Research snapshots


Indigenizing vocal/choral music education: Towards an ethos of resurgence, reconciliation, and bridging

In response to the aforementioned educational policy, this SSHRC federally funded research project aimed to bring together Elders, musicians, educators, cultural workers, and researchers, plus interested non-Indigenous people, in order to envision a respectful and culturally appropriate way towards Indigenizing music education. Read more


Enacting curriculum “in a good way”: Indigenous knowledge, pedagogy, and worldview in British Columbia music education classes

In response to the call from the BC Ministry of Education regarding the need for music educators to embed Indigenous perspectives in the classroom, this SSHRC federally research funded project identified public school music educators in rural and urban BC who, together with Indigenous community members, have already been successful in facilitating the embedding of local Indigenous ways of knowing in their classrooms via music. Read more

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Moussa Magassa

Indigenous values in education benefit everyone

Education is key to creating social change. This research explores how education can build relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities if Indigenous values are included in schools. Knowing that many non-Indigenous teachers may need guidance and support when starting to include Indigenous values, the researchers make connections with other teaching methods being adopted in schools and show how Indigenous values can benefit everyone. Read more

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What parents think about getting active with their children

Being active with your child (co-activity), as opposed to simply encouraging them from the sidelines, is a way to model healthy behaviour. The authors found that parents believe co-activity is important, but can also be difficult due to things like lack of time, energy, or child’s interest in co-activity. Parents would prefer to engage in co-activity that is close to home, outdoors, and that occurs after work. Read more

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Tools for a positive group-work experience

When comparing overall positive versus overall negative group-work experiences, there are substantial differences in the way group members interact. In particular, the overall climate of a group is established by the early planning stages and individual preparedness, which sets the stage for an overall positive or negative experience. The way a group collectively handles setbacks, stressors, and negative emotions also contributes to overall feelings towards a project. Read more


Indigenous adult language learning can enhance health and wellbeing

Due to past and current forms of colonization, many members of Indigenous communities were not given the opportunity to learn their language as children and are now studying the language as adults. Together with a UVic-based research team, two Indigenous adult language learning programs in British Columbia gained understanding into how the process of learning and teaching Indigenous languages impacted participants’ wellbeing. Read more

Moussa Magassa

The brains of older and younger adults react differently to errors

Researchers can track brainwaves using Electroencephalography, or EEG technology. This study used EEG to track the brain’s response to making an error in older and younger adults, and then compared the results. Older adults made more errors on a simulated driving task than younger adults, and older adults had a less intense brain reaction to those errors. Read more

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Educators develop as Aboriginal allies through professional networks

Networks can be an effective tool in professional development. This study looks at how a professional network in BC can contribute to educators’ understanding of Aboriginal culture and history. Professional networks can provide a sense of community for educators to learn about Aboriginal culture and implement the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s Calls to Action. Read more

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Community theatre project explores smoking addiction with people living with mental illness

Smoking rates are much higher among people living with mental health issues compared to the rest of the population. The researchers worked with clients and care providers in a psychiatric day hospital to create a play. By creating, performing, and discussing the play with the audience of health care providers, participants were able to share and reflect upon their experiences and reduce stigma around mental illness and addiction. Read more

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Adolescents learn to make links between health and media literacy

Commercial media is often motivated by profit and is constantly bombarding us and our children with targeted information. Today’s youth get a majority of their information from the media, yet the school system has not emphasized teaching media literacy – the ability to understand whether or not the information is reputable, accurate and trustworthy. Read more

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Debriefing for learning and growth among airplane pilots

In professional practice, debriefing is a highly effective learning and teaching practice. The focus of a debriefing session should be on the person who performed the task, by allowing them ample time to talk about their performance and engage in self-reflection. Debriefing can be used in many professions and situations, including aviation – the focus of this article. Read more

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School immersion helps student teachers in TRUVIC program

Understanding how to teach effectively can be difficult for new teachers. This study focuses on a pilot of TRUVIC, a three-month program where student teachers engaged with teachers and students in a local high school once a week. The program combined this time in the classroom with collaborative assignments and activities in university courses the other days of the week. Read more