Ying Ma

B.A. (Beijing Foreign Studies University/ BFSU); M.Ed. (UBC); Ph.D. (UBC).
Surrey Office: Fir 3423

Dr. Ying Ma is an instructor in the Department of Educational Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Prior to pursuing graduate studies at UBC, she taught high school for seven years in Beijing, China. With experience teaching in diverse cultural settings, Dr. Ma brings a unique perspective to her role as a teacher.


Dr. Ma's background in both secondary and post-secondary education in China and Canada informs her research and teaching pedagogies. Her research interests include educational philosophy, curriculum studies, comparative research, narrative inquiry, teacher identity, teacher education, and ethics. Her focus on examining the intersection of philosophy, culture, ethics, and education provides valuable insights for developing culturally responsive, equitable, and dynamic teaching practices.


Courses taught

  • EDUC 1150

Areas of Interest

Educational Philosophy; Curriculum studies; Comparative research; Narrative inquiry; Teacher identity; Teacher education; Pedagogies; Ethics.


Scholarly Work

  • Ma, Y. (Forthcoming). The ethics of becoming a good teacher: In conversation with Aristotle and Confucius. Routledge.
  • Ma, Y. (2023). An ethic of Philia: A renewed conversation about educational equality. Prospects.
  • Ma, Y. (2021). A narrative re-searching for the practical identity as a teacher: Lear’s approach. Journal of Higher Education Theory and Practice, 21(13), 39-51.
  • Ma, Y. (2021). Living impotentially: An allegorical inquiry, Transnational Curriculum Inquiry, 18(1), p. 48-65. https://ojs.library.ubc.ca/index.php/tci/article/view/196168
  • Ma, Y., Wang, F. Chen, X. & Ai, Q. (2021). Restoring our “inner space” in education in the era of technology: An interpretation of William Pinar’s ideas. Journal of Teacher Education, 8(5), doi:10.13718/j.cnki.jsjy.2021.05.011
  • Ma, Y. (2021). Reconceptualizing STEM education in China as praxis: A curriculum turn. Sustainability, 13 (4961). https://doi.org/10.3390/ su13094961
  • Ma. Y. (2020). A renewed understanding of learning to teach: Aristotle, Confucius and my mother’s Stories. In A. Phelan, W. Pinar, N. Ng-A-Fook & R. Kane (Eds.), Reconceptualizing teacher education worldwide: A Canadian contribution to a global challenge. Ottawa: University of Ottawa Press.
  • Ma. Y. (2018). Techne, a virtue to be thickened: Rethinking technical concerns in teaching and teacher education. Research in Education, 100(1), 114-129.
  • Phelan, A., Smits, H. & Ma, Y. (2015). Philosophical Issues in Teacher Education: A Canadian Perspective In Falkenberg, T. (Ed.). Handbook of Canadian Research in Initial Teacher Education. Ottawa, ON. Canada.