Roberts, Owen A. (2011-10). A Model for Student Learning in Knowledge Translation and Transfer in Ontario. Doctoral Dissertation.
The purpose of this study was to create a model for student learning in knowledge translation and transfer in Ontario. The study was informed by two focus groups, each associated with a student research communications skill development program at the University of Guelph, called Students Promoting Awareness of Research Knowledge (SPARK). One focus group (n=9) consisted of current and former SPARK participants. The second focus group (n=10) consisted of SPARK stakeholders who had variously supported SPARK through projects or benevolence, or had helped administer the program. Based on focus group feedback, a conceptual model was developed showing how SPARK participants translate knowledge from university researchers and transfer it to members of society, various communities (agriculture, health, environment, etc.) and stakeholders including the media, government and industry.