Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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Ontario Teacher's Federation (2018). Submission of the Ontario Teacher's Federation to the Public Consultation on Education. Toronto, Ontario : OTFEO.


Improving Student Performance in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Students are sentient beings, not widgets. As such, they must continue to have opportunities to exercise and experience a sense of agency in their learning and education. At the primary and junior levels, students need opportunities to reflect on their learning and academic goals to help them increase their understanding of their interests, strengths and needs which, for some students, may coalesce in the latter part of their secondary years. In addition, students often need support so that they experience smooth grade-to-grade transitions (Ontario, 2013a, 21). 

At the intermediate and secondary levels, students can take increasing responsibility for their own learning and planning for their own future (Ontario, 2013a, 18). In addition, the curriculum and programs, that are already in place in schools and boards provide effective and efficient means for students to explore STEM disciplines in real-world settings and, for students who are drawn to these specific areas, to develop the attitudes and aptitudes necessary to be successful in them. Some of these curricula and programs include Guidance and Career Education (Ontario, 2006), Cooperative Education (2018) and Dual Credit (Ontario, 2013b) and Specialist High Skills Majors (Ontario, 2016b) programs, among others). Effective transition planning from elementary to secondary and from secondary to apprenticeship, work and post-secondary education can also help students experience greater success. With respect to mathematics specifically, research reveals that over 15,000 teachers, and by extension their students, have benefitted from Ministry-funded and OTF-administered subsidies (available between 2014 and 2018) of the cost of math-focused Additional Qualifications and Additional Basic Qualifications courses (Yashkina, 2018; OTF, 2018c). Thousands of teachers have also benefitted in recent years from a wide array of teacher-developed and teacher-directed professional learning opportunities, offered across the province at low or no cost through Ministry funding. 


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Adresse civique

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

Adresse postale

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7