Dr. Louis Volante

Professor (PhD)

Available for Graduate Advisement

Louis Volante

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

Louis Volante (Ph.D.) is a Professor of Education at Brock University and an Affiliated Researcher at UNU-MERIT (United Nations University – Maastricht Economic and Social Research Institute on Innovation and Technology), Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, in the Netherlands. He has held Visiting Scholar positions at UNU-MERIT and the University of Toronto. Currently, he is President-Elect of the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA) and will assume the position of President for a two-year term beginning May 2019. Louis received his PhD from the University of Toronto in 2002 with a focus on Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Professor Volante’s research, which is widely disseminated and cited around the world, is focused on the global governance of education, comparative policy analysis, international achievement studies, socioeconomic inequality and student achievement, migrant integration and student outcomes, and educational reform and innovation. He was recently featured as an educational change expert by the American Educational Research Association (AERA) within their Lead the Change Series – Issue 72 (http://www.aera.net/SIG155/Lead-the-Change-Series).

Dr. 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 longitudinal studies – his current five-year SSHRC project examines the relationship between migrant integration policies and student achievement outcomes across Canada.

Professor Volante serves on various advisory boards for academic journals and scholarly associations. He is a frequent invited speaker around the world and has worked as an advisor and evaluator for various Canadian, American, and European government departments on issues related to large-scale reform. With over 100 journal articles, book chapters, and reports, that include national and international contexts, Professor Volante is recognized as a leading scholar in educational policy analysis.

Current Funded Research

Principal Investigator, Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: A Pan-Canadian Analysis
Collaborators: Dr. Don Klinger (University of Waikato) | Dr. Melissa Siegel (Maastricht University)
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) [Years: 2017-2022]

Graduate Education

  • EDUC 5P62: Politics, Power, and Policy in Education
  • EDUC 5P72: Effecting Change in Education
  • EDUC 5P77: Learning in Organizations

Teacher Education

  • EDUC 8P71: Student Assessment, Practice and Policy
  • EDUC 8P77: Teaching, Research, and Education Inquiry

UNU-MERIT / Graduate School of Governance

  • Qualitative Policy Evaluation (GPAC² Doctoral Course)

Edited Books

Volante, L., Schnepf, S., Jerrim, J., & Klinger, D. (Eds.). (Forthcoming, 2019). Socioeconomic Inequality and Student Outcomes: National Trends, Policies, and Practices. New York, NY: Springer.

Volante, L., Klinger, D., & Bilgili, O. (Eds.). (2018). Immigrant Student Achievement and Education Policy: Cross-Cultural Approaches. New York, NY: Springer [ISBN: 978-3-319-74062-1].

Volante, L. (Ed.) (2017). The PISA Effect on Global Educational Governance. New York & London: Routledge [ISBN: 978-1-138-21741-6].

Volante, L. (Ed.) (2016). The Intersection of International Achievement Testing and Education Policy: Global Perspectives on Large-Scale Reform. New York & London: Routledge [ISBN: 978-1-138-93651-5].

Articles in Refereed Journals

Volante, L., Fazio, X., & Ritzen, J. (2017). The OECD and educational policy reform: International surveys, governance, and policy evidence. Canadian Journal of Educational Administration and Policy, 184, 34-48. Full text [online]: https://journalhosting.ucalgary.ca/index.php/cjeap

Volante, L., Klinger, D., Bilgili, O., & Siegel, M. (2017). Making sense of the performance (dis)advantage for immigrant students across Canada. Canadian Journal of Education, 40(3), 329-361.

Volante, L., & Ritzen, J. (2016). The European Union, education governance, and international education surveys. Policy Futures in Education, 14(7), 988-1004.

Morgan, C., & Volante, L. (2016). A review of the OECD’s international education surveys: Governance, human capital discourses, and policy debates. Policy Futures in Education, 14(6), 775-792.

Articles in Professional Journals

Volante, L., Klinger, D., Bilgili, O., & Siegel, M. (2017). The immigrant (dis)advantage: Addressing student achievement gaps (web exclusive). Education Canada. Full text [online]: http://www.cea-ace.ca/education-canada/article/immigrant-disadvantage

Volante, L. (2016). International organizations and educational reform. Education Canada, 56(3), 41-43.

Other Publications

AERA Educational Change SIG (2017). Lead the Change Series – Q&A with Louis Volante (Issue No. 72). Washington, DC: Author. Full text [online]: http://www.aera.net/SIG155/Lead-the-Change-Series.

Volante, L., Klinger, D., Siegel, M., & Bilgili, O. (2017). Immigrant youth help to build nations. The Conversation. Full text [online]: http://theconversation.com/immigrant-youth-help-to-build-nations-79092