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Research Guides

Jackman Humanities Institute - Scholars in Residence - 2023

A library guide supporting research projects included in the JHI SiR 2020 program.

Project Description

How Can We Teach Effectively in Canadian Prison?

Supervisor: Professor Philip Heron (Physical & Environmental Sciences)

How can we connect with students who have low confidence, or negative perceptions of education? Think Like A Scientist Opens an external site in a new window  is a specialist science course for people in prison, beginning in Canada in 2023. Successful applicants will help create a classroom dynamic that is relatable, accessible, and inclusive to all people. We are particularly interested in creating new course material on addiction, mental health, and better understanding neurodivergence. Our project needs fresh perspectives, and we believe the undergraduate students will bring new ideas to the table based on their lived experience. We encourage applications from diverse backgrounds.  

Gathering Research

A variety of traditional publications (e.g. scholarly journal articles) and grey literature sources (anything within the realm of non-commercial publishing, e.g. government documents, organizational reports, statistics and data, etc.) can be beneficial as you investigate barriers to prison education and begin to build an education framework based in effective science communication.

Use the tabs on the "Research Resources" box below to find some key tools to get started. Your liaison librarian, Sarah Guay ( can provide in-depth guidance on how to use these tools and build comprehensive search strategies to maximize your research efficiency.

Research Resources

Teaching in Prisons

Science Communication