Recent Submissions

  • Aboriginal early childhood post-secondary programs: stories of successes and challenges 

    Alphonse, Danielle (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Aboriginal Early Childhood Post-Secondary Programs: Stories of Successes and Challenges takes a look at Vancouver Island University Early Childhood Education programs and examines at the factors that contribute to a students ...
  • Conversations for moving forward: stories of inclusion 

    Zummack, Angela (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The practice of inclusion has traditionally been concerned with the education of students with special needs. However, there has been a shift by the Ministry of Education in British Columbia to explore the ideas of diversity ...
  • Professional learning through collaborative inquiry 

    Fisher, Tara C. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of this project was to explore the experiences of a group of elementary school teachers, with regards to professional learning as they moved through a school-based collaborative inquiry process. As the newly ...
  • Leading change: a self-study 

    Boucher, Nicole (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-04)
    There are many long-held, traditional views of what school leadership looks like: principals as managers of buildings and of people, making hard decisions based on their own view of what is good for a system, then working ...
  • The experience of students and teachers in project-based learning 

    Goodridge, Lindsay (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    This study uses action research to examine the experience of students and teachers as they participated in a project-based learning unit. The literature suggests that project-based learning can increase the involvement of ...
  • The journey of leadership: an autoethnography 

    Grice, Jaksun R.J. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-07)
    This study uses autoethnography as a research method to reflect on the impact the author’s life and career influences have had on the success of his role as a vice principal in a new school. Leadership theory was also ...
  • Looking back, to move ahead: creating a sustainable school vision 

    Riley, Darcey R. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2012-05)
    This research project examined how the knowledge of the past and purpose of a school site can strengthen the creation of a sustainable school vision. It was developed in response to a new administrator coming into a school ...
  • Creating a spark with outdoor education 

    Gleeson, Adria A. (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-04)
    By reflecting on my own teaching practice and listening to my students questioning their learning I realized that I was not using my best practice. This paper examines some of the benefits of reconnecting children with ...
  • Developing a shared vision to improve collaborative learning 

    Wilson, Tony (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-04)
    Each day Cafeteria Training students work collaboratively to perform daily tasks. However, challenges arise associated with collaboration that requires teacher intervention. An approach to address this concern was to involve ...
  • Early development instrument and grade one reading in School District 70 (Alberni) 

    Widsten, Janine (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-05)
    This current study intended to examine if there was a relationship between early school readiness levels, as measured by the Early Development Instrument (EDI), specifically in the domain of Language and Cognitive Development, ...
  • Teachers’ perspectives on relational trust in their school communities 

    McLane, Dani (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-04)
    Trust is the foundation to a thriving learning community. The intent of this research was to investigate teachers’ perspectives on relational trust among the different members of their learning communities including teachers, ...
  • Utilizing play to increase usage of self-regulation strategies 

    Place, Susan (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013-04)
    Self-regulation is a prevalent issue in classrooms today; students are increasingly unable to wait their turn, control inhibitions and delay gratifications. Play, among children recently, has been on a downward trend and ...
  • Administrative supports that reduce teacher stress 

    Johnston, Shannon (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    Teacher stress and administrative supports that reduce that stress were investigated using a mixed methods exploratory approach in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia. An online survey instrument was used to ...
  • The effect of viewing art on writing in grade four 

    Williams, Jane (Electronic version published by Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of this study was to implement a pedagogy that would improve all students’ writing, whether academically vulnerable or not. More specifically, the pedagogy implemented was designed to focus on the two aspects ...
  • Oral language education: voicing teachers’ experiences and considering perceptions and practices 

    Doak, Andrea (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    To contribute to our knowledge of oral language education, this study examined how the personal and professional experiences of teachers can help us to understand the relationships between teachers’ perceptions of oral ...
  • A right brain approach to reading intervention 

    Hedican, Jennifer (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of this study was to use a right hemisphere reading intervention method with three struggling primary readers. Neuroimaging research was used to help understand what is happening in the brains of non-readers. ...
  • Teaching fundamental movement skills to early primary learners through cross-age teaching: first steps towards physical literacy 

    Manzini, Lisa (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of this thesis is to demonstrate the relationship of physical literacy, physical education, fundamental movement skills, physical activity, cross-age teaching, and assessment for learning within a ‘community ...
  • Teachers’ perceptions and practices regarding improving elementary students’ emotional intelligence skills 

    Witt, Sharlene Royer (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of the current study was to determine elementary school teachers’ perceptions and practices regarding the improvement of elementary school students’ intrapersonal and interpersonal emotional intelligence skills. ...
  • Questioning student questioning: helping primary students begin to take more responsibility within the inquiry cycle (independent, small group and whole class inquiry activities) 

    Elves, Darren Lynn (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    This study used action research as a method to reflect on the impact of student questioning on inquiry learning, including student engagement and motivation. Conveyed through the lenses of the teacher, the parent, and most ...
  • Digital storytelling and students’ self-reports of intellectual engagement 

    Russell-Atkinson, Robert (Vancouver Island University, 2013)
    The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of Digital storytelling (DST) on the intellectual engagement of Grade 6/7 students in their language arts classes. The six-week study adopted a pre-test and post-test ...

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