Dr. Susan Drake

Professor (PhD), Department of Educational Studies

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Dr. Susan Drake, Faculty of Education, Brock University

St. Catharines, ON
Office: WH 274
905 688 5550 x3931

Dr. Susan Drake is interested in global educational reform and curriculum innovation. She is fascinated by what education looks like in the 21st Century from K to 16. Her research has been centred around the seamless connections among curriculum, instruction and assessment. In particular, she has investigated integrated curriculum and its implementation in a wide variety of contexts.  Another facet of her work is narrative research. She believes that humans make meaning through storytelling. For her, we can work with story for personal and professional transformation.

  • Effectiveness of integrated and interdisciplinary curriculum
  • 21st competencies and the new literacies
  • 21st Century education from a global perspective
  • The power of story for personal and professional transformation
  • The Story Model and Concentric storying.
  • Narrative, development and lifelong learning
  • Educational reform
  • Innovative educational practices (integrated curriculum, assessment for learning, instructional strategies) collaboration
  • Narrative research
  • Action research (living educational theory)
  • Self­ study


Drake, S.M., Reid, J.L. & Kolohon, W.  (Jan,  2014)  Interweaving  curriculum  and  assessment  in  the 21st Century: Engaging students in 21st Century learning.  Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press


Drake, S.M. & Reid, S.M. (In press). Integrated curriculum for the 21st Century. .In J.Miller, M., K. Nigh, M. Binder, B. Novak and S. Crowell (Eds) International handbook in holistic education (pp. 181-128). New York: Routledge

Drake, S.M.  (2015). Designing across the curriculum for “sustainable well-being”:  A 21st Century approach.  In F. Deer, T. Falkenberg, B. McMillan & L. Simms (Eds.). Sustainable  Well-Being:  Concepts,  Issues,  and  Educational  Practice (pp.  57-77). Winnipeg, MB:  EWSB Press.  http://www.eswb-press.org/uploads/1/2/8/9/12899389/sustainable_well-being_2014.pdf

Papers in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Drake, S.M. & Reid, J.R. (2018).  Integrated curriculum as an effective way to teach 21st Century capabilities, Asia Pacific Journal of Educational Research. 1(1) 31-50 DOI: https://doi.org/10.0000/APJER.2018.1.1.031

Drake, S.M. & Reid, J. R. (2017). Interdisciplinary assessment in the 21st Century. Academic Exchange Quarterly, (1) 1,  http://www.rapidintellect.com/AE/ec5771v14.pdf

Drake,  S.M.  &  Savage,  M.  (2016).  Negotiating accountability and integrated curriculum from a global perspective. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational  Research, 15, 6.

Savage, M. & Drake, S. (2016). Living transdisciplinarity: Teachers’ experiences with the International Baccalaurete Primary years Programme. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education. (19), 1-19, file:///Users/sdrake/Desktop/IEJEE_57fa80bd928bb_last_article_57fa813187fad.pd

Drake, S.M. & Savage, M. (2016). Negotiating accountability and integrated curriculum in a global context. International Journal of Learning, Teaching, and Educational Research, 15, 6. http://www.ijlter.org/index.php/ijlter/article/view/639

Drake, S.M. (2013/14). Educators explore self-emergence through a collaborative process using imagery and narrative. Journal of Mental Imagery, 37. 1 & 2, 57-63.

2015 – Global evaluation for the PYP for International Baccalaureate schools. With Michael Savage

  • EDUC DS1 – Doctoral Seminar 1
  • EDUC DS2 – Doctoral Seminar 2
  • EDUC 5P42 Innovative curriculum and assessment
  • EDUC 5P33 Development, Lifelong learning and Meaning Making
  • EDUC  4P17: Integrating Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUC 4P18:  Integrating Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUC  4P19:  Foundations of the Curriculum and Assessment
  • EDUC  4P27:  Twenty-First-Century Literacies Across the Curriculum
  • EDUC 4P28:  Twenty-First-Century Literacies Across the Curriculum