Canada Research Chair in Data, Equity and Policy in Education
I am a Canada Research Chair and recipient of CFI and ORF grants. I have recently built a research lab in OISE (room 6-182) that is housing a wide variety of education data, and is becoming a hub for policy-relevant research in the Toronto area.
My research has several branches. One examines trajectories of student achievement over several years. With a team of researchers and policy makers, I am compiling data sets that can track students from their early years into post secondary levels, and that can assess the impact of various interventions in reducing educational inequality. For instance, in recent years I have partnered with Ontario’s Ministry of Education to assess the power of summer learning programs to reduce numeracy and literacy gaps. Currently, I am partnering with local school boards and postsecondary institutions to merge student data in order to track high school graduates into universities.
Another branch examines educational organizations, paying attention to the variety of school forms that are emerging at all levels of schooling, including various types of private schools and tutoring businesses, and various public schools of choice.
In a third branch, I am attempting to contribute to sociological theories of education, variously interpreting how schooling and society have become more deeply ‘interpenetrated’ over time, charting different forms of cultural capital, and attempting to apply Interaction Ritual Theory to schooling.