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Education issues and policies experts

2010-03-19

The following Queen’s education and policy experts can discuss current education issues, events and controversies surfacing as we gear up for a new school year.

Double cohort

Alan King, professor emeritus and founding director of Queen’s Social Program Evaluation Group, specializes in the study of schools and adolescent behaviour. He is directing the Ontario Double Cohort Study for the Ontario government – the fourth and final report for this study is due to be released anytime. He was the senior author of the 25 country WHO-sponsored report Health and Health Behaviours Among Young People. Dr. King has acted as an advisor to a number of organizations including Ontario's Royal Commission on Learning, the WHO Global Program on AIDS and Ontario Secondary School Reform. His recent publications include Trends in the Health of Canadian Youth.
kinga@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 77259.

Quality of post secondary education

Ross Finnie is a research fellow and adjunct professor at Queen’s School of Policy Studies and a visiting fellow at Statistics Canada. His most recent projects include co-authoring Measuring the Quality of Post-secondary Education: Concepts, Current Practices and a Strategic Plan, a study of the measurement of “quality” in post-secondary education in Canada. It looks at the advantages and limitations of current “quality measurement” exercises, from the annual Maclean’s university issue to the self-evaluation exercises undertaken by institutions. Dr. Finnie’s research interests include post-secondary education, post-secondary graduates, and student financial aid.
ref@post.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 74219.

Large scale educational testing

Don Klinger is an assistant professor at Queen’s Faculty of Education. His research focuses on two aspects of large scale educational testing. One study examines the evolving assessment culture in Canada, investigating the perceptions of educational stakeholders with respect to the purposes and uses of large scale testing in different educational jurisdictions in Canada, specifically, B. C. Alberta, and Ontario. Another study examines student and school factors associated with achievement on Ontario provincial achievement tests and the OSSLT. The goal of this research is to inform policy makers about changes that may be necessary to increase student achievement.
klingerd@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.3028.

Testing and second language acquisition

Liying Cheng is an associate professor at Queen’s Faculty of Education. She has recently completed a study of the impact of public examinations on classroom teaching and learning, for which she won the TOEFL award for outstanding dissertation in second/foreign language testing. Her current SSHRC-funded study is on the impact of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on second language students. Research indicates that these tests, constructed for first language English speakers, may have lower reliability and validity for second language students and should be interpreted carefully. This study looks at the impact of the OSSLT on second language students’ English literacy development by examining their test performance on various reading and writing constructs, and the potential influence of learning characteristics. For a copy of the study contact Lorinda Peterson.
chengl@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 77431.

Education policy

Tom Williams is a professor in Queen’s School of Policy Studies and in the Faculty of Education. Dr. Williams is an active researcher focusing on areas of education policy. His research interests include management development and training.
trwe@post.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 74020.

Education leadership and curriculum design

Lynda Colgan is an assistant professor of Mathematics Education at Queen's. She is currently Canadianizing the resources for The Getting it Right - Numeracy Strategy – a targeted and coordinated program of additional support for public primary schools that has been implemented successfully in Australia. The Canadian versions of the books will be launched in October by Pearson Professional Learning. Professor Colgan will present the Australian research on the success of the initiatives in improving student mathematic achievement and mathematics instruction at a Council of Ministers Conference in November and travel across the country delivering the preparation course for trainers over the next few years. She has won a number of professional awards, including OSSTF's Excellence in Education award for outstanding classroom teaching and the first Marshall McLuhan Award for visionary use of technology with students.
colganl@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 77675.

Geoff Roulet is coordinator of Queen’s Math, Sciences and Technology Education Group in the Faculty of Education. He is an expert in curriculum development in secondary school mathematics. He researches information and communication technology applications in the learning and teaching of mathematics and its implications for curriculum, teaching practice, classroom environment, and assessment. He has recently designed the first online geometry learning activities to be used in a high school classroom. Story
rouletg@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 74935.

Sheryl Bond is an associate professor of education leadership at Queen’s Faculty of Education. As coordinator of the Gender, Education and Development Network of the newly established College of the Americas, she is a leader in the internationalization of post secondary education. She is also leading a research program, which concerns the health of women academics and administrators. This includes concerns about auto-immune disease issues, family-work life balance, and impact of workload on health.
slb2@post.queensu.ca, 613.533.3031.

Co-operative Education and Workplace Learning (CEWL)

Peter Chin is an associate professor at Queen’s Faculty of Education and a member of the CEWL research team. The CEWL research program involves studies of policy, curriculum, learning, instruction, accessibility, and assessment in co-op education. The overall aim is to enhance the potential of co-op education for easing the school to work transition, for motivating adolescents, and for informing youth about the world of work. About 10% of Canada’s 1.55 million secondary-school students enrol in co-op education each academic year. In this part of the curriculum, schools and employers co-operate to involve students in extended periods of time at a workplace while enrolled in full-time study.
chinp@educ.queensu.ca, 613.533.6000, ext. 74110

For more information or to arrange an interview contact Lorinda Peterson, lorinda.peterson@queensu.ca, 613.533.3234 or Sarah Withrow, sarah.withrow@queensu.ca, 613.533.3280, Queen's News and Media Services.

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