Mark Ingham is completing his PhD in education at the University of Ottawa, and gratefully acknowledges the generous help of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship and Excellence Scholarship. His research concerns the art of questioning to engage students in active learning and critical thinking, sometimes known as Socratic seminars. He explores best-practices for leading such seminars in the contrasting contexts of programs for the homeless and the elite. His academic background includes studies of liberal arts and philosophy, both Western and Far Eastern. He holds a Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Ottawa, Summa cum laude, with teachables in high school English and Mathematics.
Mark has presented about Socratic seminars at several peer reviewed conferences, including the Association for Interdisciplinary Studies and our own Jean Paul Dionne Symposium. Mark has served in various leadership capacities at every level of his education, including graduate student representative to the Board during his Master’s degree. His current volunteer duties include serving as an associate editor for le/the Journal and helping on the academic and social media committees for the Education Graduate Student’s Association (EGSA-AÉDÉ).
His varied resume includes logistics and materials management, external relations, a Canada World Youth exchange to Egypt, certification in Permaculture, Toastmasters public speaking and leadership training, and extensive volunteering in various capacities with at-risk youth.
Mark loves gardening with his two small boys. He and his family run a small hobby farm near Manotick which includes green-egg laying Ameraucana chickens, long-eared African Nubian goats, furry New Zealand Kune Kune grazing pigs, and Armenian Gampr Livestock Guardian Dogs (LGDs).