Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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196 pages
6 x 9 inches
April 2008
Print ISBN: 9781551303468


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.

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


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