Lynne M. Hannay, PhD, Head and Associate Professor, Midwestern Centre, OISE/UT
I work out of the Midwestern Field Centre located in Kitchener, Ontario. In addition to many field development projects, I have been the Principal Investigator on several research studies and is actively engaged in teaching off-campus courses in Kitchener. Understanding the processes involved in school-based change and professional development strategies to support such changes remain the primary focus of my work. Currently this interest is centering on the processes of secondary school change and the implementation of action research though I continue to work with school boards on general school-base change facilitation projects.
CURRENT FIELD DEVELOPMENT AND RESEARCH PROJECTS:
1. Secondary School Restructuring Research Program:
Over the last seven years, four research studies have been completed on the processes involved in secondary school change with specific reference to the role of subject department heads. The current focus has been on the relationship between restructuring and reculturing as related to secondary school change. In conjunction with the latest research study, Lynne has been involved in developing a graduate program on secondary school change.
2. Professional Development to Facilitate Action Research:
With funding from the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and in collaboration with the Ontario Public School Teachers' Federation, several professional development programs to facilitate teachers involvement in action research have been conducted. These programs include a series of interactive half day sessions on problem framing, data collection, data analysis, and the sharing of the teachers research findings. This program is closely linked to the graduate courses in action research taught by Lynne over the last few years.