Derek J. Allison

Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, The University of Western Ontario

Derek J. Allison, B.Ed., M.Ed., Ph.D., is a Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Ontario. Derek began his teaching career in England, before moving to Alberta, where he was a school principal. After completing his graduate work at the University of Alberta, he accepted a position with the faculty of education at the University of Western Ontario. Where he taught social and legal foundations of education for 36 years, and skillfully guided hundreds of graduate students through advanced research and study. He gained acclaim for his teaching, especially his outstanding lectures, and his skill as a mentor and advisor to graduate students. He has an extensive record in research and publication with particular interests in the organization and operation of schools, theories of leadership, and the philosophy of inquiry. He is the recipient of 10 teaching awards and the Distinguished Service Award of the Canadian Association for the Study of Educational Administration.

Recent Research by Derek J. Allison

— Oct 1, 2019
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Secondary School Class Sizes and Student Performance in Canada

Secondary school class sizes and student performance in Canada, which compares provincial class sizes and test scores from the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), finds that Saskatchewan had the smallest average secondary school class size (22.6 students) among all 10 provinces but the lowest test scores in all three PISA subjects—reading, math and science. And Ontario had the smallest class size (24.8 students) and lowest test scores among the four largest provinces.

— Oct 3, 2017
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The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada

The Funding and Regulation of Independent Schools in Canada is a new, comprehensive catalogue of the different regulations and funding arrangements governing every independent school in Canada. Only five provinces—B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec—provide partial funding to independent schools for operating costs ranging from 35 to 80 per cent per student, depending on the type of school and the degree to which it meets certain provincial regulations.