Exploring Historic Black Nova Scotian Experiences with Mathematics Assessment

The overall purpose of this research is to explore the ways diagnostic assessments enable or disable growth in mathematics understanding for children most impacted by colonialism, in particular the Historical Black community in Nova Scotia. This research stems from ongoing collaborative relationships with the Delmore Buddy Daye Learning Institute (DBDLI) that has focused on strategies for decolonizing pedagogy and content in mathematics classrooms.

An Activity Theory-Based Project Management Tool For Agile

This project will apply the theoretical framework of Activity Theory to Agile product development methods in order to decompose them into salient components, using an integrative literature review of Agile methodologies to do so. This decomposition will then be used to adapt the open-source education management/planning software CourseFlow for use in Agile development. This software has been designed with Activity Theory in mind, viewing different levels of education (lesson, course, curriculum) as interconnected and nested activities.

Supporting 2SLGBTQI+ Organizations Through Research and Advocacy

The Enchanté Network is Canada’s largest network of 2SLGBTQI+ organizations, connecting nearly 200 members in every province and territory. The Enchanté Network’s Resourcing 2SLGBTQI+ Communities Initiative supports a Postdoctoral fellow in carrying out a community-driven model for research collaboration, public policy engagement, and social innovation in the areas of gender, sexuality, and culture. In particular, it shines a light on the funding available to support 2SLGBTQI+ services and organizations.

Developing an Automated Response Characterization Tool Based on Affect, Content, and Linguistic Features of the Casper Test

Open-ended questions are where respondents consider hypothetical scenarios that they might encounter in real life and describe what action(s) they might take in response to each situation. To assess a test-taker’s responses to these questions, a human scoring process (i.e., human raters marking each response individually) is followed. Despite following clear scoring criteria, human raters are likely to take additional factors (e.g., word choices) into account when scoring open-ended questions. Therefore, to what extent how someone writes influence the scoring needs to be carefully evaluated.

Braiding Sweetgrass: Supporting Indigenous Staff in Non-Indigenous Organizations

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action stipulates a call for all levels of government to increase the number and retention of Indigenous people working in health care (TRC, 2015). Many organizations grapple with the retention of and encounter challenges with the retention of Indigenous staff. Indigenous staff face high rates of stress, burnout, dual accountability, face multiple roles, and lack culturally supportive work environments. This project aims to understand how non-Indigenous organizations can best support Indigenous liaison workers.

Correctional Education: Technology Assisted Literacy and Language Learning Research Project

The rehabilitative measures in place within Canadian Correctional centres include opportunities for incarcerated individuals to change and grow through educational interventions specifically designed to increase skills sets and overall self-confidence. Given the challenging environment of correctional facilities, opportunities to provide efficient and enhanced processes for learning with the potential are sought as they are considered to equip incarcerated persons for life after incarceration and reduce recidivism.

Evaluating and learning from a mind-body medicine course: An interview-based study

This project learns from the experience of participants in an eight-week Mind-Body Medicine program (MBM). Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) teaches people how to help themselves by uncovering and engaging their inner resources and building resilience, broadly understood. The eight-week MBM program will be delivered through the Iris Centre for Mindfulness, Peace and Healing in Fredericton. The research will involve the analysis of interviews with participants, including those who dropped out.

First Steps for a Healthy Climate: Exploring grassroots/parent-led community resiliency, civic empowerment and location-based education for climate change

The climate emergency poses a looming existential threat (IPCC 2021), already being realized in BC through forest fires, smoke, drought, and extreme heat events. Babies and young children are high-risk for both present and future climate dangers. Tasked with the responsibility to care and protect societies’ most vulnerable, parents require help, including community resources for increasing family and child capacity to cope with climate change. Such supports are especially important for post-partum mental health.

Socially Innovative Entrepreneurship Across Cultures

The proposed project aims to develop a robust, user friendly educational strategy and tools that can be used to empower people close to the social problems to address these challenges through sustainable, revenue generating entrepreneurial action. The research explores how education, as a social science, can contribute to positive social changes through studies in entrepreneurship and innovation. The methodology is designed to use real life, real time data to identify the most effective educational tools that inspire creation of socially innovative business models across cultures.

Facilitating Canadian NGOs’ participation in Knowledge Mobilization: A Key to Enhancing the Societal Contribution of Academic Research

Annually, governments worldwide invest a lot of money from public budgets on research projects to solve societal challenges. Still, there is a huge gap between research-produced knowledge in universities and policies and practices in society. One challenge to increasing societal impact is aligning research projects with the needs and challenges of local communities. This project investigates the potential role of NGOs in informing research projects about the local challenges by using an online web-based platform.