Faculty of Education

Research Centres

Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount

Mary J. Wright Research and Education at Merrymount

The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount works to foster the health and wellbeing of all children through state-of-the-art research and intervention in the area of early childhood development and intervention.


Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education

Canadian Research Center on Inclusive Education

Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education, located in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario, is a research association composed of faculty members, research associates, and graduate students who share an interest in inclusive education research. The goal of the Centre is to encourage collaborative investigations of theories and practices in an effort to enhance the educational opportunities of all students with exceptionalities. The Centre is committed to sharing research findings and resources with academics, educators, and families.


Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children

Center for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children

The Centre promotes the development of community-centred, action research on violence against women and children.
The Centre's role is to facilitate the cooperation of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent abuse. It serves local, national and international communities by producing useful information and tools to assist in the daily work against violence toward women and children.


Centre for School Mental Health

Centre for School Mental Health

Western has established the Centre for School Mental Health to address the need for improved services and outcomes for children at-risk for or presenting with mental health challenges.


Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice

Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice

The Interdisciplinary Centre for Research in Curriculum as a Social Practice is a network of stakeholders interested in supporting collaborative scholarship that enables new and expansive ways of thinking about curriculum in schools, in our communities and in higher education settings.


Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research

The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) will, in consultation with the Ontario Ministry of Education, engage in a dialogue with groups of practitioners/researchers to facilitate the development and dissemination of advanced knowledge through the application of applied education research, extending to effective practices in class-rooms, schools, school boards as well as provincially. The KNAER will also focus on building, advancing and applying robust evidence of effective practices through conducting research, synthesizing state-of-the-art knowledge from existing bodies of evidence from Ontario, nationally and internationally.


Researching International and Contemporary Education

The central aim of our research group is to deepen our collaborative capacities to develop and engage new conceptualizations and innovative approaches to researching international and contemporary forms of education in a globalizing world.

We have received seed funding to create and maintain a small number of activities to support this aim. These activities include: periodic book discussions on new and relevant texts in the field, maintaining this website and other modes of connection and dissemination, running a one-day symposium in Spring 2011 and pursuing additional funding to further develop and expand the activities of our group.


The Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

The Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (CRTLHE) promotes an evidence-based approach to teaching and learning in post-secondary education. Under the leadership of Dr. Debra Dawson, the Centre consists of staff and faculty members from a variety of disciplinary perspectives who engage in research designed to advance the understanding and, ultimately, the practice of teaching and learning in higher education. The research focus on teaching and learning is broadly defined including both curricular and co-curricular endeavours. This expansive lens allows a comprehensive understanding of teaching and learning within the post-secondary context. The Centre is a collaborative partnership with the Faculty of Education.

At The Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, we:


Western English Language Centre (WELC)

A university education is a significant part of building a prosperous and fulfilling life. The English Language Centre at Western University is part of that education. Studying at Western University unlocks new ways of understanding, offers new ways of thinking, and leads to new opportunities.

Every day, the world is becoming smaller. How will you become a global citizen? At Western English Language Centre, you will learn how to think creatively and gain new insight on global issues.