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Author Pinto, Laura Elizabeth

Title Curriculum reform in Ontario : 'common sense' policy processes and democratic possibilities / Laura Elizabeth Pinto
Published Toronto [Ont.] : University of Toronto Press, [2012]
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Description 1 online resource (xviii, 248 pages)
Contents Preface -- The ideal of critical-democrative policy production -- The politics of 'Common Sense' policy production -- Restructuring education -- Hidden privatization in the institutional culture: policy actors, of 'Hired Guns'? -- Policy writers, power and politicization: were the books already cooked -- Citizen (dis)engagements in selection and consultations -- Perceived policy outcomes and their absence of democracy -- An exploration of possibilities: Porto Alegre, Brazil as an analytic foil contrasting Ontario -- Conclusion -- 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
Summary "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."--Publisher's website
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [219]-239) and index
Subject Curriculum change -- Ontario.
Curriculum planning -- Ontario -- Case studies.
Education and state -- Ontario -- Case studies.
Education, Secondary -- Curricula -- Ontario -- Planning -- Case studies.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442661550 (electronic bk.)
9781442661554 (electronic bk.)