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Our Centre is comprised of a unique group of faculty members, interested in issues surrounding science, mathematics, and technology education.

Larry Bencze
Clare Brett
Rina Cohen
Indigo Esmonde
Wanja Gitari
Gila Hanna
Jim Hewitt
Ron Lancaster
Cathy Marks Krpan
Douglas McDougall
Erminia Pedretti
John Percy
Jim Slotta
John Wallace



Erminia Pedretti

Research Overview

Dr. Erminia Pedretti is Professor of Science Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto. She is the former Director of the Centre for Studies in Science, Mathematics and Technology Education located in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE. Dr. Pedretti teaches in both pre-service teacher education and graduate programs, offering courses in environmental education, teaching and learning about science, technology, society and environment (STSE), and science education in school and non-school settings. At the heart of her research agenda, is a commitment to scientific literacy in its broadest sense as a guiding principle for science education. Her research interests include: STSE education, environmental and outdoor education, action research, teacher professional development and learning science in formal and informal settings such as museums, science centres, and zoos.

She is currently conducting research in the area of public engagement with science and technology issues through controversial exhibitions at museums in Canada and abroad through a SSHRC grant. She recently published two teacher education textbooks for primary/junior and intermediate/senior science methods curriculum and instruction courses. The books are distinctly Canadian drawing on Canadian policies, curriculum and scholarship with a commitment to nature of science, social justice and environmental education. Over the years she has received numerous grants to support her research and graduate students. She has published over 45 articles, 17 book chapters, and 5 books.


Research Grants and Contracts

The following are a few of the grants received over the years:

Year: 2015-2019
Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC)
Role: PI
Title: Engaging the Public with Controversial Issues through Science Centres and Museums
Awarded: $176,000

Year: 2009
Source: OISE
Role: SMT Director
Title: Centre for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education
Amount: $: 100,000

Year: 2008-09
Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Community-University-Research Alliance (CURA)
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Partnerships for Excellence in Environmental Education Project
Awarded: $: 18,500

Year:2007-2011
Source: Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Standard Grant
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Promoting teaching for scientific literacy through university-school district collaboration
Awarded $: 118,000

Year: 2004-06
Source: Scientists in School
Role: Principal Investigator
Title: Impact study: Enhancing student learning and teacher professional development in science and technology
Awarded $: 37,000


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