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Dr. Clinton Beckford

Dr. Clinton Beckford

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Email: clinton@uwindsor.ca
Phone: (519) 253-3000 Ext. 3810
Office: Room 3309, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Professor, Ph.D. University of West Indies

Associate Dean, Teacher Education

Coordinator, Global Community Engagement Program (GCEP). Leader, International Service-learning (Jamaica, Tanzania)

Research Interests Icon Research Interests

1. Education

  • Geography Education
  • Environmental and Sustainability Education 
  • Teacher Education
  • Vulnerability, Marginalization, and Education
  • Participatory and Collaborative Active Research Methodologies  
  • Research in non-western contexts
  • Service-learning and teacher development

2. Geography

  • Sustainable agriculture and tropical small-scale farming systems
  • Food security and food justice
  • Food, agriculture, and rural development
  • Urban agriculture
  • Environmental change, food, and agriculture
  • Local/ traditional/indigenous epistemologies in food and agriculture
  • Participatory and Collaborative Active Research Methodologies  

Courses Taught Icon Courses Taught

Pre-Service Courses

  • 80-207 Ecology and Wellness: Environmental Education for 21st century Environmental Stewardship.
  • 80-328 Social Studies Methodology (Consecutive, J/I)
  • 80-499 Practice Teaching Supervision
  • 80-359  Geography Methodology (Consecutive, J/I)
  • 80-359 Geography Methodology (Consecutive, I/S)
  • 80-303 Social Studies Methodology (Consecutive I/S)
  • 80-340 Theme Project (Consecutive I/S)

Graduate Courses

  • 80-515 Comparative and International Education
  • 80-565 Sociological Aspects of Education
  • 80-795 Summer 2007 Final Project seminar (M Ed)
  • 80-527 Summer 2007 Research in Education (M Ed)
  • 80-554 Fall 2005 Fundamentals of Instructional Design (M Ed)
  • 80-591 Winter 2005 Special Topics: Introduction to Environmental Education (M Ed)

Publications Icon Publications

Beckford, C.L. & Lekule, C. (2018). International Community Service-Learning Experiences in a Canadian Teacher Education Program: Disorienting Experiences and Personal and Professional Transformation. Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, 2, 18-45.

Beckford, C.L. (2017).   Local Caribbean Knowledge is a Vital Resource in Addressing Climate Change. Science Trends, Earth/October 9, 2017, https://sciencetrends.com/local-caribbean-knowledge-vital-resource-addressing-climate-change/.

Beckford, C.L. (2017). Climate Change Resiliency in Caribbean SIDS: Building Greater Synergies between Science and Local Traditional Knowledge. Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. https://doi.org/10.1007/s13412-017-0440-y

Beckford C. L. (2016). The Experiences of Caribbean Migrant Farmworkers in Canada. Social and Economic Studies, 65(1), 153-188.

Lekule, C., & Beckford, C.L. (2016). School Culture Matters: A Glance at Tanzanian Students’ Academic Performance. Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, 1, 101-117.

Beckford, C. L. and Lekule, C (2013). Towards a Model of Educational Leadership for the Caribbean: Making the Case for Distributed Leadership Principles. Journal of the University College of the Cayman Islands, 6, 184-202.

Lekule, C. and Beckford, C.L.  (2013). Conceptualizing Vulnerability among Tanzanian School Children. International Journal for Cross-Disciplinary Subjects in Education (IJCDSE), Volume 4, Issue 1. Available at http://infonomics-society.org/IJCDSE/Contents%20Page%20Volume%204%20Issue%201.pdf

Beckford, C.L., Jacobs, C., Williams, N., Nahdee, R. (2012). Ecological Justice and Stewardship on Walpole Island, Ontario: Continuity and Change in a Canadian First Nations Community.  Canadian Journal of Native Studies, 32 (1) 191-208.

Jiang, F., Zhou, G., Zhang, Z., Beckford, C.L. and Zhong, L. (2012). Chinese Immigrant Parents’ Communication with School Teachers. Journal of Canadian and International Education. 

Beckford, C.L., Campbell, D. and Barker, D (2011) Sustainable food production systems and food security: Economic and environmental imperatives in yam cultivation in Trelawny, Jamaica. Sustainability, 3 (3) 541-561.

Beckford, C. L.  and Nahdee, R. ( 2011) Teaching for ecological sustainability: Incorporating indigenous philosophies and practices. What Works: Research Into Practice (36).  Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat of Ontario.

Roland, K. and Beckford, C.L. (2010) Supporting Associate Teaching and Mentoring of Teacher Candidates: Building a Community of Practice.  Literacy Information and Computer Education Journal, 1 (2), 153-162.

Beckford, C.L., Jacobs, C., Williams, N. and Nahdee, R. (2010) Teaching Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability in EE: Infusing Indigenous Epistemologies. Journal of Environmental Education 41 (4), 239-248.

Campbell, D. and Beckford C.L. (2009) Negotiating Uncertainty: Jamaican Small Farmers’ Adaptation and Coping Strategies, before and after Hurricanes. A Case Study of Hurricane Dean. Sustainability, 1 (4), 1366-1387.

Beckford, C.L. (2009) Sustainable agriculture and innovation adoption in tropical small-scale food production systems: The case of yam minisetts in Jamaica. Sustainability, 1 (1), 81-96.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2008) Agricultural Intensification in Jamaican small-scale farming systems: vulnerability, sustainability and global change. Caribbean Geography, 15 (2), 160-170.

Beckford, C.L., Barker, D. and Bailey, S.W. (2007) Adaptation, innovation and traditional knowledge: Resource use and survival strategies on domestic food farms in Jamaica. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography, 28, 273-286.

Beckford, C.L and Barker, D. (2007) The role and value of local knowledge in Jamaican agriculture: Adaptation and change in small-scale farming. The Geographical Journal, 173 (2) 118-128.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2007) Unearthing the yam stick problem: Insights into farmer innovation in Jamaica. PLECserve, United Nations University and Australian National University http://c3unu.edu/plec January, 2007.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2006) Plastic yams and plastic yam sticks: Perspectives on indigenous technical knowledge among Jamaican farmers. Journal of Economic and Social Geography, 97 (5) 535-546.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C.L. (2003) Finding sustainable ways of staking yams and sourcing yam sticks in Jamaica: An environmental and economic imperative. Caribbean Geography 13 (2) 145-155.

Beckford, C.L. (2002). Decision-making and innovation among small-scale yam farmers in central Jamaica: A dynamic, adaptive and pragmatic process. The Geographical Journal, 168 (3) 248-259.

Beckford, C.L. (2000b). The organization of the informal commercial trade in yam sticks in central Jamaica. Caribbean Geography, 11 (2), 91-99.

Beckford, C.L. (2000a) Field research among small farmers in the Caribbean: Notes for interviewers. Caribbean Geography, 11 (1) 58-65.

Book chapters

Beckford C.L (In Press 2020) Citizenship Through Environmental Justice: A Case for Environmental Sustainability Education in Pre-Service Teacher Training in Canada. In N Dlamini and E Aboagye (eds.) Education and Global Citizenship. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Beckford, C.L., Salinitri, G., and Xu, S. (forthcoming 2020) Field Experiences at the University of Windsor Faculty of Education: Fostering Leadership, Community Service and International Engagement. In J. Kitchen and D. Petrarca (eds.) Initial Teacher Education in Ontario: The Four-Semester Teacher Education Programs after Five Years (edited by Julian Kitchen and Diana Petrarca). Canadian Association for Teacher Education.

Beckford, C.L. (2020). Designing Effective International Community Service-Learning Experiences: Insights from a Canadian Pre-Service Teacher Project in Tanzania, In G. Salinitri (ed.) Handbook of Research on Leadership Experience for Academic Direction (L.E.A.D.) Programs for Success. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, 371-387.

Beckford, C.L. (2018) The Contemporary Caribbean: An Introduction. In C Beckford (ed.) The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities. Nova Science Publishers, 1-22.

Beckford, C.L. (2018), Preface. In C Beckford (ed.) The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities. Nova science Publishers, xv-xxii.

Beckford, C.L. and Igbokwe, B. (2018), Food and Nutrition Security Through Urban Food Gardens: The Roles and Potential of Community Gardening. In C. Beckford (ed.) Agriculture, Food, and Food Security: Some Contemporary Global Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 159-188.

Beckford C.L (2018A), Preface. In C. Beckford (ed.) Agriculture, Food, and Food Security: Some Contemporary Global Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers, ix-xviii.

Beckford, C.L., Cobb, C, Daniel, Y., Petahtegoose, P. Roland, K., Salinitri, G. & Smith, K. (2017). Strengthening experiential education and social justice through global education, internationalization and community service-learning. In D. Petrarca, & J. Kitchen (Eds.) Initial teacher education in Ontario: The first year of four-semester teacher education programs. Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for Teacher Education, 243-261. ISBN 978-0-9947451-7-0. http://cate-acfe.ca/polygraph-book-series/?

Beckford, C.L. and Rhiney K (2016). Preface. In C. Beckford and K. Rhiney (eds.) Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean. Climate Change, Gender and Geography, ix-xviii. London: Palgrave Macmillan.  

Beckford, C.L. and Rhiney K (2016). Geographies of Globalization, Climate Change and Food and Agriculture in the Caribbean. In C. Beckford and K. Rhiney (eds.) Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean. Climate Change, Gender and Geography, 3-22. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beckford C.L. and Norman, A. (2016). Climate Change and Quality of Planting Materials for Domestic Food Production: Tissue Culture and Protected Agriculture. In C. Beckford and K. Rhiney (eds.) Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean. Climate Change, Gender and Geography, 189-215. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beckford, C.L. and Rhiney, K (2016). Future of Food and Agriculture in the Caribbean in the Context of Climate Change and Globalization: Where do we go from here? In C. Beckford and K. Rhiney (eds.) Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean. Climate Change, Gender and Geography, 267-295. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Beckford, C. L. (2012). Issues in Caribbean Food Security: Building Capacity in Local Food Production Systems.   In Anna Aladjadjiyan (Ed.), Food Security: Approaches, Challenges and Tasks, 25-40.  Rijeka, Croatia: INTECH.  Available from: http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/issues-in-caribbean-food-security-building-capacity-in-local-food-production-systems

Beckford, C.L. and Bailey, S.W. (2009) Vulnerability, constraints and survival on small-scale food farms in St Elizabeth, Jamaica: Strengthening local food production systems. In McGregor, D., Barker, D. and Dodman, D. (Editors), Global change and Caribbean vulnerability: Environment, economy and society at risk? 218-236. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

Barker, D. and Beckford, C. L. (2003) Yam production and the yam stick trade in Jamaica: Integrated problems for resource management. In Barker, D. and McGregor, D. (Editors) Resources, planning and environmental management in a changing Caribbean, 57-73. Kingston: University of the West Indies Press.

Books

Lekule, C., and Beckford, C.L. (2020) “Introduction to Educational Administration and Leadership: Theory and Practice”. Windsor: Canadian Leadership Solutions, 156 pages.

Beckford, C.L. (ed.) (2018b) The Contemporary Caribbean: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities. New York: Nova science Publishers, 344 pages.

Beckford, C.L. (ed.) (2018a) Agriculture, Food, and Food Security: Some Contemporary Global Issues. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 265 pages.

Beckford, C. L. and Rhiney, K. (eds.) (2016). “Globalization, Agriculture and Food in the Caribbean. Climate Change, Gender and Geography”. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 336 pages.

Beckford, C. L. and Campbell, D. (2013). “Domestic Food Production and Food Security in the Caribbean: Building Capacity and Strengthening Local Food Production Systems”. New York: Palgrave McMillan, 274 pages.

Edited Conference Proceedings

Beckford, C. L. and Radway-Morrison, S. (2015). Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities. Proceedings of the Inaugural International Special Education Conference and Workshop “Repositioning for The Future: Addressing Special Needs: A National Imperative”. Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville, January 15-16, 2015.

Journals Edited

Beckford, C.L. (2016). Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Vol.1 August 2016. 

Beckford, C.L. (2018). Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership Vol.2 February 2018. 

Articles In Conference Proceedings

Beckford, C. L. (2015). Setting the Table: A Rationale for Academic Discourse on Special Education in Jamaica. In C. Beckford and S. Radway-Morrison Eds. Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities. Proceedings of the Inaugural International Special Education Conference and Workshop “Repositioning for The Future: Addressing Special Needs: A National Imperative”. Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville, January 15-16, 2015 p ix-xiii.

Beckford, C. L. (2015). Building Capacity in Special Education in Jamaica: Re-Positioning for The Future. In C. Beckford and S. Radway-Morrison Eds. Meeting the Needs of Students with Exceptionalities. Proceedings of the Inaugural International Special Education Conference and Workshop “Repositioning for The Future: Addressing Special Needs: A National Imperative”. Church Teachers’ College: Mandeville, January 15-16, 2015 p.104-112.

Beckford, C. L. (2011). Food Security and Caribbean Development: Capacity Building and Empowerment in Local Food Production Systems. Proceedings of the Conference on Leadership, Governance, and Empowerment in the Caribbean, March 17-18, 2011. The University College of the Cayman Islands.

Beckford, C. L. and Roland, K. (2009). “Examining the role of associate teachers: Perspectives from the field.” Proceedings of the London International Conference on Education, November 9-12, Customs House Hotel, London, England. LICE-2009, 183-184. Infonomics Society.

Stoilescu, D. & Beckford, C. L. (2009). Constructivist and Critical Theory Aspects in Computer Science Education. In T. Bastiaens, Dron, J., and Xin, C. (Eds.), Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2009 (pp. 3168-3175). Chesapeake VA: AACE.

Education Icon Education

Ph.D. University of West Indies


MPhil University of West Indies
B.A., University of West Indies
Teachers' Certificate, Church Teachers' College

Recent Graduate Supervision

Supervisor, Loretta Sbrocca (M Ed. Thesis) An Examination of Functionalities of Outdoor Classrooms in the Simcoe County District School Board”, 

Kayla Franco (M Ed. Thesis) Phenomenological Experiences of First-Generation Working-Class Students Entering University: Motivational Factors and Teacher Influences

Bismark Edusei (M Ed. Thesis) Toward achieving the Sustainable Development Goal Four (4): The Role of the Free Senior High School (FSHS) in the Kumasi Metropolis of Ghana

Jillian Pizzo (M Ed. Thesis) Mitigating the Effects of Poverty in Elementary Schools in Windsor and Essex County

Philip Robson (M Ed. Thesis) The Influences of Canadian Outdoor Adventure Education on Personal and Spiritual Growth

Fatima Fakih (M Ed. Thesis) Exploring the school experiences of Syrian refugee students in Windsor, Ontario secondary schools

Brianna Jentzel (M Ed. thesis) Investigating the Educational Experiences of Girls in Tanzania: The Efficacy of a Girls’ Leadership and Empowerment Program