Call for Papers: School Diversification and Dilemmas across Canada in an Era of Education Marketization and Neoliberalization


Call for Papers:

 School Diversification and Dilemmas across Canada in an Era of Education Marketization and Neoliberalization


Guest Editors: Ee-Seul Yoon & Christopher Lubienski (University of Illinois)

Special Topic: School Diversification and Dilemmas across Canada in an Era of Education Marketization and Neoliberalization

Canada has received much attention by education scholars due to OECD comparisons of student academic achievement – comparisons that show that Canada is not only relatively equitable (that is, it has a compensatory allocation of resources) but also academically high achieving (OECD, 2011; Perry, 2009). This issue will thus inform how current shifts may effect Canada’s educational achievements and equity outcomes in the future. By offering a fresh body of research from Canada, this special issue will also be of great interest to those who want to better understand current reforms and how they may change and challenge the structures and cultures in a society.


Education Policy Analysis Archives (EPAA) announces a call for papers for a special issue examining the ways in which the global wave of educational policy reforms of marketization, privatization, neoliberalization, and school choice are changing how Canadian primary and secondary schools are organized, accessed, experienced and funded. Contributions will explore these issues in both the public and private school sectors in Canada, which offer some intriguing insights into the unfolding of neoliberal reforms in an increasingly multicultural society that has a traditional emphasis on equity. Because Canada lacks a national department of education, this will allow contributors in this issue to examine an already decentralized system by focusing on major provinces and school districts to examine how market reforms are transforming schools. The focus will be on (1) how provinces within the same country take different approaches to this issue, (2) how schools are increasingly differentiated (or not) under the reforms, and (3) how provincial authorities and school districts create new markets with the introduction of exclusive, selective, and fee-paying programs for various types of students.


About the Journal: Celebrating its 24th year, EPAA is a peer-reviewed, open-access, international, multilingual, and multidisciplinary journal designed for researchers, practitioners, policy makers, and development analysts concerned with education policies. EPAA/AAPE accepts unpublished original manuscripts in English, Spanish, and Portuguese without restriction as to conceptual and methodological perspectives, time, or place.


Submission Information: All manuscripts should be submitted electronically through the EPAA website and follow the Journal’s submission guidelines:  We will not consider manuscripts submitted for publication or published elsewhere.

 500-word Abstract Deadline: April 15th, 2016

Selected Authors Notified: May 1st, 2016

Invited Submission Deadline: July 30th, 2016

Publication date: March 27, 2017

Early submissions are encouraged.


Guest Co-Editors:  Ee-Seul Yoon, SSHRCC Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Illinois ( or and Christopher Lubienski, Professor, University of Illinois (



OECD. (2011). Education at a glance 2011 OECD indicators. Paris: OECD.

Perry, L. (2009). Characteristics of Equitable Systems of Education. European Education, 41(1), 79-100.