Educational research units (ERU)

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The Faculty of Education's educational research units strengthen links between researchers, and address critical issues in the field of education that have regional, national or international impacts.


EducLang is a research group advancing knowledge on education and language, including language teaching and learning. It also seeks to disseminate research conducted at the University of Ottawa Faculty of Education throughout Canada and the English- and French-speaking worlds. Research group members are nationally and internationally renowned in the area of language teaching. Their work deals with different contexts, focusing on the following areas: 

  1. Technology and language teaching and learning,
  2. French as a second language in Canadian schools, 
  3. Equity in English as a second language, 
  4. Multilingual settings, interculturalism and French as the language of education and 
  5. Training of French as a second language teachers. 

Visit the Educlang website for more details.


Director: Francis Bangou
Members from the Faculty: Stephanie ArnottDouglas Fleming, Carole Fleuret and Joël Thibeault

Mathematics Education Research Unit (MERU)

The Mathematics Educational Research Unit brings together a group of internationally active researchers in mathematics education. These researchers work on many issues, including modelling, literacies, teaching and learning in multilingual settings, language and mathematics, integration of mathematics and science, mathematics teacher knowledge and practice, assessment processes, and historical and cultural dimensions of mathematics.


Leader : Richard Barwell
Members from the Faculty: Fatima Assaf, Olga Fellus, Barbara Graves, Kelly McKie, and Carolina Ruminot

Empowered Leaders Network (ELN)

This research unit aims to mobilize knowledge of current and future research in the area of educational leadership focused on social justice, diversity, and equity. The Empowered Leaders Network organizes several events throughout the year in which researchers and educational professionals are invited to present their work and research in promoting a just, equitable, and responsible community. The unit brings together policy makers, faculty members, professionals and graduate students. The purpose of the network is to exchange ideas and conduct collaborative research on leadership, social change and decision making, both within school and medical settings. Members of the network come from all over Canada and guest speakers join from around the world with the intention of providing a more holistic view of issues in the field of educational leadership. Not only does the organization's extensive work cross land borders, but it also places a strong emphasis on interdisciplinary research.


Leaders: Douglas Archibald (Director) and Stephanie Chitpin (Founder)
Members from the Faculty: Raymond Leblanc, Sachin Maharaj, Parisa Rezaiefar, and Maddie Venables

Equity Knowledge Network

The Equity Knowledge Network educational research unit brings together teacher educators, classroom teachers, researchers, graduate students and community agencies to stimulate research that is relevant to the professional learning needs of teacher candidates, teachers and teacher educators with the purpose of advancing knowledge on the changing nature of professional learning in local and international contexts. Through collaborative research and practice, the educational research unit draws attention to Indigenous issues in education, diversity and equity, and the strategic integration of the various technological innovations teachers face in the 21st century. This educational research unit addresses questions of how professional partnerships across universities, faculties, schools and community agencies locally and beyond can respond to the changing landscapes and demands of professional learning to foster and sustain equitable and culturally relevant education.

Leader: Nicholas Ng-A-Fook
Members from the FacultySaba Alvi, Trista Hollweck, Ruth Kane, and Linda Radford

Research on Experiential Learning in Higher Education

The bilingual ERU, Research on Experiential Learning in Higher Education, aims to innovate and improve experiential learning (EL) by conducting and mobilizing collaborative, interdisciplinary, and high-quality research on it. Experiential learning occurs when students apply course theory and concepts in real-world situations. Types of EL include, for example, eServicelearning, work-integrated learning, co-op, practicums, internships, community-based projects, interactive simulations, applied research projects, and role-playing. Experiential learning is a core component of students' education and growth. Retaining EL, especially in online courses and changing work environments, is important. To advance EL, the ERU will: (1) explore innovations in EL; (2) leverage existing EL data to address important research questions; (3) generate and mobilize evidence-based knowledge and resources for professors, students, and partners/employers to re-imagine and sustain EL across courses, campuses, and communities; and (4) facilitate and sustain research collaborations among professors, students, and partners/employers in EL.

Leaders: Katherine Moreau and Kaylee Eady
Members from the Faculty: Christine Tippett and Peter Milley  

Érudid (Équipe de recherche universitaire des didactiques)

Teaching methods share similar questions, methods, and terminologies, paving the way for shared epistemological reflection and a global vision of the field. The ERU Érudid seeks to facilitate exchanges between French-speaking education specialists in the national and international spheres, in order to create spaces for dialogue conducive to the valorization of educational research and its practical application. Pooling the expertise of its members helps to improve dialogue between school disciplines and the different areas of expertise present in our training programs. Teaching and learning research in French-speaking minority contexts requires us to take into account their particularities, enrich our perspectives, and develop specific theoretical and methodological frameworks.

Leader: Carolina Ruminot
Members from the Faculty: Amal Boultif, Marie-Hélène Brunet, Joël Beddows, and Joël Thibeault

IE-CLASSE (International Education : Collaboration and Leadership for Acquiring competencies in Safe, Sustainable and Equitable contexts)

International Education: Collaboration and Leadership for Acquiring competencies in Safe, Sustainable and Equitable context

Leader: Claire Isabelle
Members from the Faculty: Éliane Dulude, Mélissa Villela