CHYS Applied Research Project

The Applied Research Project is an Honours option for CHYS majors (single or combined) with a minimum of 14 overall credits, approval to Year 4 (honours), and permission of the Department.

The number of hours the students spend in the community/field varies according to the project; an approximate range is from 25 – 60 hours.

A partial list of potential projects will be available by February 1st, and will be updated as new projects become available.

Projects

Theses based in Special Needs Activity Program (SNAP) may be an empirical study using analysis of collected data from the program site and /or participants, may be conceptual / literature based, may be descriptive–interpretive—this depends on the student’s interests, disposition, and organizational and planning skills. 

Regardless of the approach and design, SNAP is an activity program for children, youth, teens and young adults with various disabilities, and offers developmentally appropriate, relevant and meaningful movement experiences in a Station Based Pedagogy approach. 

Students interested in exploring issues related to and/or experiences of children, youth, teens and young adults with disabilities, and in particular in active play contexts, will enjoy this type of thesis experience.

This applied research project represents a partnership between Dr. Voula Marinos and (Youth Resources Niagara) The David. S. Horne Supportive Reintegration Residence.  The Residence provides accommodation, educational and social programs and supports for justice-involved male youth ages 16-18 who are experiencing or at risk of homelessness. Residential programming is part of a culturally competent, youth-centred service delivery system that aims to reduce risk of homelessness, justice involvement and will target risk and resiliency factors of youth. Programming has the primary goal of instructing youth in developing skills and knowledge in order to enhance their ability to return to and live successfully in the community. The applied project provides students interested in justice-involved youth and community supports with experience in data collection (e.g., surveys, interviews) with staff and youth within the Residence ultimately leading to the development of an evaluation tool. The tool will be used to understand youth expectations and needs at intake, and then follow-up evaluations.
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This applied research project represents a partnership between John McNamara’s research team and the Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region (LDANR).

As a research team member, you will work with John and the LDANR on one of a number of possible applied projects. These include facilitating reading programs, delivering parent workshops, working on social-skills training. All of these possibilities will have you supporting children with learning disabilities. Your unique project will be decided upon after meeting with John and the LDANR. 

This applied project opportunity is a partnership with the DSBN Academy. You will have an opportunity to work with Dr. Zinga, Dr. Molnar, Academy staff, and Academy students to support academic opportunities and help Academy students develop a better understanding of higher education contexts.

Possible projects include designing and/or supporting Encore (after school) programs, creating interactive workshops and creating opportunities for Academy students to interact with Brock faculty and students.

You will have an opportunity to work as part of a research team. Most projects will be focused on working with students from grade six to grade ten. Your project will be determined based on your interests and through consultation with Dr. Zinga, Dr. Molnar, and DSBN Academy staff.

For more information about the DSBN Academy, please visit their website.

This applied project opportunity involves working with community dance studios. You will have an opportunity to work with Dr. Zinga, Dr. Molnar, dance studio staff, and competitive dancers to develop a better understanding of the competitive dance culture and how to support competitive dancers.

Possible projects include designing support programs/interactive workshops, working with dancers to capture their lived experiences, and working in data collection and analysis related to the project.

You will have an opportunity to work as part of a research team. Most projects will be focused on working with young dancers (8-17) but some opportunities may be available with university/college aged dancers. Your project will be determined based on your interests and through consultation with Dr. Zinga and Dr. Molnar.