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Blair Abraham

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Math anxiety in elementary students

Thelma Akyea

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Black women in Canadian physics

Daniel Atkinson

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Food education, health education and science education

Pamela Brittain

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics (elementary and pre-service teachers)

Jennifer Calix

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Technology education, mathematics education research

Stacy Costa

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics, knowledge building, STEM, collaborative learning, collaborative annotation, computational thinking, authoritative sources, innovation in schools

Selected Publications:

  • Costa, S. (2019). Knowledge building, mathematics, and creative thinking: An overview on Ontario elementary mathematical teaching beyond twenty-first-century skills. In M. Danesi (Ed.), Interdisciplinary perspectives on math cognition (pp. 277-286). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.  

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James Crimmins

Alumnus
Research Interests: STEM education in elementary French Immersion schools

Sarah El Halwany

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Affect/emotions in science education, STSE education

Selected Publications: 

  • Bencze, J. L., El Halwany, S., & Zouda, M. (2020). Critical and active public engagement in addressing socioscientific problems through science teacher education. In M. Evagorou, J. Alexis Nielsen, & J. Dillon (Eds.), Science teacher education for responsible citizenship: Towards a pedagogy for relevance through socioscientific issues (pp. 63-83). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 
  • El Halwany, S., Zouda, M., Pouliot, C., Bencze, L. (2017). Supporting pre-service teachers to teach for citizenship in the context of STSE issues. In L. Bencze (Ed.), Science and technology education promoting wellbeing for individuals, societies and environments (pp. 405-427). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 

Sofia Ferreyro-Mazieres

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics education

Darlee Gerard

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Science/engineering/STEM education, experiential and co-curricular learning, access to/equity in education leadership/outdoor/environmental education

Selected Publication:

  • Gitari, W. & Gerrard, D. (2017). Prioritizing scientific discourse by adult learners: An analysis of student writing using Bloom’s taxonomy. International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, 24(1), 15-30.

Alysse Kennedy

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Environmental and sustainability education (ESE). teacher education, outdoor education, Indigenous education, action research, narrative inquiry

Selected Publication:

  • Garrett, F., Stradz, L., Kennedy, A., Price, M., and Suri, S. (2019). Learning outdoors and the humanities classroom. Pathways: The Ontario Journal of Outdoor Education, 32(1), 4-18.
  • Inwood, H., Kennedy, A., Heibein, P., Kurucz, C., Rigler, A., Ryan, L., & Venalainen, J. (2019, April). Natural Collaborations: How teachers are using action research to enhance environmental education. Green Teacher, 119(Spring). Retrieved from https://greenteacher.com/natural-collaborations/

Rubaina Khan

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education, engineering design, online learning

Selected Publications: 

  • Khan, R., Wilton, L., Brett, C., & Alexander, P. (2020, April). Instructors’ perspectives on private interactions within online discussions. Poster accepted for presentation for American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.]
  • Wilton, L., Khan, R., Brett, C., & Alexander, P. (2020). Private interactions in online discussions: Instructor perspectives. In L. Wilton & C. Brett (Eds.), Handbook of research on online discussion-based teaching methods (pp. 351-379), Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

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Ahmad Khanlari​

Alumnus
Research Interests: Robotics, STEM education, knowledge building, learning analytics

Eitan Laufer

Alumnus
Research Interests: Equity issues in STEM education, K-12 education

Chelsie Leger

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics Education

Claudia Mandekic

Alumnus
Research Interests: Math education and academic engagement through sports

Nurul Hassan Mohammad

Graduate Student
Research Interests: STEM education, identity, postsecondary education, higher education

Rumina Musani

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Medical education/pathology education; collaborative online learning.

Selected Publications:

  • Sutherland, D. R., & Musani, R. (2019). Re: Blaha J et al.: The monoclonal anti-CD157 antibody clone SY11B5, used for high sensitivity detection of PNH clones on WBCs, fails to detect a common polymorphic variant encoded by BST-1. Cytometry Part B, (Clinical Cytometry), 96(1), 16-18.
  • Memon, S., Crump, M., & Musani, R. (2019). Rapidly progressive therapy-related myeloid neoplasm in a patient treated for Burkitt lymphoma: A case report. Human Pathology: Case Reports16(100285), 1-4.
  • Musani, R., Okinda, N., & Philip, D. N. (2018). A bloody tale of two cities: A study of an online hematopathology course among students in Toronto and Nairobi. SSRN. Retrieved from http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3172340

Anuli Ndubuisi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education, collaborative learning, CSCL communities

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Zoya Padamsi

Alumnus
Research Interests: Curriculum development, STSE, interdisciplinary collaborations

Selected Publications:

  • Padamsi, Z. (2017). Why pursue STEM when we have STSE? A Canadian perspective. Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education, 8(1), 18-20.

Sa'diyya Parnell-Hendrickson

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics education, self-regulated learning

Nadia Qureshi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Experiences in science education of racialized students

Selected Publications:

  • Bencze, L., El Halwany, S., Milanovic, M., Qureshi, N., & Zouda, M. (2019). Bloqueios ao engajamento cívico crítico e ativo na/através da Ciência Escolar: Histórias do Campo. [Roadblocks to critical and active civic engagement in/through school science: Stories from the field.] Educação e Fronteiras, 9(25), 47-70.  
  • Elias, P. & Qureshi, N. (2019, June). Adult education and transitional learning: Interrogating “transition” in literacy and basic skills programming. In J. P. Egan (Ed.), Proceedings of the 38th CASAE annual conference (p. 342-348). Ottawa, ON: Canadian Association for the Study of Adult Education (CASAE).

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Abigail Ramdeo

Alumnus
Research Interests: STEM programming, anti-racist education in STEM, inclusive education

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Tasha Richardson

Alumnus
Research Interests: Physics education, digital game-based learning

Selected Publications:

  • DeCoito, I., & Richardson, T. (2018). Teachers and technology: Present practice and future directions. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 18(2), 362-378.
  • DeCoito, I., & Richardson, T. (2017). Beyond Angry Birds™: Using web-based tools to engage learners and promote inquiry in STEM learning. In I. Levin & D. Tsybulsky (Eds.), Digital tools and solutions for inquiry-based STEM learning (pp. 166-196), Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • DeCoito, I., & Richardson, T. (2016). Using technology to enhance science literacy, mathematics literacy, or technology literacy: Focusing on integrated STEM concepts in a digital game. In M. J. Urban & D. A. Falvo, (Eds.), Improving K-12 STEM education outcomes through technological integration (pp. 1-22). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Gurpreet Sahmbi

Alumnus
Research Interests: Mathematics education, transitions in mathematics, teaching and learning in tertiary calculus, pre- and in-service mathematics teacher education

Kristen Schaffer

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Informal science education, researcher responsibility in community-responsive research, ecology education, ecotourism

Selected Publications:

  • Schaffer, K. & Burke, L. E. C. (2020, April). Negotiating researcher-participant positioning in a low-income community science club. Paper accepted for presentation for American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA. [Conference cancelled due to COVID-19 pandemic.]
  • Schaffer, K. & El Halwany, S. (2019, October). Feeling environmental policing: Possibilities and challenges for socioecological justice. Paper presented at the Science Education for Equity, Diversity & Social Justice 2019 Conference, Norfolk, VA, USA.

Erin Sperling

Alumnus
Research Interests: Food justice education through an ecojustice lens, ecojustice pedagogy for teacher education

Selected Publications:

  • Sperling, E., Hoeg, D., & Karrow, D. D. (2020). A direction for outdoor and environmental education: Assessing and addressing UNECE capacities for preservice teachers. In D. D. Karrow & M. DiGiuseppe (Eds.), Environmental and sustainability education in teacher education: Canadian perspectives (pp. 237-249). Cham, Switzerland: Springer. 
  • Sperling, E. & Inwood, H. (2016, September). Ecojustice education through pictures. Green Teacher, 111(Fall). Retrieved from http://greenteacher.com/ecojustice-education-through-pictures/

Joseph Wilson

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Linguistic and semiotic anthropology, metaphor studies, laboratory life, discourse analysis, artificial intelligence, communicating science

Selected Publications:

  • Wilson, J. (2020). Constraints on generality: The (mis-) use of generic propositions in scientific prose. The Digital Scholar: Philosopher’s Lab3(1), 51-66. 

Majd Zouda

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Activist science education, STSE, socioscientific issues, STEM education, elite schools, action research, critical discourse analysis

Selected Publications:

  • Zouda, M. (2019, August). Making privilege through STEM education. Paper presented at the European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Bologna, Italy.
  • Zouda, M. (2018). Issues of power and control in STEM education: A reading through the postmodern condition. Cultural Studies of Science Education,13(4), 1109-1128. 
  • Zouda, M., Nishizawa, T., & Bencze, L. (2017). ‘In the eye of the hurricane’: Using STEPWISE to address urgent socio-political issues in Venezuela. In L. Bencze (Ed.), Science and Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing of Individuals, Societies and Environments. (pp. 339-357). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.

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