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Federal government supports collaborative research partnerships

Two Queen’s researchers have been awarded Partnership Development Grants from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Board of Canada (SSHRC) to support their respective research partnerships in the fields of rural revitalization and the effectiveness of English language test preparation.

“This funding recognizes the intellectual leadership and leading-edge collaborative research taking place at Queen’s,” says Steven Liss, Vice-Principal (Research). “These Partnership Development Grants will help support existing teams, foster new research partnerships, and allow our researchers to engage in knowledge mobilization and the development of best practices and approaches for their fields.”

Yolande Chan from Queen's School of Business

Yolande Chan (School of Business) has been awarded $238,610 for research into the revitalization of rural economies. The study is being administered by the Monieson Centre and will be conducted in partnership with multiple community and economic development organizations across Ontario, including Eastern Ontario Community Futures Development Cooperation Network Inc., Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, and FedDev Ontario. The research goal is to improve the economic development and resilience of rural Canadian communities through the close examination and subsequent dissemination of successful strategies for rural entrepreneurship and creative, sustainable enterprises.

Liying Cheng from the Faculty of Education

Liying Cheng (Faculty of Education) has been awarded $200,005 for a three-year study examining the effects of test preparation on test performance and English language proficiency among test-takers whose predominant language is not English. This grant involves a large international research team conducting research in four countries – Canada, China, Iran and Australia - with 6 test-taker groups – Chinese, Punjabi, Korean, Arabic, Persian and Spanish. The study will be conducted in potential partnership with the four largest international English language testing agencies, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Pearson Test of English (PTE), and the College English Test (CET). The study findings will provide both test-designers and test users with empirical evidence regarding the predominant phenomenon of test preparation and the validity of test scores.

For a full list of current Monieson Centre partners, visit the School of Business website.

For more information about Partnership Development Grants, visit SSHRC’s website.