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John Ross


Dr. John Ross
Professor, CTL

Focus: School Improvement and Student Achievement

I am a Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at OISE. I am also the Head of the Department’s field centre in Peterborough. My mission is to work with school staff to apply research and theory to practical issues facing teachers and administrators. My research focuses on school improvement issues, particularly with regard to the effects of school and district practices on student achievement. I teach online courses on program evaluation, student assessment, and cooperative learning.

Current Online Courses:

CTL1016: Cooperative Learning: Research and Practice
Research has demonstrated that peer mediated approaches to instruction, particularly cooperative learning techniques, have a positive impact on students. Effects have been reported for cognitive objectives (such as basic knowledge, conceptual growth, simple operations and complex intellectual skills) and for affective outcomes (such as attitudes to minority group members, feelings of self-worth and empathy for others). Positive results have been obtained in virtually all grades and subjects. Despite the wealth of empirical evidence testifying to the worth of cooperation learning, implementation in schools has been inconsistent. Significant deviations from optimal practice have occurred, partly because curriculum leaders have given insufficient attention to the theoretical foundations of the method and to the findings from research. The course will provide you with a graduate education experience that integrates prescriptions for classroom action (such as specific teaching strategies) with instructional theory so that you will be able to provide effective leadership in you classroom, school and district on this important dimension of instruction.  

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Contact Information:

Website: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/field-centres/tvc.htm
Email: jross@oise.utoronto.ca
Telephone: (705) 742-9773, ext 2293