Michael deBraga

MichaelAssociate Professor, Teaching Stream
Work-Integrated Learning Faculty Liaison

Dr. deBraga’s training and experience present an eclectic background as exemplified by a Ph.D. in Paleontology, an M.Sc. in Evolutionary Biology from McGill University and a B.Ed. from OISE. His OISE training led to a 13 year stint as a teacher in the Toronto District School Board where he honed his interests in examining teaching and learning practices. Of particular interest is the delivery and evaluation of mathematics and science curricula. In addition, Michael deBraga has lectured in the Biology department at the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) and has served as a consultant for Apple Canada in their education division. He has been involved with transition programs at UTM including Head Start and Orientation Week.

At present, Michael deBraga is appointed as a scientific literacy specialist and an Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at the Robert Gillespie Academic Skills Centre at UTM where he provides academic support for undergraduate students and faculty alike. Presently, Michael deBraga is the RGASC’s Work Integrated Learning Faculty Liaison where he collaborates with the Experiential Education Unit to support faculty in the development of WIL courses, assignments, and assessments.

Research goals for Michael deBraga involve an investigation of the factors that impact on the development of critical thinking skills in university students and the development of strategies that might mitigate these factors. Michael deBraga has also delivered conference presentations focusing on pedagogical practices associated with the measurement of critical thinking skills and how these skills can be best assessed.