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Research Activities in the Laboratory School

Since the 1920s, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School has been a research and education centre focused on the understanding, education and care of young children. Jackman ICS serves as a site for research that is carried out by the academic staff and students from the Institute itself, by scholars from other departments at the University of Toronto and other academic institutions, and by the teachers at the Jackman ICS Laboratory School.

As a Laboratory School, Jackman ICS has a threefold mandate: exemplary education for the 200 children who attend the school, teacher education, and research. As such, Jackman ICS provides an environment that fosters research and professional inquiry and is involved in initiating and disseminating new ideas related to improving education. The school makes a significant contribution to the education, applied psychology and human development work within our university and in the wider educational community in Canada and internationally.

With this focus in mind, research projects approved by the Jackman ICS Child Research Committee to be carried out in the lab school are ones that address issues pertaining to education of your children (ages 3-12) and their development as it pertains to educational settings. The unique nature of the laboratory school tends to be a significant factor for researchers when choosing the laboratory school as a potential setting for their research.

The scope of laboratory school research projects can be seen in the set of current and recent projects that are reviewed below. A complete listing of the research initiatives of the laboratory school including early childhood, community literacy, numeracy, knowledge construction and teacher education is available in the report to the Laidlaw Foundation.

Research Funding

Over the past 12 years the school has looked at the appropriate role of technology in the education of young children. The growing prominence of this work is evident in the increasingly diverse set of funding sources to support our collaborators and teacher research. These sources have included: the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Center, the Education Commons at OISE/UT, the Provost’s Office at U of T, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and the Federal Government (which has included; Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, TeleLearning-Network Centres of Excellence, SchoolNet, Canada Foundation for Innovation, The International Association of Laboratory Schools, and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education.

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