Published on Brock University (http://www.brocku.ca)
The working relationship between professor and student can culminate in various ways, but perhaps none more satisfying than producing something tangible and seeing their names published side by side.
For PhD student Danielle Beckett and Associate Professor Dr. Louis Volante - a tandem that has previously worked together - their most recent efforts propelled them beyond just a byline.
“Dr. Volante and I were working on a research project together where we looked at assessment literacy of teachers and administers in K-12 schools across two different school boards in Ontario,” said Beckett. “One of the emerging themes that surfaced during our data analysis was the disconnect between research and practice, hence the conception of the article.”
That article, titled Formative Assessment and the Contemporary Classroom: Synergies and Tensions between Research and Practice, was originally published with the Canadian Journal of Education in 2011 and went from a simple project to being chosen as an anchor article for the Ontario Education Research Exchange (OERE).
“I was contacted on Aug. 2,” said Volante of hearing the recent good news. “[Originally] it was based on research I conducted as part of a SSHRC I was awarded on assessment literacy.”
The OERE helps to make research accessible and useful for teachers, educational administrators and policy makers by developing short, plain language research summaries of recent studies conducted all, or in part, in Ontario.
While the article could have very well come together on its own from independent work, the unique opportunities that arise from teacher/student collaboration often enhance the overall experience for both parties.
“It’s always interesting to work with a grad student,” says Volante. “They have such varied levels of expertise in academic writing; I have worked with Danielle before and I have noticed steady improvement with her writing skills.”
As for Beckett, who is working towards a career in academia, opportunities like these allow her to absorb and embrace the experience and knowledge being passed down.
“Working with Dr. Volante was a great learning experience for me,” she said. “He supported me as I learned to write for publication and he mentored me through the research and dissemination process.”