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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SSHRC Aid to Scholarly Journals

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$35,164

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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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Education Testing Service (ETS)

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$105,855

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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 ...


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

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SSHRC Insight Grant

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$305,101

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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 ...


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

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$62,330

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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 ...


A psychoanalytic inquiry into the emotional world of the teacher's education

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SSHRC Standard Research Grant

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$109,438

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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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Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario

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$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 ...


inVISIBILITY: An urban aboriginal education connections project

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SSHRC Connection Grant

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$49,772

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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 Métis Education Study

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Métis Nation of Ontario

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$15,000

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nIshnabek de'bwe wIn / telling our truths: Aboriginal students and allies using technology, telling stories, and making change

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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 ...


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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SSHRC Standard Research Grant

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$50,870

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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)

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$£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)

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$4,500,000

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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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SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

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$200,000

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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 ...


Poetry of Witness as Transitional Justice and Public Pedagogy

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SSHRC Research Development Initiative

Funding Amount:

$36,726

Description:

This project investigates global poems of witness and explores the ways in which poetry can be a form of transitional justice that contributes to public pedagogy. Transitional justice is a response to systematic or widespread violations of human rights ...


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

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SSHRC Standard Research Grant

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$61,111

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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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SSHRC Connection Grant

Funding Amount:

$31,742

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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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Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB)

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$18,000

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York Symposium on the Scholarship of Engagement

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SSHRC Connection Grant

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$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 ...


Canadian Observatory on Homelessness: Creating Policy Impact

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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 ...


Housing First

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

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$60,000

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Knowledge mobilization for housing and economic vulnerability

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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 ...


Responding to H1N1 in the Context of Homelessness in Canada

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CIHR Pandemic Preparedness Grant

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$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)

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$29,670

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NHRC Working Group Panel and Youth Homelessness E-Book

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

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$35,132

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Building Program Evaluation Capacity in the Homelessness Sector

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

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$79,465

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Developing a Foyer: A Horizontal Pilot Project

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

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$29,640

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Promising Practices in the Homelessness Sector

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

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$84,920

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Promising Practices in the Homelessness Sector 2011-2012

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Human Resources and Skill Development Canada (HRSDC)

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$94,500

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Inspiring Local Communities: Toolkits for developing innovative models of housing and support for homeless youth

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Home Depot Canada Foundation

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$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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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 ...


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

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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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Ford Foundation

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$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 ...


Mobilizing Humanistic Pedagogies in Long-Term Suspension & Expulsion

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Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

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$93,175

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Listening to the Land: the Naskapi Nation Invests in Mining

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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 ...


Racial Humour in the Post-racial: A Critical Race Africology of Canadian Blackface Incidents

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Phillip Howard

Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$67,017

Description:

Incidents in which persons appear in blackface ostensibly for the purposes of fun and entertainment regularly occur in Canada, and many of these incidents occur on university campuses. Given the post-racial climate that has been claimed in Canada since ...


Research and community in minority demographic schools

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Ontario Ministry of Education

Funding Amount:

$20,570

Description:

Professor John Ippolito has received $10,570 over 2012 and 2013 from the Ontario Ministry of Education for a Parents Reaching Out Grant for his project “Research and community in minority demographic schools” and recently received an additional $10,000 ...


Demographic Data and Student Equity

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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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SSHRC Public Outreach Grant

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$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 ...


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

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$28,000

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Jamaica-Canada Connections: Public Lecture, Workshops and Book

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International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

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$9,900

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AMD After School Game Production Club

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York University Foundation / Friends of York University

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$50,130

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

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SSHRC Insight Grant

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$439,435

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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 ...


Re-figuring Innovation in Games

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SSHRC Partnership Grant - Letter of Intent

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$19,938

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 ...


Critically Mapping Indie Games in Canada

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Canadian Media Research Consortium

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$27,515

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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 ...


Feminists in Games (FiG): a Canadian industry/academy research partnership

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SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$171,142

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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 ...


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

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

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$62,000

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

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$48,144

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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 ...


Playing to Learn: A Games for Learning Implementation Project

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Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

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$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 ...


Supporting in-service teacher learning in Special Education Additional Qualification Courses

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Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)

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$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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Council of Ontario Directors of Education, Ontario Ministry of Education

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 ...


Professional development for preschool teachers: evaluating the effectiveness on literacy teaching and learning

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SSHRC Standard Research Grant

Funding Amount:

$120,235

Description:

Little is known regarding early educators’ beliefs about how children learn early literacy concepts and how this impacts on their literacy practices with young children. To address the deficit in the research, this project will implement and comparativ ...


Exploring teacher knowledge of mathematics in issues of social justice

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Ami Mamolo

Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$69,012

Description:

A critical area of research in mathematics education continues to be that of developing pedagogy that will at once raise levels of achievement and engagement. A common approach to meeting these goals is to teach with ‘context problems’ – that is, probl ...


Investigating Intercultural Ways of Knowing through Dance and Movement in Diverse Classrooms

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Margaret Manson

Funding Program:

SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$61,151

Description:

The objective of this research project is to initiate an interdisciplinary investigation through dance and movement into the contingent nature of knowledge construction/production in diverse schools serving diasporic communities in Toronto. The inquiry ...


Teaching for mathematical understanding: The potential of 'folding back' as a pedagogical tool

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SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$169,897

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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 ...


Better Hearing in Education for Northern Youth (BHENY)

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Arctic Inspiration Prize

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$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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National Reading Campaign

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$15,000

Description:

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


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

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SSHRC Insight Development Grant

Funding Amount:

$72,100

Description:

Hosted by the Institute for Research on Learning Technologies 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 u ...


Connected North Evaluation Project

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Cisco Systems Canada Co.

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$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 ...


Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board Transforming Learning Everywhere Project

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Council of Ontario Directors of Education (CODE)

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$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 ...


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

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SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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$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 ...


International students as "ideal" immigrants: Ontario employer's perspective

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Ontario Human Capital Research and Innovation Fund (OHCRIF)

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$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 ...


Mobilizing Rhetoric for Policy Change: How context influences an advocacy group's success

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SSHRC Insight Development Grant

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$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 ...


Policy layer enactment: New terrains of understanding

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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 ...