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David Blades

Professor of Science Education/Curriculum Studies
David Blades | Professeur en pédagogie/élaboration de programmes d’études dans le domaine des sciences
David Blades | Professeur en pédagogie/élaboration de programmes d’études dans le domaine des sciences
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David Blades is a professor of science education/curriculum studies at the University of Victoria.

About me

I was born/grew up in: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I now live in: Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

I completed my training/education at: At the University of Victoria and University of Alberta

What I do at work

I teach new teachers how to be a teacher! In this role, I educate the next generation of STEM teachers. I also examine trends and issues in science education and the curriculum of these trends, including STEM. I tend to be a critic of STEM and challenge the assumptions of this acronym. I also study the role of aesthetics in helping new teachers understand the nature of science.

My career path is

To become a university professor is a LONG road. I was a high school teacher for 10 years, completing a Masters degree in curriculum during that time. Then I spend 4 years completing a doctorate (with little income except for scholarships). My first academic position was at the University of Saskatchewan, then the University of Alberta as an Associate Professor, and now at the University of Victoria as a full professor. I never, ever dreamed any of this while in high school.

I am motivated by

Understanding the broader picture of curriculum trends and then helping governments see the "big picture." I also love creating new courses, lessons and curriculum with agencies. I am most motivated by the changes in my students as they realize a greater view of their role as science educators and scholars.

How I affect peoples’ lives

I hope to inspire new teachers to be GREAT teachers--the children in our schools deserve the best! A very fulfilling experience was having my grandchildren being taught by new teachers than had been in my classes.

Outside of work I

I'm a semi-professional guitar player and enjoy boating and woodwork. I also volunteer for the Jewish Federation of Victoria--this year serving as President. I bike regularly.

My advice to others

Follow your passion and don't worry about the income!

When I was a student, I enjoyed:
  • Art
  • Drama
  • Math
  • Physical Education/Health
  • Science
When I was a student, I would have described myself as someone who:
  • Organized activities for my friends
  • Played on a sports team
  • Was motivated by success
  • Wanted to be in charge
  • Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
  • Engaged in volunteer activities
  • Learned best by doing

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