Good teaching and learning moves beyond the familiar and predictable and creates an environment of dialogue, discovery and transformation. Dr. Guo-Brennan's teaching is informed by her interdisciplinary research, academic training and professional experiences in the fields of curriculum studies, international education, second language education, educational administration and leadership, teacher education, distance education and international development. The ultimate goal of her teaching is to prepare citizens and professionals who are committed to lifelong learning with global competency and strong professional capacity.
Using various instructional modes (on-campus, hybrid, online), Guo-Brennan has taught a wide range of student populations, including pre-service and in-service teachers, community college educators, educational policy-makers and administrators, and international educators and students. Her teaching is guided by three principles:
- Respecting students as partners in learning and knowledge creation.
- Designing and delivering curriculum and activities that are challenging, engaging, current and relevant.
- Fostering learning environments that are inclusive, stimulating, motivating and supportive.
Ed 519 Educating for Global Citizenship
This course engages educators and leaders in exploring the key concepts and issues in global citizenship education and provides them with practical knowledge, skills, and inspiration to intellectually and morally examine the critical global issues while developing an appreciation for global interdependence, multiple perspectives, human diversity and social justice.
Ed 611 Introduction to Research Methods in Education
This course introduces the key elements and process of conducting qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method research in education.
Ed 625 Curriculum: Leadership in Learning
Focusing on critical study of concepts in contemporary curricular discourse, this course examines the historical and current curriculum frameworks as well as key concepts and skills in curriculum design, development and implementation.
Ed 627 Global Education
Focusing on critical examination and reflection on global education theory, research and practice, this course introduces global education framework, curriculum and pedagogy for educators and practitioners.
Ed 628 International Education and Development
This course introduces the fields of international education and development, broadly defined. In addition to exploring educational structures, traditions, and practices of selected countries, students develop an awareness of the many interrelated ideas and issues that are encompassed within the concept of development as it relates to people, cultures and societies around the world.
Ed 691 Internationalization in Higher Education
This special topic course introduces and examines the theoretical frameworks, praxis, methodologies, challenges, and future directions of internationalization and global engagement in higher education.
Ed 601 Workplace Learning
This course aims to provide international graduate students with a general understanding and awareness of organizational cultures and leadership practices through experiential and reflective learning in diverse educational settings.
Ed 702 Advanced Qualitative Research Methodology
The course aims to help participants acquire in-depth knowledge about the four methodologies (hermeneutics, phenomenology, case study, and critical theory), learn about their strengths and weaknesses and build competencies to apply them to their own research projects.
Ed 462 International Education
This course introduces students to the economic, political, and cultural factors that influence public education in foreign countries. The public school systems of selected foreign countries are examined and compared to the provincial systems in Canada.
Ed 464 Educating for Global Citizenship
This course is intended to broaden pre-service teachers’ theoretical and pedagogical perspectives on global citizenship education by gaining an enhanced awareness of a world view that recognizes the interdependence and interconnections of the natural and social worlds. Participants will be introduced to the concept of global citizenship and, from this, develop an understanding of social justice, diversity, socio-cultural responsibility, sustainability, and agency. Demonstrating how to integrate global citizenship into educational practices is a key learning outcome of this course.
Ed 465 International Development
This course introduces students to the history of international development and explores the models of development currently employed. Particular attention is given to the effects of economic, political, environmental, and cultural development on public education in emerging countries.
Ed 495 Introduction to Teaching and School Experience
This is a practicum-based course in which students develop an understanding of lesson planning, curriculum and classroom life.
Ed 497 Issues in Teaching and School Experience
Through on-campus seminars and eleven weeks of practicum placement in schools, this course focuses on implementing skills and strategies required to meet the diverse learning needs of students within the classroom setting.
Ed 498 Alternatives in Teaching and School Experience
Through this course, pre-service teachers will gain greater depth of knowledge of the curriculum and pedagogy in alternative educational settings, including international, indigenous and adult education.
Other Teaching Experiences
Introduction to International Education
Survey of Social Linguistics
Global Education in Elementary and Middle Schools
Trinity Western University
University of Alberta
Advanced Teaching Experiences
Introductory Teaching Experiences
Teaching in Public School Education
English as a Foreign/Second Language (EFL/ESL) , Grade 7-12
- Jinan Foreign Languages School, China
Pre-service Teaching Supervision
Undergraduate Teaching Supervision Footprint
I have led and supervised pre-service teaching practicum in these countries (face-to-face & online)