Understanding School Choice in Canada

Understanding School Choice in Canada

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By Lynn Bosetti and Dianne Gereluk
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division © 2016
World Rights
192 Pages
ISBN 9781442643086
Published Jun 2016
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Understanding School Choice in Canada provides a nuanced and theoretical overview of the formation and rise of school choice policies in Canada. Drawing on twenty years of work, Lynn Bosetti and Dianne Gereluk analyze the philosophical, historical, political, and social principles that underpin the formation and implementation of school choice policies in the provinces and territories.

Bosetti and Gereluk offer theoretical frameworks for considering the parameters of school choice policies that are aligned and attentive to Canadian educational contexts. This robust overview successfully shifts the debate away from ideology in order to facilitate an understanding that the spectrum of school choice policy in Canada is a response to the varying political challenges in society at large. This book is essential reading for those who desire a deeper understanding of school choice policies in Canada.

Lynn Bosetti is a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, Okanagan. She is a senior research fellow at the Barbara Mitchell Centre for  Improvement in Education.

Dianne Gereluk is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs in Education, and an associate professor in leadership, policy, and governance at the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary.


List of Tables


Chapter 1 - Philosophical Frameworks for Understanding School Choice in Canada

Chapter 2 - Educational Accommodations for National Minorities

Chapter 3 - Educational Accommodations for Immigrant Minorities

Chapter 4 - Evolution of School Choice in Canada and the Rise of Parental Rights and Freedoms

Chapter 5 - School Choice as Concerted Cultivation: Middle Class Anxiety and Advantage

Chapter 6 - Ethical Principles to Guide School Choice Policies in Canada



"Lynn Bosetti and Dianne Gereluk, by analysing the underlying philosophical bases for school choice, especially the tensions between public and private right, have created a well-researched and thorough examination of school choice in policy and practice in Canada."

Nina Bascia, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto

"Understanding School Choice in Canada is a well-written and well-organized volume that presents a comprehensive and balanced view of school choice in Canada."

Paul Newton, College of Education, University of Saskatchewan

Publication of the Year Award awarded by the Canadian Association of Foundations of Education (Canada) - Winner in 2017