Engaging the public in critical and justice-oriented global actions: Moving beyond child sponsorship


This research study constructs a critique of child sponsorship (CS), exploring alternative actions that ‘move beyond CS’ and are grounded in conceptualizations of justice, solidarity, ethical relationships, and global citizenship education. The research engages in interviews with academic researchers, directors and coordinators of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and independent consultants and global fund raising managers. Through analysis of these interviews, the aim is to present educational materials for the general public and K-16 educational institutions (schools and universities) through a website entitled, Your Global Action Tackle Box: Moving Beyond Child Sponsorship

Primary Investigator Kathleen Nolan
Co-Investigators n/a
Funding Competition
Funding Awarded $4,330.00
Investigator Bio

Academic Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, University of Regina. Dissertation: Shadowed by Light, Knowing by Heart: Preservice Teachers’ Images of Knowing (in) Math and Science. 2001.
  • Diploma in Education, Secondary Physics and Mathematics, McGill University.  1991.
  • Master of Science, Physics, University of Toronto. Research Project: The Genetic Effects of Ionizing Radiation.  1987.
  • Bachelor of Science (Honors), Physics and Mathematics, Saint Mary’s University.  1985.

Research projects and interests

Current research focuses on mathematics teacher education, exploring issues of teacher identity; the regulatory practices of schooling, learning and knowing; theory-practice transitions in secondary mathematics teacher education; inquiry-based approaches to teaching and learning mathematics; and disrupting notions of field experience supervision through video conferencing technologies and blended learning environments. Bourdieu’s social field theory and theories of critical mathematics education feature prominently in this research, as do narrative and self-study methodologies. Past research endeavors include the role of play in science education, the integration of ICT into student internships, and pre-service teachers’ perceptions of alternative assessment in mathematics. Additional research interests include performative arts-based research methodologies and creative scholarly research-writing.