International Research


The Council of Ontario Directors of Education and the 21st Century Learning Unit of Curriculum and Assessment Policy Branch have coordinated efforts with partners to produce international research papers for Ontario educators. The partners include Dr. Chris Dede from Harvard University, Curriculum Services Canada, and Dr. Jennifer Jenson, Dr. Nicholas Taylor and Stephanie Fisher from York University’s Faculty of Education.

Conceptual/Research Synthesis for Ontario’s Technology and Learning Fund Report   

By Chris Dede and Kim Frumin, Harvard Graduate School of Education

The Conceptual/Research Synthesis for Ontario’s Technology and Learning Fund Report looks closely at Ontario’s evolving, multi-phased 21st Century Teaching and Learning Strategy which builds upon strong, positive and collaborative relations between the Ministry of Education and education leaders in District School Boards. With an emphasis on supports for capacity building and knowledge mobilization, as a means for supporting teachers and school and system leaders, boards are shifting their practices to integrate promising innovations that make a demonstrable difference for student engagement, learning, achievement, and success.

The Dede/Frumin research synthesis provides helpful and interesting insights into how the 21st Century Teaching and Learning Strategy is accomplishing this significant change in Ontario education, and describes illustrative conceptual frameworks and scholarly findings that support Ontario’s evolving, multi-phased 21st Century Teaching and Learning Strategy.

Read the complete report:

• English  Conceptual/Research Synthesis for Ontario’s Technology and Learning Fund Report
 
• French  Synthèse des concepts et des travaux de recherche pour le rapportsur le Fonds
                pour la technologie et l'apprentissage de l'Ontario



Learning Partnerships on Real-World, Authentic Tasks   

Technologies that Aid Learning Partnerships on Real-World, Authentic Tasks (2015)

Dr. Chris Dede from Harvard University has written ‘think pieces’ for Ontario school and system leaders. In this first report, Technologies that Aid Learning Partnerships on Real-World, Authentic Tasks, he profiles key international research findings that specifically address:
• creating more teacher-student learning partnerships and real-world, authentic learning tasks
  enabled by technology; and
 
• providing more opportunities in school for peer-to-peer learning enabled by technology.
 
Technologies that Aid Learning Partnerships on Real-World, Authentic Tasks (2015)
 
• English
 
• French

(download from this site - second think piece from Dede)


Learning Partnerships Among Educators   

Learning Partnerships Among Educators Enabled by Technology (2015)

Dr. Chris Dede from Harvard University has written ‘think pieces’ for Ontario school and system leaders. In this first report, Learning Partnerships Among Educators Enabled by Technology, he profiles key international research findings that specifically address:
• the power of transparent learning - sharing and learning together with others
  - can improve practice and student achievement; and
 
• online and blended professional learning models that support convenience and
  just-in-time assistance for various learner needs’.
 
Learning Partnerships Among Educators Enabled by Technology (2015)
 
• English
 
• French

(download from this site - second think piece from Dede)


Engaging School Districts in Evaluative Thinking and Research   

Engaging School Districts in Evaluative Thinking and Research-Based Inquiry to Advance 21st Century Teaching and Learning (2014)
Ontario Ministry of Education and Curriculum Services Canada co-authored this paper which was presented to the American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting (2014) as part of a multi-paper symposium:  Learning Our Way Forward: Research and Evaluation Informing System Change and Innovation.

This research paper examines Ontario’s multi-phased approach from 2011-2013 to engage all 7 school districts in voluntary, collaborative, inquiry-based research to investigate the impact of over 100 technology-based local innovation projects.  The focus is pedagogy-driven teaching and learning in a knowledge- and technology- intensive age.

Engaging School Districts in Evaluative Thinking and Research-Based Inquiry to Advance 21st Century Teaching and Learning (2014)



Critical Review and Analysis   

Critical Review and Analysis of the Issue of “Skills, Technology and Learning” (2010)
In their 2010 report, Dr. Jennifer Jenson, Dr. Nicholas Taylor and Stephanie Fisher from York University’s Faculty of Education identified themes and trends in relation to 21st century skills, technology and learning by examining research and practices in fifteen jurisdictions from Canada and around the world.
• Change happens in the classroom through the teacher and is supported through
   top-down policy implementation.
 
• Change happens in the classroom through the teacher and is supported through
   top-down policy implementation.
 
• 21st century reform needs to focus on inclusivity, equitable access, and the meaningful
  integration of technology into teaching and learning.



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