Dr. Kevin O'Neill
My work involves using the Internet to help K-12 students and teachers to better understand disciplinary forms of writing and thinking. For the past several years, my research has revolved around ""telementoring"" - a unique practice in which knowledgeable adult volunteers work with small teams of students for extended periods of time, to support their work on ambitious classroom investigations. In past work, I demonstrated how this approach could help students learn about scientific research and argumentation. One of my latest projects, funded by the Canadian Council on Learning, involves Grade 11 Social Studies students learning about the discipline of history by investigating whether or not Canada has become a more compassionate country over the last 100 years, with the guidance of volunteer historians. You can learn more about my research, and download related publications and software at www.learningrelationslab.org.