Thérèse Laferrière is full professor of pedagogy at l’Université Laval. She is conducting a number of design research projects, including ones related to the Networked Remote School initiative, network-enabled communities of practice, and knowledge building communities. She is the lead researcher of a large network on school attendance and academic achievement named PERISCOPE, and funded by the Quebec main research funding agency (FRQ_SC).
She was the leader of the research theme “Educating the Educators” within the TeleLearning Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE Canada). Her research activities focus on networked learning environments and especially teacher-student(s) interactions and peer interactions as electronically linked classrooms become reality in elementary and secondary schools as well as in faculties of education and post-secondary education in general. She is an associate researcher at the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology (IKIT) at the University of Toronto, and an associate researcher with the Centre francophone d’informatisation des organisations (CEFRIO), a knowledge transfer organization dedicated to the use of digital tools in organizations.
She is currently the director of CRIRES, a multi-university research center on successful schooling. She served as Dean of Education (1987-1995). She was president of the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE/CSSE), and president of the Canadian Education Association (2001-2002). She was also President of the Association francophone des doyennes et doyens, directeurs et directrices d’éducation du Canada. Recently, and the coordinator of CATE SIG Technology and Teacher Education.