WCCDS & MDRL Research Projects

Our projects are collaborative efforts and would not have been possible without the financial support from the University of Alberta, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The National Science Foundation’s Science of Learning Centre on Visual Language and Visual Learning (VL2), Alberta Education, The Canadian Centre for Research in Literacy, Alberta Advisory Committee for Educational Studies (AACES), and the David Peikoff Chair of Deaf Studies. We are indebted to a host of teachers, parents, Deaf children, youth and adults who make our research possible.

Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL)

The Minerva Deaf Research Lab (MDRL) is based in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta and is under the direction of Dr. Lynn McQuarrie.

MDRL is as an active research lab focused on conducting and disseminating research relevant to the educational needs of deaf and hard of hearing students. We are engaged in a wide variety of research topics related to understanding the cognitive, linguistic, sociocultural, and pedagogical conditions that influence the acquisition of language and reading for deaf individuals. Please refer to our Research Projects Page to view our research.

MRDL offers many opportunities for deaf and hearing graduate and undergraduate students to explore their own research interests, to take part in a range of different projects, and to develop their abilities as researchers.

Students working in the Minerva Lab are involved in all phases of the research process and are encouraged to take their work to the next level by presenting it at local and international conferences. Many of our students also take the opportunity to collaborate on articles for publication in a variety of journals. Please refer to our Publications Page to see what we have been up to recently.