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 Stepaniuk,Jeffray

​Senior Instructor
Natural Resources Management Technology
204.627.8529
jstepaniuk@ucn.ca

Profile
A graduate of the University of Winnipeg (Bachelor of Science Honors - Biology and Environmental Studies), University of Manitoba (Masters of Science - Eco-physiology), Red River College (Certificate of Adult Education), The Banff Centre for Management Excellence (Environmental Dispute Resolution/Leading and Managing for Results /Leveraging Creative Capacity in Business Innovation/Leading Strategically), the University of Central Michigan (Masters of Education, Curriculum Development and Educational Administration), Oxford University, London, England (Certificate of Participatory Video for Social Change), and presently, the University of Manitoba - Natural Resources Institute Ph.D. Interdisciplinary Program, has provided a plethora of professional, academic, managerial, and educational exposure allowing effective dealing with special interest groups, visible minorities, Aboriginal culture, persons with disabilities, funding agencies, private industry, government, and post-secondary educational concerns.  As past President and Accrediting Chairman of the North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA), responsibilities have included patriotically coordinating and maintaining contact with other appropriate natural resource related organizations. 

Experience emphasizes pedagogical strengths and strategies, experience in science education in community/secondary/post-secondary classrooms and in the ‘situated’ field with the ability to develop programming while managing student achievement.  Knowledge of the systems of education, provincial resource management and the commitment to education for sustainable preservation in the context of Manitoba resource education brings experience and expertise in facilitation, active research, collaborative development, graduate advising, faculty participation, and ambassadorship advantages networking socially, culturally, and economically with community and world.

Teaching
Legislation and enforcement have not succeeded in balancing society’s needs for resource development with the concurrent goal of resource preservation.  A synchronistic outcome depends on an informed public, supported by educational resources designed to shape the values, sensitivities, and interests of students.  My research interests are in developing an instructional model incorporating environmental science, information technology, and constructs drawn from the domains of educational, cross-cultures, and organizational psychology.  Learning theory applied to environmental education integrates key factors underlying value creation: motivational drivers, organizational processes, change behaviours, cross cultural awareness, and systems concepts.  Research content is supported by the latest information technology and graphics displays to provide visual examples and interactive learning experiences stimulating psychological, intellectual, and emotional connections with the environment. 

Present research evaluates instructional outcomes in two contexts: 1) a didactic (classroom) teaching environment; and 2) a situated learning approach integrating a Participatory Video (PV) training exercise.  The anticipated outcome will support development of a stand-alone instructional tool advancing local-level community participation in ecological research and conservation.  

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