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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