Dr. Nathalie Piquemal

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Dr. Nathalie Piquemal (Education) examines education from a human rights perspective through her research and teaching. She specializes in the field of intercultural and international education, with special attention to issues of cultural discontinuities as experiences by minority students. Specifically, Piquemal works with both teachers and immigrants on the cultural and linguistic barriers that minority students face in educational contexts.

In applying her research practically, Piquemal works with both teachers and immigrants on the cultural and linguistic barriers that minority students face in educational contexts. This work draws upon human rights issues in the realm of education, as is demonstrated by Piquemal's current work, which explores the experiences of immigrants with special attention to issues of marginalization, race and privilege. In this line of investigation, Piquemal uses phenomenological inquiry to better address issues of marginalized voices, particularly in her more recent work with refugees and war-affected families.

Piquemal's areas of interest also include research ethics; immigration, language and culture; cultural and linguistic discontinuities; and aboriginal education.  Piquemal is originally from France where she completed her Master’s degree in Education and Anthropology. She received her PhD from the University of Alberta in 1999 in both Departments of Education and Anthropology. Her research focused on ethical protocols for research practices that are inclusive of Aboriginal perspectives.

Piquemal’s recent publications include "When history happens to research: A tale of one project, two researchers, and three countries in a time of war" in Canadian Journal of Education, with S. Kouritzin (2007); "Cultural Loyalty: Aboriginal Students Take an Ethical Stance” in Reflective Practice (2005); and with B. Nickels, "Cultural congruence in the education of and research with young Aboriginal students: Ethical implications for classroom researchers” in Alberta Journal of Educational Research (2005).

Piquemal’s teaching has a distinctly human rights focus. She coordinates a summer Travel/Study program to Ethiopia titled “International Service Learning: Teaching and Learning in Ethiopia.” The course is primarily designed to place students in an intensified learning environment to develop cross-cultural skills, an appreciation of cross-cultural issues, and an enhanced sense of issues of social justice and global responsibilities. A significant objective is service learning in a developing country that is experienced-based teaching and learning where instructors, students and the community collaborate to respond to specific community needs.

Piquemal is a member of the Centre for Human Rights Research Initiative’s Advisory Board.