Major support for the Institute has been provided by generous gifts from Nexen Inc. and TransCanada PipeLines Ltd.:
- $1,000,000 (2012-2016) for the Nexen Scholars Program
- $925,000 (2014-2018) for the TransCanada Collaborative Research Program and TransCanada International Forum on Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
We also thank the Marshall Family Foundation for its first first donation in 2015 to launch a Literacy Research Program in two areas:
1. a longterm research project related to the efficacy of the Calgary Reads Program - more details to come!
Dr. Karen Manarin, Professor of English and General Education
Individuals’ reading behavior is influenced by their implicit beliefs about their roles as readers, but much attention in post-secondary classrooms is given to whether or not students have done the reading at all. This study explores how post-secondary students and instructors from multiple disciplines describe reading compliance activities and different models of reading. The study then probes deeper into the reading behaviors of students in a required writing course by examining their written work for traces of the implicit models of reading they are using. This research provides a foundation for a longer term project exploring how markers of transactional reading can be increased through assignment design and assessment.