The documents presented below were submitted as a SSRHC Insight Grant on October 15th, 2013. Although, we were unsuccessful with the application (see here), the documents below provide a good sense of what the project is about.
Currently, funding via the Michael Smith Laboratories is making it possible to do some exploratory work on this project. (~$11,000) – blog post on start up costs for this can be found here.
December 2014 – June 2015:
– Hiring of six graduate student team for instructional purposes, and final fieldtrip template development (details, including fieldtrip lesson plans, found here).
– Ethics approval, and version 1 of survey questions developed. See here for more details (including docs outlining exact survey questions).
– Pre and post survey work from 15 fieldtrips (that’s close to 700 surveys!) Note that surveys were modified twice during the term (once for clarity, and once where a version that focused more on illustrating concepts was provided for younger classes, or classes with higher ESL ratios).
July 2015 to present:
– Some initial work on finding themes in survey responses.
– Some preliminary discussions on conference proceeding proposals.
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The summary. One page of meaty but concise goodness. (SubmitSummarySSRHCv2)
The Details. As a dense primer on the topics at hand (a review of the current research and literature). Also, the nitty gritty of our planned methodology, and notes about the Science Creative Literacy Symposia program (the fieldtrip that the research largely revolves around). (SubmitDetailedDescriptionSSRHCv2). Note that there’s also a 2 page reference pdf. (SubmitReferencesSSRHCv2)
The Budget Justification. Or how much we’ve asked for. Note the in kind funds involved (which are substantial and therefore, hopefully, makes the grant all the more attractive). (SubmitBudgetJustificationSSRHCv2)
The Team. A little bit about Marie-Claire, David Ng, and Samson Nashon, plus some context about why our varied background is pretty much perfect for this kind of research.(SubmitResearchTeamSSRHCv2). Note that there are elements of our backgrounds also presented in our submitted CVs. These can be seen here and here
The Knowledge Mobilization Plan. Or, in other words, how do we plan on sharing the research to the wider public. Specifically written to discuss ways to create communities where science, creativity and writing discourses can intersect. This section also summarizes intended efforts to popularize and/or speak academically about the work. (KnowledgeMobilizationSSRHCv2)