I started conducting research internationally in 1996 with a school project in Kenya. Since then I have worked with non-government organizations and government organizations linking schools and communities. My research focuses on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, specifically my studies examine factors that contribute to the first five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (United Nations, 2015): no poverty, zero hunger, good health and well-being, quality education and gender equality (SDG, UN2030 Agenda).
I conduct research at local, national and international levels. As an example, in Canada, I am examining longitudinal outcomes of government-school-community collaborations on families, children and cost-savings to government (2016-2021). Overall, my research program has informed policies and practices in schools, governments, and NGOs in the U.S., Canada, Switzerland, Madagascar and Laos.
The focus of my research is connecting education and communities. With my community partners and academic colleagues, I have examined how communities support the relation between an individual and places of learning such as schools, adult education programs, alternative learning communities and early childhood development programs. Conducting research in the U.S., Canada, Kenya, Madagascar, Lao and Switzerland, I have published on psychological sense of community, early childhood development, mentoring, service-learning and U.S. bilingual education. In writing, conducting research, teaching, mentoring and consulting, I facilitate, negotiate and synthesize understandings among multiple stakeholders often those with diverse backgrounds and views.
If you are interested in conducting your thesis as part of my research program, I welcome the possibility of supervising (or co-supervising) your thesis in one of Laurier's many graduate programs such as on international education policy, government-school-community collaborations or child development.
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