Through my research I hope to contribute to a better understanding of the activities educators engage in as they conceptualize and further develop their teaching practice. In addressing this goal, I draw most often on sociocultural theoretical perspectives. I design and conduct empirical research studies on topics such as: the collaborative inquiry process, teachers' classroom assessment practice, the validation of large-scale assessments used in classroom contexts, and teachers' contributions to curriculum design and development. I am particularly interested in how each of these activities contribututes to more effective mathematics teaching and learning in Grades K-12 classrooms.
While I use a variety of research methods, much of my work involves case study, interviews, classroom observation, surveys and document analysis. On occasion, I conduct studies as the sole investigator, but more often I work collaboratively with other researchers. I have presented my work at many national and international conferences and published in a range of peer-reviewed journals.
I am currently engaged in several research projects including: a study of the experiences of secondary mathematics teachers as they engage in collaborative inquiry; the development of a dynamic, web-enabled mathematics curriculum resource; an examination of the issue of student privacy in classroom assessment practice; and the development of an approach for validating a classroom-based, province-wide mathematics assessment.
Re-envisioning Mathematics Curricula as Co-created Dynamic Networks
University of Manitoba URGP, 2014 - 2018 (Co-investigator)
Privacy in Classroom Assessment: Canadian Contexts
University of Manitoba, Self-funded, 2015 - 2017 (Co-investigator)
Teaching Grade 9 Applied Mathematics: A Collaborative Inquiry
Ontario Association for Mathematics Education, 2014-2016 (Research Consultant)
Mathematics Curriculum Review: Learning Trajectories to Inform Curriculum Design and Pedagogy Ontario Ministry of Education, 2013 (Co-investigator)
Teachers' Interpretations of Province-wide Assessment Results in the Context of Streamed High School Mathematics Courses
SSHRC Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2012-2013 (Principal Investigator)
Review of Teacher Collaborative Inquiry in Eastern Ontario from 2005-2012
Ottawa Region MISA/PNC, 2012-2013 (Principal Investigator)
Supporting Teacher Collaboratiive Inquiry Projects
Ottawa Region MISA/PNC, 2010-2013 (Consultant)
Canadian Educational Researchers' Association
David Bateson New Scholar Award (2009)