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The Challenge of Doing Education Research in Canada

Karen Robson, Associate Professor, Sociology will be presenting at an upcoming webinar sponsored by the Canadian Association of Sociology of Education (CASE) and the Canadian Sociological Associations (CSA) Sociology of Education Research Cluster.

Oct 05, 2021

Dr. Karen Robson will discuss the challenges faced by Canadian researchers in trying to undertake research, particularly in the area of education. Her talk will focus on the issue of data availability (with a focus on lack of race data in Canada) and the extreme limitations that these issues place on the potential for research on important Canadian education issues and what she regards as hypervigilant data access protocols for Canadian data sets. She will then turn to practical issues that arise when comparing education data across cities and countries the process of “harmonizing” the data. Dr. Robson will address the compromises that must be made when attempting to make data comparable across different sites. She will conclude by discussing how the larger context in which education occurs must be considered when trying to understand the differences between education outcomes. 

Note: Abstract and Title were adopted from her recent publication: Robson, K. (2021). An essay on the challenges of doing education research in Canada. Journal of Applied Social Science, 15(2), 183-196.

Date: Thursday, October 14th, 2021

Time: 12:00 – 1:00 pm via Zoom

Click here to register via Google forms or email Dr. Ee-Seul Yoon at

Organized by:

Ee-Seul Yoon, PhD
Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba
President, Canadian Association of Sociology of Education

Alana Butler, PhD
Assistant Professor, Queen’s University
Co-Chair, Canadian Sociological Association – Sociology of Education

Cathlene Hillier, PhD
Assistant Professor, Crandall University
Co-Chair, Canadian Sociological Association – Sociology of Education