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“Curiosity as restless questioning, as movement toward the revelation of something hidden, as a question verbalized or not, as search for clarity, as a moment of attention, suggestion, and vigilance, constitutes an integral part of the phenomenon of being alive”
~ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of Freedom

We conduct research because we’re curiosity-driven creatures. As academics, we seek to better understand our natural, emotional, and social worlds through investigation. I am no different.

I study adult education because I believe in its transformational potential to our development as individuals and communities. In essence, I seek to understand in order to shape our thinking, our practice, and our institutional and government policy. I have been conducting educational research for almost fifteen years, beginning in the final year of my undergraduate degree, when I first discovered the Nicaraguan literacy campaigns. In my work, I draw on sociological and psychological theories and use qualitative, quantitative, and conceptual methodologies to explore educational phenomena. In total, I have been involved in over 25 research projects. Here is a subset of these recent projects:

Research on supporting adult learning 

  • Community service learning and its impact on dentistry students’ attitudes and comfort
  • Exploring the relationship between study habits and academic and emotional wellbeing: a study of Doctor of Dental Medicine and Dental Hygiene students’ first-year transitions.
  • Investigating the impact of PeerWise on student learning and satisfaction in clinical dental education.
  • A Cognitive Task Analysis of learning dental restorations
  • The impact of a teaching and learning module on Graduate Student Instructors in the Faculty of Dentistry
  • Developing and evaluating elearning modules for differentiated instruction in dentistry
  • Evaluating key biomedical learning objectives for curriculum renewal: a delphi study
  • PBL tutors’ beliefs about teaching and learning in dental and biomedical sciences

Research on adult education theory and policy

  • The role of time in the globalization of higher education
  • Recent teacher education policy in Canada
  • Adult literacy policy development in Canada and New Zealand
  • Exploring PIAAC‘s third pillar: problem-solving in technology-rich environments
  • The role of media in adult literacy policy and trends
  • Experiences and career pathways of Education PhD alumni
  • Examining cheating in adult education classes