Research & Practice Projects

Some key projects so far:

  • Web-based tools to support effective learning and teaching for survivors of violence: Creation and promotion. A national project to develop tools to add to George Brown College, with Spiral Community Resource Group, Parkdale Project Read and numerous partners across Canada.(The Office of Literacy and Essential Skills, Human Resources and Skills Development Canada)
  • Moving research about violence and learning into practice. Designer, coordinating team member, and researcher as part of 11 person research team from 3 provinces. Literacy Alberta. (Office of Literacy and Essential Skills).
  • Learning and violence website development. Research, content writing and creation, coordination of content and technical partners. Weaving a Knowledge Web and Strengthening a Knowledge Web, Springtide Resources, Toronto, Ontario (Canadian Council on Learning, Knowledge Exchange).
  • Best practices in teaching survivors of violence in an apprenticeship program. Research team member and evaluator. George Brown College, Toronto, Ontario. (Ontario Women’s Directorate. Canadian Council on Learning, Workplace Research).
  • Initiated North American symposium on violence and learning. Pre-conference to WE LEARN conference, Boston, U.S.A.
  • Research study. Violence and Learning: Exploring blocks to youth learning.  Parkdale Project Read, Toronto, Ontario. (National Literacy Secretariat Literacy Youth Corps Program)
  • Trainer and consultant for on-line course, workshops and changing practice research projects. Violence and Learning: Taking Action. Alberta Research in Practice Adult Literacy Network (RiPAL).
  • Research study.  Rethinking violence and learning: Examining barriers and enablers for moving research into practice, with Dr. Susan Heald, Women’s Studies, University of Manitoba. (SSHRC Valuing Literacy in Canada Research Grant)
  • Consultant and lead trainer – Women, Violence and Adult Education Project, World Education. Working with literacy practitioners in New England, U.S.A. (Women’s Educational Equity Act Program Implementation Grant)
  • Action research/teaching/writing.  Developing a manual of approaches and learning activities for women, Parkdale Project Read, Toronto, Ontario. (Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities/National Literacy Secretariat research and development grant)
  • Research and writing of two papers intended to open up discussion in the literacy field, examining the potential of the Australian model to support adult literacy research and critical reflection, and considering a possible Canadian framework (with Dr. Mary Norton), National Literacy Secretariat, Ottawa.
  • Visiting Scholar University of South Australia. Workshops on trauma and learning in Southern and Eastern Australia, Adult Literacy Research Network, Australia.
  • Research study and publication development – “But I’m Not a Therapist”: Literacy Work with Survivors of Trauma, Canadian Congress for Learning Opportunities for Women. National research study, International on-line seminar and follow up workshops. (National Literacy Secretariat Research grants)

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