Grants & Funding

This list contains our grants in progress.

SSHRC Insight Grant

Mindfulness and Indigenous Knowledge: Shared Narratives about Well-Being

2017-2020
$ 100,000

Dr. Karen Ragoonaden (PI); Dr. Macintyre Latta (Co-PI); Dr. Tina Fraser (Co-PI), UNBC; Dr. Ross Hoffman, (Co-PI), UNBC.
Collaborators: School District 23; Aboriginal Programs and Services, UBC O; UNBC

This study aims to examine the similarities between Mindfulness and Indigenous knowledges. An ancillary aim is to examine how integrating Mindful practices into university courses, whose focus is on Indigenous knowledge, impact on identity and on the wholistic well-being of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal student populations. Specifically, the following three objectives have been identified:

  • Identify similarities relating to Mindfulness and to Indigenous knowledge
  • Determine if the integration of Mindfulness and Indigenous knowledge in university courses impacts on identity and the well-being of students
  • Develop a framework that identifies conditions under which Mindfulness and Indigenous knowledge can inform curriculum, practice and policy in higher education

Flourishing in Schools: positive leadership as a catalyst for sustainable school improvement

2017-2020
$ 176,212

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski (PI), UBCO; Dr. Keith Walker, (CO-PI), University of Saskatchewan; Dr. Benjamin Kutsyuruba, Queens University, (CO-PI)

Aligned with the mounting international calls for more research on wellbeing in schools, the purpose of this research is to examine positive leadership in K-12 schools using a positive organizational perspective to understand how to foster, support, and develop school leadership that encourages and sustains a culture of flourishing for all members of the learning community. We primarily use qualitative research strategies to collect data among K-12 principals in school districts across Canada, carrying out case studies, engaging expert panel focus groups, and hosting a Forum-workshop in Year 3, where we we convene participants, researchers, practitioners and other interested stakeholders to co-construct new knowledges and practices about and for positive school leadership.

Flourishing in Schools: A postive organizational perspective

2017-2020
$ 185,872

Dr. Sabre Cherkowski (PI), UBCO; Dr. Keith Walker, (CO-PI), University of Saskatchewan

The specific objectives of this three-year research project were to provide opportunities for teachers and other school leaders across BC and Saskatchewan to co-create knowledge with us about how individuals and groups flourish in schools. We carried out appreciative case studies and electronic delphi surveys to gather the narrative data that helped us bring to more concrete description the notion of flourishing from educators’ perspectives.

SSHRC Partnership Development Grant

2016 – 2019
$162,000

Re-Storying Canadian History: The Interdependence of Creative and Critical Thinking

​Dr. M. Macintyre Latta; (PI); Dr. K, Ragoonaden (Co-PI); Dr. Rita Irwin (Co-PI)
Collaborators: School District 23; Okanagan Symphony Orchestra.

This proposal contributes to a program of research that examines the nature, roles, and significances of K-6 curriculum enactment that purposefully embraces the interdependency of creative and critical thinking within cross-disciplinary learning experiences for all involved. An arts experience has formed the creative and critical contexts for a three-year community partnership with an elementary school, district and associated teachers, administrators, and students, the Artistic Director of the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra and participating musicians, alongside curricular, indigenous, and historical studies and research expertise from the University of British Columbia (UBC).