The Acquisition of Music Reading Skills in Novice Students

Music reading is a very challenging and frustrating aspect of learning music that often leads to the cessation of lessons in the early stages of music learning. Despite this, there has been very little experimental research to understand the music reading process. To address this need, we will administer a group of cognitive and music reading tests to young novice piano students. The results of this project will form groundwork for a much-needed understanding of the music reading process, which in turn will enhance our understanding the most effective approaches in teaching this skill.

Career Stage, Age, and Gender on Employees’ Ethical Challenges: a Canadian Perspective

Corporate employees face a range of ethical pressures and challenges; in some cases, employees fail at these challenges, and the result is often bad for employees, for employers, and for the Canadian public. Ethics education in post-secondary settings and corporate ethics training may help, but needs to be designed in a way that takes account of the specific kinds of challenges and pressures employees actually face. First-hand testimony suggests young people (in their 20s) face special challenges and special risks because of their junior status in the workplace.

Performance-Based Design Guideline for Mid- to High-Rise Mass Timber Based Structures with Energy Dissipators and Base Isolators

In Canada, the need to address housing demand along the growing urbanization with consideration of environmental impact, motivated timber-based construction. Timber structures are known for their aesthetic, flexibility in achieving the innovative architectural designs, fast means of construction and environmental friendliness. In the past decade, significant research have been undertaken to use timber for mid- to high-rise structures. Mass timber-based structures, incorporating appropriate connections and energy dissipators, can extend the building heights in timber-based construction.

Environmental Influences on Affordances for Risky Play in ECEC Institutions

This research project aims to develop a greater understanding of environmental factors that contribute to affordances in risky play for children in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) institutions in Levanger, Norway. The study will analyse observational data collected such as, semi-structured interviews with children and practitioners, video observations and field memos. All data will be analyzed for typology of risky play, degree of risk, and environemnetal components that afford risks in children’s play (Gibson, 1979; Little & Wyver, 2010; Sandseter, 2007).

Teaching robotics programming in conjunction with virtual simulation software: An evaluation of learning behaviors in secondary students

Studies have indicated a positive correlation between teaching robotic programming using a virtual platform with speed of learning and deeper level understanding. We will study how students learn when provided with just physical robots, just virtual robotics software, and both in conjunction with each other. This study will also attempt to assess indicators of learning that are more in line with the direction of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), under the assumption that they will be more relevant to modern students, educators, and the corporations in relevant fields.

Using Marine Technology to Develop a Gulf Islands Marine Biology Education and Outreach Program

With the increase of human impacts on the ocean, more effective and engaging environmental education is needed to inspire action. The Galiano Conservation Association (GCA) aims to educate the public about marine conservation issues around Galiano island. The intern will help GCA to understand how to improve their marine education program, using underwater video technology to bring an audience to otherwise inaccessible environments. Once new programs are implemented, a plan for testing the efficacy of new programs will be developed.

The making of a woman feature filmmaker: Gender and cultural production in a Montreal-based film school

In Canada, women have made significant inroads in television, web series, documentaries, and experimental films. But few women directors and screenwriters participate in big-budget feature film production. This study explores the marginalization of women in the feature film industry through the lens of film production training. As previous studies have shown, film education can shape student filmmakers’ professional identity and aesthetic repertoires.

Landscapes of Injustice, Curatorial Postdoctoral Fellowship

Amaratunga Railton’s proposed project is to take a leading role in curating the capstone public output of Landscapes of Injustice (LOI). LOI is a 7-year, intersectoral community-engaged research project exploring the dispossession of Japanese Canadians during the 1940s. LOI illustrates (1) the violation of human and civil rights at a time of perceived insecurity; (2) measures taken in the name of national defence; (3) the enduring harm of mass displacement, and loss of home and property; (4) human resilience.

Costing Educational Inequity: The Case for a "Social Determinants of Education"

While often imagined as "great equalizer," recent research affirms that students from mariginalized and racialized backgrounds are particularly affected by educational inequity. Nowhere is this more evident than Jane and Finch in northwest Toronto where Success Beyond Limits (SBL) has been working toward addressing these longstanding barriers. By employing the SBL Graduation Model - a combination of wrap around supports and mentoring throughout secondary school, SBL has worked toward addressing barriers marginalized students face in schooling.

Building and supporting healthy educational communities: From kindergarten through university

Health and education have been shown to be interconnected and co-dependent. This research project will connect the work being done on Comprehensive School Health in the K-12 setting with similar work beginning in the post-secondary setting. Ever Active Schools has collaborated with school health teams for over 10 years (Healthy Active School Symposia - HASS). The data they have gathered from students, teachers and administrators will be an invaluable asset to the developmental process of embedding comprehensive school health in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta.

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