Melanie Bourke

Name Melanie Bourke
School Community Services
ProgramBachelor of Early Learning Program Development (Honours)
Academic and Professional Designations Degrees:
  • PhD, Language, Culture and Teaching (York University)
  • MA, Humanities: Interpretations and Values (Laurentian University)
  • BEd, Primary-Junior Divisions (Nipissing University)
  • BBA, Human Resources Stream (Nipissing University)


  • Ontario Qualified Teacher, Primary and Junior Divisions (Ontario College of Teachers)
Courses Taught
  • ECE72000: Curriculum Studies and Program Design
  • EDUC72010: History and Philosophy in Learning and Education
  • EDUC72020: Contemporary Perspectives in Early Learning Community Practice
  • SOSC71020: Child, Family, and Community Literacy
  • ECE73010: Designing and Evaluating Responsive Programs
  • SOCS73000: Social Action and Program Leadership
  • SOCS74010: Social Policy and Engaged Citizenship
  • SOCS74030: Mentoring and Leading in Community Programs
  • RSCH74000: Professional Research Internship
Areas of Expertise & Interest Educational Theory/Philosophy/Policy
Industry Experience, Professional Currency Activities Several years teaching at elementary, college and univeristy levels.
Major Research Projects, Scholarly Activities, and/or Publications COMMUNITY/SCHOOL RESEARCH


Early Learning Community-Based Research: Ideas Connect SSHRC Project

School of Health and Life Sciences and Community Services, Conestoga College

Worked with Project Leads: Salima Alam-Hafeez and Goranka Vukelich

The aim of the project/research is to work alongside community partners to determine, and provide support, to areas of need in the early learning sector in response to recent government/regulatory changes—municipally and provincially.



"Anxiously Supporting Minds: Examining Ontario's Mental Health Guide for K-12 Educators"

Forthcoming for CSSE Annual Conference 2018

University of Regina, Regina, May 30


"Emotional Generosity: Questions from Early Learning to Higher Education"

Presented at CSSE Annual Conference 2017

Ryerson University, Toronto, May 31


"What is Lost or Gained in a Shift to Online Learning?"

Accepted at CSSE Annual Conference 2015

University of Ottawa, Ottawa


"Phantasies in Education, Education in Phantasies: A Psychoanalytic Reading of Monsieur Lazhar"

Presented at CSSE Annual Conference 2013

University of Victoria, Victoria, June 4


"The Art of Speaking through "Intermediate Narrations:" Christian Boltanski and the (Im)Possibilities of Education"

Presented at CSSE Annual Conference 2012

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 28

"An Uncanny Insurrection: Debating Negativity in the Work of Kara Walker"

Presented at CACS Pre-Conference: Art in Times of Conflict: Curricular Explorations

Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, May 26


"Kara Walker's Negative Education"

Presented at the 10th Annual Graduate Students in Education Conference 2011: The Experience of Learning

York University, Toronto, March 11


"Photos and Frames: Canadian Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Relations"

Presented at the 8th Annual Graduate Conference in Education: New Directions: People, Passion and Pedagogy

York University, Toronto, May 8


"Discursivity and Trauma: Sharing in Residential School Trauma between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal Canadians"

Presented at the 4th Annual Trent-Carleton Graduate Student Conference: Canada: Who? Why? How?

Trent University, Peterborough, November 10

"Sex Education in Special Needs: Normalizing the Impaired or Impairing Normalization"

Presented at Humanities MA Practicum Colloquium

Laurentian University, Sudbury, April 19


Bourke, M. (2012). An Uncanny Insurrection: Debating Negativity in the Work of Kara Walker. Journal of the Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies, 10(2), 120-134.
Additional Information
Melanie has over 35 years of experience as an avid preschool player. She also excels at gardening despite her black thumb.