Social cartographies of initiatives of social transformation

Social transformation requires a deep understanding of the cultural, economic and historical forces and flows that connect peoples, places, and world views, and of the difficulties of intervening in complex, dynamic systems. This research project uses the methodology of social cartography to map diverse (and potentially conflicting) interests, ambitions and orientations of socially engaged communities and initiatives supported by the Musagetes Foundation.

Exploring usability of an app environment to deliver transformative professional development

Professional development (PD) refers to an individual’s growth throughout a professional life cycle. Generally, the intent of PD is to deepen understanding and improve practice within a standardized professional life cycle. Given the personalized nature of PD, program evaluations are frequently based on participants’ satisfaction rather than evidence of professional learning or change in practice. At the same time, online programs provide more convenient and flexible PD opportunities without geographical barriers.

Giving Voice to Aboriginal Families

Experiences in early childhood are fundamental determinants of lifelong well-being. In this project, we will give voice to Aboriginal families and caregivers on what they believe is important to the well being of their young children. A methodology adopted from social psychology, called ‘echo’ enables the values and beliefs of the population of interest to be articulated. The population of interest is individuals working with or raising young Aboriginal children (ages 0-6 years) in the Greater Victoria Capital Region.

Dreamcatcher Informatics: A Web-based/Mobile Information System for Aboriginal Land Management, Consultation, and Preservation of History, Culture, and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

The role of this internship is to assist in reaching the SSHRC goal for the Dreamcatcher system of capturing cultural data, traditional ecological knowledge, and traditional land use, creating as full a historical, cultural, and economic record as possible, as well as strong land use management/consultation, water and asset management, and public health systems. This information will inform cultural research, treaty negotiations, and community development.

Measuring What Matters in Education

The central goal of this research project is to broaden measurement of school performance across Canada by developing, collecting, and measuring data on six performance indicators as follows: academic achievement, physical health, social-emotional development, creativity, citizenship, and school climate. Having developed competencies in these areas during phase one of the project, the current phase aims to begin the process of measuring the indicators of interest and reporting on results. Survey data will be collected and integrated with existing government data sources.

Technology in Geography

The Technology in Geography research project analyzes how teachers within Chinese high schools use technology and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) within geography classes to aid in delivering course material. Coming from an educational background that was highly centred on using GIS, I find it critical to include GIS technologies within Geography as a way to engage students and introduce them to the technologies that are available to them. Within Canada, more specifically in Ontario schools there are very few teachers who integrate technology within geography classes.

Plurilingual Competence and Language Practice in English for Academic Purposes

Research in second language education has raised an overarching question regarding what kind of language practice that should be in the place to respond to the changing global landscape of higher education. Though the notion of plurlingual competence has gained increasing attention in recent years, there has been scarce literature focusing on (and comparing) educators’ and students’ perceptions of language choice/practice in academic English teaching and learning from the perspectives of plurilingualism in the Chinese context. My research will address this gap.

Exploring Differences and Similarities in the Geography Curriculum

The main objective of my research project is to compare the Canadian Geography curriculum with the Geography curriculum in China within grades 7 and 8. Over the course of 3 months I will be able to analyze the major topics covered by the Chinese geography teachers, explore the resources available to students and analyze how those resources are used to teach grades 7 and 8. This research project will be carried out through observations of classrooms in China. Note taking and journal writing will be the main method of gathering data.

The Pedagogies and Perceptions of English Language Teachers in China

The overall objective of my research project is to examine the pedagogies and perceptions of English language teachers in China with the intent of comparing and contrasting them to those of French language teachers in Canada.

China English and its Role in the Differentiated Education of English Language Learners in Canada

This project will explore the dialect of China English at Southwest University in Chongqing, China. The research will attempt to connect the study of China English to the purpose of offering a more inclusive and comprehensive education for English language learning students in Canadian schools. The project will involve an observation of China English as present in oral and written forms across the Southwest University campus and in classrooms.

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