Brenda Jacobs

Course Director, PhD, OCT, RECE

PhD - York University; M.Ed. - York University; B.Ed. - University of Western Ontario; B.A. - University of Western Ontario

Location(s) / Contact Info:

205, Winters College - WC
Keele Campus

CV of Brenda Jacobs


 Dr. Brenda Jacobs is a Course Director at York University where she teaches Teacher Candidates in the Bachelor of Education program. She is currently working on a book manuscript, based on her doctoral research, that shows how emergent curriculum inquiries support children’s ability to self-regulate in the primary classroom. Brenda is a member of the Ontario College of Teachers and the College of Early Childhood Educators. Previously she taught elementary school-aged children for over twenty years in Oxford, England, Vancouver, British Columbia and Toronto, Ontario. Brenda completed her B.A. and B.Ed. at the University of Western Ontario and her M.Ed. at York University. Her M.Ed. researchwas later published, in part, in Emergent Curriculum in the Primary Classroom(Teachers College Press, 2008). Other publications include a 2015 book chapter, with Carol Anne Wien and Ellen Brown, called Emergent Curriculum and the Tension Between Relationship and Assessment. Brenda attends and participates in presentations and workshops held throughout Canada and internationally. From January to May 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy where she researched innovations in early childhood education in Europe. This included participating in the Canadian Study Tour in Reggio Emilia in March 2018.

Faculty & School/Dept

  • Faculty of Education - Bachelor of Education