Alternative Schooling and Student Engagement

Canadian Stories of Democracy within Bureaucracy

  • Nina Bascia
  • Esther Sokolov Fine
  • Malcolm Levin

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Local Democracy Within Bureaucracy: Critical Perspectives

  3. Historical Perspectives

  4. Teaching

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 129-129
    2. K. Omar
      Pages 143-151
    3. Liam Rodrigues
      Pages 153-164
  5. School Stories

  6. Epilogue

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 243-243
    2. Esther Sokolov Fine, Ellen Manney
      Pages 245-257
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 259-281

About this book


This book explores the unique phenomenon of public alternative schools in Toronto, Canada and other large urban areas.  Although schools of this kind have existed for more than a century, very little has been written about the alternative school movement. These alternatives focus more on child-centered instruction, give many students (and teachers) opportunities to organize the school differently, provide a greater voice for teachers, students, and parents, and engage students far more with experiential learning. When traditional school structures are failing to meet the needs of many children and youth, there is a rapidly growing need for information and discussion about alternatives that will encourage their talents and serve their needs. This book draws attention to the issue of alternative schooling to help make it more accessible to a wider audience. 


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Editors and affiliations

  • Nina Bascia
    • 1
  • Esther Sokolov Fine
    • 2
  • Malcolm Levin
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult EducationOntario Institute for Studies in EducationTorontoCanada
  2. 2.York UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Ontario Institute for Studies in EducationUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-54258-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-54259-1
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