School of Education
July 1, 2008
Living, Studying, and Working in Canada, the U.S., and England Spurred Shane Goodridge’s Interest in Globalization’s Impact on Education
Shane Goodridge earned his BA from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia, completing a triple major in History, Archaeology, and English, as well as his professional teaching credentials. He then earned his MA in History from the University of London. Shane’s dissertation, Continental Empire Building and the American Imperial Ethos, was awarded a mark of Distinction. He has taught both Senior English and History in Canada, the United States and Great Britain and has served on committees in Canada and the United States mandated with curriculum reform and implementation. In 2007, Shane joined UCI as a full time lecturer.
Shane grew up in Powell River, British Columbia, a small town on the North West coast of Canada, approximately 100 miles North of Vancouver. After attending Simon Fraser University, Shane taught for three years in the public sphere in British Columbia before transitioning to the world of private education. While at St. George’s School, a boarding/day school in Vancouver, Shane taught senior English, served as a housemaster, and coached senior rugby and ice-hockey.
During his educational career in Canada, Shane was granted several leaves to teach in Virginia and London, England. As a result of these international teaching experiences, Shane became fascinated with the concept of the Global Classroom and the role history plays in preparing students for the twenty-first century. Shane identified areas of intersecting concern for both students and teachers that transcend political boundaries. These areas of intersection informed Shane as he began writing curriculum both at home and abroad.
Shane was set to begin doctoral work in Britain in the field of American History when opportunities to return to North America enticed him and his family back across the Atlantic. Historically, Shane’s areas of interest surround the ascent of the American Empire and the continuity between the English and American revolutions. Pedagogically, Shane is interested in the globalization of the History curriculum and the modification of teacher preparation programs.