Research

Collaborative scholarship in assessment, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization

It all starts with research

The AEG uses a collaborative model of scholarship to conduct innovative research with the goal of contributing to and disseminating new knowledge in assessment, evaluation, and knowledge mobilization. Our research is directed at promoting learning and improving educational systems through rigours inquiries and contemporary knowledge translation.

Areas of Work

The AEG conducts and supports scholarship in the following areas

Assessment

From student learning to system performance, effective assessments promote and monitor growth. The AEG conducts cutting-edge research into innovative approaches to assessment across educational contexts with an emphasis on building assessment capacity across educators, learners and other key stakeholders.

Program Evaluation

Understanding the impact of an educational program is key to promoting success. Through developmental and collaborative approaches to program evaluation, the AEG both researches effective program evaluation processes as well as conducts program evaluations for clients across sectors.

Knowledge Mobilization

Disseminating and translating knowledge to diverse audiences is essential for productive uptake of research and evidence-informed decision-making. The AEG purposefully explores the latest knowledge mobilization (KMb) strategies to help develop effective KMb plans and platforms.

Measurement

Testing remains central to measuring learning and performance. Drawing on sound psychometric principles, the AEG works to research, develop, and validate measures for various learning outcomes across a variety of contexts (e.g., education, health care, language testing, certification, licensure).

Recent Projects

A Multi-year Developmental Evaluation of the Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research

This mixed methods evaluation measures partnership indicators and brokering functions within four provincial research-practice-policy networks (Math, Well-Being, Equity, and Indigenous Knowledge). The research involves a six-phase, mixed-methods design that targets Ontario Ministry of Education supported KNAER initiatives and knowledge networks across the province.

Increasing Capacity to Mobilize and Apply Research Knowledge in the Ontario Education System

This study convenes multi-stakeholder panels of researchers, intermediaries, policymakers and practitioners to a) determine three focus areas for KMb efforts (such as mental health, special education, equity, or strategic planning), b) suggest existing research-based products, and c) create tailored KMb tools and resources for different educational practitioners in these focus areas.

Use of Big Data to Model Performance and Change

Working with colleagues in admissions, undergraduate medicine, post-graduate medicine, and dentistry we have developed a comprehensive data system that tracks students from time of application to graduation, and for some, to post-graduate training.

Assessing Self-regulation in Play-based Contexts

As part of Dr. Timmons’ previous research (led by Drs. Janette Pelletier and Carl Corter) the Child Observation Framework (COF) was developed as a tool for researchers to analyze and examine children’s self-regulation and play behaviour. Using the COF, 10-minute observations (running records) are carried out during four classroom contexts: educator-led whole-group time, small group time, transitions between activities and child-chosen free-play time.

Test Preparation Research

Dr. Liying Cheng together with three co-investigators and two partners, examined the effects of test preparation on test performance and English language proficiency among test-takers whose predominant language is not English.

CITED: Partnered Knowledge Mobilization between Researchers and Media Organizations

CITED produces KMb podcasts on important societal issues through a tripartite co-production model between researchers, journalists, and community members.

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