Roads to Research: DSocSci students
The Office of Research Services is pleased to present the August 2016 Doctoral Roads to Research series. Please join us to hear about the exciting research being conducted by this cohort! Abstracts follow:
Ruby Latif: Bias in news media coverage of female politicians is inconsequential and here is why
This presentation is an introductory discussion on how past feminist media research has focused on the negative effects of “framing” and “gender mediation thesis” to understand conventional newsroom coverage. As news media is an important political institution and is a conduit that informs public opinion, this presentation will discuss how gender framing exist when the media reports on election coverage. Although the media coverage is far from being gender-neutral, media bias is not a major obstacle to females seeking elected office. While journalists have their own assumptions when they cover elections, gender framing in isolation does not harm the prospects of women seeking elected office.
Faith Matchett: Wisdom Development/Cultivation in a Business Context
I propose to define wisdom in a for-profit organizational context and to articulate the nature and necessity of wisdom in business using illustrated cases as well as literature. Further, I plan to interview senior/executive leaders currently working within, or recently retired from, for-profit Canadian organizations, who have been regarded by those with whom they have worked as “wise leaders” for their knowledge of what it is to exercise wisdom or wise practices in business. I will then look to the leaders of tomorrow, specifically millennials (those born between 1982-2003), to explore their perspectives in relation to defining dimensions of wisdom and to identify promising ways to nurture and enhance wisdom development in the work place.
Melissa Rothwell: Social Promotion
Every individual has the right to access quality education with an effective implementation. It is a tool that promotes personal freedom and empowerment. I will be examining social promotion, a retention policy that is based on the social constructivist views of child development. Social promotion is a controversial educational policy that occurs when a student is promoted to the next grade with their peers despite not having passed the curricular requirements. My theoretical framework is based on critical theory and the education policy theory. My goal is to analyze the Alberta retention policy; specifically, social promotion to help administrators, teachers and parents make informed decisions and to improve long-term outcomes for students success. By providing guiding principles to create a functional educational policy, I believe the quality of education in Alberta will be hugely improved.
Weir Milne: Ontario’s Mandatory Mediation Program: An Institutional Ethnography
This institutional ethnography will examine Ontario’s mandatory mediation program from the perspective of injured parties. However, this study will not be concerned with plaintiffs’ subjective experiences nor is intended to be an indictment of the legal and bureaucratic agencies they encounter. Rather the focus will be upon on how claimants’ activities as plaintiffs participating in the OMMP interface with those others who facilitate and participate in Ontario’s court sponsored mediation system.