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Elisabeth Lefebvre

Job Title

  • Adjunct Faculty
    Ed.D., Graduate School

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Dr. Elisabeth E. Lefebvre is a postdoctoral associate at the University of Minnesota. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative and International Development Education with a minor in Sociocultural Studies in Education at the University of Minnesota, and an M.A. in International Studies from the University of Oregon. Before attending graduate school, she worked as an elementary school teacher in Louisiana, USA, and in Morocco. Lefebvre’s interdisciplinary research examines the mutually constitutive and historical relationship between schooling and childhood, as well as the ways in which our ideas about schooling impact student and teacher experiences in the classroom.

Started at Bethel

2017

Education

  • University of Minnesota - Ph.D., 2017
  • University of Oregon - M.A., 2012
  • Miami University (Ohio) - B.A., 2006

Courses Taught

EDUC850: Doctoral Research III

Awards

University of Minnesota Doctoral Research Fellowship

John and Grace Cogan Graduate Research Fellowship, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minesota

New Scholars Travel Merit Award, Comparative and International Education Society

Frank Braun Fellowship, Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development, University of Minesota

University of Minnesota Graduate Fellowship

Thurber Fellowship for Graduate Research in International Studies, University of Oregon

Publications

  • Lefebvre, E. E. & Thomas, M. A. M. (in press). “‘Shit shows’ or ‘like-minded schools’: Charter schools and the neoliberal logic of the Teach For America Movement.” Journal of Education Policy.
  • Thomas, M. A. M., & Lefebvre, E. E. (forthcoming). The dangers of relentless pursuit: Teaching, personal health, and the symbolic/real violence of Teach For America. Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education.
  • Sanderson, K., Ridge, N. Y., Kippels, S. M., & Lefebvre, E. (2016). Inclusion Not Exclusion: Comparative Educational Perspectives at the Heart of Sustainable Development in the Gulf States. FIRE: Forum for International Research in Education, 3(2).
  • Lefebvre, E. E., Pekol, A., Krause, B. (2015). “I would like to live a better life”: How young mothers experience entrepreneurship education. Reconsidering Development, 3(2).
  • Thomas, M. A. M., Thomas, C. M., & Lefebvre, E. E. (2014). Dissecting the teacher monolith: Experiences of beginning basic school teachers in Zambia. International Journal of Educational Development, 38, 37-46.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (2012). Cultural, historic, and linguistic preservation. In J. Ciment & C. Bates (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Global Social Issues. Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, Inc.
  • Lefebvre, E.E. (2011). Teaching, learning and the construction of self: Education, language and culture in Morocco. Papers, Essays, and Reviews, 3(2), 295-306.

Presentations

  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2017). “Becoming people of the society”: (Re)considering the impacts of non-formal entrepreneurship education on the lives and livelihoods of out-of-school youth in East Africa. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Lefebvre, E. E., Nikoi, A., & DeJaeghere, J. (January 2017). Youth transitions to adulthood: Proposing an interdependent, socially-embedded model of emergent adulthood. Paper presented at the 2017 ‘Youth and Generation’ Midterm Conference, Ericeira, Portugal.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (October 2016). Why educational history matters: Colonialism and the dislocation of education from local knowledge in Uganda. Invited Lecture for the Comparative and International Education Research Network at the University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (May, 2016). The Phelps-Stokes report, rising British colonial intervention, and the waning of missionary control. Paper presented at the Youth as Subjects, Objects, and Agents (yaSOA) Research Collaborative, Interdisciplinary Center for the Study of Global Change, University of Minnesota.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2016). “What was best for the white child need not be the same for the dark child”: Producing 'the educated African child' in colonial Uganda's schools, 1877-1963. Paper presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of CIES, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (November 2015). The imagined 'child' and the imagined 'school': Analyzing proposals for Uganda's post-colonial education system, 1962-1963. Paper presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the African Studies Association, San Diego, California.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2015). Producing 'the educated African child' in colonial Uganda's schools, 1877-1963. Paper presented at the 2015 CIES Dissertation Workshop, Washington D.C.
  • Lefebvre, E. E., and Foley, K. (October 2014). The impact of place on youth beliefs about employability and employment skills. Paper presented at the 2014 Midwest Comparative and International Education Society (MCIES) Conference, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2014). Objects to be protected, not subjects with rights: Examining the appropriation of the CRC and ACRWC in Ugandan policy. Paper presented at the 2014 Annual Meeting of CIES, Toronto, Ontario.
  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2013). The intersection of learned value and lived experience: Student attitudes toward multilingual education. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of CIES, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Lefebvre, E. E., Krause, B., and Pekol, A. (March 2013). “I would like to live a better life”: How young mothers experience entrepreneurship education in sub-Saharan Africa. Paper presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting of CIES, New Orleans, Louisiana.
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  • Lefebvre, E. E. (March 2013). Listening and learning: Student attitudes toward multilingual education. Paper presented at the Childhood and Youth Studies Collaborative, Institute for Advanced Study, University of Minnesota.

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Comparative and International Education Society (Member, New Scholars Standing Committee Co-Chair)

Society for the History of Childhood and Youth (Member)

Hobbies and Interests

Elisabeth loves adventuring with her daughter and husband, trying new recipes, and reading good books (which she collects with abandon). She also enjoys serving as the Deacon of Children's Ministry at Trinity City Church alongside her fellow coordinators and volunteers.