Carol-Ann Burke

Director of the SMT Centre, Assistant Professor

Faculty Website - Science Engagement

Carol-Ann Burke is the current Director for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto. She is also Assistant Professor of Science Education in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning.

Carol-Ann’s research interests include exploring scientific understanding, postcolonial theory in science education, ethical dimensions and prioritizations in the field of science education, and underrepresented youth in science. She is also interested in investigating the nature of interdisciplinary academic collaboration.

Selected Publications:

  • Burke, L. E. C., & Wallace, J. W. (2020). Re-examining postcolonial science education within a power-knowledge framework: A Caribbean case study. Science & Education, 29(3). 571-588.
  • Burke, L. E. C. (2019). Engaging children and youth from low-income communities in science learning: A final report prepared for the Council of Ontario Directors of Education. Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON. Retrieved from  
  • Burke, L. E. C., Wessels, A., & McAvella, A. (2018). Using theatre and drama to expose and expand the epistemic insights of youth regarding the nature of science. Research in Science Education, 48(6), 1151-1169.
  • Shanahan M., Burke, L. E. C., & Francis, K. (2016). Using a boundary object perspective to reconsider the meaning of STEM in a Canadian context. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 16(2), 129-139.
  • Burke, L. E. C. (2014). Post-colonial science education: The challenge of negotiating researcher positioning. International Journal of Research & Method in Education, 37(3), 242-255.