Prof. Baker’s research centres on education, in three different streams. First, she conducts research in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, focuses mainly on how to maximize student learning and engagement and nurture skill development in Sociology. This includes a collaboration with Prof. Innocente and a small group of UTM ROP students, investigating best practices in test preparation in large, introductory courses like Introduction to Sociology (SOC100) at UTM. Baker is also running a quasi-experiment in her upper-level Education course to track the impact of an active learning model on students’ grasp of and comfort with research methods. She is also leading a research term on a project examining the impact of integrating writing on writing ability and research skill into a sociology methodology course. Second, and in collaboration with Prof. Mullen (at UTSC), Prof. Baker is conducting a computerized audit study to examine the degree of institutional segregation among Canadian university institutions. Will a (fictional) job applicant be more successful applying to local jobs with a degree from one university, or with another? Third, Prof. Baker explores various patterns in the relationship between gender and education. In her dissertation, she explored how elite single-gender private schools simultaneously create and reproduce class and gender and how these institutional-level processes are accepted or rejected by students. Her data were derived from an in-depth ethnography of two Toronto-area single-gender elite private schools. She continues her focus on gender through the development of a new Sociology of Masculinities course at UTM, beginning in 2017.
While Prof. Baker sees research as a crucial component of sociology and an important link to teaching, her interest has always been in teaching. She enjoys teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and introducing them to sociological thinking.
Mullen, Ann L., and Jayne Baker. 2015. "Participation without Parity in American Higher Education: Gender, Fields of Study, and Institutional Selectivity." NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education 8(2):172-188.
Baker, Jayne. 2016. “Single Gender Education: Reinforcing and Challenging Gender Difference.” Education & Society: Canadian Perspectives, edited by Wolfgang Lehmann. Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press.
Baker, Jayne. 2014. "No Ivies, Oxbridge, or Grandes Écoles: Constructing Distinctions in University Choice." British Journal of Sociology of Education 35(6):914-932.
Mullen, Ann L. and Jayne Baker. 2008. “Gender, Race and Ethnic Segregation of Science Fields in U. S. Universities.” Journal of Women and Minorities in Science and Engineering 14(2):159-176.