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Teacher Unions in Public Education

Politics, History, and the Future

  • Editors
  • Nina Bascia

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Perspectives on Teacher Unions: History, Discourse, and Renewal

  3. Histories

  4. Discourses

  5. Renewal

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 207-220

About this book


While much mainstream educational research maintains that teacher unions should be outlawed or their powers greatly reduced, Bascia and her contributors, including many of the leading teacher union researchers working today, challenge this position. Instead, they recognize the important role teacher unions must play in defending public education and in minimizing the damage wrought by ill-thought-out educational policies. By avoiding idealization of these organizations and recognizing their limitations, Teacher Unions in Public Education demonstrates the necessity for union renewal for a successful education system.


Teacher unions educational policy neoliberal educational reform education education reform gender politics

About the authors

James Chamberlain, Vancouver School Board, Canada J-C Couture, Alberta Teachers' Association, Canada Larry Kuehn, British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Canada Justine Mercer, University of Warwick, UK Charlie Naylor, British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Canada Pamela Osmond-Johnson, University of Toronto, Canada Ben Pogodzinski, Wayne State University, USA Wendy Poole, University of British Columbia, Canada Kara Popiel, Yonkers Federation of Teachers, USA Cindy Rottmann, University of Toronto and University of Manitoba, Canada Harry Smaller, University of Toronto, Canada Howard Stevenson, University of Nottingham, UK Christine Stewart / Galksi-Gibaykwhl Sook', Canada Katy Swalwell, University of Maryland-College Park, USA Jane Turner, British Columbia Teachers' Federation, Canada Lois Weiner, New Jersey City University, USA

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