Introduction to the special issue: Studying school choice in Canada


  • Christopher Lubienski Indiana University and East China Normal University
  • Ee-Seul Yoon University of Manitoba



school choice, education privatization, education marketization, Canada, democracy


In this article, we introduce the special issue that illuminates issues in school choice and education marketization in contemporary Canada. We begin with a discussion of the proliferation of market models across the globe and the kind of questions that have arisen as public policymakers, philanthropists, and other private interests have embraced and advanced market-oriented reforms. Then we turn to Canada, and briefly discuss the scholarly literature on education privatization and school choice in the past two decades. After that, we present the five articles, highlighting how each piece contributes to a deeper understanding of the changing landscape of choice and competition, as well as how these changes impact schools and communities in a diverse, multicultural country. We conclude by discussing the importance of continuing empirical research in order to inform important debates about how to best meet the needs of the students in a democratic society.


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Author Biographies

Christopher Lubienski, Indiana University and East China Normal University

Christopher Lubienski is a Professor of education policy at Indiana University, and also a fellow with the National Education Policy Center at the University of Colorado and Visiting Professor at East China Normal University in Shanghai.  His research focuses on education policy, reform, and the political economy of education, with a particular concern for issues of equity and access.  His recent book, The Public School Advantage: Why Public Schools Outperform Private Schools (with co-author Sarah Theule Lubienski, University of Chicago Press), won the 2015 PROSE Award for Education Theory from the American Publishers Awards for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, and his next book, The Impact of Market Mechanisms on Educational Opportunity around the Globe (co-edited with Bekisizwe Ndimande), will be published by Routledge in 2017.


Ee-Seul Yoon, University of Manitoba

Ee-Seul Yoon is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Educational Administration, Foundations, and Psychology at the University of Manitoba. Dr. Yoon’s primary research area includes school choice dilemmas and educational inequity in an era of education marketization and neoliberalization. Her recent work can be found in journals including British Journal of Sociology of Education, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Curriculum Inquiry, Children’s Geographies and Youth and Society.




How to Cite

Lubienski, C., & Yoon, E.-S. (2017). Introduction to the special issue: Studying school choice in Canada. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 25, 37.



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