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Research to support education practice and policy subject of March seminar

12 Mar 2012

The challenges of incorporating research knowledge into education practice and policy will be the subject of the CHEPA monthly seminar on March 21, presented by Ben Levin, the Canada Research Chair in Education Leadership and Policy.

In the presentation entitled Mobilizing Research Knowledge in Education, Levin will draw on his work in the field of research supporting practice and policy in education to explain the challenges of the concept, and describe the work of his team.

Levin, a professor at the University of Toronto, is based at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), where he currently leads a program of research and related activities aimed at learning more about strong linkages between research, policy and practice.

At the CHEPA seminar, Levin will describe a model developed by his team that looks at production, mediation and use of research knowledge, and describe the research program, including the range of empirical studies and action projects. He will also focus on some of the key lessons about research-practice connections, both for action and for further research.

The seminar will take place in CRL B119, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend. The seminar will be available remotely for those who are unable to attend. Click here for instructions on how to listen to the presentation through Elluminate.

Levin has an extensive background in the education field, in both academia and politics. From 1999 until 2002, he was deputy minister of advanced education, and deputy minister of education, training and youth for Manitoba, with responsibility for public policy in all areas of education and training. More recently he served two and a half years as deputy minister of education for the province of Ontario.

He has pursued the integration of research, policy and practice throughout his career, in government and in academia. He has published seven books and more than 200 other articles for academic, professional and lay audiences, many of which are about connecting research to practice and policy.

Levin is originally from Winnipeg, and obtained his BA from the University of Manitoba. He also holds a master’s degree in education from Harvard University, and a PhD from OISE.

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