Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children – Forum

April 30, 2009

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children is hosting their third forum of 2009. These forums provide opportunities for community and academic researchers and practioners to share their projects, to discuss relevant issues that are exciting and challenging, expected and unexpected, and to engage in lively dialogue.

Rosine Nimeh Mailloux 
Violence Against Women in the Middle East

Wednesday, May 20th
Faculty of Education Building, Room 1118

Coffee and cookies will be provided.
Please RSVP to Lina Rodriguez at lardila@uwo.ca .  Space is limited.

Rosine Nimeh Mailloux is the  author of two books. The first is Mustard and Vinegar, a collection of short stories—self-published—about the true and riveting events in the lives of her ancestors in Turkey and their struggles to survive amid wars, poverty and prejudice. Her second book and first novel, The Madwoman of Bethlehem, is about the suffering of one woman, her sin, punishment and, finally, her redemption. Rosine was born in Bethlehem, Palestine, but raised in Jerusalem until 1948, when she was forced to flee to Bethlehem under gunfire. After high school, she taught in Hebron city for 2 years, then went to Arizona State University, sponsored by a church in Phoenix. She received her B.A. in 1961, and M.A. in English Language and Literature in 1963, after which she returned to teach in Ramallah, Jordan at a United Nations Teacher Training Centre for Refugee girls, mostly girls from the Gaza Strip. In 1967, she went to Schenectady, N.Y. to teach at Linton High School, then came to Ontario and taught for 28 years at Belle River District High School and Ecole Secondaire L’Essor.

Seminar Series – Last Talk for This Year

April 22, 2009

Dr. Robert Sandieson

Addressing the complexities of conducting a comprehensive literature search:
The Pearl Harvesting Information Retrieval Method

Friday, April 24
1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Faculty of Education
Room 1010 


Spencer Foundation

April 16, 2009

The  Spencer Foundation was established in 1962 by Lyle M. Spencer. The Foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world. The Foundation has been dedicated to the belief that research is necessary to the improvement in education. The Foundation is thus committed to supporting high-quality investigation of education through its research programs and to strengthening and renewing the educational research community through its fellowship and training programs and related activities.

Small Grants (under $40,000)
Faculty of Education Associate Dean’s Office: At least 1 week before the Agency Deadline (2-3 weeks earlier if you wish feedback on your application – submit to Karen Kueneman)
Research Development & Services: At least 3 days before the Agency Deadline
Spencer: for 2009 are May 1, 2009; July 10, 2009; October 2, 2009; and December 4, 2009.
Grants over $40,000
Investigators of projects with budgets over $40,000 are asked to submit a preliminary proposal following the guidelines. If the Foundation is interested in the project, the Principal Investigator will be invited to submit a full proposal. Normally, you will be informed about the status of the preliminary proposal within four to six weeks of receipt.

Description: The Foundation’s  research grants are organized under four areas of inquiry that identify broad topics they believe have fundamental and abiding importance for educational improvement.

The Relation Between Education and Social Opportunity
Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems
Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources
Purposes and Values of Education

Strategic Initiatives reflect the Foundation’s commitment to specific, measureable investigations that range from five to ten years.
Civic Learning and Civic Action
Philosophy in Educational Policy and Practice

Eligibility:  Principal Investigators applying for a Research Grant must be affiliated with a school district, a college or university, a research facility, or a cultural institution. The Foundation accepts proposals from institutions and/or researchers from the U.S. and internationally. Researchers must also have an earned doctorate in an academic discipline or professional field or appropriate experience in an education-related profession.

More information

Applications: Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed RDAF form (bearing applicant and Assoc Dean signatures).

Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) – Call for Proposals

April 6, 2009

HRSDC has just released a Call for Proposals for Youth and Technology Use: What are the impacts?

Deadline: This RFP will close onApril 20, 2009. Proposals will not be accepted after 16:00 (EST / EDT).

Contract value: The cost of the project shall not exceed the available budget of $25, 000 (excluding GST).

Description: Given the increasing use of technology by Canadian youth (aged 13-19) and the potential negative and positive consequences of this increased use, the purpose of this project is to summarize existing knowledge on the impacts of technology use on youth developmental outcomes.
Technology use may have impacts that are both positive (i.e. increased feelings of connection, preparation for a knowledge-based economy, etc.) and negative (i.e. decreased sleep, lower attention span, decreased social skills, etc.). This project should consider both positive and negative impacts of technology use. Impacts can include learning outcomes (e.g. reading and math achievement scores, high school graduation), health outcomes (e.g. sleep problems, drug and alcohol use, obesity), social outcomes (e.g. social skills, prosocial behaviour), and emotional outcomes (e.g. depression, life satisfaction).
The paper will synthesize inter-disciplinary (e.g. psychology, education, health) research and evidence on the impacts of technology use on youth, identify knowledge gaps and methodological limitations, create a theoretical or conceptual framework to organize the literature, and identify research questions and directions to help guide this area of investigation in the future.

Contact at HRSDC: Robert Hayman, robert.hayman@servicecanada.gc.ca 

Application: See full Request for Proposal (RFP), youthandtechnology, for complete project description

Full Applications are to be processed through Research Development & Services  and are to be accompanied by a completed RDAF form (bearing applicant and Assoc Dean signatures).

NOTE: Since this is contract research budgets must take into account UWO’s Indirect Costs policy 

Faculty in the Media

April 2, 2009

Alan Leschied was interviewed by Free Press reporter, Kathy Rumleski on March 9 on the subject of violence and girls.

Katina Pollock was featured in a Western News article on March 9: “Teaching students through experiential learning.”

 Alan Edmunds participated in a series of interviews with the Kansas City Star newspaper, March 2 – 4, on the topics of highly precocious students and the schooling of profoundly gifted children and adolescents. The State of Kansas is revisiting all educational policies regarding students who are gifted and talented with a view toward allowing for more curriculum/student acceleration options.