Science museums, controversies and public engagement: Brazilian and Canadian experiences

Through this research project I would like to explore the role of science museums in fostering engagement with science and technology, particularly, when controversial issues are at play (e.g. reproductive technologies, renewable energies, genetically modified food). It will focus on the ways in which museums exhibits communicate with visitors and, also, on the ways visitors create meanings during their visit. I am planning to study and to compare two controversial science exhibits, one in Canada and one in Brazil.

Teaching literacy through Imaginative Education in Mexican context

Literacy is one of the essential elements of curriculum in any country. Mexico has been struggling with diminishing results in international and national assessments. By the age of 15, most students have poor reading comprehension skills, and the consequences are that they don’t advance as they should in their learning process. The Imaginative Education Research Group (IERG) has developed the Imaginative Literacy Program (ILP) based on the Imaginative Education innovative approach.

Trilingual students in crossfire: Plurilingualism and identities of the teenage foreign language learners at a ChaoXianZu [ethnic Korean] public high school in Northeast China

This study is a pilot project focuses on examining current issues concerning multilingualism and third language learning, as an initiative to rethink Foreign Language (FL) education in the 21st century. Its main goal is to understand the politics of multilingualism, language investment and identities of students in today’s dynamic classrooms.

Capturing Learning in the Classroom (CLIC)

CLIC (Capturing Learning in the Classroom) is a Canadian-developed web-application designed to allow teachers to document observations of children’s learning experiences in the classroom. It streamlines the documentation process and automatically generates summaries for planning and communication of learning. CLIC enables teachers to link their observations to the expectations set out in the standardized curriculum document.

From Management to Adaptation: An organizational learning approach to strategic renewal of the environmental management function at The City of Calgary

This study looks at how organizational learning can be applied to enhance the relationships between human organizations and the environment. A team of environmental management professionals at The City of Calgary will work with the intern/researcher to design and test the effectiveness of an organizational learning tool.

Manitoba Mathematics Action Research Project

Recently PLS has signed a contract with the Ministry of Education in Manitoba. The province has been experiencing declining math scores across the province in both international tests such as PISA and in their provincial standardized tests. Manitoba is deeply committed to improving students mathematical achievement and as a result has hired PLS to develop an evidence based professional learning model that will help deepen teachers understanding of math and pedagogy, and to measure the impact of this professional learning on student achievement.

Targeting achievement in higher-order thinking and STEM: An interprofessional approach

This proposed research investigates the use of ThUMP by classroom educators to foster high order thinking through authentic and meaningful practice activities. Research suggests that practice is require to obtain expertise in complex subject areas such as STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). ThUMP allows educators to author practice activities that students can access using mobile devices. This proposed research adopts a design based approach in order to provide feedback / feed forward to the Mathtoon’s developers.

Building Equity and Inclusion through the Arts

Teaching through the arts has often been heralded as an effective way to engage marginalized students. As such, it would seem that an arts-infused approach to learning may promote equity and inclusion in schools. This research project endeavours to engage students as co-researchers to investigate how exactly the arts and creativity allow moments of equity to arise in the classroom.

Matching video content to the developmental needs of preschool children

The proposed research will include an analysis of video content to determine its implicit learning content based on the social and emotional domains. Once the videos are analyzed, a parent profile will be used to determine what videos are most applicable to each individual child, based on their developmental profile. Further activities will be recommended to parents in addition to the video content. This project will aid the organization in becoming more individualized in terms of content and domain development, according to what the profile indicates for the child.

Implementation & Effectiveness of the Youth in Transition Intensive Case Management

The proposed research will consist of an evaluation of both the implementation and effectiveness of the YouIT program for youth and young adults with mental health and addiction problems. An implementation evaluation will be conducted to document whether the program has been implemented as intended (based on best practices) and how the program is actually implemented. The outcome evaluation will examine the outcomes of clients over the course of their participation in the YouIT program.

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