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Educational research, social justice and school reform

January 31, 2012

TORONTO, ON — The Ontario Insti­tute for Stud­ies in Edu­ca­tion (OISE) of the Uni­ver­si­ty hosts Dr. Allan Luke, pro­fes­sor of edu­ca­tion at Queens­land Uni­ver­si­ty of Tech­nol­o­gy in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia Jan­u­ary 30th through Feb­ru­ary 3rd.

Dr. Luke is a pio­neer for evi­dence-based edu­ca­tion and edu­ca­tion research and an expert on crit­i­cal lit­er­a­cy. Through his work he has influ­enced the way lit­er­a­cy is taught in schools around the world. He also works to pro­mote social jus­tice and cur­ricu­lum pol­i­cy most recent­ly under­tak­ing a large-scale eval­u­a­tion of the Aus­tralian government’s inter­ven­tion in Indige­nous edu­ca­tion. As part of Dr. Luke’s vis­it to Toron­to, he will speak to OISE teacher edu­ca­tion and grad­u­ate stu­dents, as well as pre­sent­ing and lead­ing dis­cus­sions with the Ontario Pub­lic Ser­vice, Min­istry of Edu­ca­tion staff.

Dr. Luke’s talk at OISE will focus on diverse approach­es to the­o­ry, research and pol­i­cy devel­op­ment in Aus­tralia, Ontario, Sin­ga­pore and Fin­land. He will dis­cuss how pol­i­cy mak­ers and aca­d­e­mics need a new crit­i­cal prag­ma­tism – a ‘toolk­it’ of evi­dence and the­o­ry for address­ing ques­tions of social jus­tice in edu­ca­tion sus­tained by dia­logue and exchange across the pol­i­cy and aca­d­e­m­ic realms.


When: Jan­u­ary 31, 2012, 10 am – 12 pm

Where: Ontario Insti­tute for Stud­ies in Edu­ca­tion, MEK Lab, room 12–105

252 Bloor Street West

For fur­ther infor­ma­tion, please visit/contact:
Strate­gic Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and Media Rela­tions
Ontario Insti­tute for Stud­ies in Edu­ca­tion, Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to
416–978-1127 or 416–978-1123