Students

Our Members

Students and Alumni

Thelma Akyea

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Black Canadian Women in Physics

Paul Alexander

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Educational/immersive technology

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: Mathematics education and technology; curriculum studies; and teacher professional development

George Chiran

Graduate Student Science, Technology and Mathematics Education

Stacy Costa

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Math, Knowledge Building, STEM, collaborative learning, computational thinking, Authoritative Sources, Innovation in Schools

Selected Publications:

  • Gollish, S., Tihanyi, D., Costa, S., Memarian, B., Moozeh, K., Gerrard, D., & Newfield, K. (2017). Experiencing engineering education: An analysis of the experience of the comprehensive doctoral examination in a unique collaborative graduate program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), Toronto, ON.
  • Costa, S. (2017). Puzzle-based learning: An approach to creativity, design thinking & problem solving. implications for engineering education. Paper presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Conference, Toronto, ON

Sarah El Halwany

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

Selected Publications: 

  • Rizk, N., Jaber, L, Halwany, S., Boujaoude, S. (2012). Epistemological beliefs in science: an exploratory study of Lebanese university students’ epistemologies. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 10. 1-24. 10.1007/s10763-011-9289-9.
  • Halwany, S., Zouda, M., Pouliot, C., Bencze, L. (2017). Supporting Pre-service Teachers to Teach for Citizenship in the Context of STSE Issues. 405-427. 10.1007/978-3-319-55505-8

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 of scientific discourse by adult learners in a pre-university program. International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, 24(1), 15-30

Sasha Gollish

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education, mathematics

David Hung

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics Education

Alysse Kennedy

Graduate Student Research Interests: Environmental Education

Rubaina Khan

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education; learning theory

Selected Publications: 

  • Rubaina Khan, Engineering and Design: An integrated course with real world projects, 13th International CDIO Conference 2017.
  • M. Fikret Ercan, Rubaina Khan, Teamwork as a fundamental skill for engineering graduates, IEEE 6th International Conference on Teaching Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2017.

Ahmad Khanlari​

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Robotics, STEM Education, Knowledge Building, Learning Analytics

Selected Publications:

  • Khanlari, A. (2018, March). Knowledge building discourse analyzer: A new tool to explore if students build their knowledge through discourse. Paper Presented at the 8th international Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Sydney, Australia.
  • Cacciamani S., Perrucci V., Khanlari A. (2018), Conversational functions for knowledge building: a study of an online course at university. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 14(1), 97-109.

Eitan Laufer

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Equity and STEM Education

Claudia Mandekic

Graduate Student Research Interests: Math education and academic engagement through sports

Nurul Hassan Mohammad

Graduate Student
Research Interests: STEM, identity construction

Nadia Qureshi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Decolonizing science education in adult literacy programs

Tasha Richardson

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Physics education and digital game-based learning

Gurpreet Sahmbi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics education

Kristen Schaffer

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Informal Science Education

Sadia Sharmin

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Computer science education

Erin Sperling

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Eco-justice education; civic engagement; STSE activism; community building

Selected Publications:

  • Sperling, E., Hoeg, D., & Karrow, D. D. (2018). 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 preservice teacher education: Proceedings of Canadian national roundtable 2016 (16 pp.). Dordrecht, Switzerland: Springer International.
  • Sperling, E. (2016, Fall). EcoJustice education through pictures. Green Teacher Magazine. 6pp. Retrieved from: http://greenteacher.com/ecojustice-education-through-pictures/

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., Nishizawa, T., & Bencze, L. (2017). In the eye of the hurricane: Using STEPWISE to address urgent socio-political issues in Venezuela. In J.L. Bencze (Ed.), Science & Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing of Individuals, Societies & Environments. (pp. 339-357). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Zouda, M., Halwany, S., Milanovic, M., Shaffer, K., & Bencze, L. (Accepted). Activist science education: Spaces for equity and inclusiveness. A paper submitted to the annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New York, April, 2018.

Our Members

Students and Alumni

Thelma Akyea

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Black Canadian Women in Physics

Paul Alexander

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Educational/immersive technology

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: Mathematics education and technology; curriculum studies; and teacher professional development

Stacy Costa

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Math, Knowledge Building, STEM, collaborative learning, computational thinking, Authoritative Sources, Innovation in Schools

Selected Publications:

  • Gollish, S., Tihanyi, D., Costa, S., Memarian, B., Moozeh, K., Gerrard, D., & Newfield, K. (2017). Experiencing engineering education: An analysis of the experience of the comprehensive doctoral examination in a unique collaborative graduate program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), Toronto, ON.
  • Costa, S. (2017). Puzzle-based learning: An approach to creativity, design thinking & problem solving. implications for engineering education. Paper presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Conference, Toronto, ON

Jennifer Calix

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics education and technology; curriculum studies; and teacher professional development

Stacy Costa

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Math, Knowledge Building, STEM, collaborative learning, computational thinking, Authoritative Sources, Innovation in Schools

Selected Publications:

  • Gollish, S., Tihanyi, D., Costa, S., Memarian, B., Moozeh, K., Gerrard, D., & Newfield, K. (2017). Experiencing engineering education: An analysis of the experience of the comprehensive doctoral examination in a unique collaborative graduate program. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Canadian Engineering Education Association (CEEA), Toronto, ON.
  • Costa, S. (2017). Puzzle-based learning: An approach to creativity, design thinking & problem solving. implications for engineering education. Paper presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Conference, Toronto, ON

Sarah El Halwany

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

Selected Publications: 

  • Rizk, N., Jaber, L, Halwany, S., Boujaoude, S. (2012). Epistemological beliefs in science: an exploratory study of Lebanese university students’ epistemologies. International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education. 10. 1-24. 10.1007/s10763-011-9289-9.
  • Halwany, S., Zouda, M., Pouliot, C., Bencze, L. (2017). Supporting Pre-service Teachers to Teach for Citizenship in the Context of STSE Issues. 405-427. 10.1007/978-3-319-55505-8

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 of scientific discourse by adult learners in a pre-university program. International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, 24(1), 15-30

Sasha Gollish

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education, mathematics

David Hung

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics Education

Ana Maria Navas Iannini

Alumnus
Research Interests: Science education, scientific literacy, science museums, public engagement with S&T, science communication

Selected Publications:

  • Navas-Iannini, A., Pedretti, E. (2017). Preventing Youth Pregnancy: Dialogue and Deliberation in a Science Museum Exhibit, Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 17:4, 271-287, DOI: 10.1080/14926156.2017.1381

Rubaina Khan

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Engineering education; learning theory

Selected Publications: 

  • Rubaina Khan, Engineering and Design: An integrated course with real world projects, 13th International CDIO Conference 2017.
  • M. Fikret Ercan, Rubaina Khan, Teamwork as a fundamental skill for engineering graduates, IEEE 6th International Conference on Teaching Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2017.

Ahmad Khanlari​

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Robotics, STEM Education, Knowledge Building, Learning Analytics

Selected Publications:

  • Khanlari, A. (2018, March). Knowledge building discourse analyzer: A new tool to explore if students build their knowledge through discourse. Paper Presented at the 8th international Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Sydney, Australia.
  • Cacciamani S., Perrucci V., Khanlari A. (2018), Conversational functions for knowledge building: a study of an online course at university. Journal of e-Learning and Knowledge Society, 14(1), 97-109.

Alysse Kennedy

Graduate Student Research Interests: Environmental Education

Eitan Laufer

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Equity and STEM Education

Nurul Hassan Mohammad

Graduate Student
Research Interests: STEM, STSE and Science education

Zoya Padamsi

Alumnus
Research Interests: Curriculum Studies and STSE Education

Selected Publication: 

  • Padamsi, Z. (2017). Why Pursue STEM When We Have STSE? A Canadian Perspective. Journal for Activist Science and Technology Education, 8(1).

Nadia Qureshi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Decolonizing science education in adult literacy programs

Gurpreet Sahmbi

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Mathematics education

Kristina Salciccioli

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Inner city science education

Kristen Schaffer

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Informal Science Education

Sadia Sharmin

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Computer science education

Jason To

Alumnus
Research Interests: Mathematics education

Selected Publication: 

  • To, J., Lloyd, E., Bacchus, N., & Gaymes San Vicente, A. (2017). Restructured pathways: Addressing streaming from grades 1 to 12 in the Toronto District School Board. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Toronto District School Board.

Erin Sperling

Graduate Student
Research Interests: Eco-justice education; civic engagement; STSE activism; community building

Selected Publications:

  • Sperling, E., Hoeg, D., & Karrow, D. D. (2018). 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 preservice teacher education: Proceedings of Canadian national roundtable 2016 (16 pp.). Dordrecht, Switzerland: Springer International.
  • Sperling, E. (2016, Fall). EcoJustice education through pictures. Green Teacher Magazine. 6pp. Retrieved from: http://greenteacher.com/ecojustice-education-through-pictures/

Naxin Zhao

Alumnus
Research Interests: Technology-enhanced STEM curriculum design and teaching

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., Nishizawa, T., & Bencze, L. (2017). In the eye of the hurricane: Using STEPWISE to address urgent socio-political issues in Venezuela. In J.L. Bencze (Ed.), Science & Technology Education Promoting Wellbeing of Individuals, Societies & Environments. (pp. 339-357). Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Zouda, M., Halwany, S., Milanovic, M., Shaffer, K., & Bencze, L. (Accepted). Activist science education: Spaces for equity and inclusiveness. A paper submitted to the annual conference of American Educational Research Association, New York, April, 2018.