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School of Education

Blair Niblett

Image for Blair NiblettBlair Niblett

Assistant Professor

705-748-1011 ext. 7052
OCA 159

My philosophical approach is based in theories of experiential education; I design classroom experiences so that theoretical concepts are illustrated through hands-on activities that draw upon teacher candidates' prior knowledge and lived experiences. I am passionate about helping teacher candidates to understand that teaching is less about transferring knowledge and more about developing relationships; this passion is grounded in the belief that education has the potential to develop global citizens who can co-create a more socially and ecologically just world. I draw inspiration for my work from my participation in the Association for Experiential Education, and my colleagues at Trent, especially teacher candidates. I'm a certified lifeguard, ropes/challenge course instructor, and once travelled as the only passenger on a 737 jet from Thunder Bay to Toronto.

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(*peer reviewed)

*Niblett, B. & Oraa, C. (2014). The gay agenda in Ontario Catholic schools: Gay-straight alliances as activist education. In G. Walton (Ed.), The gay agenda: Claiming space, identity, and justice (pp. 53-69). New York: Peter Lang. 

*Walton, G. & Niblett, B. (2013). Investigating the problem of bullying through photo-elicitation. Journal of Youth Studies, 16(5), 646-662.

*Niblett, B. (2012). Integrating advocacy and education: a response to Burns & Norris. Paideusis: Journal of the Canadian Philosophy of Education Society, 20(1), 4-13. 

Niblett, B. (2011). The failure of environmental education (and how we can fix it) by Charles Saylan and Daniel T. Blumstein (Book Review). Teachers College Record. Published online at www.tcrecord.org.

Niblett, B. (2010). The unheard voices: Community organizations and service learning, by Randy Stoecker, and Elizabeth Tryon, with Amy Hilgendorf (Book Review). Journal of Experiential Education,33(3), 290-292.

*Jickling, B., Sauvé, L., Brière, L., Niblett, B., & Root, E. (2010). The 5th world environmental education congress, 2009: A research project. Canadian Journal of Environmental Educaation. 15, 51-71. 

Niblett, B. (2010). The ecology of wisdom: Writings by Arne Naess, edited by Alan Drengsan & Bill Devall (Book Review). Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 15, 229-231.

Niblett, B., & Potvin, L. (2010). Exploring gender norms through the colour blind initiative. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 22(2), 4-6.

Niblett, B. (2008). Appreciative resistance: Balancing activism and respect. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 20(4), 4-7. 

Niblett, B. (2006). Too close for comfort: Canada’s place in fortress North America, by Maude Barlow (Book Review). Canadian Journal of Environmental Education, 11, 221-222.