Fonds MG 337 - Don Cochrane fonds

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Don Cochrane fonds

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MG 337

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  • 1950-2010 (inclusive) ; 1980-2005 (predominant) (Creation)

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1.46 m of textual records
97 photographs
3 optical discs
26 posters

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Donald B. Cochrane was born in 1940 in Canada. His first university degree was a B.A. (Honours) in English and Philosophy from Queen’s University in 1962. He subsequently earned a Teachers Certificate from Bishop’s University in 1963, an Academic Diploma in Philosophy and History of Education from Institute of Education, University of London in 1966, and a Master of Arts in Philosophy of Education from Institute of Education, University of London in 1967. He was an Associate Professor at California State University from 1970 to 1980. He came to the University of Saskatchewan in 1980 and served as the Head of the Department of Educational Foundations three times from 1980 to 2005. His areas of specialization include ethics and education; education, wisdom, and nature; and gay and lesbian issues in education. He was a chief organizer and founder of the Breaking the Silence Conference, which ran from 1998 to 2017. The Breaking the Silence Conference explored LGBTQ issues in education. His many awards and honours include the C.A.F.E. Service Award for significant contributions to the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education in May 2007, the Doug Wilson Award for significant contributions to improving the quality of life for gays and lesbians on the University of Saskatchewan campus in 2000, and the Distinguished Teacher Award, California State University Northridge in 1974. He retired from teaching at the University of Saskatchewan in 2005 and was granted the title Professor Emeritus.

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This fonds consists of materials used, created, and accumulated by Don Cochrane relating to his academic career. It includes University of Saskatchewan administrative and course materials as well as files relating to the organization and operation of the Breaking the Silence Conference and the Certificate in Ecological Education (CERTEE) program. There are also a number of files detailing international study tours organized by Don Cochrane through the College of Education.

This fonds also includes a file of class notes which were created by Lorne Dignean, a student in the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan from 1950 to 1951. Mr. Dignean was a teacher for over 35 years at schools around Saskatoon. He taught for the most years at Clavet School, where he provided a scholarship in his family name in 1999. Lorne Dignean died in 2018.

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The bulk of the material came to the University Archives & Special Collections in labelled binders, numbered from 1 to 39. The original order has been maintained. The file numbers for files 1 to 39 match the original numbering which the donor had assigned to the binders. (For example, file 1 was originally binder 1). The material in files 40 to 46 were not originally in numbered binders but had numbers assigned by University Archives & Special Collections staff for ease of access. While going through materials for an additional donation in 2017, the donor found materials related to Breaking the Silence that should have been included in the original accession of documents. These materials were added into the fonds chronologically, as directed by the donor, in file 46. A few other folders were also amended slightly by the donor at that time (some materials added, some duplicates removed).

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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