Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds
196 pages
6 x 9 inches
April 2008
Print ISBN: 9781551303468
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Overview

This text examines recent changes to the Canadian educational system and their impact on the role of the school — most significantly how the school must now function as an agent of inclusion for students who are not part of the mainstream school population. Based on the findings of a comprehensive five-year national study sponsored by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada — Current Trends in the Evolution of School Personnel in Canadian Elementary and Secondary Schools — the contributors examine the daily work activities, working conditions, and the interactions with students in view of recent changes to the educational system and the evolving role of the school. Educators' Discourses on Student Diversity in Canada: Context, Policy and Practice challenges the status quo and provides a timely, comprehensive, and critical overview of education and diversity in Canada.


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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: The Issue of Diversity in the Canadian Educational Context - Diane Gerin-Lajoie, OISE, University of Toronto

Chapter 2: A Cross-sectional Sketch of a Few Demographic Characteristics of Teachers in Canada - Jean-Guy Blais and Soundiata Diene Mansa Ouedraogo, Universite de Montreal

Chapter 3: The Discourse on Diversity in British Columbia Public Schools: From Difference to In/Difference - Marianne Jacquet, Simon Fraser University

Chapter 4: "Our School Is Like the United Nations": An Examination of How Discourses of Diversity in Schooling Naturalize Whiteness and White Privilege - Melanie Knight, OISE, University of Toronto

Chapter 5: Student Diversity and Schooling in Metropolitan Toronto: A Comparative Analysis of the Discourses of Anglophone and Francophone School Personnel - Diane Gerin-Lajoie, OISE, University of Toronto

Chapter 6: The Social Function of the School and the Work Performed by Montreal Teachers in the Context of Quebec Student Integration Policies - Louis LeVasseur, Universite Laval

Chapter 7: Making Bodies: Inhabiting the Discursive Production of Outstanding "Canadian Education" within Globalization - Christine Connelly, OISE, University of Toronto

Chapter 8: What Next? Official Discourse and School Reality - Diane Gerin-Lajoie, OISE, University of Toronto

Diane Gérin-Lajoie

Diane Gérin-Lajoie is Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Teaching and Learning at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto and she is cross-appointed tot the Centre for Franco-Ontarian Studies. She teaches graduate courses in the areas of minority education and qualitative research.

Educators' Discourses on Student Diversity in Canada, Youth, Language, and Identity

Reviews

I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in equity in education. It reminds us about our duty to care for the welfare of our students. Schools truly have the ability to become "sites of possibility" and it is up to us as educators to make that happen.

[This] book provides a useful contemporary snapshot of how educators think and talk about diversity in Canada. It moves beyond superficial and taken-for-granted views of the meaning of diversity to look critically at the significance of educators' descriptions of the diverse educational context in which they work, and what they do in these settings. I don't know of any other books that provide this broad an overview of the country in the area of education and diversity.

"[This] book provides a useful contemporary snapshot of how educators think and talk about diversity in Canada. It moves beyond superficial and taken-for-granted views of the meaning of diversity to look critically at the significance of educators' descriptions of the diverse educational context in which they work, and what they do in these settings. I don't know of any other books that provide this broad an overview of the country in the area of education and diversity."
—  Jim Ryan, Professor and Co-Director, Centre for Leadership and Diversity, Department of Theory and Policy Studies, OISE/University of Toronto

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