Dr Lorraine Godden’s (PhD, Queen’s University) research examines how teachers and school leaders undertake complex and differentiated activity in the processes of interpretation and implementation of policy in educational organizations. Her research is rooted in understanding how policy actors interpret policy documents to make sense of education and career/life planning, co-operative education, experiential learning and other educational multidisciplinary policies, and enact them into programing. Dr Godden is particularly interested in how all stakeholders, including vulnerable populations can be supported, and policy implementation facilitated, through these complex interpretive processes.
Dr Godden’s research has been published in national and international journals, and she has presented at numerous national and international conferences. Further, her research has received funding from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has successfully completed many collaborative, empirical and community-based research projects that have informed theory, policy and practice-based initiatives for at-risk youth populations. Dr Godden is a member of Team Canada for the International Centre for Career Development and Public Policy. She teaches leadership and policy-related courses in both undergraduate and graduate programs, and has received the Queen’s University Golden Apple Award for university teaching.