Early numeracy development and psycho-motor skills
This pilot study will describe young children’s psycho-motoric developmental dynamics in relation to their numeracy learning. The research project aims to 1) assess young children’s motoric development; 2) assess their early numeracy outcomes and math-related vocabulary; 3) draw correlations between the participants’ psycho-motoric developmental outcomes and early numeracy learning; 4) account for participants’ cognitive outcomes in terms of executive functioning skills (EF), assessed via classroom behavioural engagement; and 5) establish feasibility of test measures for Canadian context to use in future larger scale studies.
This research is part of a SSHRC Explore Grant (2023-2025).
PRESERVICE TEACHERS AND PODCASTS: TRANSLATING AGENCY INTO COMMUNITIES OF INQUIRY
This project seeks to understand and amplify the voices of preservice teachers through the medium of podcasts. In Canada, teacher education attempts to engage preservice teachers in meaningful professional development. Yet, despite our best efforts, the development and learning of preservice teachers are often hidden in assignments and limited to their classrooms. Through our research, we are asking what if preservice teachers had appropriate affordances for the complexity of pedagogical inquiry or academic agency? We believe using the podcast medium can amplify preservice teachers’ agency and help them speak into the wider educational community.
This research is part of a SSHRC Explore Grant (2022-2024).
Teacher education, identity, and spirituality
This research project is a self-study of our Trinity Western University education program, faculty, and students. We are interested in the professional and spiritual identity formation of our pre-service teachers. The research contributes to wider discourses about professional learning, identity formation, spiritual formation, and teacher education. The aim is to share about our unique context at TWU where these ideals converge in unique ways to better serve future teachers.
This research is ongoing.