Associate Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies
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Dr. Shelley Griffin is a faculty member in Elementary Music Education in the Department of Educational Studies. She obtained her PhD and MEd from the University of Alberta, and her BMus from the University of Prince Edward Island.
She has taught in the Department of Music for the University of Prince Edward Island and in the Department of Elementary Education for the University of Alberta. Prior to university teaching, Shelley taught grades 1-9 music and grade 1/2 classroom with the Western School Board, Prince Edward Island.
- Children’s narratives of musical experiences
- Pre-service music teacher education
- Narrative inquiry
- Self-study of teacher education practices
- Faculty mentorship
- Collaborative scholarship
Chapters Contributed to Edited Books
Griffin, S. M., = Beatty, R. J. (Equal authorship). (2012). Where is the music in our work? Uncovering the hidden music: A metaphor for academic collaboration. In S. A. O’Neill (Series Ed.), Personhood and music learning: Connecting perspectives and narratives (pp. 304–318). Biennial Book Series: Research to Practice: Vol. 5. Waterloo, ON: Canadian Music Educators’ Association. ISBN 978-0-9812038-1-2.
Griffin, S. M., = Beatty, R. J. (Equal authorship). (2012). Hitting the trail running: Roadmaps and reflections on faculty informal mentorship experiences. In M. S. Barrett & S. L. Stauffer (Eds.), Narrative soundings: An anthology of narrative inquiry in music education (pp. 251–273). Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer. ISBN 978-94-007-0698-9
Griffin, S. M. (2011). Tip-toeing past the fear: Becoming a music educator by attending to personal music experiences. In J. Kitchen, D. Ciuffetelli Parker, & D. Pushor (Eds.), Narrative inquiries into curriculum-making in teacher education (pp. 169–192). Bingley, UK: Emerald Books.
Papers in Peer-Refereed Journals
Ciuffetelli Parker, D., Murray Orr, A., Mitton Kukner, J., Griffin, S. M., & Pushor, D. (2017). Problematizing complexities and pedagogy in teacher education programs: Enacting knowledge in a narrative inquiry teacher education discourse community. Canadian Journal of Education, 40(2), 1-30.
Griffin, S. M., Rowsell, J., Winters, K-L., Vietgen, P., McLauchlan, D., & McQueen-Fuentes, G. (2017). A reason to respond: Finding agency through the arts. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 18(25), 1–24.
Griffin, S. M. (2017). The fluid infusion of musical culture: Embodied experiences in a grade one classroom. Pedagogies: An International Journal, 12(1), 21–40. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1554480X.2017.1283993
Griffin, S. M. (2015). Shifting from fear to self-confidence: Body mapping as a transformative tool in music teacher education. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 61(3), 261–279.
Griffin, S. M., & Ismailos, L. (2015). A dialogue of necessity: Attending to teacher candidates’ informal music experiences. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 43(1), 24–32. doi: 10.1177/875512331454804
Winters, K-L, & Griffin, S. M. (2014). Singing is a celebration of language: Using music to enhance young children’s vocabularies. Language & Literacy: A Canadian eJournal, 16(3), 78–91.
Griffin, S. M. (2014). Meeting musical experience in the eye: Resonant work by teacher candidates through body mapping. Visions of Research in Music Education, 24, 1–28.
Griffin, S. M. (2011). Through the eyes of children: Telling insights into music experiences. Visions of Research in Music Education, Vol 19.
Ciuffetelli Parker, D., Gallagher, T., & Griffin, S. M. (2011). Multiple layers of leadership in professional learning communities: An essay review. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 19(4), 503–522.
Griffin, S. M. (2011). The social justice behind children’s tales of in- and out-of-school music experiences. Bulletin of the Council for Research in Music Education, 188, 77–92.
Gallagher, T., Griffin, S., Ciuffetelli Parker, D., Kitchen, J., & Figg, C. (2011). Establishing and sustaining teacher educator professional development in a self-study community of practice: Pre-tenure teacher educators developing professionally. Teaching and Teacher Education, 27(5), 880–890.
Griffin, S., Ciuffetelli Parker, D., & Kitchen, J. (2010). Carrying stories from the outside in: A collaborative narrative into a teacher education community. in education: exploring our connective educational landscape, 16(2), http://ineducation.ca
Griffin, S. M., = Beatty, R. J. (Equal authorship). (2010). Storying the terroir of collaborative writing: Like wine and food, a unique pairing of mentoring minds. Mentoring & Tutoring: Partnership in Learning, 18(2), 177–197.
Griffin, S. M. (2010). Inquiring into children’s music experiences: Groundings in literature. Update: Applications of Research in Music Education, 28(2), 42–49.
Griffin, S. M. (2009). Listening to children’s music perspectives: In and out of school thoughts. Research Studies in Music Education, 31(2), 161–177.
Figg, C., Griffin, S., Lu, C., & Vietgen, P. (2008). New faculty cross borders through self-study in teacher education: Global horizons. Brock Education, 18(1), 17–32.
Published Refereed Conference Proceedings
Figg, C., Lu, C., Vietgen, P., & Griffin, S. (2008). Navigating the way: Balancing the challenges of new faculty. Proceedings of the International Study Association on Teachers and Teaching 2007: Totems and taboos: Risk and relevance in research on teachers and teaching. Brock University, St. Catharines, ON, Canada.
Griffin, S. M. (2007). Music education in Canada: What is the state of the art?: A reflection. In C. Beynon & K. Veblen (Eds.). From sea to sea: Perspectives on music education in Canada. E-book. Proceedings of Music Education in Canada: What is the State of the Art? University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. Available at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/musiceducationebooks/1/
Griffin, S. M. (2007). Music education in PEI: A view beyond the bridge. In C. Beynon & K. Veblen (Eds.). From sea to sea: Perspectives on music education in Canada (Chapter 10). E-book. Proceedings of Music Education in Canada: What is the State of the Art? University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. Available at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/musiceducationebooks/1/
Griffin, S. M., & Montgomery A. P. (2007). Specialist vs. non-specialist music teachers: Creating a space for conversation. In C. Beynon & K. Veblen (Eds.). From sea to sea: Perspectives on music education in Canada (Chapter 27). E-book. Proceedings of Music Education in Canada: What is the State of the Art?University of Western Ontario, London, ON, Canada. Available at http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/musiceducationebooks/1/
de Frece, R. J., Griffin, S. M., & Montgomery A. P. (2006). Impacting the lives of preservice teachers: A collaborative project in elementary music education. Proceedings of the 2005 Society for Music Teacher Education Symposium: Rethinking, Researching, Revitalizing. Greensboro, NC, USA.