Research in Action:
Western Education's Research Report


Volume 1, Issue 2 - Winter 2013


Western Education’s Research Centres: Innovation and Collaboration

The Faculty of Education is home to a number of highly progressive and productive research centres. These centres have been established for collaborating with diverse partners and providing research and education that is committed to social justice, equity, inclusion, and diversity. Each of our Research Centres has deep ties to the local, national, and international communities and involves multiple stakeholder groups.

The Centre for Inclusive Education

The Centre for Inclusive Education 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.

The Centre for Inclusive Education is evolving, and has become the national headquarters of the Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education; connections have been established with a strong group of renowned researchers in inclusive education at universities all across Canada.

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The Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children

The Centre for Research & Education on Violence against Women and Children is committed to preventing violence against women and children in our community, provincially, nationally, and internationally.

In 2012, research activities and projects focused on threat assessment and risk management activities; prevention of violence in schools, workplaces, and communities; and prevention of domestic homicides. The centre continues to explore the impact of childhood and adult trauma, as well as the health care and justice system response to abuse, in collaboration with their Canadian partners.

Current initiatives include the Neighbours, Friends & Families Campaign, Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Initiative, the Tools for Change Educator’s Website and the Learning Network.

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The Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Supported through the Teaching Support Centre, the Centre for Research on Teaching and Learning in Higher Education promotes the advancement of teaching and learning in higher education at Western University. 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.

A related goal of the centre is to facilitate the continued growth of a scholarly community in the area of research on teaching and learning. Emphasis is placed on supporting the development and dissemination of scholarship relevant to teaching and learning and recognizing and promoting excellence in research on teaching and learning.

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The Centre for School-Based Mental Health

While not yet a formal Research Centre, work at the Centre for School-based Mental Health began in 2012 in response to a national crisis in the provision of services to children and youth presenting with mental health challenges.

Although over one million Canadian children and youth experience significant mental health concerns, only a minority receive some form of mental health services. For the vast majority, the school system is identified as the sole provider.

Once established, the Centre will play a leadership role in Ontario and Canada in addressing the need for education, training, and consultation for schools and allied professionals regarding the integration of school-based mental health initiatives for children.

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Please join us at Research Day on Monday, March 25, 2013 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm in the Great Hall, Somerville House, Western University. Students and faculty research will be featured from Education, Arts & Humanities, Information & Media Studies and Music. All welcome; no RSVP required!

We hope you enjoy this edition of Research in Action! Please contact Tina Beynen ( with your comments.



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