Curriculum Reform in Ontario: 'Common-Sense' Policy Processes and Democratic Possibilities

By Laura Elizabeth Pinto

© 2012

This first full account of curriculum policy formulation in 1990s Ontario helps readers understand the real-life experiences of policymakers both within the province and internationally.

Having worked as a policy analyst for the Government of Ontario, a public school teacher, and a university professor, author Laura Elizabeth Pinto is uniquely positioned to tackle the key issues of policy formulation: the politics and tensions among different policy actors; the relationships between democracy in education and in policy formation; and the hidden role of privatization.

Based on interviews with key policy actors, including ministry bureaucrats, curriculum policy writers, stakeholder consultation participants, and political staffers, Curriculum Reform in Ontario provides a critique of conventional policy formulation processes. Pinto also suggests possibilities for more participatory approaches to policy formulation that can better support the critical role played by schools in creating democratic societies.

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Based on interviews with key policy actors, including ministry bureaucrats, curriculum policy writers, stakeholder consultation participants, and political staffers, Curriculum Reform in Ontario provides a critique of conventional policy formulation processes.

Curriculum Reform in Ontario: 'Common-Sense' Policy Processes and Democratic Possibilities

By Laura Elizabeth Pinto

© 2012

This first full account of curriculum policy formulation in 1990s Ontario helps readers understand the real-life experiences of policymakers both within the province and internationally.

Having worked as a policy analyst for the Government of Ontario, a public school teacher, and a university professor, author Laura Elizabeth Pinto is uniquely positioned to tackle the key issues of policy formulation: the politics and tensions among different policy actors; the relationships between democracy in education and in policy formation; and the hidden role of privatization.

Based on interviews with key policy actors, including ministry bureaucrats, curriculum policy writers, stakeholder consultation participants, and political staffers, Curriculum Reform in Ontario provides a critique of conventional policy formulation processes. Pinto also suggests possibilities for more participatory approaches to policy formulation that can better support the critical role played by schools in creating democratic societies.

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Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 0.9in x 9.4in
  • Author Information

    Laura Elizabeth Pinto is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership Program at Niagara University.

  • Table of contents

    Table of Contents

    Preface

    Chapter 1: The Ideal of Critical-Democrative Policy Production
    Chapter 2: The Politics of 'Common Sense' Policy Production
    Chapter 3: Restructuring Education
    Chapter 4: HIdden Privatization in the Institutional Culture: Policy Actors, of 'Hired Guns'?
    Chapter 5: Policy Writers, Power and Politicization: Were the Books Already Cooked
    Chapter 6: Citizen (Dis)Engagements in Selection and Consultations
    Chapter 7: Perceived Policy Outcomes and their Absense of Democracy
    Chapter 8: An Exploration of Possibilities: Porto Alegre, Brazil as an Analytic Foil Contrasting Ontario
    Chapter 9: Conclusion

    References
    Appendix A: Policy Actor Profiles
    Appendix B: Understanding and Participating in Curriculum Change
    Appendix C: Ministry of Education Organization Chart, 1999
    Appendix D: Policy Formulation Timeline
    End Notes

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