Projects

In the Faculty of Education, we bring fresh perspectives to educational questions important to society by engaging in a broad range of research projects and scholarly activities. Whether funded or unfunded, newly established or ongoing, our research extends its impact beyond the university and informs decisions and practices in government, schools and the community. You are welcome to explore many of these projects.

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Historical Studies in Education / Revue d'histoire de l'éducation

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals

Funding Amount:

$35,164

Description:

This bi-lingual, peer-reviewed, open-access journal publishes articles on every aspect of education, from pre-school to university education, on informal as well as formal education, and on methodological and historiographical issues. The journal welco ...


An Investigation of the Impact of Computer Skills on Test-Takers' Writing Processes and Scores in the TOEFL iBT Writing Section

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Funding Program:

Education Testing Service (ETS)

Funding Amount:

$105,855

Description:

The study investigated the role of keyboarding skills in performance on a computer-based second language (L2) writing test, the TOEFL iBT writing section. Specifically, the study examined and compared the scores and writing activities and processes of ...


Changes in the Linguistic Characteristics of L2 Learners' Responses to TOEFL-IBT Writing Tasks after a Period of English Language Instruction

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TOEFL Committee of Examiners (COE) Research Program

Funding Amount:

$62,330

Description:

This study examines changes in the scores and linguistic characteristics of learners' responses to TOEFL-iBT writing tasks before and after English-language instruction to address two validity questions: whether changes in learners' overall English lan ...


Writing Assessment in the ESL Classroom: Teachers' Beliefs and Practices

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$305,101

Description:

Assessment practices in the ESL classroom occupy a large portion of teachers' time and have a great impact on instruction and students' engagement and learning. Classroom assessment practices are strongly influenced by teachers' beliefs and the context ...


A Psychoanalytic Inquiry into the Emotional World of the Teacher's Education

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$109,438

Description:

This conceptual study of representations of the teacher’s emotional world is designed to create a new vocabulary for a psychology of teaching built from psychoanalytic, aesthetic, and critical representations of emotional life in education. It asks how ...


The Global Competition for International Students as Future Immigrants: The Role of Ontario Universities in Translating Government Policy into Institutional Practice

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Funding Program:

Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

Funding Amount:

$44,612

Description:

This project examines the implications for the roles and responsibilities of Ontario universities in offering programs and services to international students, given Ontario’s policy imperative to target international students as permanent residents. Th ...


International Students are "Ideal" Immigrants: A Critical Discourse Analysis of Study-Migration Pathways in Canada, Australia and Germany

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$155,382

Description:

This is a 4-year project to study the emergence and implications of the "international students are ideal immigrants" policy discourse in 3 countries that actively cultivate international students for skilled migration: Canada, Australia and Germany. T ...


inVISIBILITY: An Urban Aboriginal Education Connections Project

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Connection Grant

Funding Amount:

$49,772

Description:

This two-phase event and outreach activity will bridge the gap between stakeholders in Education and Urban Aboriginal Communities and includes collaboration with the Toronto District School Board’s Aboriginal Education Centre. The first phase is a digi ...


The Listening Stone

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Funding Program:

Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

Funding Amount:

$90,440

Description:

The purpose of this research is to determine the impact of the Indigenous Education-Focused Collaborative Inquiry Projects relative to its goals to:   increase Indigenous student well-being and achievement; increase knowledge, understanding and aw ...


nIshnabek de'bwe wIn / Telling our Truths: Aboriginal Students and Allies Using Technology, Telling Stories, and Making Change

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$168,413

Description:

The alienation and marginalization of Aboriginal people from institutions of formal schooling is well documented. Research completed in city of Toronto schools confirms what Aboriginal parents, educators, and students already knew: educational institut ...


The Métis Education Study

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Funding Program:

Métis Nation of Ontario

Funding Amount:

$15,000

Description:

The purpose of this research was to support Métis education in Ontario. We wanted to know what was happening in the teaching of Métis content in Ontario Faculties of Education so as to positively impact knowledge and awareness of the ongoing presence o ...


Commemorative Pedagogical Practices: Exploring the Public Educational Potential of Law and Memorial Art Practices and Addressing the Unsettled Past in Spain and Argentina

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$50,870

Description:

This project seeks to explore the pedagogical implications of artistic memorial practices that arise amid legal attempts to address an unsettling and unsettled past. The project will focus specifically on Spain and Argentina, two societies in different ...


Re-emerging Pasts: New Techniques and Forums of Truth Production in Contemporary Chile and Argentina

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Economic and Social Research Council Grant (ESRC) UK

Funding Amount:

$£184,399

Description:

With colleague Professor Vikki Bell (University of London-Goldsmiths) Professor Mario Di Paolantonio is undertaking a research project that adopts an innovative theoretical framework within which to study how – by what processes, according to what crit ...


Borderless Higher Education for Refugees

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Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)

Funding Amount:

$4,500,000

Description:

The Borderless Higher Education for Refugees (BHER) Project is a development partnership of Canadian and Kenyan based institutions as well as international organizations that aim to make educational programs available where refugees need them. The BHER ...


Engaging Girls, Changing Communities: Examining Girls' Processes of Civic Engagement and Leadership

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$200,000

Description:

This project investigates how young women and girls engage in leadership and civic activities in new urban environments, by bringing together researchers and community members along with young women to define leadership, on their own terms. By inviting ...


Spaces of Memory: Between "Tangible reliefs" and "Internal Objects" in Learning from the Past

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$61,111

Description:

The study investigates the psychical complexities of historical learning occurring in the context of “historical pilgrimages” where students and teachers journey to historic sites to encounter the “tangible” relics of history. The project is a qualitat ...


The Greater Toronto Area Conference on Alternative Public Schooling: Past, Present and Future

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Connection Grant

Funding Amount:

$31,742

Description:

A 2-day conference was held in Toronto in November 2012 that will bring together participants from at least eight public and Catholic school boards, including teacher-practitioners, parents, students, district school board officials, administrators, Mi ...


Secondary and Adult Alternative Models: Research Project

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Funding Program:

Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)

Funding Amount:

$18,000

Description:

In 2011 the Toronto Catholic District School Board engaged Dr. Fine and Dr. Nina Bascia, a professor at OISE, to conduct research on alternative school models and issues in the TDSB and several other local boards of education in the Greater Toronto Are ...


York Symposium on the Scholarship of Engagement

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Connection Grant

Funding Amount:

$31,187

Description:

Research that is produced in collaboration with partners has a greater chance to benefit society than research that remains within the academy. Researchers and students who work with non-academic partners are engaged scholars. However, there is little ...


Housing First

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

Funding Amount:

$60,000

Description:


Responding to H1N1 in the Context of Homelessness in Canada

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CIHR Pandemic Preparedness Grant

Funding Amount:

$100,000

Description:

This project addresses the key responses to the H1N1 pandemic in the context of the homelessness crisis in Canada, and builds upon previous CIHR-funded research on pandemic planning and homelessness, by enabling an intensive case study of pandemic resp ...


Canadian Foyer Model for Homeless Youth

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

Funding Amount:

$29,670

Description:


NHRC Working Group Panel and Youth Homelessness E-Book

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Funding Program:

Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

Funding Amount:

$35,132

Description:


Building Program Evaluation Capacity in the Homelessness Sector

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Funding Amount:

$79,465

Description:


Developing a Foyer: A Horizontal Pilot Project

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Funding Amount:

$29,640

Description:


Promising Practices in the Homelessness Sector

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC) Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Funding Amount:

$84,920

Description:


Promising Practices in the Homelessness Sector 2011-2012

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

Funding Amount:

$94,500

Description:


Canadian Observatory on Homelessness: Creating Policy Impact

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partnership Grant

Funding Amount:

$2,502,967

Description:

In the past 2 decades, homelessness has emerged as a seemingly intractable problem in Canada. In order to strengthen the connection between research, policy and practice, this project will establish the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness (COH), a non ...


Knowledge Mobilization for Housing and Economic Vulnerability

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Public Outreach Grant for Dissemination

Funding Amount:

$141,798

Description:

Recognizing that there is an urgent need for research and evidence to inform effective community responses, programs and services for housing and income vulnerability, this project builds on a relationship spanning more than 5 years, and represents a k ...


Inspiring Local Communities: Toolkits for Developing Innovative Models of Housing and Support for Homeless Youth

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Funding Program:

Home Depot Canada Foundation

Funding Amount:

$35,000

Description:

As communities across Canada move toward more permanent and effective solutions to youth homeless, there is a growing need for information about age appropriate models of accommodation and support that can be adapted and applied in communities across C ...


Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN)

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Strategic Knowledge Cluster

Funding Amount:

$2,097,039

Description:

The Canadian Homelessness Research Network (CHRN) brings together top researchers on homelessness in Canada. Working in collaboration with a range of key stakeholders and institutions (in the non-profit sector and in government), this group is committe ...


Defining an End to Homelessness in Canada (Making Zero Count (Functional Zero))

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Funding Program:

Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) Homelessness Partnering Strategy

Funding Amount:

$431,211

Description:

This multi-phase project involves a team of researchers partnering with communities to develop a consistent definition of ending homelessness in Canada. The project includes developing a community of practice involving seven communities and one provinc ...


Making the Shift – Youth Homelessness Social Innovation Lab

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Funding Program:

Government of Canada Social Development Partnership Program

Funding Amount:

$7,908,405

Description:

Working in collaboration with A Way Home Canada and with support from MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, this project provides leadership in helping communities and governments to move away from crisis response solutions to youth homelessness. This proj ...


Without a Home: National Youth Homelessness Survey

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Funding Program:

Home Depot Canada Foundation

Funding Amount:

$81,400

Description:

In collaboration with Home Depot of Canada Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada, and the national coalition A Way Home Canada, this project will build on the 2015 national youth homeles ...


Youth Homelessness Prevention Framework

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Funding Program:

Home Depot Canada Foundation

Funding Amount:

$61,732

Description:

In collaboration with Home Depot of Canada Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to helping prevent and end youth homelessness in Canada,  and the national coalition A Way Home Canada, this project will lead to the development of a dedicated ...


Affective Beginnings: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Teacher Education

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$127,875

Description:

This project investigates the affective atmosphere beginning teachers face as they think and talk about LGBT issues in and out of the classroom. Grounded in critical studies of education and the literatures on teacher education and the “affective turn” ...


Beyond Bullying: Shifting the Discourse of LGBTQ Sexuality and Youth in the United States

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Funding Program:

Ford Foundation

Funding Amount:

$52,003

Description:

The purpose of the project is to investigate and expand the terms of cultural recognition and social belonging surrounding LGBTQ sexuality and youth in U.S. schools. In collaboration with education, research, and strategic communications partners, we w ...


Yes? Discourses of Consent in California's Sex Education Policy and Practice

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$62,481

Description:

Across North America, sex education is undergoing a transformation in school boards, universities and colleges, and local, state, and provincial governments. Affirmative sexual consent is increasingly being placed at the centre of new curriculum, polic ...


Between Yes and No: Rethinking Consent in Sex Education

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$136,094

Description:

How does contemporary sex education policy reflect, advance, and contest understandings of sexual violence, agency, and youth? In particular, how does the recent move toward including discussions of sexual consent in Ontario's new sex education Health ...


Listening to the Land: the Naskapi Nation Invests in Mining

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$469,230

Description:

This research addresses the question: What is the role of the school as a First Nation community works to reconcile participation in economic development with commitment to traditional language and culture? The Naskapi nation of what is now called nort ...


Research and Community in Minority Demographic Schools

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Funding Program:

Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$20,570

Description:

From 2012 to 2015,  $20,570 was awarded by the Ontario Ministry of Education in Parents Reaching Out Grants. The place of linguistically, culturally and racially marginalized families in publicly funded schools is part of ongoing discussion and debate ...


Demographic Data and Student Equity

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Funding Program:

Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

Funding Amount:

$35,000

Description:

The Ontario Ministry of Education recently articulated its Equity and Inclusive Education Strategy and its vision that school boards across the province ensure that the learning needs of all students are equitably served. Some school boards are already ...


Sharing Experiences: Conservations in Urban/Suburban Education

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Public Outreach Grant

Funding Amount:

$100,000

Description:

This project aims to bring the results of research conducted with marginalized youth in Toronto’s inner city and inner suburban educational milieux to educators, parents, community workers, and other stakeholders in the outer suburban districts of the ...


Parents as Partners in Education: Your Role in Supporting Black Student Success

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Funding Program:

Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$20,000

Description:

Funded through the Parent's Reaching Out Grant program, the overall goal of this project is to provide parents with the tools and resources to engage as effective and confident partners in the education of their children. Decades of research have found ...


Black Child and Youth Studies Network

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Funding Amount:

$750,000

Description:

Hosted at York University, the Black Child and Youth Studies Network is a multi-disciplinary, multi-institution research, program and policy development incubator that aims to help address issues of inequity and racism experienced by Black children and ...


Being Proactive: Supporting Children and Youth Mental Health and Wellness in Schools and Communities Conference

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Funding Program:

Department of Justice, Ministry of Child and Youth Services

Funding Amount:

$28,000

Description:

On February 16–17, 2012, the Department of Justice, Ministry of Children and Youth Services, York University Center for Education and Community, the Toronto District School Board and the Youth Association for Academics, Athletics and Character Educatio ...


Being Proactive II: Looking after the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth in our Communities Conference

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Funding Program:

Department of Justice, Ministry of Child and Youth Services

Funding Amount:

$41,791

Description:

On Friday March 22nd, 2013, participants at the Being Proactive II: Looking after the Mental Health and Well-Being of Children and Youth conference gathered to share insights on how to better provide community, schooling, institutional and societal sup ...


Jamaica-Canada Connections: Public Lecture, Workshops and Book

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Funding Program:

International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Funding Amount:

$9,900

Description:

In 2012, Jamaica celebrated its 50th year of independence. To commemorate this anniversary, Professor James collaborated with the Centre for Research on Latin America and the Caribbean (CERLAC) to develop a collection of essays and series of workshops ...


Think, Design, Play: Re-Fusing the Digital Divide

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$439,435

Description:

Today's youth are born into a media saturated environment vastly different from that experienced by even quite recent generations. Since David Buckingham pointed it out over a decade ago, young children's unprecedented access to digital technologies an ...


Critically Mapping Indie Games in Canada

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Funding Program:

Canadian Media Research Consortium

Funding Amount:

$27,515

Description:

This project will critically map and examine the social-material assemblage of diverse, spatially distributed actors that make up independent or “indie” digital gaming in Canada. In the last decade, comparatively low-budget indie games made by individu ...


Network Centre of Excellence GRAND: Graphics, Animation and New Media

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Funding Program:

Network Centre of Excellence GRAND: Graphics, animation and New Media

Funding Amount:

$62,000

Description:


AMD After School Game Production Club

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Funding Program:

York University Foundation / Friends of York University

Funding Amount:

$12,500

Description:

Advanced Micro Devices (AMD), a technology development company specializing in computer processors and related technologies, has provided over $160,000 since 2011 to develop and continually offer the Kids Game Development Camp at York University. To co ...


Serious Play: Game Development Pathways to STEM Achievement for Teachers and Learners

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Funding Program:

York University Foundation / State Farm Mutual

Funding Amount:

$48,144

Description:

In areas surrounding York University, low income and recently-immigrated students continue to radically underachieve in schools. These students are labelled as ‘at-risk’ by their teachers, who anticipate that they may not graduate secondary school if l ...


#DigitalParents: Bridging Gaps Through Literacy, Citizenship and Storytelling

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Funding Program:

Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$10,000

Description:

Funded through the Parent's Reaching Out Grant program, this project has 3 objectives: to increase parental skills related to 21st century competencies, especially those that focus on digital literacies and technology-supported learning; to support the ...


Up Skilling Teachers for the 21st Century: Teaching with Digital Games

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partner Engage Grant

Funding Amount:

$24,978

Description:

The 21st century, technological advancements and a shift toward an increasingly participatory knowledge economy have drastically redefined the skills and competencies required for success in and out of school. The pressing need to foster students' deve ...


Kids Get Game: Game Development Pathways to STEM Achievement for Teachers and Learners

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Funding Program:

Motorola Solutions Foundation

Funding Amount:

$49,600

Description:

This ongoing program, funded since 2013-14 for a total of $166,800, delivers after school programming to three neighborhood schools, engaging approximately 60 students as well as two teachers, teacher candidates and other technology experts, each year. ...


Re-Figuring Innovation in Games

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partnership Grant

Funding Amount:

$2,498,116

Description:

A very real challenge of the 21st century is the enduring inequity between men and women, particularly pronounced in relation to the design, uptake and use of digital technologies, including games. Researching the persistent under-participation of wome ...


Playing to Learn: A Games for Learning Implementation Project

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Funding Program:

Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

Funding Amount:

$472,696

Description:

In a rapidly evolving information mediascape shaped by participatory, mobile, and multimodal digital technologies, attention is the primary currency, and engagement its main requirement. Today’s students tend to be far more fluent with, and far more at ...


Feminists in Games (FiG): a Canadian Industry/Academy Research Partnership

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$171,142

Description:

A very real challenge of the 21st century is the enduring inequity between men and women, especially in relation to the design, uptake and use of digital technologies. The goal of this project is to actively engage, to effectively intervene and to succ ...


Supporting In-service Teacher Learning in Special Education Additional Qualification Courses

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Funding Program:

Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

Funding Amount:

$25,000

Description:

This project gathers providers and consumers of Special Education Additional Qualification (AQ) courses to identify and analyse the gaps in knowledge, skills and learning resources needed to implement the Ontario College of Teachers Guidelines for the ...


All "I's" on Education: Imagination, Integration, Innovation

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Funding Program:

Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

Funding Amount:

$624,041

Description:

The focus of the research project will be to develop new conversations about how the teaching and learning in math, science and the arts can be enhanced by inventive, integrated pedagogy supported by technology. Teachers with knowledge and skill in var ...


Teaching for Mathematical Understanding: The Potential of 'Folding Back' as a Pedagogical Tool

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$169,897

Description:

The notion of understanding mathematical ideas and concepts remains a critical and desirable component of the mathematics classroom, yet teachers continue to struggle with meaningful ways to teach for mathematical understanding. Understanding involves ...


Literacy Outcomes of Deaf Learners: Updating the Evidence Base

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$184,311

Description:

For the better part of the past century, research has indicated that the median reading level for an 18-year-old deaf student is about the 4th grade level, and that approximately 30% of deaf graduates leave school functionally illiterate. These low lit ...


Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY)

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Funding Program:

Arctic Inspiration Prize

Funding Amount:

$300,000

Description:

As part of a collaborative team of researchers, educators and communities members, Professor Millet received funds for the BHENY initiative, which aims to address the educational needs of children with hearing loss in Arctic regions. Children in Arctic ...


Review of the Literature on Reading Practices

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Funding Program:

National Reading Campaign

Funding Amount:

$15,000

Description:

This project was featured in the Toronto Star on May 7, 2013


Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Transforming Learning Everywhere Project

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Funding Program:

Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

Funding Amount:

$146,020

Description:

The Ontario Technology and Learning Fund (TLF) is aimed at supporting publicly-funded District School Boards (DSB) scale-up and systematize technology-enabled learning and development of students’ 21st Century skills. Currently all Ontario DSBs as well ...


The Open Virtual Usability Lab: A New Tool for Website Accessibility Research

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$72,100

Description:

Hosted by the Institute for Research on Digital Learning at York University, OpenVULab is an open source tool designed for remote usability and accessibility research. A unique feature of OpenVULab is that it can record video and audio of remote users’ ...


Connected North Evaluation Project

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Funding Program:

Cisco Systems Canada Co.

Funding Amount:

$75,000

Description:

The Government of Nunavut and Cisco Canada officially launched Connected North to showcase innovations in technology-enhanced learning with the aim of engaging students more deeply in the study of science.  The virtual education program utilizes Cisco ...


Transformative Action Towards Equity: Strategic Remodeling of Special Education Programming to Support Students' Academic and Social Development

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$52,711

Description:

In the field of education, the debate around how schools structure the education for students identified with special education needs or disabilities continues to be of international interest. However, both the theoretical literature and empirical evid ...


Supporting School-based Teaching Strategies: Creating Videos for Parents

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Funding Program:

Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$10,000

Description:

Funded through the Parents Reaching Out Grant program, this project will involve developing videos for parents on different teaching strategies: one video will support strategies for reading, and one video will support similar strategies for mathematic ...


Students Engaging with One Another's Written Work: Research With and For Teachers

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partner Engage Grant

Funding Amount:

$24,200

Description:

Our primary purpose is to inform public debate about mathematics education. York University mathematics education researchers and an elementary school from a predominantly English-speaking community are interested in addressing parental/guardian concer ...


Towards Equitable Schooling for Black Canadian Students: Workshops for Educational Workers, Teachers and Parents

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Funding Program:

Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$25,000

Description:

The goals of the project are: to address the learning needs and promote the educational performance of students for whom the variety of English normally spoken in Ontario represents a second dialect by engaging related issues with parents and teachers ...


Promoting the Academic Literacy Development of Generation 1.5 English Language Learners: A Pro-Active Agenda

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$57,715

Description:

This project focuses on the academic literacy development of children who are born and/or begin their formal schooling in Canada but who are raised in homes where the societally dominant language is not the primary language used in the home.  This proj ...


"My mother parachuted me over Toronto": International Students in GTA Secondary Schools

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Partner Engage Grant

Funding Amount:

$24,666

Description:

This project proposes to advance a research and public service partnership focused on the schooling experiences and social and cultural adaptation of international/visa students who have completed their primary and early secondary-level education in th ...


Policy Enactment in Ontario Schools: Teacher Professionalism in Practice

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$151,788

Description:

The idea of "professionalism" is at the core of education practice. It underpins professional self-governance. This 5-year, critical policy sociology study examines how teachers, interpret laws and policies that regulate their professionalism, why and ...


International Students as "Ideal" Immigrants: Ontario Employer's Perspective

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Funding Program:

Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF)

Funding Amount:

$49,814

Description:

Ontario universities play an important role in enhancing international students’ employability; however, the employers’ role in realizing the return on their education and their transition into the Ontario labour market has become more crucial with cha ...


Policy Layer Enactment: New Terrains of Understanding

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$316,228

Description:

Extensive education policy reform has occurred in most industrialized nations, as governments attempt to improve systems outcomes by issuing more (and often more prescriptive) policy. In some jurisdictions (including Ontario), this has resulted in "pol ...


Mobilizing Rhetoric for Policy Change: How Context Influences an Advocacy Group's Success

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$68,493

Description:

Is fundraising in schools a great way to engage parents and provide students with arts enrichment and field trips? Or does fundraising create inequities between schools and communities, and ultimately, a two-tiered system of public education? Debates o ...


Diversification and Classification of Chinese Higher Education: An Exploration of State, Market, and Institutional Forces

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Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Grant

Funding Amount:

$78,993

Description:

Differentiation and diversity have become important policy issues in re/structuring contemporary higher education systems. Arguably, diversity is the product of public policy applied to the nexus of teaching, learning and research. On a deeper level, d ...


Postsecondary Cooperative Education: Ontario in a National and an International Context

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Funding Program:

Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF)

Funding Amount:

$47,687

Description:

Postsecondary cooperative (or co-op) education is a structured method of combining classroom-based education with practical work experience, providing academic credit for structured job experience. Co-op education now takes on new importance in helping ...