Dr. Carol Rees
Position: Associate Professor and Chair
Phone: (250) 828-5004
InterestsMy primary interest is in teaching and research in the fields of science and technology education. Recently I have also become interested in teaching and learning at intercultural intersections.
In recent years, as well as enjoying teaching in the B.Ed., GCES and M.Ed. programs, I have enjoyed supervising, co-supervising and learning alongside graduate students working on theses and dissertations on a variety of research topics. I wish to congratulate these graduates.
Sarah Stenzel, M.Ed. 2015, Thompson Rivers University
Corey Keith, M.Ed. 2015, Thompson Rivers University
Laura Doan, Ed.D. 2014, University of Calgary.
Aislinn Mulholland, M.Ed. 2014, Thompson Rivers University.
Kailey Colonna, M.Ed. 2014, Thompson Rivers University.
Sandro Cuzetto, M.Ed. 2013, Thompson Rivers University.
Currently I am supervising another thesis student in the M.Ed. program, Melissa (Lindsay) Dunn plans to graduate in 2017.
Research InterestsI 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 http://www.tru.ca/edsw/research.html
I am also interested in game scholarship for education.
SSHRC Insight Development Grant (2014-2016). $64,736. "Transitioning to Student-Centred Science Inquiry: Investigating Classroom Talk." Carol Rees (PI), Wolff-Michael Roth (Co-Applicant).
Thompson Rivers University International Research Conference Fund (2014-2015) $25,000. "Learning at Intercultural Intersections: An International Research Conference." Kyra Garson (PI), Carol Rees (Co-Applicant) and Gloria Ramirez (Co-Applicant).
Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund for Scholarship and Scholarly Teaching. (2014-2015). $5,000. "Inclusion and intercultural competence developing a college-wide diversity engagement model." Toupey Luft (PI), Carol Rees (Co-Applicant).
Curriculum Enrichment, Creativity and Innovation Grant. Kamloops School District #73 (2013-2014). $15,000. "Inquiry Across the Curriculum". Judy Dunn (PI), Carol Rees (CoPI).
Thompson Rivers University Internal Research Fund for Scholarship and Scholarly Teaching (2012-2013). $9,600. "Student-Centered Learning supported by the Steps to Inquiry Framework: An Analysis of Classroom Actions and Interactions." Carol Rees (PI), and Norm Friesen (Co-PI).
Research Enhancement Fund, Thompson Rivers University (2011-2012). $5,000. "Student-Led Science Inquiry Supported by the Steps to Inquiry Framework: A Conversation Analysis of Talk in Interaction." Carol Rees (PI).
Schulich Grant, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University (2010-2011). ($20,000). "Nurturing Innovation of Northern Ontario Youth in Science and Technology: Summer Camps and Teacher Workshops in Open Science Inquiry."
Carol Rees (Co-PI), Jeff Scott (Co-PI), Chris Hachkowski (Co-PI).
Schulich Grant, Schulich School of Education, Nipissing University (2010-2011). $5,000. "Exploring and Enhancing the Readiness of Pre-Service Teachers for Teaching STEM Curricula: A Field Trip Intervention. Astrid Steele (PI), Carol Rees (collaborating investigator, CI), Sheliza Ibrahim-Khan (CI); and Chris Brew (CI).
Faculty of Education Field Research and Development Project Fund, University of Western Ontario (2010) $1,000 . "Pre-service Teachers in Smarter Science Classrooms. Carol Rees (PI).
EducationPh.D., Faculty of Science, University of Western Ontario (1989)
MA.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)
PublicationsTopic: Transitioning to Student-Centered Science Inquiry
Rees, C.A. & Roth, W-M.,(2017). Interchangeable Positions in Interaction Sequences in Science Classrooms. Dialogic Pedagogy Journal, 5, A18-A36.
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.
Refereed Conference Papers:
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. (2013). Moving from Teacher-Directed to Student-Centered Science Inquiry. Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE), Victoria, B.C. Canada. (June 1-5).
Rees, C.A. (2013). Teacher/Student Actions and Interactions during Scientific Investigations: an Analysis of Conversations, Conference of the Association for Science Teacher Education, Charleston, South Carolina, USA. (Jan. 9-12).
Rees, C. A. and Scott, J.L. (2012). Shifting Control of Science Inquiry From Teachers to Students: A Teacher Designed Framework. Paper presented at the Annual Meetings of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 13-17, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Topic: Game Scholarship in Education
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. http://revistas.if.usp.br/rbpec/issue/view/47
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.
Refereed Conference Papers:
Rees, C.A. (2014). A Game-Like Approach Based on Video-Game Research. National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), Boston, MA, U.S.A. (April, 3-6).
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).
Rees, C.A. (2012). Teacher/Student On-Line Interaction: Role-Playing Scientists to Augment Hands-On Lab. Work in Classrooms. Conference for the National Association of Research in Science Teaching (NARST), March 25-28, Indianapolis, IN, USA.
Employment HistoryThompson Rivers University (2011- present). Assistant/Associate 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 TaughtEDCO 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 2017-2018 in the B.Ed. program I will be teaching Science Methods (EDSC 3200), and in the M.Ed. the Capstone course (EDUC 5280).
Professional AffiliationsScience 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)
National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)
American Education Research Association (AERA)