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Research Projects in Colombia

Peace-building Citizenship Learning in Contexts affected by Violence: School Connections with Life Experience in International Perspective

Principal Investigator:
Kathy Bickmore (OISE, University of Toronto)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
Project description:
The project responds to the need for research on how teaching and learning activities in schools might (but often do not) contribute to tangible peace-building citizenship consequences in the lives of students and, conversely, how the lived concerns and social participation experiences of young people might be engaged to improve the relevance and democratic power of school-based teaching and learning activities. This research has elicited students’ experiential understandings of social conflict and violence to provoke re-thinking of pedagogical practices.
Locations of research:
Guanajuato, Mexico; Bangladesh; Colombia; Ontario, Canada

Global Youth (Digital) Citizen-Artists and their Publics: Performing for Socio-Ecological Justice

Principal Investigator:
Kathleen Gallagher (OISE, University of Toronto)
Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC)
This project explores whether the experiences of ‘learning-in-relation' and deep listening that emerge in collective theatre-making in the drama classroom can also help participants understand the interrelationships among the environment, society, and culture at a time of ecological and socio-political polarization.
Locations of research:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
Bogota, Cundinamarca, Colombia
Athens, Greece
Coventry, West-Midlands, England;
Kaohsiung City, Taiwan

The role and effects of publicly subsidized private schools in Colombia

Principal Investigator:
Nathalia Urbano Canal (Universidad del Rosario)
Claudia Diaz Rios (OISE, University of Toronto)
International Partner:
Universidad del Rosario
Colombian Institute for Educational Quality Assessment (ICFES)
The project analyzes the effects of publicly subsidized private schools on students achievement using propensity score techniques, and examines how these schools operate using a qualitative and within-case comparative analysis. Findings indicate that subsidized private schools underperform compared to traditional public schools because subsidized private schools and subnational education ministries do not have the incentives to improve education quality.
Location of research:
Bogota, Colombia