Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child StudyEstablished in 1925, the Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study is part of the Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology (HDAP) and the Initial Teacher Education (ITE) program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE), University of Toronto. It is dedicated to improving the lives of children through its tripartite mission, which includes:
- Pre-service teacher education: The Dr. Eric Jackman Institute of Child Study continues to be a leader in teacher training for graduate students, offering a 2-year MA degree in Child Study and Education including elementary teacher certification from the Ontario College of Teachers (OCT).
- Ongoing and innovative educational research: The Institute also houses the Dr. R.G.N. Laidlaw Research Centre with an international reputation for leadership in child development and education research.
- Exemplary evidence-based education for children: The Laboratory School is an elementary school for children in Nursery to Grade 6 that is based on an inquiry-based philosophy of education. Academic faculty, Lab School teacher-researchers, and staff are dedicated to setting the highest standards for children's education and development by connecting research and teacher training to practice. One of the distinct purposes of The Laboratory School is to explore what is possible in education through research and practice, and to share those possibilities with the broader, public education community. The Laboratory School makes noted contributions to the understanding of strong educational practices in elementary schools and Faculties of Education in Canada.