Transforming Research in Education
The main focus of this research group in the Faculty of Education is on transforming the way research in education is conducted. Using qualitative approaches, the researchers have pioneered development of theoretical bases and research methodologies for analyzing and interpreting data based on the experiences and reflections of teachers and learners. This linking of human-science research methods with teacher practice has resulted in cutting-edge changes to research in education. The findings are influencing the way teachers are educated in the English-speaking world today and, through translation, in other countries as well.
The core researchers in this group have earned national and international recognition for their work in developing and applying human research models in their areas of special interest. These include teacher education, curriculum theory, literacy, science education, globalization and postmodern pedagogy, and peace education.
Major research projects have included an examination of science education and curriculum reform supported by funding from the Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation and a study of literacy among children, in collaboration with the Canadian Language and Literacy Research Network and supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council) and SSHRC (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council). The South Africa Teacher Development Project is supported by the Canadian International Development Agency.