On February 28, 2018, Dr. Ian Matheson successfully defended his dissertation Unpacking Reading Comprehension by Text Type: An Examination of Reading Strategy Use and Cognitive Functioning in Poor and Typically-Achieving Comprehenders at Queen’s University, Faculty of Education.
Dr. Derek Berg (Queen’s University) served as Ian’s Supervisor and the following were his committee members: Dr. Nancy Hutchinson (Queen’s University) and Dr. Don Klinger (Queen’s University). External to Faculty was Dr. Valerie Kuhlmeier (Queen’s University), Head/Delegate was Dr. Kristy Timmons (Queen’s University), External to University was Dr. Dawn Buzza (Wilfrid Laurier) and the Chair was Dr. Anthony Goerzen (Queen’s University).
In his study, Dr. Matheson examined how students build comprehension with different types of text. Poor comprehenders and typically achieving comprehenders, as determined by a standardized measure for general reading comprehension, were compared in their reading comprehension and reading strategy use across narrative, expository, and graphic text. Ian also examined the influence of cognitive functioning on reading comprehension, and to what extent cognitive functions can explain the difference in reading comprehension between poor and typically achieving comprehenders. This research was partially exploratory, where he aimed to validate existing research on cognitive functions, reading strategies, and reading comprehension of text, as well as to contribute new research that distinguishes between text types. Past research has shown that cognitive functions predict reading comprehension and that poor comprehenders have poorer cognitive functioning and use fewer reading strategies than their peers. However, no research to date has made distinctions between different types of text, specifically graphic text, and how cognitive functioning and reading strategy use relate to comprehension.
On Tuesday, November 28, Dr. Alexandra Stoddart successfully defended her dissertation, “Physical Literacy: A Journey of Understanding and Development” at the University of Saskatchewan.
Dr. Louise Humbert served as Alex’s doctoral supervisor and the committee members were Dr. Adam Baxter-Jones, Dr. Kent Kowalski, and Dr. Sarah Oosman. Her external examiner was Dr. Lynn Randall from the University of New Brunswick.
Alex will be joining the faculty in the HOPE Subject area as of January 1, 2018.
Congratulations to Dr. Sara Schroeter who successfully defended her dissertation, “Difference at Play: An Ethnography of Discourse and Drama in Multiracial Classrooms in a Francophone Minority Language Schools,” April 3rd at the University of British Columbia. Dr. Annette Henry and Dr. Lisa Loutzenheiser served as Sara’s doctoral supervisors, and her external examiner was Dr. Nombuso Dlamini.
Congratulations to Dr. Heather Phipps on successfully defending her PhD at McGill University in Montreal on Wednesday, November 23 under the supervision of Dr. Teresa Strong-Wilson and Dr. Claudia Mitchell. Committee members included Dr. Anne Burke (Memorial University), Dr. Mary Maguire (McGill), and Dr. Mela Sarkar (McGill). The external examiner was Dr. Rahat Naqvi (University of Calgary).
Phipp’s dissertation, Children Speaking with Children: Visualizing Engagement Through Contemporary Canadian Picture Books in French Classrooms, is an ethnographic study situated in a public primary school in urban Montreal. It documents young children’s responses to Canadian children’s literature in Grades 1 & 2 French classrooms. Her study highlights the ways in which children engage and respond to both the words and images in diverse Canadian literature, and how they reflect on their own lived experiences in relation to the picture books. Her future research interests include inquiry related to issues of belonging, identity, and community for children and teachers in the context of minority language education in francophone and French immersion schools in the Saskatchewan context and in diverse multilingual contexts across Canada.
Congratulations to Dr. Gale Russell, Lecturer in Mathematics Education, who successfully defended her dissertation, “Valued Kinds of Knowledge and Ways of Knowing in Mathematics and the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: A Worldview Analysis” on June 23 at the University of Saskatchewan.
Her external examiner, Dr. Lisa Lunney Borden of St. Francis Xavier University, noted Dr. Russell’s exceptional skill as a researcher and the contributions that her dissertation will make to the national conversation relating to transforming the experiences in mathematics education for Indigenous students.
Dean Jennifer Tupper writes, “This is a tremendous accomplishment and one to be celebrated!”
Congratulations to Dr. Jenn de Lugt, Lecturer in Inclusive Education and Core Studies, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation May 13 at Queen’s University. Jenn’s dissertation explored how appropriate reading intervention strategies may be used to ameliorate emotional and behavioural disorders in children. Her doctoral studies were funded in part by SSHRC Fellowships.
Congratulations to Dr. Christine Massing, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education, who successfully defended her doctoral dissertation on October 27 at the University of Alberta. Her dissertation explores the experiences of immigrant and refugee women studying in an early childhood education program. Her doctoral studies were funded in part by a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) and an Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Scholarship from Killam Trusts.
Congratulations to Dr. Fadila Boutouchent, a lecturer in the Faculty of Education’s Programme du baccalauréat en éducation, who successfully defended her dissertation titled Apprentissage et maintien du français langue seconde ou additionnelle: Une étude auprès des jeunes Canadiens anglophones.
Dr. Boutouchent completed her doctoral work at the Université de Moncton (NB) where she was supervised by Dr. Rodrigue Landry and Dr. Réal Allard, professeurs émérites en éducation. The external examiner, Dr. Richard Clément, Director of the Official Language and Bilingualism Institute / Institut des langues officielles et du bilinguisme OLBI / ILOB, University of Ottawa / Université d’Ottawa outlined the excellent contribution of Fadila’s research to knowledge regarding bilingualism. Félicitations!
“We are so delighted to be able to celebrate this success with her!” ~ Dean Jennifer Tupper
Congratulations to Dr. Angela Snowshoe, a lecturer in Educational Psychology with the Faculty of Education, who successfully defended her PhD on August 19, 2015. Angela completed her doctoral program at Western University where she was supervised by Dr. Riley Hinson.
Angela’s dissertation, The Cultural Connectedness Scale and its Relation to Positive Mental Health Among First Nations Youth was examined by Dr. Debra Pepler (York University) and passed with no revisions required! Dean Jennifer Tupper says, “This is a tremendous accomplishment that exemplifies the quality of Angela’s research and scholarship. Her dissertation will no doubt be widely read and cited.”