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June 22, 2016

Modelling and Mentoring Positive Social Skills for Girls

A casual chat among female students revealed many were on anti-anxiety medications. A class on techniques for leading group therapy led to multiple revelations of self-loathing. For college instructor Stephanie Ruckstuhl, those were messages too strong to ignore. “Happens once, it’s a fluke, then a second time, and I thought, what are we doing to our girls?” said Ruckstuhl, a teacher in the practical nursing program at New Brunswick Community College in St. Andrew’s by the Sea. With those conversations fresh in her mind, the idea of intervening with young girls to develop positive social skills through role models and... Read more
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June 22, 2016

One goal, two perspectives

One group is students with developmental disabilities. One group is students training to work in community services. Both groups need experience working. Neither of them could have better teachers than the other. With help from a grant, provided by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council’s Community and College Social Innovation Fund, two groups of students will share work placements, designed to deal with the difficulties of integrating youth and adults with developmental handicaps into the community and the labour market. All the students attend Ottawa’s college La Cité. The students with developmental disabilities are part of the college’s Intégration... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Looking for a Way to Nurture Systems to Feeds Us

Agricultural land is an irreplaceable natural resource and we are not looking after it as we should, according to Kent Mullinix, director of the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. “Nations and provinces and municipalities create policy and law and regulation all the time to advance their vision, their agenda, and somehow we have decided a sustainable food system isn’t worth doing that for,” Mullinix said in a telephone interview. Mullinix is the lead researcher on Fostering Regional Food Systems, a project funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, from its Community and College Social Innovation Fund.... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Evidence-Based Policing with the Help of Humber College

With their phone numbers out there and their BlackBerrys always in their hands, Toronto’s Neighbourhood Police Team members are just a call or a text away. Their job is to listen to what’s worrying people who live in some of the city’s toughest areas, calm their fears and help them act to make things better. But is it working? With help of a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, researchers from Humber College are trying to answer that question — and at the same time, move Toronto into an era of “evidence-based policing.” “The Toronto police are... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Is it a tool? Is it a toy? Tablets in very small hands

Showing very small children how to use a tool that was invented after you started teaching is not easy. How to do it in a way that advances learning while using the full range of what the tool has to offer is a challenge for the researchers who are studying the best uses of the tablet computer. Tablets weren’t available when today’s crop of early childhood educators and kindergarten teachers did their training. As a result, they don’t know how to help students use tablets effectively, according to Monica McGlynn-Stewart, of George Brown College’s Centre for Early Childhood Development. Nor... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Plugging in and Planning for Crisis

Where do youth in crisis turn? To the phones that never leave their hands? To friends? To the emergency department, perhaps taken there by desperate family? Studies done in Peel, just west of Toronto, suggest youth are much more likely to turn to friends, siblings, parents and faith leaders than to teachers, telephone help lines or community crisis workers. They also show the region’s population is comprised of 58 per cent minority ethnic groups. People from different cultures and beliefs react differently to mental health and addiction issues. Those factors may be keeping youth from getting the help they need,... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Leaving Trauma Behind for a Brighter Future

In recent years, Canada has welcomed thousands of people seeking asylum, many of them survivors of war and torture. They come for the chance of a new life — but the shadows of the old one can block them from the best paths to a new one, education. The after-effects of living through war and violence are a daily reality for refugees and asylum seekers. Their schooling may have been interrupted by war, or date from makeshift schools in refugee camps. Survivors may also experience after effects that diminish their ability to study, including memory and concentration problems, anxiety, insomnia... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Support and Guidance, Sight Unseen

The transition from high school to university is a tough one for most students, and young people with disabilities face particular challenges. To help ease them into their new world, researchers at George Brown College in Toronto are developing an online network with e-mentoring. The Postsecondary Students with Disabilities Network (PSDNet) is intended as one way to help counter the historic failure of the education system, institutions and governments to support students with disabilities, explained Charles Anyinam, professor at George Brown College’s Faculty of Community Services and Health Sciences. He is the lead researcher on PSDNet, a project funded by... Read more
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June 22, 2016

L’École Nationale de Cirque Tests the Effects of Teaching Circus Arts in Schools

A child who’s happy and confident hanging upside down without a helmet is going to be more active and perhaps more creative than one who’s not allowed to play outside when there’s ice in the schoolyard, Patrice Aubertin thinks. Aubertin, director of research and teacher training at the École Nationale de Cirque in Montréal, is the principal investigator on a national research project to examine the effects of teaching circus arts in primary school. One of 27 studies supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council through its Community and College Social Innovation Fund, the project is looking at... Read more
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June 22, 2016

Dealing with Common Problems Over Uncommon Distance

Campuses in Montréal and Mexico Work for A Better Environment Education is supposed to leave an indelible legacy — but not in terms of a mountain of plastic water bottles left behind by thirsty students, not to be measured by the extent of waste generated by colleges and universities as they try to improve the world one student at a time. Gisela Frias, a researcher and instructor in geography at Dawson College in Montréal, is project director on a grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council. Dawson faculty and students will work with counterparts in Mexico to promote... Read more
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