Research Interests

My research interests stem from my work as an educator in Ontario public schools and can be located at the intersection of the fields of multiliteracies and early childhood education. I view literacy to be multiple and social and this belief underpins much of my research - especially my work with Old Colony Mennonites both in Ontario and Mexico. Recently, I have begun exploring how considerations of children and childhood are constructed and reflected in notions of community.

Research

Research Experience

Currently I am the Research Associate at the Interdisciplinary Centre for Curriculum as a Social Practice. I work under the direction of Dr. Kathy Hibbert (Centre Director) to create certificate courses, and resources for agencies and faculties at Western University, in the community, and around the globe. (Link)

Research Assistant – Dr. Immaculate Namukasa, University of Western Ontario
School Board-University Research Exchange (SURE) Research Festival – SSHRC funded study Planned, organized, and co-ordinated one of four SURE Research Festivals at Western. Tasks included: Communication, publicity, engagement of speakers, recruitment and supervision of volunteers, and Overseeing the smooth running of the Festival.

2013

Research Assistant – Dr. Rachel Heydon, University of Western Ontario
Intergenerational singing curricula theme in the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - SSHRC funded study
Created plans, and enacted art/music lessons with Intergenerational grouping of young children and elders at a local senior’s residence as part of the larger research project. Attended research meetings and helped to organize data.

2011-2012

Research Assistant – Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds, Executive Director International Relations
Conducted background research and framed of paper for the United Nations chronicle “Global Dividend for Maximum Impact (GDM-I): Advancing Women for Global Equity and Innovation.

Fall 2011

Research Assistant – Dr. Rachel Heydon, University of Western Ontario
Intergenerational singing curricula theme in the Advancing Interdisciplinary Research in Singing (AIRS) - SSHRC funded study.
Acted as local liaison with research site. Volunteered in Intergenerational Art Program to establish rapport. Led art sessions with seniors and children as part of larger project.

2010

Research Assistant – Dr. Rachel Heydon, University of Western Ontario
A case study of Kindergarten literacy curricula in school and in child care based programs. Collected data (photos, artefacts) and conducted interviews in child care centre. Helped construct the analysis tool for larger study and contributed to the writing of the publication.

2010

Research Assistant – Dr. Susan Roger, University of Western Ontario
Bridges Project –Phase Two – SSHRC funded study
Conducted literature review for project. Helped to recruit research participants for the focus groups and assisted with protocol.

2009-2010

Research Project Manager – Dr. Rachel Heydon, University of Western Ontario
Investigation into Intergenerational curricula – SSHRC funded study Graded assignments for Master’s Course – Introduction to Curriculum 9580

2008-2009