Education - Theses, Dissertations, and other Required Graduate Degree Essays

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"Just because someone is not good at something, doesn't mean you don't get picked" : identity and agency in an elementary classroom

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Kelleen Toohey
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

An inquiry into high school students' understanding of logarithms

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

The mathematical concept of logarithms plays a crucial role in many aspects of human existence. This study aimed to analyze and describe the issues involved in high school students' understanding of logarithms and to highlight the most common difficulties students face as they develop their understanding. Two general theoretical ideas guided this investigation: mathematical understanding and obstacles. The adapted version of Confrey's model for students' understanding of exponents was applied to investigate students' understanding of logarithms. As a result, a description of students' difficulties with logarithms, and suggestions of possible explanations of the sources of these difficulties were presented. As for teaching practice, I focused on the initial introduction of the logarithms. In the traditional curriculum, logarithms are introduced as exponents. However, historically logarithms were developed completely independently of exponents. Further research will investigate the feasibility and the benefits of the historical approach for teaching.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Rina Zazkis
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.

School violence : a critical review of Canadian and American studies

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No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Abstract: 

School violence in Canada and the United States is a topic of public and media concern following several recent shocking incidents of student killings by their classmates in Canada and the United States. This thesis reviews and critically evaluates Canadian and American studies of school violence. Published reports and studies are used as the source of data. The main focus for evaluating the studies is an in-depth analysis of the conceptual frameworks and elements of the research. This includes determining whether the studies defined their terms and solicited information concerning the seriousness of incidents reported, such as the nature and severity of injuries. Exemplary studies are pointed out as models for future research on school violence. It is difficult to assess levels of school violence in Canada based on the studies reviewed in this thesis. Canadian national studies of violent crime and victimization of students in elementary and high schools have not been conducted to date. The fact that most of the Canadian studies are flawed by poor conceptual analysis makes the results questionable. Many Canadian and American studies lack clear definitions of the conceptual elements of the research, both in the research reports and the questionnaires administered to subjects. Most Canadian and American studies do not solicit information concerning the seriousness of incidents (e.g., aggravated assault versus simple assault) or the severity of injury resulting from violent crime (e.g., whether the injuries sustained were severe or minor). Furthermore, most studies do not measure whether victims suffered injuries. A few American studies demonstrate good conceptual analysis. Those studies show that school-related homicides are extremely rare events and that simple assault appears to be the most prevalent type of violence among American students and the most common school violence problem facing America.

Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Meguido Zola
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

Prospective secondary mathematics teachers' understanding of irrationality

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Rina Zazkis
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.Sc.

Un/learning to teach : a double testimonial narrative inquiry

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Peter Grimmett
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Dissertation) Ph.D.

Giving the gift with both hands : a sociocultural approach to arts education

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Sharon Bailin
Department: 
Faculty of Education
Thesis type: 
(Thesis) M.A.

Traditional First Nations education and socio-cultural theory : Vygotsky's contribution : singing a song to honour my mother

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Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2004
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Geoff Madoc-Jones
Department: 
Education
Thesis type: 
(Research project) M.Ed.

A journey through relationship into wonder

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
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Senior supervisor: 
Allan MacKinnon
Department: 
Education
Thesis type: 
Project (M.Ed.)

"Good for everyone" : an anti-racist education resource for teacher educators

Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
June Beynon
Department: 
Education
Thesis type: 
Project (M.Ed.)

Learning about an occupation : communication, practices and personal qualities emerging in conversations with appliance service technicians

Author: 
Peer reviewed: 
No, item is not peer reviewed.
Date created: 
2003
Document type: 
Thesis
File(s): 
Senior supervisor: 
Kelleen Tophey
Department: 
Education
Thesis type: 
Project (M.Ed.)