Chandaria Research Centre

Research Projects

Research Projects

Research-based education
Branksome Hall deeply values the importance of supporting our community with research-informed practices. We have a history of integrating research into the work we do. For example, Branksome Hall is central to a long-standing study with Dr. Jennifer Connolly and her team from York University on bullying prevention. Based on this work, we have built a strong peer support program for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

In 2010, Branksome Hall's Sleep Project was a peer-reviewed investigation into our students' sleep habits and the effects on learning. The findings have led to changes in our weekly schedule and affirmed our focus on well-being.

Our teachers are also engaged in self-directed endeavors that ask key questions about teaching and learning. For example, how do we integrate technology or innovation in Math seamlessly into our curriculum. Inquiry is also the heart of the International Baccalaureate, a touchstone in the student experience from Kindergarten to Grade 12.

Sharing and Collaboration
Going forward, the CRC will produce both meaningful and accessible research that advances girls’ education. It will act as a hub of collaboration and creativity at Branksome Hall by supporting inquiry projects and sharing new research with the community—including our teachers, students and parents.

By sharing research-informed ideas and findings, the CRC plans to make a positive impact on teaching and learning at Branksome Hall in Toronto, Branksome Hall Asia in South Korea, and beyond.

Collaboration is a cornerstone value for the school. The CRC also seeks to partner with schools and organizations on projects that complement our research priorities and advance the future of education.

We share information and knowledge widely through conferences, partnerships and publications.

Research Projects

List of 5 items.

  • A Well-Played Recess

    A discussion with Dr. Carolyn Mac, Michelle Iwata, Marianne Long, and the CRC team about Dr. Mac's action research project on the Well-Played Recess. Watch the video here.
  • Inclusive Spaces: A Whole School Approach to Bullying Prevention in an All-Girls Setting

    The Chandaria Research Centre’s inaugural research study represents one of the few long-term, repeated studies on whole-school approaches to bullying and addresses the dearth of research on bullying in an all-girls setting. Drawing from Branksome Hall’s history of prevention initiatives, researchers trace the rates of bullying within the school, the development of initiatives and reveal the positive changes in girls’ experiences over a 10 year period. The findings also reinforce the importance of maintaining peer-to-peer relations, skilled adult intervention, school connectedness and building compassionate online use. This study is a partnership study with Jennifer Connolly and Valeriya Bravo from York University’s La Marsh Centre for Child and Youth Research.
  • The International Mindedness Series: The Potential of School-Based Research Centres to Promote Global Citizenship Education

    Home to one of the few school-based research centres in Canada and internationally, Branksome Hall continues to explore new possibilities for supporting teacher education through inquiry. In collaboration with Angela Macdonald, David Montemurro and Kathy Broad from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of Toronto Schools, Eureka! Research Institute, this study contemplates how school-based centres can specifically foster global citizenship in pre- and in-service teacher education. Reflecting on the current as well as potential future roles of both schools’ research centres, the study points to their unique value in fostering international-mindedness and a catalyst for innovation in teacher development.
  • The Road After: A Longitudinal Study of Branksome Hall, Canada Graduates

    This case study follows multiple cohorts of Branksome Hall graduates over a six-year period to uncover the impact of their schooling experiences on their post-secondary education, interests and development as young women. Initiated in 2017, researchers continue to trace graduates’ diverse and evolving journeys. The study is anchored in four areas of inquiry: the impact of the International Baccalaureate (IB), their experiences of international-mindedness, their well-being as young women and their perceptions of leadership. This research aims to capture a rich and detailed portrait of the “road after” for Branksome Hall students while also revealing the transformation women experience in early adult life.
  • The Third Teacher Project: Innovative Learning and Living Environments at Branksome Hall

    Branksome Hall joins an international conversation about the role of school environments in teaching and learning. In 2018, the results of two studies will be released on the newly-redesigned spaces. The first study explores students’ and teachers’ experiences with the Middle School lounges. These spaces are conceived as fluid environments for community and teaching activities. The results documented participants’ perceptions of the change and their patterns of use.

    The second study focuses on four new classrooms two in the Junior School, one in the Middle School and one in the Senior School. By incorporating observational, survey and participant feedback, this research supports our understandings of “the third teacher” in education and how spaces can be designed to support inclusive and active learning. The findings from this study contribute to the growing scholarship on multiple modalities, choice and teacher change. A portion of the Senior and Middle School research was in partnership with Andrew Kim, Senior Researcher and Manager of Workspace Futures Group at Steelcase. Steelcase is a recognized leader of research on innovation and learning spaces of the future.  

Branksome Hall

10 Elm Ave, Toronto, ON, Canada
M4W 1N4
Canada. South Korea

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