Research Centres, Groups, and Offices
Our Research Centres
Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children
The Centre is committed to the development and application of knowledge for the prevention of violence against women and children through promoting innovation, collaboration and equality.
We facilitate the collaboration of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent violence and abuse. We serve local, national and international communities by producing useful information and tools to assist in the daily work to prevent and stop violence towards women and children and vulnerable adults.
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.
Within school settings, there is both the opportunity and obligation to promote mental health for all children. The vision of effective School Mental Health (SMH) is one where a multidisciplinary group of professionals can offer services ranging from prevention to intervention, effectively removing barriers to learning and promoting mental wellbeing. Unfortunately, the reality of SMH has not yet caught up to the promise. Evidence-based practices are not implemented routinely, a comprehensive approach is lacking in most jurisdictions, and data-informed decision-making is virtually non-existent. The Centre for School Mental Health at Western University addresses those gaps between research, practice and policy. The centre seeks to promote an expanded concept of SMH through innovative research partnerships, high quality training opportunities, and a commitment to knowledge mobilization.
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.
The Canadian Research Centre 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.
The Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre at Merrymount
Western’s Mary J. Wright Research and Education Centre, located in the heart of London, is a community-university partnership between the Faculty of Education, Western University and Merrymount Family Support and Crisis Centre. The collaboration is committed to generating, coordinating and overseeing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary basic and translational research that has the potential to inform our understanding of the conditions that influence child outcomes and, in turn, the development of evidence-based early childhood education and intervention programs. These programs are designed to address significant inequalities in opportunity, foster the health and well-being of our most vulnerable children and identify the protective processes for enhancing outcomes for all children.
Our Research Groups and Offices
Centre for Educational Leadership
One of the Centre’s key objectives is to support aspiring, new and experienced educational leaders by acknowledging their current work environment and providing meaningful professional learning opportunities. The Centre is also involved in research and evaluation projects designed to provide additional insight into the challenges and opportunities faced by educational leaders in their daily work.
DELF/DALF Centre at Western
DELF / DALF officially certify the ability of students to use French language in real-life situations. Certifications are based on the six proficiency levels of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages.
The diploma is awarded to you for life by the French Government and is recognized all over the world. Besides having your level of competency in the language confirmed, the diploma is a very useful while applying for a job. Many places in Canada are beginning to require specific language levels based on the Common European Framework of Reference. Parks Canada in PEI for example, require their bilingual summer employees to have the B2 level. During the last Olympics, bilingual volunteers were also required to have the B2 level in French in order to participate. French Departments at Universities such as Western, recognize the levels in their course programs.
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.
Indigenous Education Office
The UWO Faculty of Education is committed to internationalization of all of our programs through our teaching and research. This includes a wide range of international education courses across our programs, incorporating international service learning placements in our B.Ed. program, and a new Comparative and International Education specialization in our M.Ed. program. We aim to foster collaboration and international partnerships, and promote the profile of the Faculty internationally.
Knowledge Network for Applied Educational Research (KNAER)
The Knowledge Network for Applied Education Research (KNAER) was established in 2010 and is led by the partnership of the Ontario Ministry of Education, Western University, and the University of Toronto. KNAER aims to facilitate the collaborative development and dissemination of evidence-based research and knowledge in order to reach practice in every Ontario classroom. We believe that access to and use of the best-available research evidence and practitioner knowledge will aid in improving student learning. Between 2010 and 2014, KNAER funded 44 education projects involving more than 150 partnerships across Ontario. Currently, KNAER is funding four large thematic knowledge networks around mathematics education, student well-being, equity in education, and Indigenous education. Since its inception, KNAER has created a wide range of knowledge products, increased capacity for knowledge mobilization across the education sector, and extended partnerships and networks across the province. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook and sign up for our newsletter to stay up-to-date!
Researching International and Contemporary Education (RICE)
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.