Dr. Louis Volante

Professor (PhD)

Available for Graduate Advisement

Louis Volante

Hamilton, ON
Office: HAM 9A
905 547 3555 x3621

Louis Volante (PhD)is a Professor of Education at Brock University, Professorial Fellow at UNU-MERIT, and President of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA). He has held Visiting Professor appointments in England (UCL IOE), the Netherlands (UNU-MERIT), and Canada (University of Toronto). His current research is focused on comparative policy analysis; politics of education reform; international large-scale assessments and transnational governance; and cross-national differences in educational achievement. 

Professor Volante’s research has been supported by various Canadian and international research agencies, professional associations, and universities. He has secured Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funding as a Principal Investigator for multiple mixed-methods longitudinal studies. His current five-year SSHRC project examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes across Canada. 

Professor Volante is a frequent invited speaker around the world and has worked as an advisor and evaluator for various Canadian, American, British, and European government departments on issues related to large-scale reform. With over 130 publications that examine diverse cultural contexts, Professor Volante is an internationally recognized scholar whose works are widely cited in academic and policy communities. He has been featured as an educational change expert by scholarly associations such as the American Educational Research Association (AERA). Professor Volante received his PhD from the University of Toronto with a focus on policy studies. 

  • Comparative policy analysis 
  • Politics of education reform 
  • International large-scale assessments and transnational governance 
  • Cross-national differences in educational achievement
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) 
  • Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) 
  • Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA) 
  • Comparative and International Education Society (CIES) 
  • International Congress for School Effectiveness and Improvement (ICSEI) 
  • United Nations University Migration Network  

Edited Books 

Volante, L., Schnepf, S., Jerrim, J., & Klinger, D. (Eds.). (2019). Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes: National Trends, Policies, and Practices (Education Policy and Social Inequality Series)Singapore: Springer. 

Volante, L., Klinger, D., & BilgiliÖ. (Eds.). (2018). Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: Cross-Cultural Approaches (Policy Implications of Research in Education Series). Switzerland: Springer. 

Volante, L. (Ed.). (2018). The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance (Research in Education Policy and Politics Series). New York & London: Routledge. 

Chapters in Books  

Volante, L. (forthcoming2021). The PISA pendulum: Political discourse and education reform in the age of global reference societies. In P. Mattei, X. Dumay, E. Mangez, & J. Behrend (Eds.), OUP Handbook on Education and Globalization. Oxford University Press. 

Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals  

Volante, L., DeLuca, C., Baker, E., Harju-Luukkainen, H., Heritage, M., Schneider, C., Stobart, G., & Wyatt-Smith, C. (2020). Synergy and tension between large-scale and classroom assessment: International trends. Educational Measurement: Issues and Practicehttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1111/emip.12382  

Volante, L., Lara, C., Klinger, D., & Siegel, M. (2020). The use of a multi-dimensional support model to examine policies and practices for immigrant students across Canada. Canadian Journal of Education, 43(1), 121-169.   

Lara, C., & Volante, L. (2019). The education and integration of immigrant children within Ontario: A content analysis of policy documents guiding schools’ response to the needs of immigrant studentsCanadian Journal of Education of Educational Administration and Policy, 191, 2-21. https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap/article/view/67900  

Volante, L., Klinger, D., Siegel, M., & Yahia, L. (2019). Raising the achievement of immigrant students: Towards a multi-layered framework for enhanced student outcomes. Policy Futures in Education, 17(8), 1037-1056 

Articles in Professional Journals 

Volante, L., Klinger, D., Siegel, M., & Yahia, L. (2019). Policy options for addressing immigrant student achievement gaps. Migration Policy Practice9(2), 9-12. https://publications.iom.int/system/files/pdf/mpp_38.pdf 

Volante, L., DeLuca, C., & Fazio, X. (2019). Assessment in Secondary Education (Canada). In Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies. Bloomsbury Academic. http://dx.doi.org/10.5040/9781474209441.0037 

DeLuca, C., Cheng, L., & Volante, L. (2019). Grading across Canada: Policies, practices, and perils. Education Canada, 59(1). https://www.edcan.ca/articles/grading-across-canada/ 

Technical Reports  

Hayward, L., et al. (2018). Learning About Progression: Informing Thinking About a Curriculum for WalesFinal Report. Prepared for the Education Directorate, Welsh Government, United Kingdom. http://eprints.gla.ac.uk/163362/1/163362.pdf 

Volante, L. (2018). Effective Pedagogies for a Redeveloped Primary School Curriculum. Research review prepared for the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Republic of Ireland. 

Conversation Articles 

Volante, L. (2020). What will happen to school grades during the coronavirus pandemic? The Conversation Canadahttps://theconversation.com/what-will-happen-to-school-grades-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic-135632 

Volante, L.Borgonovi, F., & Ritzen, J. (2019). Global education rankings may overlook poor graduation rates. The Conversation Canadahttps://theconversation.com/global-education-rankings-may-overlook-poor-graduation-rates-127170 

Volante, L., Jerrim, J., & Ritzen, J. (2019). High school dropouts cost countries a staggering amount of money. The Conversation Canadahttps://theconversation.com/high-school-dropouts-cost-countries-a-staggering-amount-of-money-115396  

Volante, L.Jerrim, J., Ritzen, J., & Schnepf, S. (2019). New global testing standards will force countries to revisit academic rankings. The Conversation Canada. https://theconversation.com/new-global-testing-standards-will-force-countries-to-revisit-academic-rankings-115199  

Volante, L., Jerrim, J. (2018). Education does not always equal social mobility. The Conversation Canadahttps://theconversation.com/education-does-not-always-equal-social-mobility-106386 

Policy Briefs 

Borgonovi, F., & Volante, L. (2020). PISA 2018 indicates gender reading gaps are closing: Is it time to celebrate? European Training Network – Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessment Brief Series (ETN-OCCAM). https://international-education.blog/en/pisa-2018-indicates-gender-reading-gaps-are-closing-is-it-time-to-celebrate/  

Volante, L., Klinger, D., & Bilgili, O. (2019). Does PISA generate better policies for better immigrant lives? European Training Network – Outcomes and Causal Inference in International Comparative Assessment Brief Series (ETN-OCCAM). https://international-education.blog/en/does-pisa-generate-better-policies-for-better-immigrant-lives/ 

Volante, L., Schnepf, S. V., Jerrim, J., & Klinger, D. A. (2019). Socio-economic background and educational inequalities. Science for Policy Briefs Series. Joint Research Centre – European Commission. https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/sites/jrcsh/files/fairness_pb2019_educational_inequalities.pdf 

Other Publications 

BilgiliÖ., Volante, L., Klinger, D., & Siegel, M. (2019). Confronting the challenge of immigrant and refugee student underachievement: Policies and practices from Canada, New Zealand, and the European Union. UNU-MERIT Working Paper Series (#2019-048). https://www.merit.unu.edu/publications/working-papers/abstract/?id=8388 

Volante, L. (2019). Addressing immigrant student achievement gaps across Canada. PowerPoint slide deck in the Sustainable Development Goals Online Collection (SDGO). Routledge. https://www.taylorfrancis.com/sdgo/goal/QualityEducation/all/tlmcontent/719dc75d-0ea1-400f-acfe-12be01bb99de 

Principal Investigator – SSHRC Insight Grant (2017-2022), Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: A Pan-Canadian Analysis. Collaborators: Don Klinger (University of Waikato) & Melissa Siegel (UNU-MERIT / Maastricht Graduate School of Governance) 

  • EDUC 5P21: International and Comparative Education (Graduate) 
  • EDUC 5P62: Politics, Power, and Policy in Education (Graduate) 
  • EDUC 5P72: Effecting Change in Education (Graduate) 
  • EDBE 8P71: Student Assessment, Practice and Policy (Undergraduate)