Research

img_5182Research: Developing Mobile Media Spaces

Developing Mobile Media Spaces for Civic Engagement in Urban Priority Schools is an ongoing five year project that seeks to advance knowledge of existing digital and pedagogical practices used by teacher candidates to foster students’ digital literacies; investigate digital media across the curriculum to create and evaluate learning experiences to foster digital citizenship; to provide a model of sustainable Faculty/school partnership for other teacher educators; and to exemplify pedagogical strategies that support urban high school students as active digital citizens now and in the future. The project, which is now in its second year, is supported by Social Sciences and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) Insight Grant.

In this work, we seek to understand how teacher candidates and teachers work within physical and digital networked spaces to develop learning experiences for urban students to promote active citizenship and civic engagement across the curriculum.   The goals that have become the focus of the research include:

  1. Advancing knowledge of existing digital and pedagogical practices teacher candidates draw on to foster students’ digital literacies;
  2. Investigating digital media across the curriculum to create and evaluate learning experiences to support active digital citizenship;
  3. Providing a model of sustainable Faculty/school partnership for other teacher educators to consider in terms of preparing teachers for urban schools;
  4. Exemplifying pedagogical strategies that support urban high school students as active digital citizens now and in the future.
  5. Challenging ways in which 21st century learning is conceptualized and promoted in both policy and practice.

Researchers

  • Ruth Kane
  • Linda Radford
  • Nicholas Ng-A-Fook

Research Assistants

  • Jesse Butler
  • Catherine James
  • Hembadoon Oguanobi
  • Rosalind Hampton
  • Thursica Kovinthan
  • Tasha Ausman