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Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

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Welcome to the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study

Canada's most integrated and dynamic centre committed to children's education and well-being

Our tripartite mission brings together graduate teacher education in a 2-year Master of Arts Program, exemplary educational practices in the Laboratory School, and leading multidisciplinary research in child development at the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre.

Faculty, Lab School Teacher-Researchers, and Staff are dedicated to setting the highest standards for children's education and development. By connecting research, training, and practice, Jackman ICS leads the way as Canada's foremost teaching and learning environment, with an international reputation for leadership.

Take a tour of the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study with former Director, Dr. Joan Peskin









Catherine Snow Lecture 2017 - Save the Date





 This Spring at Jackman ICS : The Leighton
G. McCarthy Memorial Lecture Series
features Dr. Catherine Snow presenting 
"Discussing our differences:
Why we need more debates in our schools"

News & Events

November 4-5, 2016

Interdisciplinary Workshop on Counterfactual Reasoning

hosted by Professor Patricia Ganea, Daphna Buchsbaum and Angela Nyhout

  • 10 invited talks by international researchers from disciplines incuding Psychology, Philosophy, Cognitive Science, Linguistics, Informatics, and Management
  • Poster Session on related topics (e.g., imagination, reasoning, fiction).

May 13, 2016

Kang Lee Ted Talk 2016Check out Kang Lee's latest Ted Talk released today: Can you really tell if a kid is lying?




Book Launch! Save the date... May 31, 2016 ♦ 4-6pm ♦ Nexus Lounge OISE.

Join us to celebrate the launch of three new releases! Poster

  • J-ICS Dirctor Clare Kosnik and colleagues Building Bridges: Rethinking Literacy Teacher Education in a Digital Era
  • J-ICS leaders in mathematics education Professor Emerita Joan Moss, Robertson Program Director Dr. Bev Caswell,
    PhD Candidate Zach Hawes, and colleagues Taking Shape: Activities to Help Develop Geometric and Spacial Thinking; and
  • CTL's Associate Professor Rob Simon and colleagues Teaching Literature to Adolescents

May 11, 2016

ProfeJanette Pelletierssor Janette Pelletier collaborates on newly released In Brief report from Aga Khan Foundation Canada on Linking home and school for improved literacy in Pakistan. Research was led by Janette's former PhD student, Almina Pardhan, who worked in Karachi and Gilgit- Baltistan, Pakistan field-testing the Family Literacy in Action curriculum.

April 29, 2016

New Research! Congratulations to professors Patricia Ganea and Rhonda Martinussen for successful research applications. Patricia has received funding for a 5-year study on The influence of fantastical discourse context on young children's on-line sentence comprehension. Rhonda received 5 years of funding from SSHRC for Early inattention behaviours, executive functions, and student engagement.

April 27, 2016

Congratulations to our Lab School!

The International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) has named the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study (JICS) winner of the 2016 Outstanding Laboratory School Award.

Principal Richard Messina will accept the award in Puerto Rico today at the International Association of Laboratory Schools annual conference.

“The JICS school community is very excited about this award. It recognizes the hard work and creativity of our teachers, the involvement of our parents, and the guidance we receive from our scholars,” noted Messina.




Watch lab school kids learning to code robots as researchers examine how to bring coding into the classroom. By OISE's Lindsey Craig  (OISETube/YouTube)

Kosnik_Building_BridgesMarch 2016

J-ICS Director Clare Kosnik and colleagues publish  Building Bridges: Rethinking Literacy Teacher Education in a Digital Era.

Congratulations Clare!


Kang LeeFebruary 11, 2016

Congratulations to Professor Kang Lee, awarded the Canada Research Chair in Moral Development and Developmental Neuroscience. More about the CRCs in U of T News


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The moral of the story? Spare kids those cautionary tales - Read about Kang's research supported by grants from  the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.


Research and Teacher Education 2015-2016

February 2016 - Check out our update of current activity in Research and Teacher Education at Jackman ICS 2015-2016!





Kosnik_croppedNovember 2, 2015

We are delighted to welcome Clare Kosnik, newly appointed Director of the Institute for the term November 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018.  "Professor Kosnik brings considerable experience in academic leadership to this important role. She was Director of the Elementary Preservice Program from 2000 to 2003, Head of the Centre for Teacher Development from 2007 to 2009, and Director of the Master of Teaching Program in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning from 2009 to 2011. She is internationally recognized for her contributions to scholarship on teacher education, action research and teacher inquiry, and literacy education. She has an impressive record of research funding, including support from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the Carnegie Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, and the Ontario Ministry of Education. She will be cross-appointed to the Department of Applied Psychology and Human Development during her term as Director." (From the appointment announcement by OISE's Interim Dean, Glen A. Jones).

Patricia Ganea and co-author Caitlin Canfield (Boston U) win Editor's Choice Award from the Journal of Cognitive Development for their article, "You could call it magic": What parents and siblings tell preschoolers about unobservable entities. Editor Elaine Reese calls it "a stunning article in all respects!". Congratulations!

KangLeeTEDEX2015Kang Lee delivers TEDxUofT talk Little Liars: Insights from Children's Lies
Watch the video


Jackman ICS Lab School in the Globe and Mail: "In lab schools, learning in the classrooms benefits students and researchers"

Read the full article

Zoe and the Grade 1 Classroom



Calls for Submissions
Burtynsky AwardDr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study's Edward Burtynsky Award for Teaching Excellence in Environmental Education

This award recognizes outstanding elementary school teachers who create learning opportunities that inspire students to become environmentally conscious, responsible world citizens.  For full details and application package, please click here.

Suzuki Award visualDr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study Laboratory School
Dr. David Suzuki Fellowships

These Fellowships have been established to both acknowledge, and advance the professional growth of pre-service teachers in the area of Environmental Education. For full details and application package, please click here.

February 2016
Lab School students interview
journalist/activist Desmond Cole





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