Research Contributions

  • Howard, P., Corbett, M. Burke-Saulnier, A. & Young, D. (2020). Education futures: Conservation and change. UNESCO: Background paper for Futures of Education initiative 

  • Howard, P., Saevi, T., Foran, A. & Biesta, G.(Eds.). (2020). Phenomenology and Educational Theory in Conversation: Back to Education Itself. Routledge. 

  • O'Brien, C., & Howard, P., (2020) Living Schools: Transforming Education. EWSB Press.

  • Howard, P. (2020). Living Schools and 21st Century Education: Connecting What and How with Why. In O'Brien, C. & Howard, P. (Eds.). Living Schools: Transforming Education. (pp. 13-24). EWSB Press.

  • Howard, P. (2020). Living School Attributes and Practices. In O'Brien, C. & Howard, P. (Eds.). Living Schools: Transforming Education. (pp. 13-24). EWSB Press.

  • O'Brien, C & Howard, P. (2020). Values and Vision: Realizing a Living Schools Vision through Connection and Relationship.  In O'Brien, C. & Howard, P. (Eds.). Living Schools: Transforming Education. (pp. 141-150). EWSB Press.

  • Howard, P. (2020). Teaching and Learning: Teaching and Learning for Experiential Renewal and Human Becoming.  In O'Brien, C. & Howard, P. (Eds.). Living Schools: Transforming Education. (pp. 161-167). EWSB Press.

  • Howard, P. (2020). Re-visioning Teacher Education for Sustainability in Atlantic Canada. Karrow, D. & DiGuiseppe, M. (Eds.). Canadian perspectives on initial teacher education in environmental education. Springer.

  • Howard, P. (2019). “Deeper than even the grain goes...” Attending to sound as pedagogical practice in Alphonso Lingis’ The Murmur of the World. Wąsik, L.,Wąsik, E.,  Zaprucki, J. (Eds.) The Semiotics of Lifeworld Existentials: Between Necessity and Choice. Jelenia Góra: Karkonoska Państwowa Szkoła Wyższa w Jeleniej Górze.  

  • Howard, P. (2016). Phenomenology, education and the more-than-human-world. M. Peters (Ed). Encyclopedia of Educational Philosophy and Theory. Singapore: Springer.

  • Howard, P. (2012). How literature works: Poetry and the phenomenology of reader response. N. Friesen, T. Saevi, C. Henriksson (Eds.). Hermeneutic phenomenology in education: Method and practice. Sense Publishers.

  • Howard, P. (2012). Re-orienting teacher education for the values of sustainability. In K. Bartels and K. Parker (Eds.). Teaching sustainability and teaching sustainably. Stylus Publishing.

  • Howard, P. (2006). In Search of a living literacy: Language, literature and ecological sensibility. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Alberta.

  • Howard, P., Ryan, C., & Fogarty, I. (submitted). What’s the big idea?: A case study of whole-school project -based learning in a Canadian secondary school. McGill Journal of Education.

  • Karrow, D. & Howard, P. (2020). Taking stock of Canadian environmental and sustainability education in teacher education research: Chronicling our past and charting our future. Canadian Journal of Environmental Education: Special Issue. 

    Howard, P. (2019). Collaboration as a new creative Imaginary: Teachers’ lived experience of co-creation. Indo-Pacific Journal of Phenomenology 19, (2). 

  • Howard, P. (accepted). Language-ing the Earth: Experiential Renewal for a Relationally Sensitive Environmentalism. Phenomenology & Practice.  


    Howard, P., O’Brien. C. Kay, B., O’Rourke, K. (2019). Leading Educational Change in the 21st Century: Creating Living Schools through Shared Vision and Transformative Governance. Sustainability.  11(15), 4109;


    Howard P., Becker, C., Wiebe, S., Carter, M., Gouzouasis, P., McLarnon, M., Richardson, P., Shuman, L., Ricketts, K.  (2018). Exploring Teachers’ Experience of Risk-taking in the Classroom. Journal of Curriculum Studies.


    Howard, P. (2018). Twenty-first century learning as a radical re-thinking of education in the service of life. Education Sciences 8 (4). 189; 


    Howard, P. (2018). “Deeper than even the grain goes...” Attending to sound as pedagogical practice in Alphonso Lingis’ The Murmur of the World. Phenomenology & Practice 12 (2). 28 – 36. 


     O’Brien, C. & Howard, P. (2016). The Living School: The Emergence of a Transformative Sustainability Education Paradigm. Journal of Education for Sustainable Development.


    Howard, P. (2015). Digital Citizenship in the Afterschool Space: Implications for Education for Sustainable Development. Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability17, (1).


    Howard. P. (2014).  Affinity spaces and ecologies of practice: Digital composing processes of pre-service English teachers. Language and Literacy: A Canadian e-journal 16, (1).


    Howard, P. (2013). “Everywhere you go always take the weather with you: Phenomenology and the pedagogy of climate change education.” Phenomenology and Practice. (8).


    Howard, P. (2008). Ecology, phenomenology and culture. Developing a language for sustainability.  Diaspora, Indigenous & Minority Education. 2, (4). 302-310.


    Howard, P. (2007). The pedagogy of place: Re-interpreting ecological education through the language arts.  Diaspora, Indigenous & Minority Education. 1, (2). 109-126. Google Scholar. 


    Howard, P. (2005). Nurturing sense of place through the literature of the bioregion. (Electronic version). Reconstruction: Studies in contemporary culture.5, (3).


    Howard, P. (2004). “[D]estined always to be on the edge of things:” A prolegomenon to a dialogic of transdisciplinarity and curriculum theory. JCT: Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 20(4), 45-55.[link here] 


    Howard, P. (2003)“Walking the talk in assessment”: Deconstructing standardized tests in the English language arts. English Quarterly, 35(3, 4),24-28.


    Howard, P. (2003): Looking back together: Phenomenology and the nurturing of the reflective lens in student writing. (Electronic version).  Language and Literacy:  A Canadian Educational e-journal. DOI:


    Howard, P. (1998).  Assessing assessment: Reflections on assessing student response. Alberta English, 36(1), 57-63.


    Howard, P. (1998). Makers of meaning, constructors of identity: Junior high girls and the young adult novel.  English Quarterly, 30(3,4), 17-27


    Howard, P. (2015). Powerful Transformative Education Initiatives: Education for Sustainability by Other Names. Available.


    Howard, P. (2015). On Being Radical – Dismantling Education in the Service of Life. Available:


    Howard, P. (2014). Trapper Boy: A Teacher Resource. Sydney, NS: Cape Breton University Press.


    Howard, P. and J. Howard (2013). Fighting the flu - Fighting the fear: Teachers and infection control. CAP Journal: Journal of the Canadian Association of Principals. Summer 2013. 


    Howard, P. (2008). Honouring youth: Celebrating student success. The Bulletin. Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. 8,(51), 22-23.


    Howard, P. (2004). Toward a living literacy: Ecological sensibility and environmental education. Taproot: The Academic Journal for the Coalition for Education Outdoors, Winter.


    Howard, P. (2004). Graduate student involvement enriching on many levels. News & Notes: Newsletter of the Department of Secondary Education, University of Alberta, 27(2), 10-11.


    Howard, P. (2003). In search of a new story: Environmental education and ecological sensibility. Environmental news. Environmental Research and Studies Centre, University of Alberta.3(1), 1-2.


    Howard, P. (2001). High school English: The promise and peril of a new curriculum.  The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association. 45, (1), 26-27.


    Howard, P. (1994). Blending old and new: Creating lasting change. PRISM, 3, 20-22.


    Howard, P. (1992). Teaching global issues: How we deal with global concerns can affect students’ attitudes. PRISM (1),18-20. 

  • Howard, P. (2010). In search of a living literacy: Language, literature and ecological sensibility. CSSE Conference, Concordia University. CFHSS/FCSH Conference System.

  • Howard, P. (2004). Finding a place to begin: Pedagogy and the meaning of place-based teaching in the language arts. WestCAST: Annual Conference of the Western Canadian Association for Student Teaching, 215-219

  • Howard, P. (2016). A review of A. Lukenchuk (Ed). Paradigms of research in the 21st century: Perspectives and examples from practice. Canadian Journal of University Continuing Education .

  • Howard, P. (2013). A review of M. MacKenzie, P. Hart, H, Bai, B. Jickling. (Eds.)(2009). Fields of green: Restorying culture, environment and education. Cresskill, NJ: Hampton Press.  Journal of Education for Sustainable Development. 6, (2)           

  • Howard, P. (2012). A review of Technofix: Why technology won’t save us or the environment by M. Huesemann and J. Huesemann. New Society Publishers, 2012, in The Goose.

  • Howard, P. (2011). ‘Slip sliding away’: Language and scientific certainty. A review of The Mirage of space between nature and nurture by Evelyn Fox Keller, Duke University Press, 2010, in The Goose, 9,  23-25.

  • Howard, P. (2010). A review of Adrift on the ark: Our connection to the natural world by Margaret Thompson, Brindle and Glass, 2009, in The Goose, (7), 33-34.

  • Howard, P. (2008). “Leaning into the light:” A review of Living Away from Blessings by Carina Henriksson.  (Electronic version). Phenomenology and practice.

  • Radical re-imagining for sustainable action. Howard, P. & Campbell. E. AEROx Worshops. February 12-13, 2021. 

  • Agency, ethos, & pedagogy in Canada’s creative economy.  Shuman, L., McLarnon, M., Carter, M., Howard, P. & Ricketts, K. American Educational Research Association. Toronto, Ontario, Spring 2019. 

  • Assessing the State of Canadian Environmental and Sustainability Education in a Post Truth Era. Di Guiseppe, M., Karrow, D., Howard, P., Sims, L., Elliot, P., American Educational Research Association. Toronto, Ontario, Spring 2019. 

  • Sustainability and Creativity in the Service of Life – (Invited Panelist) A Creative Connections Symposium, Acadia University, Wolfville, NS, November 17th, 2018.  

  • Re-visioning Environmental and Sustainability Education in Teacher Education in Canadian Faculties of Education. Association of Canadian Deans of Education Panel. CSSE Conference, University of Regina, Reginal SK, May 25th – June 1st, 2018. 

  • Teaching as a Risky Business. CSSE Conference. University of Regina. Regina, SK, May 25th – June 1st, 2018.  

  • Creativity, Innovation and the Experience of Risk-taking in the K12 Classroom. Creative Connections Annual Conference, University of New Brunswick, November 16th – 18th, 2017. 

  • “Deeper than even the grain goes...” Attending to sound as pedagogical practice in Alphonso Lingis’ The Murmur of the World. International Human Science Research Conference. Karkonosze College, Jelenia Gora, Poland, July 11th – 14th, 2017.  

  • Re-imagining Teacher identity for the creative economy: Establishing an ethos of creative teaching in Canada. CSSE Conference. Ryerson University, Toronto, ON, May 27th – June 1st, 2017.  

  • Re-conceptualizing Teachers’ Identity for the creative economy. Panel presentation. Provoking Curriculum Conference. McGill University, Montreal QC, February 8th – 10th, 2017.  

  • The phenomenology of reader response: How literature works- poetry and the development of the moral imagination in children. International Human Sciences Research Conference  (IHRSC 2015), Trondheim, Norway11th – 14th of August 2015

  • Affinity spaces and ecologies of practice: Infusing new literacies into teacher education. World Social Science Forum. Montreal, Canada, 13th – 15th of October 2013.

  • “Everywhere you go always take the weather with you”: Phenomenology and the pedagogy of climate change education. International Human Sciences Research Conference (IHSRC 2013), Aalborg, Denmark, 13th – 16th of August 2013.

  • Understanding the digital composing processes of pre-service Language arts and literacy teachers.  7th International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED 2013), Valencia, Spain, 4th – 6th of March 2013.

  • Educating the Imagination: Bioregional literature for the values of sustainability.  Reorienting Teacher Education to Address Sustainability: 7th Biennial Meeting of the International Network of Teacher Education Institutions. York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 16th – 20th of May  2012

  • Finding a language for sustainability: Children and bioregional poetry.  Literature and Environmental Conservation Conference: Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin, Ireland. 2nd - 4th  of September, 2011.

  • Language, literature and ecological education. Paper presented as part of the panel Curricular responses in a time of mass extinction:  Sustainability strategies from across the curriculum. . CSSE Conference. University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, New Brunswick.  May 29th – June 5th, 2011.

  • Frost paints the pane (paints the pain): Children and the promise of bioregional poetry. August 19th -21st, 2010. ALECC Conference. Cape Breton University. Sydney, Nova Scotia.

  • In Search of a Living Literacy- May 28th – June 4th2010.  CSSE Conference. Concordia University, Montreal, Quebec.

  • Pedagogy and place based teaching in the rural literacy classroom. March 31 –April 1, 2008, Rural Education Conference.  Saskatoon, SK.

  • Writing takes place: Place relatedness and the writing process, June 2004, CSSE Conference. University of Manitoba

  • Cape Breton University (2018). RISE Grant. An Inquiry into Integrative Teaching and Learning: A Case Study of a Canadian Secondary School, $4692.72

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2016) – Re conceptualizing teacher identity for the creative economy. Sean Wiebe, PI - $275,087. 

  • Cape Breton University (2013). Research program grant. Teaching sustainably: Post secondary student experience of a paper-less classroom. - $3000.00

  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (2011) – Digital composing processes of pre-service literacy teachers - $59,462.00

  • Cape Breton Health Research Grant Fund (2011): Teachers’ experience of pandemic preparedness in the elementary classroom - $2297.00

  • Cape Breton University (2010) – Research Program Grant - $5551.00

  • Cape Breton University (2009) – New Faculty Research Start Up Grant – $2000.00

  • SSHRC (2004 -2006) – grant to undertake doctoral research on the ecological literacy of children in coastal Newfoundland and Labrador - $57,000