Dr. Sean Schat

Assistant Professor of Education

Phone: (905) 648-2131   Ext:4493

Email: sschat@redeemer.ca

Office: 207B

Programs: Education


Ph. D. (2019). Cognition and Learning, Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
Dissertation: Exploring Adolescent Student Perceptions and Experiences of Educational Care

M. Ed. (2009), Curriculum and Instruction, Dordt University, Sioux Centre, Iowa.
Thesis: Towards a Vision for Distinctively Christian Educational Leadership

B. C. Ed. (1994). Redeemer University College, Ancaster, Ontario.


  • Teaching Health, Dance, and Physical Education (JI) (EDU-341)
  • Social Foundations and Introduction to Teaching (EDU-303)
  • Development and Learning (EDU-301)
  • History and Philosophy of Education (EDU-306)
  • Collaborative Workspaces and Restorative Practices (PJI) (EDU-325)
  • Teaching Practice: Classroom Management (EDU-415)


Prior to his recently completed dissertation research, Sean worked as a classroom teacher and educational leader (director of staff development, vice-principal, and principal) in independent schools in Ontario. Sean has worked with students at the elementary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate, and adults levels of education. Sean has led workshops on educational care, interpersonal theory, perceptual theory, invitational education, cooperative learning, differentiated learning, assessment and evaluation, curriculum design, and a number of other topics.

Research Interests

  • Educational Care
  • Care Theory
  • Interpersonal Theory
  • Perceptual Theory
  • Invitational Theory
  • Distinctively Christian Education
  • Christian Educational Philosophy and Research
  • Interpersonal Relationships in Education
  • Teacher-Student Relationships
  • Young Adult Faith Developmentd

Recent Publications

Book Chapters

Schat, S. (2022). Invitational theory: A theoretical foundation for establishing a positive classroom ethos. In K. Badley and M Patrick (Eds.), The complexities of authority in the classroom: Fostering democracy for student learning (pp. TBD). Routledge.

Schat, S. & Freytag, C. (2020). What can Christians learn from care theory. In P. Shotsberger and C. Freytag (Eds.), How shall we then care?: A Christian educator’s guide to caring for self, learners, colleagues, and community (pp. 1-16). Wipf & Stock.

Schat, S. (2020). The successful communication of educational care. In P. Shotsberger and C. Freytag (Eds.), How shall we then care?: A Christian educator’s guide to caring for self, learners, colleagues, and community (pp. 17-34). Wipf & Stock.

Refereed Articles

2022, December.  An introduction to perceptual theory: A theoretical explanation of individual human behavior.  Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 28(1), pp. 44-61.

2021. Book Review: Developing Inviting Schools. International Christian Community of Teacher Educators Journal, 16(2). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol16/iss2/5/

2021, November. Exploring student experiences of teacher care communication: the offering of educational care. Pastoral Care in Education, DOI: 10.1080/02643944.2021.1999311

2018, October. Exploring care in education.  International Community of Christian Teacher Educators Journal, 13(2-2), Art. 2, 1-11.  Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.georgefox.edu/icctej/vol13/iss2/2

2016, November. The communication of care and school success: Exploring the link between care theory and invitational theory.  Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 22 (1), 7-23.

2014, Winter. [Review of “Social and emotional learning: A critical appraisal”].  Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, 20 (1), 61-63.

2012, November. [Review of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking].  Brock Education, 22 (1), Fall 2012, 111-114.

Other Articles

2022, January 25. Communicating Care in Education. Association of Christian Schools International.