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Research Activities in the Laboratory School
at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study


Since the 1920s, the Lab School at the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study has been a research and education centre focused on the understanding, education and care of young children. Jackman ICS serves as a site for research that is carried out by the academic staff and students from the Institute itself, by scholars from other departments at the University of Toronto (U of T) and other academic institutions, and by the teachers in the Laboratory School.

The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study has a threefold mandate: exemplary education for the 200 children who attend the laboratory school, teacher education, and research. As such, we provide an environment that fosters research and professional inquiry and is involved in initiating and disseminating new ideas related to improving education. The school makes a significant contribution to the education, human development and applied psychology work within our university and in the wider educational community in Canada and internationally.

With this focus in mind, research projects approved by the Jackman ICS Child Research Committee to be carried out in the lab school are ones that address issues pertaining to education of your children (ages 3-12) and their development as it pertains to educational settings. The unique nature of the laboratory school tends to be a significant factor for researchers when choosing the Jackman ICS as a potential setting for their research.

Research Funding

Over the past 12 years the school has looked at the appropriate role of technology in the education of young children. The growing prominence of this work is evident in the increasingly diverse set of funding sources to support our collaborators and teacher research. These sources have included: the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Centre, the Education Commons at OISE/UT, the Provost’s Office at U of T, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training and the Federal Government (which has included Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, TeleLearning-Network Centres of Excellence, SchoolNet, Canada Foundation for Innovation, The International Association of Laboratory Schools, and the Council of Ontario Directors of Education).

Link to Lab School Research 


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