Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education

Edited by Sara Z. Burke and Patrice Milewski

© 2012

Schooling in Transition offers students a broad survey of key themes in the history of education, bringing together ground-breaking research on developments from across Canada with the best work published in the field. Looking back over two centuries of education history in Canada, this textbook highlights the degree to which key issues – such as local versus central control of the public education system, and the accommodation of minority needs – continue to shape the experience of children within our schools.

Schooling in Transition is ideally structured to accommodate a one-semester university-level course: each chapter contains a short thematic introduction, two articles addressing the common theme, and suggestions for further readings. A general introduction by the editors outlines the main issues in the historiography of education in Canada, while historical illustrations included throughout serve to stimulate readers' interest and promote debate.

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Schooling in Transition is ideally structured to accommodate a one-semester university-level course: each chapter contains a short thematic introduction, two articles addressing the common theme, and suggestions for further readings.

Schooling in Transition: Readings in Canadian History of Education

Edited by Sara Z. Burke and Patrice Milewski

© 2012

Schooling in Transition offers students a broad survey of key themes in the history of education, bringing together ground-breaking research on developments from across Canada with the best work published in the field. Looking back over two centuries of education history in Canada, this textbook highlights the degree to which key issues – such as local versus central control of the public education system, and the accommodation of minority needs – continue to shape the experience of children within our schools.

Schooling in Transition is ideally structured to accommodate a one-semester university-level course: each chapter contains a short thematic introduction, two articles addressing the common theme, and suggestions for further readings. A general introduction by the editors outlines the main issues in the historiography of education in Canada, while historical illustrations included throughout serve to stimulate readers' interest and promote debate.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 440 pages
  • Dimensions: 7.1in x 0.9in x 9.0in
  • Reviews

    ‘The editors have selected judiciously from an extensive body of literature. These essays not only address major themes in the history of education but also relate to important issues in the wider fields of social, economic, and political history.’


    Patrick A. Dunae
    BC Studies issue 186 summer 2015

    ‘Burke and Milewski have accomplished their goal of preparing a collection of “stimulating discussions, debate, and further research”.’
    Jason Ellis
    Canadian Historical Review, vol 95:01:2014
  • Author Information

    Sara Z. Burke is an associate professor in the Department of History at Laurentian University.


    Patrice Milewski is an associate professor in the School of Education at Laurentian University.
  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Introduction - Schooling in Transition: Writing the History of Canadian Education

    Chapter 1: Colonial Schooling
    Chapter 2: Education Reform: Concern or Control?
    Chapter 3: Local Resistance to Central Policy
    Chapter 4: Compulsory Schooling and the Family Economy
    Chapter 5: Expanding Opportunities for Women
    Chapter 6: Teachers' Work
    Chapter 7: Patterns of Exclusion
    Chapter 8: Indigenous Education
    Chapter 9: French-Language Schooling Outside Quebec
    Chapter 10: The Challenges of "Progressive" Education
    Chapter 11: Post-War Conformity
    Chapter 12: Back to the Basics? Schooling in the 1990s

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