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Preston Sandra, Assistant Professor | Director of Experiential Education

Sandra Preston

Assistant Professor | Director of Experiential Education

Faculty
School of Social Work

Faculty
Experiential Education

Biography

Research & Supervisory Interests

Interested in teaching and learning in the university setting, particularly barriers to access and success in post-secondary institutions.  I am presently examining the use of experiential education to help social work students understand the process of advocacy and social change.  I am also engaged in a project to provide students who face barriers to entering post-secondary education with the skills and knowledge to enter and succeed at post-secondary education.

 

Recent Graduate Supervisions

Supervision (Masters):

  • Gender-Neutrality, Gender Stereotypes and Juvenile Justice Policy
  • Female Adolescents:  Reporting Sexual Assault to Police

Education

  • Ph.D., Sociology, 2000, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario
  • M.A., Social Welfare Policy, 1985, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario,
  • B.A., Psychology, Honours degree, 1980, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario

Teaching

Courses

SW2B03, Social Welfare I: General Introduction
SW2BB3, Social Welfare: Anti-Oppressive Policies & Practices in Social Work
SW2E03, Human Growth and Development in the Social Environment
SW3D06, General Social Work I
SW3DD6, Field Practicum I
SW3O03, Human Sexuality in Social Context
SW4B03, Adult Family Violence
SW4J03, Social Change: Social Movements and Social Advocacy
SW4O03, Social Work with Communities

Research

Selected Publications


Sandra Preston
(2002).  “Claiming our place: Women with serious mental health issues and support groups for abused women.”  Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health 21 (1): 101-113.

Sandra Preston (1999). "The Glass Half Full - Responses to Woman Abuse by the Federal and Ontario Governments, 1980 - 1995", Canadian Review of Social Policy, 44: 41-56.


Presentations at Meetings


Peer Reviewed

2015   

Freeman, Bonnie and Sandra Preston"Crafting Indigenous - Settler Alliances for Social Work Education" Research on Teaching and Learning Conference, McMaster University.

Knorr, K., Marquis, B., Anderson, C., Cockcroft, R., Fenton, N., Gabay, D., Gullage, A., Kim, J., Martin, L., Monteiro, S., &Preston, S. Institutional teaching and learning research directions: Contributions from the community. European Society for Teach and Learning.

Beth Marquis, Sandra Preston, Rachel Brain, Kaila Radan, Mark Busser, Nick Marquis, Beth Levinson, Meaghan Ross “Tuning into the Practice of First Year Foundations Courses, Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education.

Sinding, Christina, Bonnie Freeman, Amy Gullage, Sandra Preston "Crafting Indigenous-Settler Alliances for Social Work Education: visiting, listening, sustaining the tension.” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education

2014

Preston, Sandra. “Connecting with the Community: Social Work and the University”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education

2011

Preston, Sandra. “Making It Real: Experiential Education in Social Work”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.

2010

Preston, Sandra and Ann Fudge Schormans. “The Practice of Inclusion: Opening the Academy to Students with Intellectual Disabilities”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.

Preston, Sandra and Sheila Sammon. “The Use of a Community of Practice Wikki to Provide On-line Support to Field Educators”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Social Work Education.

2007

Preston, Sandra. “Teaching Social Action for Social Change” Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.

2006

Preston, Sandra. “The Use of the Internet to Create and Maintain Connections Between the Community and the Academy”, Annual Conference of the Canadian Association of Schools of Social Work.


Community Connections


Director, Office of Experiential Education for the Faculty of Social Sciences

McMaster University

Vice President, Interval House Board

Interval House is a shelter for women and children, in Hamilton, who have experienced abuse.

Chair of the Personnel Committee

Colin Macdonald Community School