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Research Completed Projects

Using Teacher Collaboration in an Islamic Faith-Based School to Nurture Student and Staff Sense of Belonging

Kari Krug

As Saskatchewan classrooms become increasingly diverse, it is essential that teachers become more culturally aware. This project is an investigation into how teacher collaboration can be used to nurture student and staff sense of belonging in an Islamic faith-based school. Collaboration is a method that includes teachers working together as equals to help students achieve…

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Culture-Based School Mathematics for Reconciliation and Professional Development

Sharon Meyer
Glen Aikenhead
Kelley Cardinal
Danny Sylvestre
Ted View

In Canada’s era of reconciliation, cross-cultural respect through mutual understanding was emphasized by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in its description of reconciliation. It matters how we do things among our three founding nations – Indigenous, English and French. In this project, Indigenous and non-Indigenous researchers will work collaboratively with four non-Indigenous teachers in a…

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The Journey to Reclamation Through Oral Tradition

Dianne Peekeekoot
Charlotte Campbell
Shaun Sasakamoose
Loretta Ballantyne
Irene Dumais

This project follows up on a completed project and examines the impact on students of incorporating Elders into grades 7-9 Cree classes.  The Elders will share stories in Cree to support both language and cultural fluency.  Including Elders in the classroom will allow students to interact with both their peers and adults in traditional ways…

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Catholic School Teachers Enacting Papal Encyclical Laudato si’ (Praise Be To You-On Care For Our Common Home)

Mel Sysing
Dustin Kasun
Dr. Richard Manning
Dr. Brad Harasymchuk

This project draws on both Indigenous knowledge and Catholic doctrine to disrupt settler/colonialist education. The project draws on anti-racist and anti-oppressive education to strengthen understandings of critical pedagogy and provide opportunities for social justice-based action research.

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Exploring Comprehension in Physics

Terry Johanson
Dean Broughton

In this project, the researchers looked toward new trends in learning theory and wondered about the possible impact of comprehension strategies and rich talk on students’ ability to achieve desired outcomes. The researchers also wondered if increased comprehension of subject-specific material would lead students toward a more positive perception of science.

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High School Teachers Working Towards Reconciliation: Examining the Teaching and Learning of Residential Schools

Dr. Tana Mitchell
Dr. Jennifer Tupper

Responding to the Call for Action in the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) report, this project will explore how teachers integrate and teach about residential schools, how students make sense of themselves as Canadians as they learn about the history and legacy of residential schools and how classrooms can become a space for reconciliation.

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Teachers Leading Teachers: The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit's Facilitator Community

Dr. Pamela Osmond-Johnson

The Saskatchewan Professional Development Unit (SPDU) facilitator’s community consists of educators from across the province who work with staff to plan and deliver a wide range of exciting and innovative professional growth opportunities. This project will explore the impact of the SPDU facilitator’s community on the teaching profession and on how professional development is offered…

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Identifying Consistent Social Supports That Would Benefit FNIM Adult Learners at Royal West Campus

Kimberley MacLeod
Deidra Evans
Cody Dill

The focus of this research was to learn from First Nations, Métis and Inuit students attending an alternative adult learning program about their experiences with both supportive and non-supportive teaching environments. The students described the importance of community or a sense of belonging, cultural teachings within the school, relationships with teachers or the school community…

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Exploring Visual Literacy: Secondary Teacher Reflections on how Visual Literacy Impacts Adolescent Learning

Lois Keller
Karon Guttormson
Jacqueline Helman

This action research project aimed to explore how teaching visual literacy would impact teaching and learning. Teachers and consultants worked collaboratively to explore how visual literacy could be incorporated into the classroom. This project recognized the historical privileging of print-based media and recognized that multiple forms of texts are increasingly prevalent in their students’ worlds…

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Using Teacher Collaboration to Increase Student Engagement

Paul McTavish
Michelle Brochu
Audrey Gavlas
Moira Hamm
Jonathan Pedersen
Cherie Wilke

The intent of this research project was to explore teacher experience and observations as teachers worked collaboratively to deepen their understandings of student engagement. More specifically, the researchers were interested in what considerations and dynamics were important to attend to when teachers worked collaboratively and what supports were needed.  The researcher found that collaborative work…

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