Carol Rees

Carol Rees

Carol Rees

Name: Dr. Carol Rees
Position: Associate Professor
Phone: (250) 828-5004


My primary interest is in teaching and research in the fields of science and technology education.

Research Interests

I have a background as a scientist and as an elementary teacher. My research area is science inquiry education. I study the science inquiry experiences that students are involved in both in schools and informal settings. I investigate the ways that these experiences are student-led, authentic and open-ended and how best to help teachers prepare to provide such experiences for their students. For more information, see our faculty research page
I am also interested in game scholarship for education.

Current projects

"Transitioning to Student-Centred Science Inquiry: Investigating Classroom Talk." (with Wolff-Michael Roth ).

Creating engaging science inquiry activities for middle school students that incorporate online remote access to analytical instrumentation (with Sharon Brewer and Bruno Cinel)


Ph.D., Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario (1989)
M.A.Ed., Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia (2008)
B.Sc., Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland (1982)

Teaching Diploma Montessori St. Nicholas Centre, London, UK (1997)


Rees, C.A. & Roth, W-M. (2019). Discourse forms in a classroom transitioning to student-centred scientific inquiry through co-teaching. International Journal of Science Education (in press).

Alexander, E.; Pardo, R.; Lindsay, S. & Rees, C.A. (2018). The D.r.I.V.e. framework. Alberta Science Education Journal 45(3), 29-34 (

Stewart, N.; Lidster, S.; Anchikoski, T; Cinel, B.; Brewer, S. & Rees, C.A. (2017). Creating an engaging science inquiry activity for middle school students that incorporates online remote access to analytical instrumentation. Alberta Science Education Journal, 45(1), 30-39.

Rees, C.A. & Roth, W-M.,(2017). Interchangeable Positions in Interaction Sequences in Science Classrooms. Dialogic Pedagogy Journal, 5, A18-A36.

Rees, C.A. (2015). Developing Science Literacy through the Heat Game: an Online Role-Playing Game International Journal for Leadership in Learning 1(3) (21 pages)

Rees, C.A., (2014). Developing Awareness of Connections Between Science, Technology and the Environment through Participation in a Game-Like Approach to Curriculum. Brazilian Journal of Research in Science Education (RBPEC), 14(2), 147-157.

Rees, C.A., Pardo, R., Parker, J. (2013). Steps to Opening Scientific Inquiry: Pre-Service Teachers Practicum Experiences with a New Support Framework. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 24(3), 475-496.

Steele, A., Brew, C., Rees, C.A., Ibrahim-Khan, S. (2013). Our Practice, Their Readiness: Teacher Educators Collaborate to Explore and Improve Pre-Service Teacher Readiness for Science and Math Instruction. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 24(1), 113-131.

Rees, C.A. (2010). Smarter Science: A visit from Jennifer Parker, Rick Pardo and Mike Newnham. STAO Crucible Online. 41 (5) 1-6.

Rees, C.A., Hartjes, L., Oh, Y., Adcock, A, and Novak, K. (2010). Wii Observe, (p.116-126). in: Real-Time Research: Improvisational Game Scholarship. Dikkers, S., Steinkuehler, C., Squire, K. and Zimmerman E. et al. ETC Press, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh PA, U.S.A.

Conference Papers:

Rees, C.A. (2018). Creating Opportunities for More Equitable Teacher-Student Discourse through Student-Centred Scientific Inquiry. Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE) Conference, Regina (May 26-30)

Rees, C.A. Mba, R., & Roth W-M. (2017). Transitioning to Student-Centred Science Inquiry: Investigating Classroom Talk. European Science Education Research Association (ESERA) Conference, Dublin, Ireland. (August 21-25).

Rees, C.A. & Roth, W-M. (2015). Interchangeable Positions in Interactional Sequences in Science Classrooms. Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), Chicago, IL, U.S.A. (April 16-20).

Rees, C.A. & Roth, W-M. (2015). Fostering the Emergence of More Equitable Teacher/ Student Dialogue Patterns during Science Inquiry. International Conference for the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Chicago, IL, U.S.A. (April 11-14).

Rees, C.A. and Morran, S. (2014). Investigating Actions and Interactions at a Summer Science and Technology Camp. STEM Conference, UBC, Vancouver (July, 12-15).

Rees, C.A. (2014). Evidence of Productive Disciplinary Engagement during Science Inquiry. Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), St Catharines ON, Canada (May, 24-28).

Rees, C.A. (2014). Analyzing Actions and Interactions in a Game-Like Approach to Curriculum based on Video-Game Research. International Conference for the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), Pittsburg, PA, U.S.A. (March 30- April 2).

Employment History

Thompson Rivers University (2015-present). Associate Professor.
Thompson Rivers University (2011-2015). Assistant Professor.

Schulich School of Education at Nipissing University, North Bay, Ontario. (2010-2011). Assistant Professor.

Wilfrid Laurier University (2009-2010). Part-time Assistant Professor.

University of Western Ontario (2007-2010). Part-time Assistant Professor.

Sunshine Montessori School/Stratford Montessori School (1994-2010). Teacher.

I was a science specialist teacher of primary, junior and intermediate students for ten years (2000-2010) and a Montessori (Casa) Teacher for six years (1994-2000).

University of Western Ontario (1989-1990). Lecturer in the Faculty of Science.

Courses Taught

EDCO 3100 Communications; EDTL 3100 Teaching and Learning; EDPR 3100 Practicum; EDSC 3200 Science Methods; EDPR 4200 Practicum; EDCO 4200 Exit portfolios; EDUC 5000 Learning about Learning; EDUC 5900 Special Topics Inquiry Across Curriculum; EDUC 5280 Capstone

In 2018-2019 in the BEd (Secondary STEM) I am teaching Intro to STEM (EDSM 3100); Teacher Action Research (EDAR 4200) and in the M.Ed. the Capstone course (EDUC 5280/5281).

Professional Affiliations

Science Education Research Group (SERG) President 2014-2015, Vice-President 2013-2014, Secretary/Treasurer 2012-2013.
Canadian Association for Curriculum Studies (CACS)
Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE)
European Science Education Research Association (ESERA)
American Education Research Association (AERA)