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

— Apr 8, 2021
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Math Performance in Canada

Math Performance in Canada is a new study that finds students across Canada experienced declining results in international math tests from 2003 to 2018. According to PISA data over a recent 15-year period, Canada had the fifth highest score among 37 participant countries in 2003, but Canada’s score dropped to 12th place among the 78 participating jurisdictions in the most recent 2018 assessment.

— Sep 8, 2020
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Bringing School Choice to Ontario

Bringing School Choice to Ontario is a new study that finds Ontario lacks the school choice for parents and children available to those in BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Quebec, as well as 31 U.S. states and most Western European countries. Previous research has found that increased school choice better matches the needs and talents of students with improved programming and resources, and ultimately leads to better education outcomes.

— 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.