The research department at Crescent falls under the umbrella of Crescent Student Services (CSS) and is supervised by Dr. Michael Leatch. Best practices in boys’ education are supported through the fundamental knowledge and application of theoretical evidence that has been gathered and analysed in a systematic manner. As such the research department at Crescent encourages teachers to engage in personal inquiry while also developing collaborative relationships with universities in North America and abroad.
Crescent is known as a research friendly environment and both faculty and boys are encouraged to become involved in all aspects of investigations from that of participant through to researcher/author. Dr. Leatch is a practitioner/researcher and is a member of both The Ontario College of Teachers and The College of Psychologists of Ontario. Through these affiliations Dr. Leatch works with individuals at both the local and macro-level to ensure that investigations are appropriately designed, results are accurately interpreted and recommendations practically applied.
Present collaborative partners include York University, University of Toronto, The University of Western Ontario and University of Pennsylvania.
Currently the following projects are underway at Crescent, and we invite you to click on the project to meet the researchers and learn about their initiatives:
1. The Wisdom of Practice Project
-- International Boys’ Schools Coalition
2. The Influence of Male Teachers as Role Models
-- funded by the Canadian Government (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council)
3. Neuroimaging studies at the Hospital for Sick Children and the University of Toronto in collaboration with Crescent School.
-- Elizabeth Pang, PhD, Neurophysiologist and Margot J. Taylor, PhD, Director of Functional Neuroimaging
4. Social cognition and executive functioning in typically developing Adolescent Boys
-- Darlene Walker, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
5. Understanding why some adolescent boys do not like participating in grade nine gym class
-- Dr. Michael Kehler and Dr. Kevin Wamsley, The University of Western Ontario and Dr. Michael Atkinson, University of Toronto
6. School children, activity levels and relationships to chronic disease.
-- Dr. Greg Wells, Toronto General Hospital and The Hospital for Sick Children
7. Reading, Willing and Able: Boys & Writing
-- Kathy Porteous, Crescent School
8. Other Projects ...