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

Preparing Teachers for the Age of Accountability

The purpose of this research is to provide empirical data to inform pre-service education that effectively prepares teachers for the age of accountability. Specifically, this research has explored the value of various approaches to assessment education by researching a range of program structures, assessment course curricula, and pre-service pedagogies across Canada, England, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, and the United States.

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.

Research into a Collaborative Approaches to Evaluation as a Mechanism for Supporting System Level Thinking and Data-Informed Decision Making in Education

This multi-year project involves an ongoing collaboration between university-based evaluator-researchers with school district leaders, educators, and community partners in the pursuit of continuous improvement and ongoing data-informed decision making in education.

Program Evaluation for the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD)

The overarching goal of this objectives-based program evaluation is to evaluate the effectiveness of the Provincial Outreach Program for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (POPFASD) in preparing educators in British Columbia (BC) to support students with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Assessment of Competence in the Professions

The purpose of this research is to understand individual and group processing in developing accurate approximations of competence.

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.

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