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CIDEC Study/Research Groups


Grupo de Estudios Latinoamericano-OISE/OISE's Latin American Study Group

This is a group of faculty and students who have both scholarly and practical experience and interest in education in the Latin American context.  The group meets during the regular academic year every three weeks to read and discussion articles (journal articles, technical reports, media reports, etc.) in Spanish that are concerned with education issues, policies and practices across Latin America and within specific countries.  During the 2014-2015 academic year the group included masters and doctoral students from Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador and Mexico, and faculty who have done research and consulting work in Chile, Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia.

Invitation to Join the Group of Latin American Studies-OISE (GELO)

"The Group of Latin American Studies - OISE (GELO) seeks to promote a place of encounters for students, teachers, researchers and other stakeholders to explore, discuss and socialize experiences, research and education proposals related to Latin American countries, as well as their communities living around the globe. Our intention is to share the variety of themes, visions, issues and approaches about education emerging from Latin American countries that OISE and Toronto have to offer. We hope to enrich the work of each other and create collaborative networks between our learning communities. 

We are currently preparing the schedule of activities for the Fall-Winter term period, and will be having our first meeting next thursday 17 of September at 2:30pm (we will confirm the room soon). This meeting will be an opportunity to get to know each other and talk about the group and activities we will be having during this term. 

If you are interested in participating, you can join our group on Facebook 

(https://www.facebook.com/groups/399443716912419/) or send us an email to diego.nietosachica@mail.utoronto.ca

Teachers InCIDE

We are a group of graduate students and professors from different departments at OISE who share an interest in teacher education, teacher development/learning, and comparative, international and development education. We meet twice a month at OISE. During our meetings, we share updates about our research, lives, thesis works/progress; discuss common issues of interest; exchange resources; and learn from each other. If you are interested in joining the group, please contact Yishin Khoo yishin.khoo@mail.utoronto.ca or Sardar Anwaruddin s.anwaruddin@mail.utoronto.ca.

More to come...

Canada-Afghanistan/Central Eurasia Education Research Group

Research Team: Dr. Sarfaroz Niyozov, Dr. Stephen Bahry, and CIDE students: Spogmai Akseer, Rahat Zhodolshalieva, Srehyi Kovalchuk, and CIDE visiting fellow Anna Rzhevska

EERG’s activities in 2012-2013 included applications for grants, publications, presentations and networking. Dr. Niyozov with a group of scholars (some from EERG) applied for a SSHRC grant for comparative study of Afghan and Somali students’ experiences of public schooling in Toronto.  His paper Exploiting Globalization While Being Exploited by It was published in the Canadian and International Education, Special Issue in the fall of 2012. On Jan 22, 2013, Dr. Niyozov gave a presentation at CIDEC, “Encountering Globalization in Central Asia: Is There an Alternative to Neoliberalism?”. In addition, he has three chapters in press in related to Central Asian education and culture (see faculty publication list below). Dr. Niyozov also gave several key note and invited lectures in Pakistan in 2012 on Globalization and Education in Central Asia.  In May –June 2013, Niyozov will be teaching a course of Sociology of Education in Central Asia (part 2) organized by the Open Society Institute, Dushanbe. Dr. Niyozov is working with several visiting scholars including Mehmet Durmus from Turkey who is exploring Gullen-inspired schools in Pakistan, Turkey and the USA.

Dr. Bahry is a member of several CIES SIGs: Eurasia, Indigenous Knowledge, and Language Issues, and is on the Language Issues Panel Organizing Committee for CIES 2014. His recent work related to the research group focuses on the place of language issues in educational quality and equity in west China, Afghanistan and Ukraine. Dr. Bahry is now working with Prof. O. Falenchuk and SLE graduate student, Max Antonenko, on the Standardized External Testing in Ukraine (secondary subjects exit examinations), examining results across factors such as region, language, rural/urban residence and school type, parallel to a similar study of EQAO results in Toronto and GTA. Dr. Bahry’s publications are listed on p.33 and he is currently reviewing two books relevant to language issues in education in the region, for the peer-reviewed journals, Language Policy, and Frontiers of Education in China.

Rakhat Zholdoshalieva is currently working on her doctoral research thesis on rural Kyrgyz high school students’ educational, learning and work experiences in post-Soviet conditions of Kyrgyzstan. She is active member of the Eurasia Special Interest Group at the CIES. She has several relevant publications listed on p.33 and is currently writing up her dissertation, supervised by Dr. Peter Sawchuk, on the aspirations of rural youth in Kyrgyzstan for education and employment.

Dr. Anna Rzhevska is currently back in Ukraine, teaching and Luhanks Pedagogical University. She is expected to return and present at CIDEC in May 2013.

Serhiy Kovalchuk’s research interests lie within areas such as: citizenship education, initial teacher education, and educational policy analysis. He explores these topics within the context of Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries. Serhiy has been an active member of the Eurasia Special Interest Group (SIG) within CIES. This past year he served as a member of the SIG election committee, he organized a multidisciplinary panel entitled “Youth in Post-Soviet Contexts: Exploring Political, Social and Psychological Conditions of the Next Generation,” and in 2012, Serhiy was a recipient of Helen Darcovich Memorial Doctoral Fellowship (Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies) and Global Supplementary Grant (Open Society Foundations). Serhiy had several co-publications in 2012, one with Prof. Kathy Bickmore, on classroom communities for constructive discussions of conflict, and one with  C. G. Robbins on pedagogies of punishment and neoliberalism, and has a forthcoming review appearing in the Journal of Peace education. Serhiy is now doing fieldwork in for his thesis on how teacher educators in Ukraine understand democracy, citizenship and education, and teacher education in the context of Ukraine’s transition to democracy.


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