introduction. (2nd ed) Toronto, ON: Canadian Scholars.

Skočić Mihić, S., Maich, K., Belcher, C., Perrow, S., Barišic, A., & Ramic, N. (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, pp. 375-398.

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.

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.

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.

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. http://www.amazon.com/Pointing-Way-Directions-Christian-Millennium-ebook/dp/B00NKY4KVI/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1411052002&sr=1-1&keywords=Pointing+the+way

Refereed Journal Publications

Loerts, T., & Belcher, C. (2019). Developing visual literacy competencies while learning course content through visual journaling: teacher candidate perspectives. Journal of Visual Literacy, 38(1-2), 46-65. DOI: 10.1080/1051144X2018.1564603

Belcher, C. (2018). Culture through children’s picture books: A new kind of reading or a new kind of child? The IAFOR Journal of Cultural Studies, 3(2), 29-42.

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.

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.

Norsworthy, B., & Belcher, C. (2015). Teachers’ Understanding of Imago Dei. ICCTE Journal, 10(2).
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, June). Pre-Service and In-Service Teacher’s Conceptions of Literacy: Continuing the Journey into Multiliteracies. In C. Shoniregun& G. Akmayeva (Eds.), CICE-2015. Published Conference Proceedings from the Canada International Conference on Education, University of Toronto: Mississauga, (pp. 351-354). Toronto, ON: Infonomics Society.

Belcher, E. C., & Maich, K. (Spring 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), 25. http://icctejournal.org/issues/v9i2/

Maich, K., & Belcher, C. (2012). Using Picture Books to Create Peer Awareness About Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Inclusive Classroom. Intervention in School and Clinic, 47(4), 206-213. DOI 10.1177/1053451211424600 https://journals.library.brocku.ca/brocked/index.php/home/article/view/311