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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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Research Areas

The Faculty of Education has a vibrant research community focusing on a number of key areas including pedagogy, education, technology, health and wellness, social justice, and leadership. We invite you to explore the specific research areas listed below to find out more about our labs, grants, key researchers, and selected publications.

 

Key Areas of Focus in Education & Technology

  • Blended and flipped learning environments
  • Coding and K-12 education
  • Critical digital literacies
  • Information and communication technologies and application to K-12 and postsecondary settings
  • Maker pedagogies 
  • Use and impact of technology in K-12 and higher education classrooms
  • Video podcasts in K-12 and Higher Education

Labs

Grants

  • Canadian Council on Learning ($75,000). Evaluating the Impact of Learning Objects on Classroom Learning
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant – Computational Thinking in Mathematics Education ($199,380) 
  • SSHRC StrategicResearch Grant ($70,000).  Exploring the Use of Learning Objects in Math & Science Classroom

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Key Areas of Focus

  • App development and use in education and training
  • Design, quality and effectiveness of video podcasts and online learning tools
  • Mobile apps and learning
  • Mobile technologies
  • Instructional design
  • Social networking media 

Lab

Grants

Ontario Research Fund ($1,175,000). There’s an App for That: Designing, Developing, Researching Educational Apps

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Key Areas of Focus for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion

  • At-risk youth
  • Bullying
  • Developing resilience
  • Equity and access to mathematics for typically underserved populations of learners
  • Equitable access to higher education
  • Gender differences in the use of technology
  • Inclusive mathematics education (at-risk students, English language learners, culturally responsive pedagogy)
  • Indigenous ways of knowing and issues
  • Women and non-dominant groups in STEM/STEAM education

Grants

  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($70,799). A multidisciplinary approach to developing and evaluating a mobile technology-supported, culturally responsive vocabulary intervention for Aboriginal students
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($100,000). Increasing Literacies Through Supported Education and Policies of Inclusion
  • SSHRC Insight Grant. Adolescents, Identity and Digital Literacies
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant ($135,000). Diversities of Resilience: Understanding the Strategies for Success used by Underrepresented Students in Canadian Universities

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Key Areas of Focus

  • Bullying and safe schools
  • Mental health education for teachers
  • Mental health & digital technology
  • Psychological empowerment for at-risk populations
  • Rethinking physical education
  • Simulation research in areas of health promotion and education
  • Youth suicide

Lab

  • Mental Health & Digital Technology Lab

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Key Areas of Focus

Language literacy researchers have focussed on the following key areas:

  • Bilingualism/multilingualism in families, schools and communities
  • Digital Literacies
  • English language education
  • Indigenous language learning
  • Online language learning
  • Language and literacy development and assessment for linguistically diverse learners
  • Secondary school English pedagogy
  • Teaching English as a second language across curriculum and bilingual education
  • Technology-assisted language and literacy acquisition

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Key Areas of Focus

  • Digital privacy
  • Higher education leadership and policy studies
  • Information and communication technologies and application to K-12 and post-secondary settings

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Key Areas of Focus

  • Evaluating the Quality of Online Learning
  • Fully Online Learning Community (FOLC) Model
  • Online learning curriculum development
  • Problem-based learning (PBL) in online environments
  • Virtual classrooms
  • Virtual environment creation

Labs

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Key Areas of Focus in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Mathematics

  • Affect and cognition in mathematics
  • Children’s literature and mathematics
  • Growth and pathways of mathematical understanding
  • Elementary mathematics education
  • Interventions and innovative practice in mathematics
  • Learning mathematics through problem-solving scenarios
  • Mathematical thinking and reasoning of learners
  • STEAM education
  • STEAM teacher development (pre-service and in-service)
  • Women in STEM

Grants

  • Ontario Ministry of Education ($413,891). Programming, Remediation and Intervention for Students At-Risk in Mathematics
  • Ontario Ministry of Education ($1,204,000). Science 3d: Discovery, Design & Development Through Makerspaces
  • Ontario Research Fund ($1,175,000). There’s an App for That: Designing, Developing, Researching Educational Apps
  • SSHRC Insight Development Grant ($57,800). Using mathematical models to disrupt probabilistic misconceptions about social issues.
  • SSHRC Insight Grant ($246,000). Making Minds: Digital Maker Education for Literacies Learning With Marginalized Youth

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Key areas of Focus

  • Cultural competency for future teachers 
  • Examining the use of technology in pre-service teacher education
  • Evidence-based teaching
  • Teacher Education in Ontario
  • Pre-service teachers identity and development
  • STEAM teacher development (pre-service and in-service)
  • Tensions between theory and practice

Grants

  • SSHRC Insight and Development Grant ($69,000). Exploring Teacher Knowledge of Mathematics in Issues of Social Justice.
  • SSHRC Insight and Development Grant ($74,900). The (Un) Making of the Teacher
  • SSHRC Partnership Development Grant ($150,000).  Improving our Schools

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